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Southern Route Approved For Sunrise Powerlink

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Aired 4/19/09

California regulators have approved a nearly $2-billion, high-voltage power line that would run through Imperial and San Diego County. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on the Sunrise Powerlink.

The California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 to approve San Diego Gas & Electric's Sunrise Powerlink transmission line without conditions that it be used for renewable energy.
      
SDG&E President Debra Reed released a prepared statement.  

 Reed says the power line is crucial to meeting a state mandate that requires public utilities to get 20-percent of their power from renewable sources by 2010.

Commissioner Dian Grueneich voted against the approval because she says it didn't require SDG&E to use the line to bring electricity generated by renewable energy.

Michael Shames with the Utility Consumers Action Network says the group will appeal the PUC decision.
 
Shames: I think it's really going to come down to the courts.  I don't think the final decision on this line will be made by the public utilities commission.

SDG&E President Reed says the company will work to finalize engineering and design on the project.

The company expects construction to be completed in 2012.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

 

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