BANANA greenies: No green energy transmission lines here!

“A federal court Tuesday rebuffed the U.S. Department of Energy’s attempt to establish … corridors for new high-voltage electric transmission lines that would cover 100 million acres in 10 states, including state and national parks in the Mojave Desert.

The three-judge panel from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that the energy agency failed to adequately … conduct … environmental reviews …

Environmental groups hailed the decision as a victory …

“We feel fantastic; it’s a huge victory,” said Anjali Jaiswal, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council

The ruling could be a blow for area utilities such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. …  The companies are under pressure to meet state guidelines to generate more of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal energy. The proposed transmission lines would handle the increased renewable power that is expected to come onto the grid.  …

“We do know that utilities in California, along with more than 30 other states, are under mandates to provide a certain percentage of renewable energy to customers,” [Jim] Owen [director of media relations at the Edison Electric Institute] said. “Additional transmission capacity is going to be needed to make that happen.””  “Court rejects U.S. bid to establish corridors for new electric transmission lines

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