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Sierra Club Details Opposition to Proposed Sunrise Powerlink

Sempra Energy says the Sunrise Powerlink is a necessary transmission line to bring energy to San Diego County, but some environmentalists, including the Sierra Club, have strong objections. A conserva

Sierra Club Details Opposition to Proposed Sunrise Powerlink

Tom Fudge: Yesterday, it was standing room only at a hearing room in the San Diego County administration building. That's because the California Public Utilities Commission was hearing public comment on a draft environmental impact report on the Sunrise Powerlink .

The Powerlink is a proposed $1.3 billion, 150 mile-long power transmission line. Officials at San Diego Gas and Electric , which is owned by Sempra Energy, say they want it built to transfer alternative power to San Diego from the Imperial Valley. They say the power line is needed to provide a reliable supply of electricity to San Diego County. But there are many opponents of the Sunrise Powerlink, and many of them showed up at yesterday's hearing.


More hearings are scheduled this afternoon in Borrego Springs, tonight in Ramona, and tomorrow in Julian. Visit the California Public Utilities Commission Web site for more information on public participation hearings.


  • Micah Mitrosky, conservation organizer for the Sierra Club , which opposes the Sunrise Powerlink.