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.
  • SOO Green will directly create more than 600 jobs during its construction, and indirectly create more than 200 permanent jobs during operation.  These numbers do not include the jobs created to construct the wind farms enabled by the HVDC line.
  • Iowa already is the national leader in promoting renewable energy – getting over 35 percent of its electricity from wind, more than any other state. Wind energy production in the state is expected to increase in the next decade, providing cleaner energy, more job opportunities and investment in more wind farms.
  • The efficient delivery of first-class wind resources will improve eastern U.S. region’s energy mix through additional power diversification, providing direct access to lowest-cost renewable resources.