The California Public Utilities Commission has approved Southern California Edison's (SCE) application to build segments 4-11 of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP). It will be the first major transmission project in California built for the specific purpose of accessing multiple renewable generation sources in remote renewable-rich resource areas.
SCE already has started building the first three segments of TRTP, a series of new and upgraded high-voltage electric transmission lines to deliver electricity from new wind farms in the Tehachapi wind source area north of Los Angeles to customers and the California power grid.
When all phases are developed, the TRTP will include transmission lines capable of delivering 4,500 MW of electricity from wind farms and other generating companies in northern Los Angeles and eastern Kern counties.
Pending final approval from federal land agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, the project will begin in eastern Kern County and end in the city of Ontario in San Bernardino County. Construction of segments 4-11 are expected to begin in 2010, with the project becoming operational in 2014.
SOURCE: Southern California Edison