facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

California to link grid to renewables

July 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
SACRAMENTO, July 12 (UPI) -- A new power link in southern California brings roughly 800 megawatts of renewable energy to the regional electric grid, the EIA said.

The U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration states San Diego Gas and Electric activated a $1.9 billion transmission line. The Sunrise Powerlink Transmission project adds 800 megawatts of power capacity to the Southern California grid. It could be ramped up to 1,000 MW, the agency said.

The regional power grid was expected to suffer from a capacity shortage because of unplanned outages at a nuclear power station near San Diego.

The EIA states the region has significant renewable energy potential. The line connects to two solar power projects that are under construction in the area.

The three main utility companies in the state -- Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison -- are required to secure at least 20 percent of their resources from renewable energy.

The EIA said transmission capability is critical for the state's grid as it imports "significant supplies" of electricity from other regions.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Hershey's new logo launched, compared to emoji poop
2
The 'Home of the Whopper' to keep headquarters in U.S.
3
Canadian media must broadcast official emergency notifications
4
France receives upgraded aerial tanker
5
Kurds raise oil funds for refugees
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback