TYPE: Transmission Line
OPPOSITION: NGOs, such as Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, California Desert Coalition, The Redlands Conservancy, Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, and Stop Green Path North Project. Also, governments of several localities through which the project would pass have adopted formal resolutions opposing the Green Path North, including: County of Riverside; San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors; Coachella Valley Association of Governments; City of Desert Hot Springs; Yucca Valley Town Council; Morongo Valley Community Services District; Joshua Tree Municipal Advisory Council; Twentynine Palms City Council; Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association; Johnson Valley Improvement Association; and Homestead Valley Community Council.
BACKGROUND: The Green Path North was a proposed $500 million, 85-mile-long “green” power transmission line that would have brought renewable electricity from inland California to Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) proposed the project to help meet its renewable electricity mandate, which must be 35 percent by 2020. In 2009, LADWP projected that 14 percent of its electricity came from renewable sources. A wide range of national and local environmental activist groups, including the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, and the Redlands Conservancy fiercely opposed the project, because it would have crossed wilderness preserves and scenic ridgelines, forcing seven route and capacity revisions for the transmission line. Senator Dianne Feinstein threatened legislation to protect California desert lands from renewable projects, which would have made it very difficult, if not impossible, to construct the Green Path North transmission line. On March 10, 2010, LADWP officially abandoned the Green Path North project, citing enormous costs and fierce opposition from environmental groups
LINKS: Los Angeles Times: http://articles.latimes.com/2009/sep/22/local/me-green-path22;
Stop Green Path: http://www.stopgreenpath.com/;
Hi-Desert Star: http://www.hidesertstar.com/articles/2009/02/25/news/doc49a4f695a3e3d462747465.txt;
LADWP: http://www.ladwpnews.com/go/doc/1475/802627/ http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp013439.pdf
Last Updated: December 8, 2010