Having recently worked on a number of pipeline and transmission line projects, I find the issue of proximity damages to be fascinating. Does being adjacent to gas pipelines or electrical transmission lines diminish the value of an owner's remaining property? I have seen studies suggesting nearly every possible conclusion. If you're interested in this subject, there's a great article that was recently published in the Appraisal Institute's Appraisal Journal, Summer 2017 edition, titled The Effect of High-Voltage Overhead Transmission Lines on Property Values: A Review of ...
Few property owners look forward with any enthusiasm to the date the government finally announces it is moving forward with plans to condemn their property. But owners who pretend that day will never actually arrive often realize too late that they have missed opportunities to protect their investments.
Eminent domain often proceeds over a very long time-table. From project conception to right of way acquisition, years may pass, with properties held up in a cruel limbo as owners wait to see if the project really happens, and if so, whether their property will ultimately be impacted.
According to an article in this week's New York Times, "Solar Power Plants to Rise on U.S. Land," the United States has approved two large solar power plants to be built on federal lands. This is the first time such large plants will be built on federal land, and both are slated for California.
The first plant is proposed by Tessera Solar and will be built on 6,360 acres in the Imperial Valley. The second plant is proposed by Chevron Energy and will be built on 422 acres in the Lucerne Valley. When completed, the two projects could generate enough energy to power as many as 566,000 ...
In May, we reported on the City of Chino Hills' efforts to stop a portion of Southern California Edison's Tehachapi Transmission Project. The project involves 175 miles of transmission line right of way designed to serve wind farm development in the Tehachapi area.
Much of the right of way for the transmission lines runs through remote, undeveloped areas. Though there have been many disputes over the amount of money SCE must pay to acquire any new right of way it needs (much of the project runs along pre-existing right of way), there has been little dispute about SCE's right to ...
We've previously reported on some of the major renewable energy projects currently underway, such as Southern California Edison's Tehachapi Renewable Energy Transmission Line Project and GE's plans to design the largest wind farm in the world. After a major planning effort, it appears that another renewable energy project -- the Sunrise Powerlink project -- may be moving forward as well.
According to a March 7 San Diego Union Tribune article by Onell Soto, the 123-mile, $1.88 billion Sunrise Powerlink project has obtained approval from the Public Utilities Commission ...
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