Renewable energy project warning to CA cities

Open Letter from the City of Chino Hills to:

California Public Utilities Commission,
Past and Present Members Board of Directors,
Southern California Edison
Governor Jerry Brown


I write this letter on behalf of the City of Chino Hills, as our community is witnessing the invasion of 198-foot tubular steel poles erected through the heart of our City. These iron giants are massive beyond our worst expectations and tower over our neighborhoods; permanently and irrevocably impacting 1,000 families’ homes, churches, parks, and public facilities. We dread the additional looming impacts when the poles will be strung with six extremely high voltage lines.

We are outraged, disgusted, and disheartened over the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) cavalier dismissal of our community during the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project’s review process. Our message to Californians… “Beware!” Southern California Edison, hiding under the cloak of delivering politically correct “green energy,” can get the CPUC’s approval to build anything on their existing rights-of-way with complete disregard for people impacted along the way and even disregard for their own standards. Our entire community is permanently disfigured by the CPUC’s decision.

This damage can never be mitigated. The reality for many families is that their children will grow up, playing in their own yards, under these massive double-circuit 500 kV power lines buzzing and crackling as their parents wonder if the proximity of their own backyards to these power lines will someday prove harmful to them. Most will be unable to sell their homes as they watch the value drop in an already depressed market. Unable to walk away from their homes, which represent their biggest investment, these families will suffer from the stress of this fear forever.

Families did choose to live next to a normal neighborhood 220 kV SCE transmission line, de-energized for nearly 40 years. Never did anyone expect that a CPUC review process would allow the construction of poles that climb to nearly 200 feet in a 150-foot easement, much less that they would be approved to carry double-circuit 500 kV power lines – a level of energy unheard of in residential neighborhoods throughout the entire United States. And SCE says “the residents knew the easement was there”. Talk about misleading.

The CPUC’s mission is to”regulate privately-owned electric companies and serve the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy.” Clearly, the CPUC has abused its vast and unchecked regulatory powers by allowing SCE to construct the massive infrastructure which permanently alters our community’s way of life and damages our families.

In recent TV coverage, KABC Channel 7 reported,”The California Public Utilities Commission sided with SoCal Edison, saying in a statement that “there are overriding statewide values which outweigh the community values of Chino Hills:’

How clear is that statement from the CPUC? Very clear. For the record, the City of Chino Hills never opposed this renewable energy project. Instead we developed a RESPONSIBLE alternate proposal that would reduce the impact on our residents while allowing SCE to move forward to meet renewable energy mandates.

If the CPUC remained true to its mission, this route through the City of Chino Hills would have been deemed unsuitable due to its significant health and safety impacts. A legitimate review process would have eliminated the route through Chino Hills and required SCE to develop a viable alternative that would not harm existing residents. Instead, our City spent $2.4 million to identify and design a viable alternative that had the support of environmentalists. The CPUC should have required SCE to do so. During the hearings and testimony, we witnessed the relationship between the SCE executives and CPUC Commissioners and staff. What is now clear is that our small City, with limited resources, likely could never prevail against SCE, a giant corporate entity with vast rate-payer funded resources and close friends at the CPUC. The path of least resistance is not always the right path.

This SCE project represents the height of corporate irresponsibility and it has been blessed by the CPUC. I believe that it is time to evaluate the CPUC’s relationships with the public utilities and their effectiveness in regulating these utilities, which they are supposed to do on behalf of the people of California.

Californians beware…..your community may be next. Sincerely,


Mayor Ed Graham

5 thoughts on “Renewable energy project warning to CA cities”


    Utilities and Health Departments based previous safety claims on World Health Organization (WHO).

    But June 2011, WHO says Wireless Smart Meter radiation is linked to CANCER (possible human carcinogen – same as Lead, DDT, etc), and that means it also damages bodies & brains (including children’s) in many ways, other than cancer.

    Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes).

    Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes).

    2-page Press Release:

  2. This is an absolute outrage, on top of the other outrages of this past several years, which are only getting worse. It is time for a march on Sacramento, we must demand the removal of Michael Peevey from the CPUC and a halt to anything that threatens life.

  3. I would give up having a cell phone if it meant saving human lives,would the rest of the people in California comply?If so,lets start a petition someone,please! The president may not support that decision but he and important officials can have thier own towers if they choose,lets just reduce them already.It really is no wonder people cant get pregnant,the scary statistics prove the invisible damage is enveloping us and our families daily.We should think about developing our case against Southern California Edison and it should be lead by the mayor and people of Chino Hills with backed proof of our alternative attempts to handle this respectively.That money spent would be worth every penny if we care about our nice town,our babies,our lives-lets make a change and decision to protect before we or our loved ones become victims of thier inhumanitarian aftermath.There are many states and towns that don’t have to live this way,its expensive in California and still considered a place people in the winter want to retreat to,we shouldn’t be dealing with this.No one should have to call an expensive danger zone home.

  4. That transmission line is part of the Southwest Intertie Project, bringing in new electricity from Nevada, Idaho and Montana. It will be so called “renewable energy” derived from wind and solar.
    That is what some people think is great, like the newly created Marin Energy Authority (MEA), but not in my backyard they say to new transmission lines across sensitive areas and cities. That is the big problem with centralized generation systems. The long transmission lines are extremely expensive, the power loss is huge (very inefficient), the environmental damage, the risk of fire and harm to wildlife, the dangers posed to human life, the vulnerability to security and terrorists and last but not least, the lowering of quality of life and property values.
    If you want renewables, you better love more transmission lines !!

  5. But, Redi, Are these the kind of transmission lines which cause childhood leukemia?
    How could they be allowed to do this?
    How could that commissioner or anyone on the CPUC approve something that’s going to hurt children?
    More research for me to do. . .

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