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The three-year fight over the Sunrise Powerlink, which is designed to carry solar, wind and geothermal energy, typifies the serious challenges facing President Obama and many of the nation's governors as they tout the power of renewable energy to put people to work and rescue the planet from the effects of climate change.
Vincent questions whether the California decision will leave investors and developers reluctant to invest in new transmission. "That puts a big question mark over whether it's worthy of the investment," he said. "Every article that I've read about it has essentially said in one way or the other that this is bad news for Washington, Oregon and Montana wind. It has got to almost change the paradigm."
The ruling could be a blow for area utilities all of which have faced opposition to transmission lines that would extend hundreds of miles through numerous communities. The companies are under pressure to meet state guidelines to generate more of their electricity from renewable sources.
Three local organizations and an East County land use issues expert have filed a lawsuit against five federal agencies. The suit alleges that the agencies approved SDG&E's planned Sunrise Powerlink transition line in violation of environmental regulations.
Les Starck, vice president for local public affairs for Southern California Edison, said once a decision to place a line is made, and the company or agency that will build the line is determined, there is an extensive public and environmental process that must be followed before construction can begin.
San Diego Gas & Electric signed an agreement with developer NaturEner USA to purchase 309 megawatts of power from the $800 million Rim Rock wind farm in Glacier and Toole counties, said Jennifer Ramp, a spokeswoman for SDG & E. In a July 15 filing to the California Public Utilities Commission, SDG & E asked for permission to amend the original power purchase agreement to allow the $600 million equity investment in Rim Rock.
This is a significant a approval in that it's the third agency to give the power company the go ahead, the okay. Opponents of the power link would suggest that this is not the end of the road. This is not the final approval, and some other things are needed. They will be challenging that along the way.
TransCanada has signed agreements with three wind energy developers to supply power to the company's proposed $3 billion electrical transmission line that would run from Wyoming to the Southwest. ...TransCanada and other Wyoming wind interests have been concerned about recent actions by the California Public Utilities Commission that they believe could limit renewable energy produced outside of that state.
City leaders may soon consider another legal option to stop the placement of high-voltage, wind-energy towers here. City attorneys are expected to appeal the rejection of a lawsuit that would have stopped Southern California Edison's placement of the new towers in the city.
Managers with Xcel Energy and Tri-State aired their frustration Thursday about being forced to put the proposed Southern Colorado Transmission Line on a much slower track. The utilities this week announced an indefinite delay in the project due to Trinchera Ranch's ongoing opposition to allow a 14- to 18-mile stretch of the line to run over its property.
Facing enormous costs and fierce opposition from environmental groups, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Wednesday announced that it has dropped plans to build an 85-mile-long "green" power transmission line across desert wilderness preserves and scenic ridgelines. Controversy surrounding the proposed Green Path North Transmission Line had tarnished Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's bid to portray himself as the leader of the "cleanest, greenest big city in America."
The city has been continuing its fight against a Southern California Edison plan to erect high-voltage towers that would carry wind-generated energy from Kern County through this city. Chino Hills officials are expected to discuss the status of the challenge at a public information meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
A bill to be introduced by Assemblyman Curt Hagman will fight Southern California Edison's plan to erect large electrical towers near homes in the city. The 200-foot high voltage towers that Edison aims to construct in Chino Hills are part of its 173-mile green energy project that will travel from wind farms in Kern County to the Los Angeles Basin. Residents and city officials fear the potential for harm.
A bill to be introduced by Assemblyman Curt Hagman will fight Southern California Edison's plan to erect large electrical towers near homes in the city. The 200-foot high voltage towers that Edison aims to construct in Chino Hills are part of its 173-mile green energy project that will travel from wind farms in Kern County to the Los Angeles Basin.
Antelope Valley residents pitted their people power against electrical power on Tuesday when they sought help from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in fighting a transmission line project planned by Southern California Edison. In response, the board voted 4-0 for 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich's motion to direct county attorneys to mount a legal challenge for the transmission line.
A $1.7 billion Southern California Edison renewable energy project under construction in three counties met with a legal challenge today from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The project is intended to create 250 miles of new and upgraded electrical transmission facilities and substations. The project will transmit electrical power from wind farms in Tehachapi.
City officials on Thursday expressed disappointment after the state Public Utilities Commission sided with a controversial Southern California Edison plan to run a high-voltage power line through neighborhoods. The energy line is part of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, a series of high-voltage electric transmission lines to deliver electricity from wind farms in Tehachapi Pass to the Los Angeles basin.
California's renewable power boom is off to a slower start than planned. Delays have hit more than half of the big solar, wind and geothermal energy projects under development throughout the state, according to a recent government report. They're still moving forward, but not at the pace their developers expected. As a result, California probably won't meet its goal of getting 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2010.
State public utility commissioners may approve a Southern California Edison plan to run five miles of a high-voltage wind-energy power line through city neighborhoods as soon as Thursday. The news comes after a contentious meeting between city and Edison officials ...Councilman Ed Graham, who was disappointed Public Utility Commission members had not asked for a formal review of the city's planned route, expressed pessimism after watching the meeting.
A remote corner of East County is shaping up as a battleground between companies pushing wind farms as clean and cheap power generators and activists who view them as a blight on the landscape. It has put environmentalists in the position of opposing renewable energy because, they say, it's in the wrong place. Drawing the most attention is a plan by the Spanish conglomerate Iberdrola to build about 100 skyscraper-sized towers in and near the McCain Valley, a federal conservation area abutting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.