In Chino Hills California the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project is becoming a reality. When completed by 2015, the $2.1 billion Tehachapi project will bring wind-generated electricity from Kern County to the Los Angeles Basin – part of a state mandate to use more sustainable energy.
For past three years, Chino Hills’ residents have complained that the larger, new high-voltage power lines and towers, slated to cut through a five-mile stretch of city’s neighborhoods will impact safety, health, city views and property values.
But with the construction phase of the largest renewable transmission project in the U.S. well under way, their complaints have fallen on deaf ears, some residents say.
The transmission poles and towers will be erected within Edison’s existing right-of-way corridor from the city’s western border near Tonner Canyon, proceeding northeast to Peyton Drive then continuing east to the 71 Freeway.Recent winds that swept through the Inland Valley have brought back her concerns about electrical towers structural safety.
“After months of analysis by their engineers, PUC decided that the proposed route through Chino Hills is the environmentally superior route, the safest and most cost effective.”
Edison was concerned with going through the state park, but if PUC chose that route as the most suitable for the project they would have followed their recommendation.
Chino Hills residents will not be the first with the 198-foot towers just outside their backyards and that they have been installed safely in other cities.
The 150-foot easement will set the towers about 75 feet from the neighboring property lines, Ray Paz, project’s general manager said. But that will not be the only barrier.
“Towers’ 198-foot vertical distance provides the safety factor,” Paz said.
I hope we see more of this type of energy in California—-Paul Schrader