Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) web
site for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review
of Pacific Gas and Electric's (PG&E's) proposed Cressey-Gallo
115 kV Power Line Project. An application for this project was submitted
to the CPUC on November 30, 2011 (A.11-11-020) This site provides
access to public documents and information relevant to the CEQA
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is proposing to construct
the Cressey-Gallo 115 Kilovolt (kV) Power Line Project, a new, approximately
14.4-mile-long, single-circuit power line needed to improve transmission
system reliability for customers in north-central Merced County,
The project consists of constructing a new 115 kV power line between
Cressey and Gallo substations to form a power line loop with two
other area substations (Livingston and Atwater). The new transmission
loop will allow power to flow from another direction when there
is an outage on a line feeding the loop, avoiding customer service
interruptions from single-line outages in this area. As proposed
by PG&E, the project includes:
- Constructing a new, approximately 14.4-mile, single-circuit
115 kV power line interconnecting Cressey Substation and Gallo
- Upgrading the bus configurations at Cressey Substation and replacing
the existing radial power line transition into the substation
within the existing substation property.
- Expanding Gallo Substation to add switchgear and upgrade the
The project is located in the San Joaquin Valley in Merced County
near the City of Livingston, California. The project route is oriented
primarily east to-west between Cressey Substation and Gallo Substation,
intersecting with State Route 99 south of the City of Livingston.
The project will connect Cressey Substation (located at the southeast
corner of West Lane and Meadow Drive, approximately 2 miles east
of the community of Cressey) to an expanded Gallo Substation (located
on the property of the Gallo Winery facility at 18000 River Road,
approximately 4 miles west of the City of Livingston).
Proponent's Environmental Assessment
PG&E filed a PEA with the Application
in November 2011. The PEA provides a starting point for the independent
environmental review process conducted by the CPUC.
Environmental Review Process
PG&E's Application and PEA were deemed complete for review
by the CPUC on December 21, 2011.
Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
On February 27, 2013, the CPUC released a Notice of Intent
to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Cressey-Gallo
115 kV power Line Project showing that the Proposed Project, as
mitigated, would not have any significant effects on the environment.
The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration and Supporting Initial
Study (IS/MND) can be viewed here.
The Draft IS/MND underwent a public review period from February 27,
2013, through March 29, 2013.
Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
On June 7, 2013, the CPUC released a Final Mitigated Negative Declaration
for the Cressey-Gallo 115 kV Power Line Project, showing that the
Proposed Project, as mitigated, would not have any significant effects
on the environment. The Final MND details the Proposed Project,
evaluates and describes its potential environmental impacts, identifies
those impacts that could be significant, and presents mitigation
measures to avoid or minimize these impacts. The Final IS/MND can
be viewed here.
CPUC Actions After Final Initial Study/Mitigated
Negative Declaration (IS/MND) Publication
There is no comment period following issuance of the Final IS/MND.
The CPUC will determine the adequacy of the Final IS/MND, and, if
adequate, will adopt the document as being compliant with CEQA.
If adequate, the CPUC will issue a Proposed Decision on the Application,
which will be announced and published concurrent with a scheduled
Commission meeting. After the Commission makes the decision on the
Application, a Notice of Determination will be mailed to the State
Clearinghouse within 5 days of the Decision. The 30-day statute
of limitations for court challenges begins after the Notice of Determination
Mitigation Monitoring, Compliance, and Reporting
Following CPUC approval, a Mitigation Monitoring, Compliance, and
Reporting Plan (MMCRP) was prepared to ensure compliance with applicant
proposed measures (APMs) and mitigation measures approved in the
Final IS/MND. The MMCRP provides guidelines and standardize procedures
for environmental compliance during project implementation. The
procedures were developed in coordination with PG&E and CPUC
and describe 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 (5.2MB).
As defined by the MMCRP, at various times throughout project construction,
minor changes to the project, such as the need for additional or
revised workspace, are anticipated and common practice for construction
efforts of this scale and a Minor Project Change request would be
required for such activities. The CPUC Project Manager, along with
the CPUC EMs, will implement the Minor Project Change procedures
defined in the MMCRP to evaluate each proposed project change for
its potential for creating significant environmental effects to
determine whether supplemental CEQA review is required. Minor Project
Changes processed to date are provided in the table below.
Minor Project Change
||Use of an existing alternative staging area 75 feet west of
the proposed Staging Area 001 located southeast of the Gallo
For Additional Information
The CPUC, through its Environmental Review Team, is conducting
an environmental review of the project. To request additional information,
ask a question, or be added to the project mailing list, please
Mail or Courier
|| Billie Blanchard
California Public Utilities Commission
c/o Aspen Environmental Group
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 935
San Francisco CA 94104-3002