Don Bauder 6:07 a.m., May 21
The Imperial Irrigation District announced yesterday that its Board of Directors passed a resolution condemning Sempra Energy’s move to construct a cross-border power transmission line, dubbed Energia Sierra Juárez.
The line would allow Sempra to construct renewable energy sources, such as wind-based generating stations, in Mexico and then export the power for use in the U.S. According to analysis of a bill introduced by Senator Juan Vargas in opposition to the project, Sempra has land holdings just across the border near La Rumorosa in Baja California with the potential to generate as much as 1250 megawatts of energy via wind power.
“Today the [Irrigation District] Board took a stand for local construction workers and gave hope to working families trying to make ends meet as we continue to suffer with the highest unemployment in the nation,” read a news release issued in support by the Imperial County Building & Construction Trades Council. “We cannot afford to outsource even one job, much less five years of work in the Valley.”
Vargas’ bill urges that a Presidential Permit not be issued for the project. In order to obtain such a permit, Sempra needs the blessing of the federal Department of Energy, as well as the Departments of State and Defense. It is slated for hearing with the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee today.