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Pacific Gas & Electric Company's Hollister 115 kV Power Line Reconductoring Project

(Application A.09-11-016)

Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website for the environmental review process for Pacific Gas & Electric Company's (PG&E) Hollister 115 kV Power Line Reconductoring Project. An application for this project was submitted to the CPUC on November 23, 2009 (Application A.09-11-016). This site provides access to public documents and information relevant to the CEQA review process.


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Background Information


PG&E owns and operates a 115 kV overhead electric power line system in San Benito and Monterey Counties near the cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista in central California. Both communities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista are currently served by the Hollister Substation. In the existing power line system configuration, the Hollister Substation is supplied by two 115 kV power lines (Hollister Number 1 and Hollister Number 2) that begin as a section of the double-circuit Moss Landing-Salinas-Soledad 115 kV power line. In the event of an outage on either 115 kV line serving Hollister Substation, all of the Hollister Substation load would be served from the remaining line.

The Hollister 115 kV Power Line Reconductoring Project includes replacing existing conductors and support structures on two segments of this system; the Hollister Tower Segment, which is approximately seven miles long; and the Hollister Pole Segment, which is approximately nine miles long. PG&E's proposal to reinforce the power line system serving the Hollister area consists of two components:

  • Replacing the existing double-circuit lattice tower section of the Moss Landing-Salinas-Soledad 115 kV power line between Lagunitas Switches and Anzar Junction (Hollister Tower Segment) with new towers and higher-capacity 115 kV conductors; and
  • Replacing the existing single-circuit wood pole section of the Hollister Number 1 115 kV power line between Anzar Junction and Hollister Substation (Hollister Pole Segment) with a new, double-circuit 115 kV power line with higher-capacity conductors supported by tubular steel poles and light-duty steel poles. In addition, an approximately 1.3-mile section of the Hollister Pole Segment, the Proposed River Crossing, would be relocated out of the San Benito River floodplain.

Environmental Review

Project Status

Project Milestones - last updated July 29, 2013
Milestone Date
Application deemed complete by CPUC December 23, 2009
Publication of Draft IS/MND November 17, 2010
Public meeting on Draft IS/MND December 2, 2010
Public Comment Period on IS/MND (30 Days) November 17 - December 17, 2010
Publication of Final IS/MND January 6, 2011
CPUC grants Permit to Construct January 27, 2011
Start of Construction November 2011
Estimated End of Construction August 2013

Mitigation Monitoring, Reporting, and Compliance Program

Construction Progress and Mitigation Monitoring, Reporting, and Compliance Program

The CPUC, as the lead agency, is responsible for ensuring that the Applicant Proposed Measures, mitigation measures, as well as plans reviewed and approved by other agencies, are implemented throughout the construction phase of the Project. The Project documents related to mitigation monitoring are available for public review on the Mitigation Monitoring page on this site.

Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration

Availability of the Draft and Final IS/MNDs

On January 6, 2011, the CPUC published the Final IS/MND, which includes the Draft IS/MND as Appendix A.

Public Comment Period, Public Meeting, and IS/MND Availability

The Draft IS/MND was available for a 30-day public comment period November 17, 2010 through December 17, 2010.

Public Information Meeting

The CPUC held a public information meeting on Thursday, December 2, 2010, at the Gabilan Hills Elementary School. The meeting began with a brief presentation providing an overview of the Proposed Project. Following the presentation, interested parties had an opportunity to provide comments about the project.


Proponent's Environmental Assessment (PEA)

The Application and PEA for the Hollister 115 kV Power Line Reconductoring Project may be viewed here:

Application Deemed Complete Letter (December 23, 2009)

Data Requests

The IS/MND Team has submitted data requests to PG&E in order to obtain specific information to support IS/MND preparation. The following are the data requests submitted to date:

Data Request Letter No. 1 (December 23, 2009)


Data Request Letter No. 2 (February 9, 2010)


For Additional Information

The CPUC, through its Environmental Review Team, is managing the environmental review of the project. To request additional information, please contact the CPUC's Project Manager:

Amy Baker, CPUC Project Manager
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel. (415) 703-1691
Fax (415) 703-2200

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