September 11, 2013


Wednesday 11th, September 2013

Cedar Falls “Clarion Inn” Against the Grain Restaurant

(Formerly called the Holiday Inn)

Joint meeting with Cedar Rapids Section IEEE Power and Energy Society Chapter

Topic: Rock Island Clean Line HVDC Project

The Rock Island Clean Line, , is a 500-mile overhead high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that will deliver 3,500 megawatts from northwest Iowa and the surrounding region to communities in Illinois and other states to the east, areas that have a strong demand for clean, reliable energy. The name of the project comes from the Rock Island Railroad, which stretches across the entire state of Iowa, through the city of Rock Island and into Illinois. Just as the Rock Island Railroad allowed farmers to move their goods to market, the Rock Island Clean Line will deliver clean, renewable energy to the communities that need it, representing the new farm to market model for the 21st century.

Speaker: Beth Conley

Beth Conley manages Clean Line’s efforts in Iowa for the development of the Rock Island Clean Line, a high voltage direct current transmission line.

Beth specifically focuses on seventeen Iowa counties that are in the project area of the Rock Island Clean Line. She works to develop outreach materials, including radio announcements and social media, in addition to coordinating meetings with key stakeholders and community officials. Beth also organizes community events that are key to the development of the Rock Island Clean Line transmission project.

Prior to joining Clean Line Energy, Beth worked at the Iowa Department of Economic Development as a Project Manager, specializing in the attraction of wind energy component manufacturers. Beth served in the US Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University. She holds office on the Iowa Wind Energy Association Board of Directors. Beth lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Program Chair: Gary Dorhout

Price for meal: $15.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)

Time: Social period: 6:00 P.M. Dinner: 6:30 P.M. at River City Bistro “ Against The Grain” Restaurant, Cedar Falls Holiday Inn, (Clarion Inn) 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Dinner Reservations: Contact Derek Eagles via E-mail at or by phone at 319.240.1218 by 4:00 PM, Monday 9 September 2013. Leave name and message on answering machine. Guests are welcome - please be sure to make a reservation.

Dues: Member dues of $10.00 may be sent to the Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail

“Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the Waterloo Technical Society.

Checks to purchase meals from the Clarion Inn should be made out to “Clarion Inn.”