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Another Option For Sunrise Powerlink

The California Public Utilities Commission has released an Alternate Proposed Decision by President Michael Peevey that approves San Diego Gas and Electric Company's construction of the 150-mile Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Project in order to meet renewable power goals.

Peevey's Alternate Proposed Decision approves the Final Environmentally Superior Southern Route for the line in order to deliver renewable generation that would otherwise remain unavailable.  

Peevey says his proposed decision clears the way for a new renewable energy superhighway, allowing SDG&E to tap into the Imperial Valley's renewable resources without delay or unnecessary barriers.

The decision follows Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order issued yesterday that calls on increasing the state's renewable energy goal to 33 percent by 2020.

Peevey's Alternate Proposed Decision will be considered by the CPUC's five Commissioners along with two other proposals: an Administrative Law Judge Proposed Decision that denies the Sunrise application and an Alternate Proposed Decision sponsored by a CPUC Commissioner that approves, with conditions, the Southern Route for Sunrise.

The CPUC's first opportunity to vote on the three proposals is December 18, 2008.


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