13. July 2010 17:33
Not that I am terribly surprised, but I was hopeful that Forest Supervisor Metz would show some backbone and stand up to SDG&E / Sempra.
Unfortunately this was not the case and Supervisor Metz caved to political and corporate pressure and agreed to let SDG&E route the Sunrise Powerlink through the Cleveland National Forest.
This is a sad day for San Diego and anyone who likes to get out and enjoy nature with out the tell-tale signs of man.
The character of the Cleveland National Forest will be forever changed due to corporate greed, deceitful tactics and the unwillingness of the US Forest Service to put their foot down and say "No"... [More]
19. February 2010 04:32
In the small desert town of Ocotillo, CA the winds may be changing.
Pattern Energy, a San Francisco based energy company is proposing to turn 15,000 acres of public lands bordering the Anza Borrego Desert State Park into a 561 megawatt wind farm with 240 wind turbines.
Unfortunately for the small town of Ocotillo and the Imperial Valley, little would be gained as the power would be funneled to San Diego over the infamous Sunrise Powerlink.
John Calaway, Pattern Energy director of wind development states that the area would benefit from 400 construction jobs during the two year construction period of the Ocotillo Express Wind Farm.
Let me ... [More]
15. February 2010 21:57
SDG&E has scheduled a series of "Community Council" meetings in communities that will be affected by construction of the Sunrise Powerlink. In their words the purpose is to "keep the community informed so that accurate information is available and inconveniences can be kept to a minimum."
If Alpine is any indication of "keeping the community informed" then SDG&E has not been doing its' due diligence. Many Alpine residents who attended Monday nights Community Council meeting still feel like they are being left in the dark about the undergrounding portion which will run under Alpine Blvd. There were questions with regards t... [More]
1. February 2010 14:23
I spent a couple hours Saturday, helping the ECCAC get the word out to members of the Lakeside community about the Sunrise Powerlink . The East County Community Action Committee has been doing a great job of informing back country communities about the destructive path of this project.
What amazed me was the number of people who had no knowledge of the project and its' route through El Monte Valley and other protected, open-spaced habitats of San Diego's backcountry.
Many east county residents feel they have been blindsided by SDG&E and are now having this project dumped in their backyard. One attendee pointed out that he was going to ... [More]
15. January 2010 06:50
Although the Sunrise Powerlink has been re-routed to avoid the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, the battle continues for many residents of San Diego's backcountry. One such community, Alpine is being faced with having 6 miles of 12 ' trenches dug along its' main artery to accomodate the 2 parallel 230KV lines. Representatives from SDG&E state that the "undergrounding" of the Alpine portion of the Sunrise Powerlink, will take two years to install; one year for the
conduits and another year to pull and
splice the massive cables.
According to San Diego County supervisor Dianne Jacob, Alpine will ... [More]
9. June 2009 17:18
Even though the legality of the Sunrise Powerlink is still being questioned, SDG&E is wasting no time in sending survey crews out along the proposed route. In some cases, according to this KUSI video they are using threats and coercion to gain access to private property.
Check out this "Turko Files" video from KUSI (You need Flash Player)
3. June 2009 03:28
Even though the Anza Borrego Desert State park has been spared from the destructive path of the Sunrise Powerlink ; the battle is far from over.
SDG&E's Southern route goes through portions of Cleveland National Forest as well as land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management. Formerly untouched areas such as the Carrizo Gorge Wilderness Area will forever be marred by 150 foot steel towers.
Wilderness aside, what about the East County residents who live in the rural San Diego backcountry? It is estimated that the Sunrise Powerlink will affect 3000 east San Diego county residents.
This destructive impact ... [More]
28. May 2009 23:27
If you are local to San Diego don't forget to stop by Hazy Meadows Ranch in Lakeside on Saturday May 30 from 11:00AM to 4:30 PM.
The fine folks over at the East County Community Action Coalition are putting on a awesome fund raiser to help with the legal expenses in the fight against the Sunrise Powerlink. There will be fantastic live entertainment during the event along with some great raffle prizes.
The Hazy Meadow Ranch is located at 15466 El Monte Rd in Lakeside. Please see flyer below for more information.
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16. April 2009 19:57
I just caught this article in the San Diego Union Tribune giving Sempra a big pat on the back for expanding its' solar presence in the Nevada desert.
While this looks all warm, fuzzy and green on the surface we have to take a step back and look at the shortcomings of this approach.
Once again the Desert is being used as a sacrifice zone.
We will need more transmission lines to get this power to the population centers.
It maintains Sempra's control of energy production and distribution to the consumer.
Environmental issues aside, we as consumers should be asking our politicians, "Why can'... [More]
11. March 2009 18:47
I drove out to Alpine after work to attend the town hall information meeting that SDG&E was holding to answer questions about the controversial Sunrise Powerlink. SDG&E had all the bases covered here. Besides cookies and drinks, residents could get color GIS printouts of where the line would run in reference to their property. You simply had to give the technician your parcel number and voila you get a map printout with an ugly green line bisecting it. You know green for"Green Energy".Many residents seemed caught off guard with various portions of the approved route especially with how close it ran to some property lin... [More]