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Morongo Band of Mission Indians

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved final transmission rates for the recently upgraded power lines crossing the Morongo Indian Reservation near Palm Springs, California, allowing a first-of-its kind joint venture between a tribally-owned transmission company and Southern California Edison (SCE) to move forward.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s January 28 approval supports California’s green energy goals by linking sustainable solar, wind and battery energy resources in Eastern Riverside County, Imperial County and other states to the Southern California power grid at no increased cost to ratepayers.

“Through the innovative partnership between Morongo Transmission and Southern California Edison, Morongo is making history once again to help deliver sustainable green energy resources to Southern California,” said Morongo Tribal Chairman Charles Martin.

Morongo Transmission, LLC — approved in July 2021 as the nation’s first ever participating transmission entity to be majority-owned by a Native American tribe — partnered with Southern California Edison to develop and finance the West of Devers Upgrade Project to replace 48-miles of aging powerlines.

Completed last year, the newly installed Devers powerlines between Palm Springs and San Bernardino can transmit three times more energy (1,600 MW to 4,800 MW) than the older lines.

Morongo Transmission LLC is a partnership between Morongo as the majority owner and Coachella Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of Axium Infrastructure.

About the Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Located just west of Palm Springs in Riverside County, the 36,000-acre Morongo Indian Reservation is home to the resilient Morongo Band of Mission Indians. As a sovereign nation, Morongo has overcome decades of adversity to become a model of self-reliance and self-determination, providing over $3 billion in regional economic benefit and more than 2,500 jobs as the region’s largest employer. The tribe has built upon its successes for the benefit of generations to come and the surrounding communities, all while honoring and preserving the rich traditions of its past. For more information, visit

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