Construction on the Sunrise Powerlink—a $1.88-billion, 118-mile, 1,000-MW-capacity power line that would connect urban San Diego with alternative energy sources in the Imperial Valley—could begin in June if the U.S. Forest Service grants final approval. The owner, San Diego Gas and Electric Co., says the line is a key part of California’s mandated goal of deriving a third of its power from alternative sources by 2020. SDG&E could expedite the decision by meeting two conditions based on environmental considerations: shifting right-of-way to a northern route to avoid crossing designated wilderness areas and completing some construction using helicopters to protect the
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.