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SDG&E Hosts Open House Meetings To Discuss Sunrise Powerlink

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The first in a series of open houses was held Wednesday to discuss residents' concerns about the controversial Sunrise Powerlink, which was recently approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.

The 123-mile Sunrise Powerlink transmission line will run from the Imperial Valley through the East County, including parts of Lakeside and the scenic El Monte Valley.  Residents attending the Wednesday night meeting say they were not given notice before the project was approved, but an SDG&E spokesperson says 12,000 notices were sent to homes within 300 feet of the planned line.

One of the concerned residents is well known conservationist Joan Embery.  "Is it really for San Diego? Is it going to benefit San Diegans? Is the tremendous cost involved to do this project actually going to pay off?" asked Embery.   SDG&E spokesperson Jennifer Ramp says the project is necessary to meet the growing demand for renewable energy.

Other residents are concerned fire crews won't have enough access to the area as a result of the project, but SDG&E says fires will have access by both ground and air.  Residents are looking at their legal options, but SDG&E says construction will start as early as next year.

Additional meetings will be held and can be found on a link connected to this story.

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