|The early dawn sun highlights desert silhouettes in the northern Lucerne Valley, just east of the Granite Mountains. The proposed Coolwater-Lugo Transmission Project would cut right through this landscape.|
SCE has put forward other reasons to build the Coolwater-Lugo Transmission line, but it had scrapped less destructive alternatives because it argued that it needed to serve the Mojave Solar project. Hopefully CPUC will ask SCE to reconsider its options for transmission line upgrades in the desert. There are plenty of existing transmission corridors that can be upgraded, and distributed generation and storage should be used to alleviate the need for new transmission lines in the first place.