Over 150 miles of transmission line is being proposed to deliver power to San Diego at a cost of $1.3 billion.

Opponents say the real reason for the project is that SDG&E and its parent company, Sempra Energy, want to create a “fossil fuel corridor” connecting power plants in Mexico to markets in Los Angeles.

The environmental report, prepared by the Aspen Environmental Group for the PUC and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, originally considered more than 100 alternative routes and other options for producing the electricity the county will need in the future.

The report has narrowed those alternatives to seven and ranked them.

Despite ample statistical and empirical evidence to support the benefits of decentralization, elected officials continue to buy into the corporate model of centralized power. This article also seems to support the general buzz that exponential growth in power requirements are not going to be met as early as 2011. Urban America will sufffer the most but rural America will be the first to be cut back in rolling blackouts.