By Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 12/20/2011 05:45:43 PM PST

Editor’s note: The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin will report each day through Dec. 31 on the state of one of our local cities. We will address what is in store for that city in 2012 while also running down the city’s top stories of 2011. Today: Chino Hills, Thursday: Claremont, Friday: Diamond Bar.

CHINO HILLS – The fight in this city to take down 200-foot towers will continue into the new year.

Chino Hills officials said the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project is the most significant thing their city will be dealing with in 2012, especially come January.

The California Public Utilities Commission told Southern California Edison to stop construction on its expanded power line project last month and ordered it to present “feasibility, cost and timing” for five alternative routes by Jan. 10.

“It’s been a frustrating fight,” Mayor Art Bennett said. “We have been engaged with this for the longest time and when the power poles started to be put up over the last six months that mobilized the community. Once the monstrosity started to appear on the landscape, everyone realized the horrible impact it was having on the city.”

The project is being installed within Edison’s right-of-way from Chino Hills’ western border near Tonner Canyon, through the city and eventually into Riverside County.

Approved by the CPUC in 2009, the $2.1 billion project is expected to carry 500 kilovolts of wind-generated power through its lines.

The high-voltage transmission poles and towers are being built to meet the state’s 33 percent mandate to generate more sustainable energy and is expected to be complete in three years.

“Southern California Edison’s Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project is the first major transmission project in California being constructed to deliver renewable power from remote, renewable-rich resource areas to the population centers of southern California,” Southern California Edison spokesman Paul Klein said.

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