San Diego Gas & Electric
Sycamore-Peñasquitos 230 Kilovolt Transmission Line Project
(Application No. A.14-04-011)
Last Update: June 14, 2017
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||CPUC Approves Alternative 5|
Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website for the environmental review of San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E’s) proposed Sycamore-Peñasquitos 230 Kilovolt Transmission Line Project (Proposed Project) located in San Diego County, California. SDG&E submitted an application to the CPUC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for the project on April 7, 2014. This site provides access to public documents and information relevant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, including mitigation compliance during construction. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared by the CPUC (the CEQA Lead Agency) that evaluated potential environmental impacts associated with this Project. The CPUC voted on October 13, 2016 to approve Alternative 5, which was the Environmentally Superior Alternative in the EIR (see Decision 16-10-005) and a Notice of Determination was submitted to the State Clearinghouse.
A Mitigation Monitoring, Compliance, and Reporting Program (MMCRP) was prepared by the CPUC to ensure compliance with applicant proposed measures and mitigation measures approved in the Final EIR. The MMCRP provides guidelines and standardizes procedures for environmental compliance during project implementation. The procedures define the reporting relationships, the roles and responsibilities of the project's environmental compliance team members, compliance reporting procedures, and the communication protocol. The final MMCRP is available below.
Required pre-construction plans and mitigation compliance documents that have been reviewed and approved by the CPUC can be viewed here.
Construction of the Sycamore-Peñasquitos 230-kV Transmission Line Project began in January 2017 with the establishment of some construction yards, pending approvals and Notices to Proceed (NTPs) issued by the CPUC, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Coastal Commission, the Cities of San Diego and Poway, and MCAS Miramar depending on jurisdiction, area, and type of work. NTPs that have been issued to SDG&E by the CPUC are noted below.
CPUC Environmental Monitors monitor construction activities to ensure that they were conducted in accordance with approved mitigation measures and permit conditions. Weekly reports documenting construction activities and compliance can be viewed here.
The CPUC reviews SDG&E’s Minor Project Refinements (MPRs) according to the process outlined in the MMCRP. SDG&E's MPR proposals and the CPUC’s review are provided in the table below.
The CPUC Commission granted SDG&E a CPCN to
construct Alternative 5 (Pomerado Road to Miramar Area North
Underground/ Overhead), the environmentally superior alternative, on
October 13, 2016.
At the request of the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group, the CPUC’s environmental consultant attended their September 19, 2016 meeting to summarize the CPUC environmental review and notification processes for the Sycamore-Peñasquitos Project, describe the components of Alternative 5 (the Environmentally Superior Alternative in the EIR) and Mitigation Measures to reduce significant impacts, outline the remaining schedule for project approval and construction, and discuss community concerns about construction of the Alternative 5 alignment in the Mira Mesa community.
The presentation from the meeting is available here.
Final EIR: The Final EIR was published on March 7, 2016. Comments that were submitted on the Draft EIR are presented in Volume I of this Final EIR, along with responses to all comments. The CPUC is expected to make a decision on the project in 2016.
Addendum: The Addendum to the Final EIR was published on May 2016.
Informational WorkshopsThree informational workshops on the Draft EIR were held in September 2015. The informational workshops were intended to help affected communities understand the Proposed Project, alternatives, and the Draft EIR, and to explain how the public can participate in the CPUC decision-making process. The informational workshops included a brief presentation that summarized the EIR process, the Proposed Project and alternatives evaluated, the conclusions of the Draft EIR, and the decision-making process. The presentation slides and all meeting materials are available on this website below.
Memo Regarding Revised Workshop Presentation
Workshop Presentation (Revised September 29, 2015)
Draft EIR FAQ Sheet
Project Fact Sheet
Notice of Preparation
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 a schedule of the CPUC's proposed scoping process that will include public scoping meetings and agency consultations. The NOP was published on August 11, 2014. Click here to view the NOP.
Scoping Period and Meetings
The scoping period began on August 18, 2014 and ended on September 16, 2014. In order for the public and regulatory agencies to have an opportunity to ask questions on the scope of the EIR, the CPUC held three scoping meetings in the project area on August 25 and 26, 2014.
Public Scoping Report
The CPUC prepared a Public Scoping Report that documents the scoping activities and oral comments from the scoping meetings, as well as the written comments submitted in response to the NOP. This report serves as an information source to the CPUC in the determination of the range of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the Draft EIR. Click here to view the Scoping Report and Appendices.
stated that the Proposed Project objective is to meet the
California Independent System Operator (CAISO) 2012–2013 Transmission
Plan Functional Specifications for a new 230-kV transmission line
between the Sycamore Canyon and Peñasquitos Substations by:
SDG&E's Proposed Project would be located within the Cities of San Diego and Poway. A portion of the Proposed Project would be located on the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar east of Interstate 15 (I-15). The Sycamore-Peñasquitos corridor traverses residential, open space, military (MCAS Miramar), vacant land, urban, commercial/shopping, industrial/energy facility, park, transportation, and light industrial/business park uses.
The Proposed Project includes construction and operation of a new 230-kV transmission line between the existing Sycamore Canyon and Peñasquitos Substations. The Proposed Project includes four transmission line segments and minor modifications to four existing substations:
Segment A: Sycamore Canyon Substation to Carmel Valley Road. SDG&E would construct an approximately 8.31-mile long 230-kV transmission line on 36 new double-circuit 230-kV and two 138-kV tubular steel poles (120-foot and 75-foot average height, respectively) from the Sycamore Canyon Substation to Carmel Valley Road. Two existing transmission lines (TL 13820 and TL 13825, which both terminate at Chicarita Substation) would be relocated to the new tubular steel poles, and approximately 42 wood H-frame structures, two tubular steel poles, one double-circuit cable pole, and two single-circuit wood mono poles associated with the two existing transmission lines would be removed. A portion of TL 13820 would be undergrounded as it enters the Sycamore Canyon Substation. Existing transmission line TL 23041 would be relocated to two new 230-kV structures within and immediately adjacent to the Sycamore Canyon Substation to make room for the new 230-kV connection at the substation.
Segment B: Underground Carmel Valley Road. SDG&E would construct an approximately 2.84-mile long 230-kV underground transmission line in Carmel Valley Road. Two cable pole structures (160-foot average height) for underground/overhead transmission conversion would be placed at the ends of the undergrounded segment. One double-circuit steel lattice tower would be removed at the western reach of the segment. Also, one 138-kV single circuit wood H-frame structure would be removed.
Segment C: Carmel Valley Road to Peñasquitos Junction. SDG&E would install approximately 2.19 miles of 230-kV conductor on existing steel lattice structures and one new tubular steel pole between Carmel Valley Road and Peñasquitos Junction. One steel lattice tower would be removed at the Peñasquitos Junction. Two existing transmission lines (TL 23001 and TL 23004) would be reconductored and bundled on the existing structures and re-designated as TL 23004. Existing shield wire on top of existing 230-kV steel lattice towers would be replaced with new optical ground wire.
Segment D: Peñasquitos Junction to Peñasquitos Substation. SDG&E would install approximately 3.34 miles of 230-kV conductor on existing double-circuit lattice towers and a tubular steel pole between the Peñasquitos Junction and the Peñasquitos Substation. SDG&E would also consolidate two existing 69-kV power lines (TL 675 and TL 6906) onto 17 new 69-kV tubular steel poles (95-foot average height) that would replace 16 existing 69 kV wood H-frame structures and five wood monopoles. Two tubular steel poles would replace two existing wood cable poles outside the Peñasquitos Substation. Existing shield wire on top of existing 230-kV steel lattice towers would be replaced with new optical ground wire.
Sycamore Canyon Substation. SDG&E would modify Sycamore Canyon Substation to facilitate the new 230-kV transmission line connection. Modifications would include transferring five existing transmission lines from existing bay positions to new bay positions, and adding a new circuit breaker.
Peñasquitos Substation. SDG&E would modify Peñasquitos Substation to facilitate the new 230-kV transmission line connection. Modifications would include adding two circuit breakers and four disconnects.
San Luis Rey and Mission Substations. Minor alterations may be made to these substations, including adjusting relays and upgrading protection on remaining lines.
Temporary Staging Yards. The Proposed Project would utilize approximately 25 acres of temporary construction staging yards for vehicles equipment refueling, pole assemblage, open storage of material and equipment, construction trailers, portable restrooms, parking, lighting, possibly generator use for temporary power in construction trailers, and incidental landing areas for helicopters. Four staging yards have been identified by SDG&E at this time, including the Stonebridge Parkway, Stowe, Torrey Santa Fe, and Carmel Valley Road Staging Yards. Refer to Figures 2 through 4 for staging yard locations. A potential fifth staging yard at Carmel Mountain Road has been dropped from the Proposed Project due to site development. Additional staging yards may be proposed by SDG&E.
Access Roads. Construction would primarily take place within the existing SDG&E ROW easements and access roads and public roadways. Most work areas would be accessible by vehicle on unpaved SDG&E-maintained access roads or by overland travel. Access roads would be used for vehicle parking and turn-around, and specific construction site staging.A map of the Proposed Project showing Segments A-D can be viewed here: Project Overview Map
SDG&E filed an application (A.14-04-011) for a CPCN and Proponent's Environmental Assessment for the Project on April 7, 2014. The PEA is a starting point for the independent environmental review process conducted by the CPUC. The application was deemed complete on July 24, 2014.
The application can be viewed here: Application (2.5 MB)
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.
The CPUC Environmental Review Team submitted data requests to California Independent System Operator (California ISO) for specific information to support the environmental review process. Those requests and the applicant's responses are published below.
Additional information will be posted on this site as it becomes publicly available. Project-related questions may be directed to the CPUC via one of the contact methods below.