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SCE Proposes Final Leg Of Largest Renewable Transmission Project In California

New lines eventually could tap enough renewable energy to power almost 3 million california homes
by Staff Writers
Rosemead CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2007
Southern California Edison (SCE) today applied to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the U.S. Forest Service for authorization to construct Segments 4-11 of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, a series of new and upgraded high-voltage electric transmission lines to deliver electricity from proposed new wind farms in the Tehachapi Wind Resource Area to SCE customers and the California transmission grid.

The Tehachapi project includes a series of new and upgraded high-voltage electric transmission lines and substations to deliver electricity from new wind farms in eastern Kern County, California to the Los Angeles basin. These wind farms are in varying stages of planning and construction. The project would cost approximately $1.8 billion and if completed in 2013 as proposed, would be capable of carrying 4,500 megawatts of electricity, enough energy to supply nearly 3 million homes at peak output.

SCE has proposed constructing the Tehachapi project in 11 segments to coincide with the development of independently owned wind farms. Segments 1-3, originally filed as the Antelope Transmission Project, were approved by the CPUC in March.

The approved segments include upgrades to an existing substation in Lancaster, two new substations in the east Kern County area to collect wind energy, and transmission lines to the Lancaster, Acton and Santa Clarita areas to allow that wind power to be added to the electric grid.

Upon completion, the Tehachapi project's 11 segments will extend from eastern Kern County to the city of Ontario in San Bernardino County, traversing portions of the Antelope Valley, the Angeles National Forest, the San Gabriel Valley and the western Inland Empire.

Ron Litzinger, SCE senior vice president of transmission and distribution, said SCE's Tehachapi project is the first major transmission project in California being constructed specifically to deliver renewable power from remote, renewable-rich resource areas to the load centers of Southern California.

"Completing the Tehachapi project is an essential component to meeting California's renewable energy goals," Litzinger said. "The project will strengthen and enhance SCE's transmission system by creating a new path for renewable energy to meet the increasing electricity demand of Southern California."

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