A federal judge in California recently dismissed a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of a major bond-financed transmission project connecting California and Oregon.

Gregory Bowers, a Seattle-based engineer, argued in the lawsuit filed last summer that the U.S. Department of Energy should prepare a supplemental statement on the environmental and economic impact of the a decision earlier this year by the California Public Utilities Commission. That decision barred three large private utilities from owning part of the new line. Mr. Bowers alleged that the loss of the private utilities diminished the economic rationale for the project.

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