Southern California Edison (SCE) has completed the first part of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, which, when completed, will include a series of new and upgraded high-voltage transmission lines capable of delivering 4,500 MW of electricity from solar projects, wind farms and other generation resources in northern Los Angeles and eastern Kern counties.
SCE has completed construction of the first three segments, which are capable of delivering 700 MW of renewable energy. In December 2009, the California Public Utilities Commission approved SCE's application to build segments 4-11. Construction of segments 4-11 is scheduled to begin later this year, pending final approval from federal land agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, with the project becoming operational in 2015.
The project spans from eastern Kern County to the city of Ontario in San Bernardino County. It will cross portions of the Antelope Valley, the Angeles National Forest, the San Gabriel Valley and the western Inland Empire.
The Tehachapi project is the first major California transmission project built specifically to access renewable energy, SCE notes.
SOURCE: Edison International