Chino Hills Wins Battle Against SCE
Katy Grimes: The city of Chino Hills has won an important battle. I just received word that Southern California Edison has been ordered by the California Public Utility Commission to provide alternatives to their Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project in Chino Hills. SCE has until January 10 to provide alternatives to the CPUC.
The ruling directs SCE to prepare alternatives to the current plan, where they have been constructing 200 foot tall electrical transmission towers near people’s homes in the city of Chino Hills. It was completely unnecessary to do it this way.
Nowhere in the country has any utility installed 200 foot tall, 60ft wide towers, energized with multiple 500,000 volt power lines near residential communities. The monster towers were erected so close to homes, that Chino Hills residents were fearful of potential damage and health risks from the massive electricity lines.
Chino Hills filed suit against Southern California Edison, but also spent a great deal of time and money to have utility electrical engineers prepare alternate routes for the transmission lines.
Neither the CPUC nor SCE would bend from the original plan. The CPUC ruled in SCE’s favor despite the very reasonable alternate plan the city presented taking the lines through the nearby state park.
Chino Hills representatives said they were left with no other option than to submit a Petition for Review to the California Supreme Court in a property rights case against SCE. The city also submitted two project modifications to the CPUC to stop further construction, and to reopen the record. (Amicus Curiae letter in support HERE)
Representatives from the city of Chino Hills told me that the city is in a unique situation because SCE rushed to build the segment in Chino Hills, consequently jumping to the middle of the project. This exposed the actual impacts upon the city much faster than if the utility company had built the project as planned.
The other objection Chino Hills had with the CPUC was that their request for a rehearing by the CPUC was never allowed.
A battle has been won by the little guy, but I don’t think for a moment that it is over. The alternate plans are due January 10. With the close ties between SCE and the CPUC, and the global warming special interests behind these renewable projects, this may just be an attempt to get the people of Chino Hills to let their guard down. This could just be a little sleight of hand to thrown everyone off.
UPDATE: Read the exciting posts by residents on the Chino Hills Facebook page HERE
NOV. 10, 2011
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