Current Environmental Review Schedule available here.
Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of proposed construction of the Southern California Edison (SCE) Alberhill System Project. An application for this project was submitted to the CPUC on September 30, 2009 (Application A.09-09-022). SCE filed an amendment to the application on March 15, 2010 (Application A.09-09-022, amended) and filed amended sections of the Proponent’s Environmental Assessment (PEA) on April 11, 2011. The amended sections of the PEA propose modifications to the two 500-kV transmission line alignments included in the original PEA. The modified alignments would avoid the Lake Mathews-Estelle Mountain Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat core reserve.
The CPUC determined that it would be in the public’s best interest to consolidate the CEQA analyses for the SCE Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Project Petition for Modification (PFM) application (A. 07-01-031; proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project) and the proposed Alberhill Project Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) application into a single CEQA document for reasons that are discussed further below. As the lead agency, the CPUC will prepare one Draft and one Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate the environmental impacts of both projects in accordance with the criteria, standards, and procedures of the CEQA (Public Resources Code sections 21000 et seq. and California Code of Regulations Title 14, sections 15000 et seq.).
The proposed Alberhill Project would serve the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Perris, Menifee, Murrieta, Hot Springs, Temecula, and Wildomar as well as surrounding unincorporated areas of Riverside County. Click here to view a map of the proposed Alberhill Project. The GIS webviewer for the proposed Alberhill Project is available here. Instructions for using the GIS webviewer are available here.The proposed Alberhill Project would include the following components:
- Construct one 1,120 megavolt ampere (MVA) 500/115-kilovolt (kV) substation (Alberhill Substation), expandable to a maximum of 1,680 MVA.
- Construct two 500-kV transmission lines to connect the proposed substation to the existing Serrano–Valley 500-kV transmission line.
- Construct one new and modify four existing 115-kV subtransmission lines to transfer five 115/12-kV substations that are currently served by the Valley South 500/115-kV Substation to the new Alberhill 500/115-kV Substation.
- Install telecommunications lines on the new and replaced transmission and subtransmission lines.
- Install a 120-foot microwave antenna tower at the proposed Alberhill Substation site. Install microwave telecommunications antennas at the existing Santiago Peak communications site and Serrano Substation. Install telecommunications equipment at other existing and proposed substations.
The Alberhill Substation is proposed to be built on approximately 34 acres of a 124-acre property located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Temescal Canyon Road and Concordia Ranch Road in unincorporated western Riverside County. The two 500-kV transmission lines would each extend approximately 1 mile northeast to connect to the existing Serrano–Valley 500-kV transmission line. The 115-kV subtransmission line modifications and construction would occur southeast from the Alberhill Substation to Skylark Substation (approximately 11.5 miles) and from Skylark Substation to Newcomb Substation (approximately 9 miles).
Telecommunications lines would be installed primarily on the overhead structures modified or constructed as part of the proposed project. In addition, a 120-foot microwave antenna tower would be installed at the proposed Alberhill Substation that would direct signals to a new dish antenna located approximately 7 miles to the southwest at the existing Santiago Peak Communications site. From there, another new dish antenna would direct signals to a new dish antenna installed at the Serrano Substation.
SCE designed the proposed Alberhill Project to meet long-term forecasted electrical demand in the proposed Alberhill Project area and increase electrical system reliability. SCE estimates that construction of the proposed Alberhill Project would take approximately 28 months.
A description of the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project is located on the Valley–Ivyglen website.
SCE’s proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project and proposed Alberhill Project would be constructed within the same right-of-way (ROW) from the intersection of Collier Avenue and Third Street in the City of Lake Elsinore northwest approximately 6.5 miles to the proposed Alberhill Substation site. Within this ROW, the 115-kV conductor required for the proposed Alberhill Project would be installed on the 115-kV structures constructed as part of the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project. Because the components of the proposed Valley-Ivyglen Project are required for construction of the proposed Alberhill Project, and the two proposed projects would be constructed during the same period, the CPUC determined that it would be in the public’s best interest to consolidate the CEQA analyses for the proposed Alberhill System Project CPCN application and the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project PFM application into a single CEQA document.
As the lead agency, the CPUC will prepare one Draft and one Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate the environmental impacts of both projects in accordance with the criteria, standards, and procedures of CEQA (Public Resources Code Sections 21000 et seq. and California Code of Regulations Title 14, sections 15000 et seq.).
The CPUC circulated a third Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project (with project changes as described in the amended 2014 PFM) and proposed Alberhill Project to the State Clearinghouse, responsible and trustee agencies, other agencies, tribes, elected officials, organizations, owners and occupants of contiguous properties, residents, and other interested parties on May 6, 2015. The circulated NOP opened a 30-day scoping period on the scope and content of the EIR beginning on May 6, 2015 and ending on June 5, 2015. A copy of the May 6, 2015 NOP is available here.The CPUC hosted two scoping meetings for the proposed projects on May 18, 2015. One meeting was held at the Cesar E. Chavez Library in Perris from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. The second meeting was held at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Arts Center in Lake Elsinore from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Each meeting began with a brief presentation, followed by a period to answer specific questions about the proposed projects. Click the following links to view materials provided at the meetings:
- Presentation Slides
- Information about the CPUC’s role, as presented by the CPUC Project Manager
- Alberhill Project Fact Sheet
- Valley–Ivyglen Project Fact Sheet
- Webviewer for the proposed Alberhill Project and Valley–Ivyglen Project
The public and agencies were invited to submit written comments until the scoping period ended on June 5, 2015. Information on the two previous NOPs and their respective scoping periods are available under Other Available Documents. The CPUC will base the information and extent of analysis to be presented in the Draft EIR on input and comments received during all three public scoping periods.
Once available, the Draft EIR will be available for review on the Alberhill System Project website, as well as at the following public libraries:
|Lake Elsinore Library
600 West Graham Avenue
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
|Paloma Valley Library
31375 Bradley Road
Menifee, CA 92584
|Canyon Lake Library
31516 Railroad Canyon Road
Canyon Lake, CA 92587
|City of Perris Cesar E. Chavez Library
163 East San Jacinto Avenue
Perris, CA 92570
34303 Mission Trail
Wildomar, CA 92595
The EIR will separately evaluate impacts that may occur from construction and operation of the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project and the proposed Alberhill Project. The Draft EIR will be circulated to federal, state, and local agencies and interested individuals to solicit their review and comments on the Draft EIR during the 45-day public review period.
Comments on the Draft EIR will be addressed in a Response to Comments document that, together with the Draft EIR, will constitute the Final EIR. The CPUC will issue separate proposed decisions on SCE’s applications for the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project and the proposed Alberhill Project.
The documents provided in this section are listed in reverse chronological order.
The CPUC issued two NOPs prior to the NOP issued on May 6, 2015. The first NOP was distributed on April 13, 2010. The circulated NOP opened a 30-day public comment period on the scope and content of the EIR from April 15 through May 14, 2010. The CPUC conducted a scoping meeting on April 29, 2010, at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Arts Center in Lake Elsinore, California, to solicit comments on the scope of the EIR.
On July 28, 2011, the CPUC circulated a second NOP after determining that the amended PEA was complete on May 26, 2011. Circulation of the second NOP opened a 30-day public comment period from July 28 through August 26, 2011. The CPUC conducted a second scoping meeting on August 18, 2011, at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Arts Center, to solicit comments on the revisions to the proposed project presented in the amended PEA.
- 2011 Proposed Alberhill Project Notice of Preparation, after amended PEA (July 28, 2011)
- 2010 Proposed Alberhill Project Notice of Preparation errata postcard with updated map (April 20, 2010)
- 2010 Proposed Alberhill Project Notice of Preparation (April 13, 2010; map updated April 20, 2010)
An application for this project was submitted to the CPUC on September 30, 2009 The CPUC sent SCE a deficiency letter on October 22, 2009 that requested additional information from SCE to satisfy the CPUC’s Information and Criteria List. The CPUC reviewed the additional information that SCE submitted and determined the application to be complete on March 26, 2010.
During the CPUC’s CEQA review process, the proposed Alberhill Project was found to be infeasible as proposed. On January 24, 2011, the CPUC sent SCE a letter withdrawing its previous determination of completeness and requested a new PEA. SCE submitted an amended PEA on April 11, 2011, and the CPUC deemed the amended PEA complete on May 26, 2011.Click the following links to view the application and PEA for the proposed Alberhill Project.
- Determination of Completeness, amended PEA (May 26, 2011)
- Amended PEA with Changes Tracked (Ch. 2, Ch. 3, App. F) (April 14, 2011)
- Amended PEA (Ch. 2, Ch. 3, App. F) (April 11, 2011)
- Completeness Determination Withdrawn (January 24, 2011)
- Determination of Completeness (March 26, 2010)
- Application A.09-09-022, amended (March 15, 2010)
- Deficiency Letter (October 22, 2009)
- Application A.09-09-022 (September 30, 2009)
- PEA Volume I (September 30, 2009; 25 MB)
- PEA Volume II (Appendices) (September 30, 2009; 20 MB)
CPUC Application Proceedings Website
The CPUC’s proceedings website provides each of the CPUC ruling and decision documents associated with the Alberhill System Project. The CPUC proceedings search website is available at: http://delaps1.cpuc.ca.gov/CPUCProceedingLookup. From the proceedings search website, enter “0909022” in the Proceedings Number Search box.
The CPUC's Environmental Review Team is conducting an environmental review of the proposed project. To request additional information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact us by email, fax, or phone, as follows:
Project fax: 415-981-0801
Project voicemail: 877-313-5385 (toll free)
The CPUC's Project Manager is:
Mr. Jensen Uchida, CPUC Project Manager
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel.: (415) 703-5484
Fax: (415) 703-2200