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US Forest Service Approves SDG&E Sunrise Powerlink Through Cleveland National Forest

You can make a donation to help stop this project online at www.protectourcommunities.org. Protect Our Communities Foundation is 501c3 not for profit organization. They are 100% donor supported, and are actively fighting this project. See more on their website.

July 13, 2010 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SDG&E Hoping For Final Approval On Sunrise Powerlink

There are so many aspects of this project that are controversial,including many that were discussed here, although 30 minutes will never be enough time to discuss any single point adequately. I think KPBS ought to have a future roundable where they talk ONLY about the fire issues, particularly the fact that the EIR says this project will Significantly increase the likelihood of catastrophic fires. CATASTROPHIC FIRES! To me that is as shocking as allowing a utility company charged with "Enron sytle" trading to still be operating in San Diego (see the California Attorney General website for last weeks ruling). This is not a minor point that should be quickly passed over.

May 7, 2010 at 12:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Costs And Benefits Of Sunrise Powerlink Vary By Community

There needs to be another segment for us to hear more about the community perspective. We have heard enough from SDG&E and their well-oiled misleading propaganda campaign.

May 6, 2010 at 7:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sunrise Powerlink Project Faces Legal Challenges

Characterizing this as an issue strictly about pristine vistas versus the need for energy shows a real lack of understanding of this project and its impacts. For one, we live in one of the most fire prone areas of the world (a fact that is noted in the EIR) and this project will significantly increase the likelihood of catastrophic firestorms (another non disputed fact from the EIR). That is not a minor point. That is HUGE. You are advocating for a project that will knowingly cause economic and environmental destruction to a large part of San Diego ..not just those near the line, but everyone down stream. The EIR is pretty clear that we are in for major firestorms as a direct result of this project if it is built. Please do not trivialize it as being about simply vistas. If your way of thinking prevails, lives will be lost.

February 17, 2010 at 10:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SDG&E Doesn't Expect Lawsuit To Derail Sunrise Powerlink Project

SDG&E does not expect that anybody or anything can stop them. After all, they have things tied up pretty tight. The presiding CPUC Administrative law judge, Michael Peevey, was the former President of So Cal Edison, and the new CEO of SDG&E, Jessie Knight, is a former CPUC commissioner. Plus they have donated a ton of ratepayer money to the right candidates, including the Governor, who appointed the commissioners. As far as they are concerned, San Diego can just burn! It's unfortunate that the good citizens of San Diego have had to use their own hard earned money to fight this corruption. I wish them and San Diego the very best. Remember Enron. Truth does find the light.

February 17, 2010 at 10:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

$1 Billion May Be Needed For Lines Tied To Sunrise Powerlink

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To understand SDG&E's incentives, you need to understand that SDG&E gets paid by the state (me and you) for the cost of the construction, plus a guaranteed profit of 15%. The more it costs, the more money they get. It is not about viability. It is about money. In fact, once they build it, the state only allows them to pass on those costs to us for a period of time (its depreciable life), so the only way they can make more money is to build more transmission. On the other hand, repairing and maintaining the exisitng lines is an expense... a direct hit to their bottom line. So, it is not about viability. It is about a system that incentives them to build build build, even if not needed. And, even an administrative law judge at the CPUC said it was not needed. But you are talking about a very powerful monopoly, with alot of money at stake. We, the people, need to look behind the curtain, and not be so easily deceived by a monopoly that spends our money to convince us in PR campaigns that they are so good, all the while reaching deeper into our pockets. I think builidng our own infrastructure, and becoming the generators and providers of energy, instead of just the consumers and debtors, is the only way we can become a strong economic region.

January 28, 2010 at 2:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

$1 Billion May Be Needed For Lines Tied To Sunrise Powerlink

If you look at the history of this project, you will see the trendline of projected costs has increased dramatically from when it was first presented by SDG&E in 2005. The following are quoted costs from SDG&E press releases on the project

Dec 2005—$1.0 Billion
Sept 2006— $1.3 Billion
April 2007—$1.4 Billion
April 2008—$1.5 Billion
April 2009—$1.9 Billion
June 2009- $2.0 Billion
Jan 2010 - $3.0 Billion

One can only imagine what the true costs will end up being if this project is built. $3 billion sure could buy alot of roof-top solar.

January 28, 2010 at 10:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )