Finding a Home for California's Renewable Energy Transmission Lines

A new report from an interdisciplinary group of officials and advocates outlines where new energy transmission lines are needed in California, where they should be sited, and how best the state can transition to a renewable energy future.
August 16, 2009, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"[S]everal state agencies, electrical utilities, renewable power developers and environmental groups have joined together to figure out where to put new lines, hoping to prevent public fights. The effort, called the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative, released its latest report this week.

The report examines where transmission lines are needed most, will cost the least and will cause the least harm to the environment. It doesn't recommend exact routes, nor does it specify how many lines must be built."

The report offers some general guidelines on where transmission lines should be built. Most of its suggested lines would be located in Southern California.

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Published on Friday, August 14, 2009 in San Francisco Chronicle
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