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Protect Our Communities defends communities and nature in San Diego County, Imperial County, and Northern Baja California from harmful energy projects and advances better energy solutions through advocacy and law.

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Sunrise Powerlink

You can keep up to date with our progress in challenging the construction of the Sunrise Powerlink by visiting our Progress Report, or sign up to receive email alerts from POC.

The current focus of the POC is the the Sunrise Powerlink. The SRPL is a 123-mile long transmission line that SDG&E plans to build. The route starts in Imperial County and winds its way through miles of backcountry land in San Diego County before terminating in Sycamore Canyon, just east of Poway. The POC opposes the Sunrise Powerlink for the following reasons:

  1. Increased fire risk and reduced fire-fighting capabilities
  2. Increased dependency on dirtyfossil fuels from foreign sources, which will be sent to the LA market
  3. Loss of habitat and destruction of pristine lands
  4. Loss of private property and reduction of property values.
  5. Concerns about health effects from EMF exposure.
  6. Read more details about these issues here.

One of the biggest misconceptions about the Sunrise Powerlink, which has been fueled by SDG&E’s propoganda campaign to garner political and public support for the Sunrise Powerlink, is that this is a green energy project. Once you put the puzzle pieces together, it is very clear that this is not the case. The intention of SEMPRA (SDG&E’s parent company) is to use the Sunrise Powerlink as a fossil fuel corridor from their import terminal on the Mexican Coast, through their pipelines to powerplants just across the border in Mexico, across the US border to the SRPL, and eventually up to the Los Angeles market. The map below connects the dots, and shows how SRPL is the missing piece they need to complete this project. The next and last step will be Phase II of the transmission lines, as shown below. These future lines were laid out by SDG&E in the EIR.

SDG&E’s Fossil Fuel Corridor Map:
(Click on map for a larger, detailed image.)

Fossil Fuel Corridor