• Photo Gallery: SoCal Edison Expansion Southern California Edison will upgrade and expand transmission lines throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire as part of a $1.7 billion project to deliver wind power from Tehachapi, company officials said. Edison will pay for the project up front, but the cost ultimately will be spread out among Edison customers and California Independent System Operator grid users. Rate increases to Edison customers will likely be less than two-tenths of a cent per kilowatt hour, Edison spokesman Paul Klein said Thursday. An average SCE residential customer uses about 580 kilowatt hours per month, which equates to $88.16. The rate increase would boost that to $89.32. A utility watchdog group often critical of Edison rate hikes praised the project. “We think in the long run these investments will save customers money,” Matthew Freedman, staff attorney for The Utility Reform Network said. “The alternative is greater reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels that are subject to extreme price fluctuations that will only increase in intensity and frequency.” TURN has not reviewed the environmental impact of the project, he said. The Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, scheduled for completion in 2013, could bring 4,500 megawatts of wind power to Southern California, Klein said. One megawatt is enough power to serve about 650 homes at any given time. The project – one of the largest single transmission projects in California – is divided into 11 segments, with several segments cutting through the San Gabriel Valley, the Inland Empire and to the edge of Riverside County. The project would pass through 23 cities with more than 250 miles of new or upgraded high-voltage transmission lines, said Brent Gokbudak, co-project manager for the Los Angeles-area portion. “Residents will benefit by knowing the energy serving their homes is coming in large part from renewable energy, and they’ll have a greater sense of understanding that their system is a lot more reliable by virtue of the construction of upgraded facilities,” Gokbudak said. Work in the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire is expected to begin in 2010 and 2011 and be completed by 2013. Edison will conduct nine public open houses beginning in April to collect community input. Residents and businesses within 300 feet along the proposed route will receive fact sheets on the project. Most of the route will use existing transmission lines, Gokbudak said. “We’re not planning on cutting through any major new areas for the most part,” he said. Some areas will require widening of the right of way to allow facilities to be installed, Gokbudak said. Edison has not identified any homes that would be affected by the modifications, Klein said. On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved Edison’s application to build segments, which stretches through the Angeles National Forest, Antelope Valley and Kern County. Segment 1 from Santa Clarita to the Antelope Valley was approved by the CPUC on March 1, but approval from the U.S. Forest Service is still pending. These segments are expected to be completed by 2009. Edison expects to submit applications in June for the segments that run through the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire, which would begin the environmental review process handled by the Public Utilities Commission and U.S. Forest Service. The transmission project will strengthen the overall grid by upgrading existing corridors and providing the capability to serve an increasing load, Gokbudak said. When wind energy output is low, the lines will bring in other sources of energy to make up the difference, Gokbudak said. Tehachapi has ample wind power but there’s a bottleneck in bringing that power into the Los Angeles basin, said Joe Hsu, Azusa Light & Water director of utilities. The additional capacity will allow more power to come in, he said. The cost will be spread among all rate payers in the ISO service area, including Azusa, he said. “That’s the negative benefit,” Hsu said. “But nevertheless, it’s a transmission line we need.” State law requires that at least 20 percent of the electricity utilities delivered to customers be produced by renewable sources by 2010. Meeting the state’s 20 percent renewable energy target is going to be difficult without the wind power transmission, Freedman said. “\ is the single most important transmission project for achieving those goals,” Freedman said. Residents and businesses will be able to learn about upcoming open houses in their area by calling the contact information on their project fact sheets, Edison officials said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2230160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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