Monday, Aug. 27, 2007 | When San Diego Gas & Electric unveiled the Sunrise Powerlink two years ago, the company gave three essential reasons for building the 150-mile long power line.
Renewable energy. SDG&E is under a state mandate to produce 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2010. The utility said the Sunrise Powerlink would connect San Diego to green energy — solar, wind, geothermal — that would be built in Imperial County.
The Transmission Question
Savings. The $1.3-billion power line, which is proposed through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, would keep customers from spending hundreds of millions of dollars annually on expensive local power.
Reliability. Building a new line would increase SDG&E’s ability to import energy to San Diego, boosting the power available on high-demand summer days.
In its original application to the California Public Utilities Commission, the company wrote: “No other single project, planned or identified, provides such a comprehensive set of benefits to customers.”