August 8, 2007

Chino Hills prepared to fight additional power lines

The number of power towers behind homes on Paseo Del Palacio Street will be increased by 50 percent.

The street is just one example of a densely populated residential area that will be affected by the proposed power line project.

For every two existing power lines, a new one will be added in between, said Chuck Adamson, Southern California Edison’s senior project manager, about Paseo Del Palacio Street on Tuesday.

“In this area there’s an additional tower, in between (existing towers), to be built,” he said, but that it will vary depending on the terrain.

In about two weeks an aerial map will be available on Edison’s Web site that shows the proposed route and pinpoints the towers that will either be activated, added or enhanced, Adamson said.

The route is part of a $1.8 billion project to deliver electricity generated by wind power in the Tehachapi Pass in Kern County, and Edison must increase its renewable energy production to 20 percent by 2010, to comply with a series of laws and rules.

Edison filed its application for the project with the Public Utilities Commission at the end of June and, upon acceptance, expects construction to begin by 2009.

The city filed a formal protest against Edison last week, and backed hundreds of residents who oppose the route that would activate and expand power lines near at least 1,500 homes.

City Attorney Mark Hensley said the city is requesting that the commission reject Edison’s proposed route and work with the city to find an alternative.

“We are continuing to analyze the routes that are available,” he said, and that the process could continue for years, depending on the court actions that take place.

By Shelli DeRobertis

8 August 2007

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