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Pure energy: San Diego’s controversial Sunrise Powerlink activated

San Diego Gas & Electric announced this week that the much-debated Sunrise Powerlink has been completed and energized. The 117-mile, 500,000 volt transmission line that connects San Diego with the Imperial Valley is the culmination of close $1.9 billion, five years of environmental reviews and 18 months of construction. According to NASDAQ, The review was so extensive that it is being considered “the most comprehensive study of a proposed transmission power line in state history.”

“Putting the Sunrise Powerlink into service is the final milestone in a complex and challenging energy project that ranks among the largest and most significant in the history of San Diego Gas & Electric,” said Jessie J. Knight Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of SDG&E in a press release. “Design, planning, construction and implementation of the project required scores of public hearings, detailed construction schedules to accommodate a wide array of environmental regulations and coordination of thousands of helicopter flights to ferry crews and material to the construction sites along the route.”