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The SOO Green Renewable Rail Project

An Innovative Connection to a Powerful New Future

Railroads paved the way for America’s unprecedented industrial growth by supplying food, fuel, building materials, agricultural products and other durable goods to markets large and small.Today, the SOO Green Renewable Rail project will write a new chapter in the history of rail: shipping renewable energy from Upper Midwest wind farms to eastern U.S. markets by an underground electric transmission line along an existing rail corridor.
Innovation
 Innovation
The SOO Green Renewable Rail project is an innovative underground transmission solution to efficiently deliver high-quality wind energy from Upper Midwest wind farms to eastern U.S. markets.
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Land Use
 Land Use
SOO Green will be buried underground in an existing rail corridor, avoiding the need for new tree clearing. Using an existing commercial transportation corridor protects landowners and avoids costly delays, as well as simplifies permitting and construction.
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Environment
 Environmental Benefits
SOO Green brings renewable energy to market with minimal impact to the environment. SOO Green Renewable Rail will bore under the Mississippi River, wetlands, rivers and other environmentally sensitive areas to avoid harming those resources.
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Economic
 Economic Impact
SOO Green will create jobs, produce tax revenue and generate regional economic development opportunities. SOO Green will provide local construction jobs along the route and for the wind farms enabled by the line.
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 HVDC Technology
HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) underground technology is safe, reliable and proven. HVDC systems like SOO Green provide protection against cascading failures leading to mass blackouts and, in the case of a blackout, provide remote “black start” capabilities to quickly restore electricity service.
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