Arizona Corporation Commissioners unanimously rejected Southern California Edison\u2019s proposed Palo Verde-Devers transmission line. Commissioners feared Arizona ratepayers would be on the hook for up to $242 million for the project, only to send the state\u2019s own less-costly power into Southern California. \u201cIt comes down to this,\u201d stated Arizona commissioner Kris Mayes, \u201cCalifornia wants to drop a 230-mile extension cord into Arizona at a time when Arizona is the fastest growing state in the nation.\u201d She added in the May 30 decision that it would be at the expense of Arizona\u2019s ratepayers, air quality, land, water, and wildlife. While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could override Arizona with federal backstop authority over transmission lines, Edison International chair and chief executive officer John Bryson does not appear to be ready for a federal altercation. \u201cIt\u2019s one thing to have backstop authority. It\u2019s another to change the hearts and minds in a state that doesn\u2019t want to do it,\u201d Bryson said June 7. Edison proposed building the $530 million 230-mile-long Devers-Palo Verde 2 transmission line by 2009. The 500 kV line was expected to bring up to 1,200 MW of power from largely idle gas-fired power plants in Arizona into the populous Los Angeles region. \u201cWhile some of those power plants may have surplus power available today to export to California, we have to be looking at the future of Arizona,\u201d commission chair Mike Gleason stated. The line was also supposed to help transmit renewable energy from geothermal and potential solar projects in the Imperial Valley area into Los Angeles by interconnecting with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power\u2019s planned Green Path transmission project. Two years ago LADWP disputed ownership of the line\u2014contending it had first rights to build\u2014and challenged Edison. The quarrel with Los Angeles over which entity would own and operate the facility was settled last fall (Circuit, Oct. 27, 2006). Under the deal, LADWP would have continued to transmit power from the Palo Verde nuclear plant in Arizona on the existing Devers-Palo Verde 1 line, but under reduced fees. In an offshoot of the Arizona case, the state found that Edison constructed 14 towers that were not approved. The state fined the utility $4.8 million for the transgression and ordered the towers removed.