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December 20, 2008

LADWP Rejects SCE Offer - Wants High Desert Power Lines

[Southern California] Edison could add enough capacity on its power lines along Interstate 10 to carry electricity to Los Angeles from geothermal, wind and solar power projects planned in the desert, said Sandi Blain, manager of the transmission project licenses for Edison, an investor-owned utility.

Nonetheless, LADWP has said they are not interested in the deal. LADWP General Manager David Nahai said "We have to have permanent and absolute transmission rights. ... Renting is not the option one prefers to have." LADWP spokesman Joseph Ramallo made it clear the issue is money:

Ramallo said Los Angeles prefers to own its transmission lines and power-generation sources as much as possible.

That allows the utility to offer lower rates than those offered by investor-owned, for-profit utilities, such as Edison.

Those who attended the Thursday night Green Path North meeting in Desert Hot Springs will recall that Jim Caldwell, the LADWP representative at the meeting, said that the LADWP was considering "all options," that they hadn't selected a preferred route. Then he went on to describe the utter impossibility of bringing that green power to L.A. along I-10. And he never even mentioned the third suggested route, the one we all know is just some ridiculous BS that would have the powerlines go from Devers east to Desert Center and around the eastern end of Joshua Tree National Park, ultimately to parallel I-40.

Now the LADWP has made it crystal clear that they are considering no other route for Green Path North than through the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, across the Morongo Basin, Pioneertown and Johnson Valley.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Green Path North | permalink | December 20, 2008 at 09:19 AM

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"Now the LADWP has made it crystal clear that they are considering no other route for Green Path North than through the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, across the Morongo Basin, Pioneertown and Johnson Valley."

...Let's not forget it will also run along Hwy 62 through Desert Hot Springs and across the hills behind Desert Hot Springs in full view of the city and several residential neighborhoods.

Posted by: Russell Betts at Dec 20, 2008 10:38:23 AM

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