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San Diego Gas & Electric Salt Creek Substation Project

(Application A.13-09-014)

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This page was last updated on June 21, 2016.


Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website for the environmental review of the proposed San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Salt Creek Substation Project located in southwestern San Diego County, California. SDG&E submitted an application to the CPUC on September 25, 2013 (Application A.13-09-014). The proposed project is subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the CPUC is the CEQA Lead Agency. A CEQA review will be performed to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with this project. This site provides access to public documents and information relevant to the CEQA environmental review processes.

QUICK LINKS

Project Schedule

Project Construction

CPUC Decision

Background Information on the Project

Application and Proponent's Environmental Assessment (PEA)

Data Requests

Environmental Review

Project Schedule

Project Milestones - as of June 21, 2016
Milestone Date*
Application deemed complete by CPUC May 19, 2014
Publication of Notice of Preparation August 15, 2014
Publication of Draft EIR May 15, 2015
Public Comment Period on Draft EIR (45 Days) May 15, 2015 - June 29, 2015
Publication of Final EIR September 30, 2015
CPUC Decision May 12, 2016
Start of Construction Anticipated June 27, 2016
Estimated End of Construction Anticipated 4th Quarter of 2018

* Note: All anticipated dates are approximate and subject to change.

Project Construction

Mitigation Monitoring 

A Mitigation Monitoring, Complaince, and Reporting Plan (MMCRP) has been prepared to ensure compliance with applicant proposed measures (APMs) and mitigation measures approved in the Final EIR. This MMCRP was developed to provide guidelines and standardize procedures for environmental compliance during project implementation. The procedures were developed in coordination with SDG&E and CPUC and define the reporting relationships, the roles and responsibilities of the project's environmental compliance team members, compliance reporting procedures, and the communication protocol.

The MMCRP can be viewed here (2.5 MB).

Notice to Proceed

Notices to Proceed (NTPs) will be issued by the CPUC prior to construction activity. Issuance of NTPs will be contingent upon SDG&E compliance with pre-construction requirements as specified by the approved mitigation measures and responsible agency permitting requirements.

The NTP issued to SDG&E by the CPUC can be viewed here (2.6 MB).

Commission Decision

The Commission voted on May 12, 2016, to grant SDG&E a permit to construct Alternative 2 (Salt Creek Substation with Generation at Border and Larkspur Generation Facilities). Alternative 2 includes the following elements:
  • 69/12-kilovolt (kV) substation at the proposed Salt Creek Substation site
  • underground loop-in to connect the existing 69-kV powerline (TL 6910) to the proposed substation
  • additional energy generation at the exisiting CalPeak Power - Border elevtric generating facility and the Larkspur Energy Facility during periods of peak demeand for electricity. 
Alternative 2 does not include construction of a new 69-kV powerline between the Salt Creek Substation and existing Miguel Substation.

The Notice of Determination (NOD) was filed with the State Clearinghouse on May 23, 2016.

The Commission decision can be viewed here.
The NOD can be viewed here.

Background

SDG&E filed an application for a Permit to Construct the Salt Creek Substation Project (proposed project) with the CPUC. The proposed project consists of the following components:

  • Construction of a new 120 MVA 69/12-kV distribution substation in the City of Chula Vista 
  • Construction and operation of a new 69-kV single circuit powerline, approximately 5 miles in length, running between the proposed Salt Creek Substation and the existing Miguel Substation
  • Construction and operation of an underground loop-in of the 69-kV powerline to the proposed Salt Creek Substation
  • Installation of a new 69-kV powerline position at the existing Miguel Substation to connect the new powerline

The proposed substation site and the majority of the proposed powerline are located in the City of Chula Vista. Approximately 1 mile of the northernmost portion of the powerline is located in unincorporated San Diego County.

The proposed project is needed to serve the rapidly growing communities of Otay Ranch and Eastlake, and the  foreseeable future development of currenlty undeveloped land in the eastern portion of the City of Chula Vista.

Application and Proponent's Environmental Assessment (PEA)

On September 25, 2013, SDG&E submitted an Application for a Permit to Construct, including a proponent's environmental assessment (PEA) for the Salt Creek Substation Project and is available here. The PEA is a starting point for the independent environmental review process conducted by the CPUC. 

SDG&E's Application and PEA were deemed complete by the CPUC on May 19, 2014.

Data Requests

The CPUC Environmental  Review Team submitted data requests to the applicant for specific information to support the environmental review process. Those requests and the applicant's responses are published below. 

Preliminary Data RequestResponse #1A and Response #1B

Deficiency Report #1Response to Deficiency Report (SDG&E Response #2); Response #2 Attachments

Data Request #1; Repsonse to Data Request (SDG&E Response #3), Response #3 Attachments

Data Request #2 and Response (SDG&E Response #4)

Deficiency Report #2 and Response (SDG&E Response #5)

SDG&E Data Response #6

SDG&E Data Response #7

SDG&E Data Response #8

SDG&E Data Response #9

SDG&E Data Response #10 - Confidential Non-Public Information

SDG&E Data Response #11

SDG&E Data Response #12 - Confidential Non-Public Information

SDG&E Data Response #13 - Confidential Non-Public Information

SDG&E Data Response #14

SDG&E Data Response #16

SDG&E Data Response #17

SDG&E Data Response #18

SDG&E Data Response #19: Part 1, Part 2Part 3 (Part 3 Attachments),  Part 4 

SDG&E Data Response #20: Part 1 (Part 1 Attachments),  Part 2, Part 3 (Part 3 Attachments), Part 4 (Part 4 Attachments), Part 5 (Part 5 Attachments), Part 6 (Part 6 Attachment; Revised Attachments)

SDG&E Data Response #21 and Supplemental Response

In addition to data requests by the CPUC, SDG&E has provided new biological surveys conducted in 2014 for Coastal California Gnatcatcher, Western Burrowing Owl, Least Bell's Vireo, and Rare Plants. The surveys can be found here.

Environmental Review

Final Environmental Impact Report

The CPUC has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in compliance with CEQA. The Notice of Availability and the Final EIR are available to view below. 

Draft Environmental Impact Report

The CPUC has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in compliance with CEQA. The Notice of Availability and the Draft EIR are available to view below. 

Public Meeting and Public Comment

A public meeting to accept comments on the Draft EIR was held on June 4, 2015. The meeting transcript and  presentation that was presented at the meeting is available below. 

The 45-day public comment period on the Draft EIR ended on June 29, 2015.  Comments received on the Draft EIR are available below.

Notice of Preparation and Scoping Period

Issuance of a CEQA Notice of Preparation (NOP) is the first step in the EIR Process. This document provides a description of the proposed project and potential alternatives, as well as information regarding the scoping process. The NOP was published on August 15, 2014.  Click here to view the NOP.

Public Scoping Meeting

A public scoping meeting to accept comments on the environmental issues to be addressed in the environmental document was held on November 21, 2013. The presentation that was presented at the meeting is available below.

The CPUC accepted comments on the scope of the Draft EIR during the 30-day scoping period. The scoping period ended September 15, 2014. 

Scoping Report

A scoping report has been prepared to describe the CEQA scoping process and to document all comments received on the Salt Creek Substation Project. Click the link below to access the Scoping Report.

For Additional Information

To request additional information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact us by email, fax, or phone as follows:

Project email: saltcreeksub@panoramaenv.com
Project phone: (650) 373-1200 ext. 103
Project fax: (650) 373-1211

The CPUC's project manager is:

Connie Chen, CPUC Project Manager
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco CA 94102
Tel. (415) 703-2168


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