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California’s SDG&E with approval for transmission line

Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 27 Jan 2009

As reported from San Diego, a long disputed transmission line, Sunrise Powerlink, by San Diego Gas & Electric Co., won approval Tuesday from the federal Bureau of Land Management to run through 85 miles of BLM land.

As reported from San Diego, a long disputed transmission line, Sunrise Powerlink, by San Diego Gas & Electric Co., won approval Tuesday from the federal Bureau of Land Management to run through 85 miles of BLM land.

The California Public Utilities Commission approved construction of the controversial line last month. The biggest pending decision is whether the supervisor of the Cleveland National Forest will approve a 20-mile swath through the forest. Late Wednesday, the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group, filed a petition with the California Supreme Court to stop the project, saying that the state Public Utilities Commission violated state law in approving it.

SDG&E says that the 1,000-megawatt line is needed to bring power from wind, geothermal and solar facilities in Imperial County and Mexico, and that it will provide capacity so other lines can carry wind-generated power from eastern San Diego County.

Source: SignOnSanDiego