SCE's Coolwater-Lugo Project Dismissed by CPUC

In a unanimous decision by the CPUC Commissioners on May 21, 2015, the Southern California Edison (SCE) application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Coolwater-Lugo Transmission Project was dismissed. The project will not be built without SCE starting all over again from the beginning, according to Lorrie Steely, founder of the Mojave Communities Conservation Collaborative. The group has been fighting the project with the help of a growing group of High Desert residents concerned about big solar and wind projects being built. This is a big win for the group, nicknamed “MC3,” which wants to preserve the pristine Mojave Desert, especially since studies have already shown that rooftop and other small solar projects are sufficient to meet Governor Brown’s mandated green energy demands

“Maybe they will reconsider the location choice, if there is a ‘next time’ for a project in this area,” said Steely.

The application for the Coolwater-Lugo Transmission Project (CLTP) in San Bernardino County, was submitted by Southern California Edison for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to the CPUC on August 28, 2013. SCE also submitted a Draft Plan of Development for the project to the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management. The project was reviewed under both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

On April 25, 2014, SCE filed an amended application and revisions to the PEA in response to the March 14, 2014, Joint Assigned Commissioner and ALJ’s Ruling Requiring Amended Application, Resolving Outstanding Protest Requests and Motions to Strike. Revisions to the PEA are limited to the Executive Summary, Chapter 1 – Purpose and Need, and Chapter 3 – Project Description.

Find more information on the project at: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/Environment/info/aspen/cltp/application.htm

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