Tuesday, May 22, 2007

PUC Takes a Shot at Sunrise Powerlink Project.

The PUC’s Division of Ratepayer Advocates has dealt an early blow to the proposed Sunrise Powerlink project, a $1.3 billion transmission line being pushed by SDG&E.

The line, which would run from El Centro to north San Diego County, is designed to offset a projected 250 MW power shortfall that advocates are predicting for 2010. Both the CEC and the ISO have validated the conclusion that additional capacity is necessary.

But, in advance of public hearings in July, the PUC’s report could be a significant factor in determining the Surnrise’s fate. A decision on the permit application is expected in January 2008.

PUC unit isn't convinced that power line is needed[San Diego Union Tribune]