Sacramento—Today, Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) released a statement congratulating the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) upon their 3-2 decision to underground Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) through the City of Chino Hills.
“Today I stand proud and grateful with the community of Chino Hills,” said Assemblyman Hagman. “For years, we have been fighting to protect our citizens from these towers carrying half a million volts as close as 75 feet from our homes. I thank President Peevey and Commissioners Ferron and Sandoval for their support and understanding that undergrounding these massive powerlines through our city is the best and safest decision.”
TRTP is a project to build approximately 173 miles of new and upgraded high-voltage powerlines for transmission of electricity from wind farms and other generating units in southern Kern County to Los Angeles County and the existing Mira Loma Substation in San Bernardino County. Chino Hills was the only community along the route where Edison proposed to construct “monster towers”, 200-foot high by 60-foot wide poles, within 75 feet of homes. No utility in the country has ever installed a 500,000 volt transmission line so close to existing homes. Over 1,000 homes would have been within 500 feet of the line, along with daycare centers, places of worship and community parks. The Alternate Decision of CPUC President Peevey, approved by the Commission, adopts the Chino Hills undergrounding proposal and orders SCE to remove the already constructed towers and replace them with an underground cable by late 2015 or early 2016.
“This is a fair decision that is environmentally superior and can still be completed in a timely manner,” added Assemblyman Hagman. “Most importantly, now renewable energy can be transmitted safely without endangering families living along the utility corridor.”