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SCE to hold public workshop at Bakker Center on March 3

Star Editor

Southern California Edison will hold a public workshop on the Lugo-Pisgah Renewable Transmission Corridor Project from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at the Percy Bakker Community Center in Hesperia.

The project entails installing 67 miles of 500 kilovolt transmission to replace the existing 220kV line. The line begins at SCE’s Lugo Substation in Hesperia and ends at a substation near Newberry Springs. The Lugo Substation is located at 6655 Escondido.

Additionally, the existing 60- to 80-foot-tall steel towers will be replaced by taller towers 100 feet or higher. The new Pisgah substation will sit on a 70-acre site.

“We are at the very early stages of that project,” said project manager Ken Spear.

Residents who will be potentially affected by the project have notified.

“We have notified approximately 600 individuals who are in the vicinity of our study area,” Spear said.

Before beginning, SCE must go through a thorough environmental process and take the project before the Public Utilities Commission.

“All of that stuff is looked at very closely as part of our required application,” Spear said.

The project will take several years to complete.

“We’re shooting for an operating date for the (Pisgah) substation of 2017.”

SCE is investing $21 billion over the next five years toward expanding and improving its power network. About $5 billion is allocated toward transmission related work, according to regional manager Jennifer Menjivar.

“SCE is very committed to expanding and strengthening our power grid and also greening the power grid,” she said.

The Percy Bakker Community Center is located at 9333 E Ave., Hesperia.


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