Study: Sempra Outsource Proposal Will Cost California Thousands of Jobs

Building Trades Opposing Cross-Border Transmission Line 

July 14, 2011 - A new study shows that Sempra Energy’s plan to outsource green energy production to Mexico will cost California thousands of jobs, and will cost up to $300 million in lost local, state and federal tax revenues.  Hardest hit by the plan would be Imperial County, which already suffers from the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

 The study, “Should Green Jobs Be Outsourced: A Case Study of Lost Jobs and Lost Opportunities,” is authored by Dr. Peter Philips, Professor of Economics at the University of Utah, who notes, “There is a tradeoff between building renewable energy in California and building it in Mexico to import into California.  In the case of Sempra’s proposed Energia Sierra Juarez transmission line, California and more specifically, Imperial County, loses.”

 SBCTC President Bob Balgenorth said of the study, “This report confirms what we’ve known all along:  Sempra’s plan is a job killer.  This flawed proposal to import energy instead of building projects here undermines President Obama’s vision to create jobs.  It is the wrong direction at a time when we should be building green energy projects in the state to put Californians back to work.”  That’s why SBCTC is urging Energy Secretary Steven Chu to say “No” to the Sempra plan to outsource American jobs.

 Sempra Energy has asked the Department of Energy for a Presidential Permit to construct a cross-border transmission line, known as Energia Sierra Juarez, between Mexico and California to enable the company to import electricity into California from energy projects in Mexico.  Secretary Chu will decide later this year whether or not to allow Sempra’s proposal to proceed.

 The entire study can be found at


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