A resolution opposing transmission lines that would bring electricity from Mexico to California was adopted by the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday by a vote of 4-1.
Supervisor Joe Maruca cast the dissenting vote.
The transmission lines will export electricity from two power plants in Mexicali to San Diego County through Imperial County. One of those plants, Intergen Aztec Energy of Boston, will use turbines that do not meet California air pollution standards.
An increase in emissions in the Mexicali-Imperial Valley air basin will likely have a negative impact on the region's air quality, states a Nov. 28 document by the county Air Pollution Control District to U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, regarding the power plants.
Maruca opposed the resolution because it did not include opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that will provide fuel to the power plants.