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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 | When debating questions about the Sunrise Power Link one must know what questions to ask first and foremost. I have heard both sides of the debate and am amazed at the amount of misinformation that is out there.

It has been suggested in a recent editorial that “San Diego Gas and Electric’s Sunrise Power Link would deliver 1,000 megawatts of clean, renewable energy from Imperial Valley to the San Diego region.”

One must ask himself, where is all this renewable energy going to be generated from? I have seen nothing in all the articles that I have read about building an additional 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy but I have read SDG&E’s website.

“Sempra Generation began commercial operations at its first international power-generation plant, a 600 MW plant near Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Electricity from the project is available for the U.S. market.”

Where do you think all this “clean” energy really is going to come from? My conjecture is that it will come from Mexico where the regulations are less stringent. With one power plant already built, how many more are slated to be built?

All one has to do is watch the news to know pollution knows no borders. Those of us who live in the South Bay know the harsh reality that every time we get a substantial rain our beaches get closed because of all the sewage that spills across the border.

It would be shameful to ruin the beauty of the region with huge transmission towers. We need local electric generation to supply power to the entire San Diego region but we need to get onboard and get rid of the NIMBY (not in my backyard) way of thinking. The only real way to get reliable energy is to have it generated locally. San Diego Gas and Electric has held a monopoly on our need for power for way too long. We should encourage other providers of power to come up with a plan that will provide for reliable power at a reasonable cost. A smaller plant at the existing South Bay Power Plant would go a long way in doing that.

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