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New Power Line Decreases Liklihood Of Outages In Mother Lode

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The approval of a new, major power transmission line in Southern California will lessen the likelihood of rolling blackouts this summer in the Mother Lode.

The California Independent System Operator Board of Governors have approved a major high-voltage power line that will improve the ability to import power from the Southwest to heavily populated portions of the Golden State.

ISO spokeswoman Stephanie McCorkle says the new line will lessen the likelihood of lights dimming during peak demand periods.

“Basically it means we have a little more insurance against blackouts.”

PVD2 is a 230-mile long 500-kilovolt transmission line that connects the Palo Verde substation in Arizona with the Devers substation in California. The project is expected to be completed by 2009 at a cost of approximately $680 million.

California´s ISO is charged with managing the flow of electricity along the long distance, high voltage power lines that comprise the majority of California´s transmission system.

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