RTRP Support Letter

I support the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project (RTRP) Hybrid Project!

Our community needs the RTRP Project!  Without it, Riverside’s 326,000 residents are at risk of a power blackout if the area’s single connection to the California electric grid goes down due to a natural disaster, accident, or any other unanticipated event. 

Losing our only connection to the grid would adversely impact hospitals and trauma centers, jails, emergency response teams, fire stations, traffic signals, universities, schools, colleges, businesses and families.

Every other California city our size has multiple connections to the power grid.  Even much smaller cities have multiple connections.  Riverside residents deserve the same reliable energy that other cities have.

The alternatives you are considering call for more of the transmission line to be installed underground.  I’m concerned that this is going to be expensive and that I’m going to have to pay for those additional costs, and I can’t afford it.  This is not fair to our hard-working residents and small business owners who strive to make Riverside a great place to live, work, and play.

In 2006, the California Independent System Operator ordered Southern California Edison to create a second connection for Riverside to ensure the same reliability as other cities.  In the best-case scenario, if all approvals are obtained, the line will be built and energized in 2025.  Nineteen years is an extraordinarily long time to wait for a basic protection that all of our neighbors in adjacent cities already enjoy.

I urge the California Public Utilities Commission to approve the RTRP project  without further delay.