Clean energy line serving So Cal under way

The first three segments of renewable energy lines that will stretch from wind farms, solar and other generation sources in the far reaches of Kern and Los Angeles to California's Inland Empire are finished - with the next portions ready to get under way.

Southern California Edison said the power lines will be capable of delivering 4,500 megawatts of electricity to Ontario in San Bernardino County. The $5.5 billion Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, as it is called, will cross portions of the Antelope Valley, the Angeles National Forest, the San Gabriel Valley and the western Inland Empire.

Segments four through 11 should be complete in 2015. The project will, among other things, ease transmission constraints into the Los Angeles basin and help serve the growing population of the Antelope Valley.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization (SJVCEO) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.