The formal environmental review of the transmission line project, which is being designed to deliver 2,000MW of power into Los Angeles and beyond, has begun, according to

The power line project would be built for the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). The line is expected to come online by late 2016.

After completion of permitting process and the environmental review, construction of the transmission line is expected to start in January 2014.

AV Clearview project consultant Thomas O’Connor was quoted by the website as saying that Kern County has permitted over 7,000MW of renewable energy projects, with about 3,900MW already online.

"Despite receiving all necessary county approvals, many new generation projects will face challenges connecting to the existing transmission facilities, including Southern California Edison’s new Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Line, which stretches from Tehachapi into Los Angeles County," O’Connor said.