Monday, May 19, 2008

SoCalEd Moving Ahead With Transmission Project

SCE has started the regulatory process on the Devers-Palo Verde No. 2 Transmission project, by submitting an initial filing to FERC.

Devers-Palo Verde No. 2 is a 230 mile long 500 kv transmission line that will run from Palo Verde, Arizona to just outside Palm Springs.

According to Transmission & Distribution World:

"The proposed transmission project would provide significant regional economic benefits and allow neighboring states to access renewable energy sources, such as solar energy rich areas in California and Arizona. It would reduce energy congestion within a nationally designated, critical electricity corridor and help Western states satisfy their energy policy and environmental goals.

FERC has the authority to review and issue a permit for a transmission line project that has been denied by a state commission or other entity that has authority to approve facilities if the project is within a nationally designated critically congested electrical corridor. The Southwestern corridor between Arizona and Southern California has been deemed one of two nationally important, critically congested corridors in the country by the U.S. Department of Energy."