Officials Throw Switch on Powerlink

The Washington Post

California regulators have approved a $1.9 billion, high-voltage power line that would run 123 miles into San Diego.

The California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 in San Francisco on Thursday to approve San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s Sunrise Powerlink transmission line without conditions that it be used for renewable energy.

The San Diego utility said the power line is crucial to boost its dependence on harnessing solar, wind and underground heat to generate power but has resisted binding commitments.

Commissioner Dian Grueneich dissented, saying she endorsed the line but only with requirements that SDG&E use it for renewable energy.

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