POWER MEETINGS PLANNED NEW 500,000-VOLT LINES TO BE DISCUSSED.
Byline: Charles F. Bostwick Staff Writer
LANCASTER - Southern California Edison Southern California Edison (or SCE Corp), the largest subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), is the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California. It provides 11 million people with electricity. officials will explain plans for three 500,000-volt lines proposed between west Lancaster, Valencia, Acton and Tehachapi to serve a huge expansion of Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley wind-energy farms.
Open houses May 25 in Rosamond, May 26 in Lancaster and June 2 in Valencia will provide information to residents, property owners and anyone who is interested in the Antelope transmission line, which is expected to cost $190 million to $250 million, and when completed could carry enough electricity to power 825,000 homes.
``It's the project team that will be there and will be available for questions,'' Southern California Edison public affairs Those public information, command information, and community relations activities directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information; community relations; public information. region manager Alis Clausen said of the open houses.
As presently envisioned, the new lines would replace a lower-power line leading northeast from Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, , add to an existing power-line corridor from west Lancaster to Acton, and create a new power-line right-of-way north from Lancaster into Kern County between 100th and 110th streets west.
Edison is seeking authorization from the California Public Utilities Commission The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC; also often commonly referred to as simply the PUC)  is a state Public Utilities Commission which regulates privately-owned utilities in the state of California, including electric power, for the lines. The first segment, between Valencia and west Lancaster, is expected to be finished in 2007.
With a post-energy crisis state law ordering utilities to get 20 percent of their electricity from ``renewable'' sources by 2017, state officials say the Tehachapi-Mojave area has the potential to grow from 600 megawatts of wind power to as much as 4,500, with another 400 megawatts in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County.
Last July, the state Independent System Operator board told Southern California Edison to proceed with the design and environmental studies, though both Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric have objected to being required to finance power lines serving other companies' wind projects.
The first line would run 25.6 miles from east of Interstate 5 near Magic Mountain amusement park amusement park, a commercially operated park offering various forms of entertainment, such as arcade games, carousels, roller coasters, and performers, as well as food, drink, and souvenirs. in Valencia to a substation west of Lancaster.
A later extension would run high-power lines 26.1 miles to a new substation west of Mojave and then a further 9.4 miles to east of Tehachapi, serving the area of existing wind farms and potential new wind farms in East Kern County.
A third leg will run 17.8 miles from the west Lancaster substation to near Acton at the Vincent substation, a prime component of the state power grid.
Much of the Valencia-West Lancaster line runs through Angeles National Forest The Angeles National Forest (ANF) was established by executive order on December 20, 1892 as the San Gabriel Timberland Reserve. It covers over 2,600 km² (650,000 acres) and is located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County, just north of the metropolitan area of Los , which will require Forest Service approval for adding 80 feet to the existing 100-foot-wide right-of-way.
Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742
--WHAT - New 500,000-volt power lines between Valencia, west Lancaster, Acton and Tehachapi.
--WHY - To serve new and expanded wind-turbine farms in the Tehachapi Mountains Te·hach·a·pi Mountains
A range of southern California extending from east to west between the Sierra Nevada and the Coast Ranges north of Los Angeles. and western Antelope Valley.
--WHEN - Construction could start in 2006 on the first segment.
--MORE INFORMATION - In Santa Clarita, call Ernie Vallegas of Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, Edison's Valencia Service Center at (661) 257-8239. In the Antelope Valley, call Alis Clausen of Edison's Lancaster Service Center at (661) 726-5608.
IF YOU GO
Southern California Edison will host three open houses on the Antelope Valley transmission line project.
--May 25, 4 to 8 p.m., Hummell Community Building, 2500 20th St. W., Rosamond.
--May 26, noon to 7 p.m., Edison service center, 42060 10th St. W., Lancaster.
--June 2, 4 to 8 p.m., Rio Norte Junior High School Rio Norte Junior High is a school in the William S. Hart Union High School District. Located in the city of Santa Clarita, California, and the community of Valencia, Rio Norte is for seventh and eighth graders. , 28771 Rio Norte Drive, Valencia.
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