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Southern California Edison's Falcon Ridge Substation Project

(Application A.10-12-017, filed December 29, 2010)

Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of proposed construction of Southern California Edison's (SCE) Falcon Ridge Substation Project. An application for this project was submitted to the CPUC on December 29, 2010 (Application A.10-12-017). This site provides access to public documents and information relevant to the CEQA review process.


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Background Information


The CPUC prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Falcon Ridge Substation Project, and requested comments on the scope and content of the EIR. SCE seeks a permit to construct (PTC) the Falcon Ridge Substation, which includes the following major elements:

  • Construction of a 66/12 kilovolt (kV) substation (Falcon Ridge Substation). Falcon Ridge Substation would be an unattended, automated 56 MVA 66/12 kV low-profile substation located on a 7.5-acre parcel in the City of Fontana;
  • Installation of two 66 kV subtransmission source line segments to connect the Falcon Ridge Substation to the existing Alder 66/12 kV and Etiwanda 220/66 kV substations (upgrades would occur within each of the existing substations to accommodate the Project);
  • Construction of three underground 12 kV distribution getaways; and
  • Installation of telecommunications facilities at the proposed Falcon Ridge Substation, installation of telecommunications fiber optic cable on the proposed 66 kV subtransmission source lines, and the modification of the existing telecommunications facilities at the Etiwanda and Alder substations to connect the proposed substation to the SCE telecommunications network.

The purpose of the Project is to serve the current and projected demand for electricity, and enhance reliability and system operational flexibility in the cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Fontana and the surrounding areas of unincorporated San Bernardino County (Electrical Needs Area).

Location of the Proposed Project

The substation site would be located in the City of Fontana, and the subtransmission source lines would be located in the cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Rialto, and a portion of unincorporated San Bernardino County.

Proponent's Environmental Assessment (PEA)

To view the Application or PEA prepared by SCE for the project, click a link below:

To go to the SCE website for the project, click here: SCE Falcon Ridge Site.


Environmental Review

Public Scoping Period

On March 30, 2011 the CPUC published a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an EIR for the Falcon Ridge Substation Project (A.10-12-017). To view the NOP, click here: NOP. The scoping period for this Project began on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, and ended on Friday, April 29, 2011.

Educational Workshop and Scoping Meeting

An educational workshop and scoping meeting was held on Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Summit High School, 15551 Summit Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336.

Draft EIR

Public Comment on the Draft EIR

On January 26, 2012 the CPUC published a Notice of Availability (NOA) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Falcon Ridge Substation Project (A.10-12-017). To view the NOA, click here: NOA.

The Draft EIR was available for a 45-day public comment period January 26, 2012 through March 12, 2012.

  • To view the complete DEIR, click here: DEIR [pdf 48.8mb].
  • To view the Appendices for the DEIR, click here: Appendices [pdf 5.82mb].

Public Meeting

On Thursday February 16, 2012 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, the CPUC held a public comment meeting at Summit High School, Room G-101, 15551 Summit Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336, to receive oral and written comments from interested parties. Following the end of the public comment period, responses to all comments received on the Draft EIR and submitted within the specified 45-day review period were prepared by the CPUC and included in a response to comments document, which together with the Draft EIR, constitutes the Final EIR for the Proposed Project.

Availability of Draft EIR

Copies of the Draft EIR are available for public review at the libraries identified below and on the project website. This website will be used to post all public documents during the environmental review process and to announce any upcoming public meetings.

Project information repositories include the following libraries:

Repository Sites
Site Location Phone
Fontana Lewis Library 8437 Sierra Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335
(909) 574-4500
Carter Branch Library 2630 N. Linden Avenue
Rialto, CA 92377
(909) 854-4100
Paul A. Biane Library 12505 Cultural Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
(909) 477-2720
Final EIR

Availability of the Final EIR

The Final EIR was published on October 15, 2012. Copies of the Final EIR are available for public review at the above libraries listed above and by clicking on the link below:

  • To view the FEIR, click here: FEIR [pdf 12.8mb]

Additional environmental analysis was prepared to consider information presented by SCE following the issuance of the Final EIR regarding the feasibility of the Flood Control District Right-of-Way Alternative (as evaluated in the Final EIR) and SCE's proposed variation of it. This additional analysis has been added to the Final EIR as Appendix I and will be considered by the CPUC as part of the Final EIR in its deliberations regarding whether to certify the Final EIR and whether to approve the Proposed Project.

  • Appendix I is available as part of the FEIR link provided above, or separately by clicking here: FEIR Appendix I.

The Next Steps

Information about the CPUC's consideration of the project may be found on the Proceedings page. Note: to look up this specific proceeding, enter '1012017' (without quote marks) in the 'Proceeding Number Search' window and then press the search button once or twice to get to the list. The click the link labeled 'active.' You should then be able to select documents,rulings, etc. from the navigation tabs on the page.

For Additional Information

The CPUC, through its Environmental Review Team, manages environmental review of the project. To request additional information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact us by email, fax, or phone, as follows:

Project email:
Project voice mail: (415) 962-8492
Project fax: (415) 896-0332

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