Things are on track for the Sunrise Powerlink, said San Diego Gas & Electric officials at a community meeting last week.
About a dozen community members from the renewable energy industry, banks, city government and more attended the hour-and-a-half meeting last Tuesday to hear an update on the 120-mile project to transport renewable energy out of Imperial County.
Construction is set to start on the transmission lines this year, but the project is still waiting for a record of decision from the U.S. Forest Service, said Todd Voorhees of SDG&E at the meeting. A record of decision is a concise written record of the responsible official's decision based upon an environmental impact study, according to the Forest Service Web site.
However, a big concern for the group at the meeting was making sure jobs got back to Imperial County once construction begins.
"Granted, you have problems in Alpine and Lakeside because of the path, but if local jobs are not created here, that's when you're going to get us screaming at you," said Cheryl Viegas-Walker of Rabobank, who is also mayor of El Centro.