Citizens Transmission projects increase grid reliability, unlock access to large quantities of renewable energy, and fund new charitable programs for people living in the area.
Citizens Transmission partners with utilities across the country to develop new high-voltage transmission lines. Our projects increase grid reliability, unlock access to large quantities of renewable energy, and fund new charitable programs for people living in the area.
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Citizens Transmission established a partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric to develop and construct the Sunrise Powerlink, a 120-mile, $1.9 billion 500 kV high-voltage transmission project in Southern California. The Sunrise Powerlink line connects the City of San Diego to one of the largest sources of renewable power in the United States: thousands of megawatts of geothermal, solar, and wind resources from the Salton Sea region and Imperial County. Citizens’ profits from this project are being used to fund our Solar Homes Program, which installs solar collectors atop the homes of low income residences in Imperial County, the poorest county in California.
Citizens Transmission was recently awarded a license by the California grid operator to develop and build a 70-mile, 230 kV line in the Central Valley region of California in partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric and MidAmerican Transmission. Our newest transmission line will come online before 2022.
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The Sunrise Powerlink is a 120-mile, $1.9 billion power line that Citizens developed, financed, and built in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric. This project received its permits in 2010 and began commercial operation in 2012. The Sunrise Powerlink has enabled SDG&E to meet three important objectives:
Citizens Energy financed a large portion of this line in Imperial County, and is using 50% of its profits from this investment to assist low-income and elderly families in Imperial Country with their energy needs, such as installing free solar panels on their roofs. Read more about the Solar Homes Initiative.
The Gates-Gregg Line is a proposed 70 mile, 230 kV transmission line in the Central Valley of California. The line will span Fresno, Madera and Kings Counties, connecting the Gates and Gregg substations, which are owned and operated by Pacific Gas & Electric. Building this line will improve grid reliability, create jobs, and help California reach its ambitious renewable energy targets.
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) selected Citizens, PG&E and Mid-American Transmission over four other bidders in a competitive process to develop, own, and operate this line. A key reason for our selection is our ability to deliver this project several years earlier than other respondents. This project is expected to come online by 2020.
Peter F. Smith, Chief Operating Officer
Peter F. Smith joined Citizens Energy in November 2000 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role he reports directly to the Chairman and President and is responsible for all aspects of Citizen's business and charitable activities. Most recently, he worked on establishing and expanding Citizen's strategic relationship with CITGO to provide discounted heating oil to hundreds of thousands of low-income families across 16 states. Additionally, he has led Citizen's efforts to develop high-voltage electricity transmission lines in Southern California to unlock vast renewable energy sources. Prior to joining Citizens Energy, he was a Manager at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), an international strategy and general management consulting firm focused on helping leading corporations create and sustain competitive advantage. He also spent five years on active duty with the United States Coast Guard, serving as a deck watch officer aboard the 270' cutter Escanaba in Boston and Commanding Officer of the 110' cutter Tybee in San Diego. Smith holds a B.S. in economics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He and his wife are the parents of four children.
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