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Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website
for the environmental review and monitoring of Southern California
Edison's (SCE's) West of Devers Upgrade Project (WOD Project). The
project is located in incorporated and unincorporated portions of
Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, California; a map is provided
here. SCE submitted a Certificate
for Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) application for the
Project to the CPUC on October 25, 2013 (Application
A.13-10-020). The Proposed Project has been reviewed under both
the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The CPUC approved the project in
including two alternatives, on August 18, 2016. The BLM approved
the project with its Record of Decision on
December 27, 2016
The CPUC is the CEQA lead agency and the Bureau of Land Management
(BLM) is the NEPA lead agency. This website provides access to public
documents and information relevant to the CEQA review processes
and mitigation monitoring. The BLM project website can be accessed
An overview of the approved Project, construction and monitoring
status, and previous CEQA/NEPA review is provided below.
OF APPROVED PROJECT
SCE filed a CPCN application for the West of Devers Upgrade Project
with the CPUC and filed a Plan of Development with the BLM.
According to SCE, the Project is needed to facilitate the full
deliverability of new electric generation resources being developed
in eastern Riverside County. As renewable energy generating facilities
come on-line in eastern Riverside County, the WOD Project will allow
the transfer of this electricity into the Los Angeles area. The
Project will facilitate progress towards meeting California's Renewable
Portfolio Standard goals requiring utilities to produce 33% of their
electricity sales from renewable energy sources by 2020.
The Project includes the following major components:
- Removal and upgrade of existing 220 kV transmission lines. Upgrades
would occur on 30 miles of the DeversEl Casco line, 14 miles
of the El CascoSan Bernardino line, 43 miles of the DeversSan
Bernardino line, 45 miles of the Devers-Vista No. 1 and No. 2
lines, 3.5 miles of the EtiwandaSan Bernardino line, and
3.5 miles of the San Bernardino-Vista line.
- Upgrade substation equipment at Devers, El Casco, Etiwanda,
San Bernardino, and Vista Substations to accommodate increased
power transfer on 220 kV lines.
- Upgrade Timoteo and Tennessee 66/12 kV substations to accommodate
66 kV subtransmission line relocations.
- Removal and relocation of 2 miles of two existing 66 kV subtransmission
- Removal and relocation of 4 miles of existing 12 kV distribution
- Installation of telecommunication lines and equipment for the
protection, monitoring, and control of transmission lines and
The Project will be located within the existing West of Devers
right-of way corridor in incorporated and unincorporated areas of
Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The ROW passes through the
reservation trust land of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and
the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Colton, Grand Terrace,
Loma Linda, Palm Springs, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, San Bernardino,
and Yucaipa (see project map).
SCE anticipates that the WOD Project will be operational by 2022.
The Project as originally proposed by SCE was modified in several
locations by two alternatives adopted by the CPUC and the BLM: The
Tower Relocation Alternative and the Iowa Street Underground Alternative.
STATUS AND MITIGATION MONITORING
The CPUC, BLM, and SCE have prepared a Mitigation Monitoring, Compliance,
and Reporting Plan (MMCRP), which is posted here
(10.8MB). The MMCRP ensures
compliance with the mitigation measures adopted in the Final EIR
and Final EIS. The MMCRP provides for Environmental Monitors and
defines the reporting relationships, roles and responsibilities,
and procedures for environmental compliance on the Project. The
MMCRP will be updated to reflect schedule changes and other revisions,
Notices to Proceed (NTPs) are being reviewed and issued by CPUC
of BLM, as applicable, by subsection of the project as requested
by SCE. Issuance of NTPs is contingent upon SCE's compliance with
pre-construction requirements as specified by the approved mitigation
measures and responsible agency permitting requirements. Table 1
below summarizes the status of NTP review and issuance.
SCE has completed final engineering and is currently completing
the preparation of compliance plans and ancillary permit acquisition.
The plans describe specific actions to be taken by SCE and its contractors
to address various impacts or issues. Final plans approved to date
are available here. Additional plans will
be posted as they become final.
Construction on the West of Devers Upgrade Project began October 2,
2017, with the start of substation upgrades and telecommunication
improvements. Establishment of laydown yards started in February
2018. Subtransmission, distribution, and remaining telecom started
in April 2018. Construction of the approved transmission system
upgrades is scheduled to begin in May 2018, with completion
four years later, in 2022. Substation upgrades will continue intermittently
during this period, as well as subtransmission and distribution
CPUC Environmental Monitors are in the field to verify the proper
implementation of project mitigation measures, and permit and compliance
plan requirements during construction. Monitoring reports documenting
construction and compliance activities are available here.
As final engineering is completed or as construction necessitates,
Minor Project Refinements (MPRs) are submitted for the Project.
Each of these requests is reviewed by CPUC to ensure that no new
impacts or increase in impact severity would result from the requested
change. MPRs approved for the project are summarized below.
|Table 2. Minor Project
||Minor modifications of Maraschino telecom route.
||November 22, 2017
||Additional work space for Maraschino Telecom construction.
||December 14, 2017
||Adjustment to the Oak Valley Telecom alignment.
||December 28, 2017
||Continued use of 2 hydrants for Telecom construction.
||January 3, 2018
||Access paths for Telecom construction.
||January 22, 2018
||Ten water sources to support construction activities
||February 12, 2018
||Extension of temporary water and power lines to
the Poultry Material Yard.
||February 28, 2018
||New splice location for telecom work and a new
pole location for transmission line work.
||March 2, 2018
||Use of the existing access road, three additional
work areas, and walking paths for the Telecom work near the
El Casco Substation.
||March 27, 2018
||Modification to some work areas approved under
NTP #1 and NTP #3.
||April 9, 2018
||Relocation of 5 subtransmission structures from
the east side to the west side of Nevada Street.
||May 8, 2018
||Additional work area in the City of Redlands in
support of activities approved under NTP #3.
||May 17, 2018
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND
Environmental Assessment (PEA) and Application
SCE filed an application
and PEA for the WOD Project on October 25,
The CPUC conducted a 30-day completeness/deficiency review and,
based on the review of the PEA, sent deficiency letters to SCE on
November 25, 2013,
and February 18,
2014, indicating that the PEA remained incomplete. Based on
additional information provided by SCE, on September 11,
2014, the CPUC determined that the application and PEA were
Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Notice of Intent (NOI).
Issuance of a CEQA Notice of Preparation (NOP)
and NEPA Notice
of Intent (NOI) is the first step in the EIR/EIS process. These
documents provide a description of the proposed Project and potential
alternatives, as well as a schedule of the CPUC and BLM's proposed
scoping process that will include public scoping meetings and agency
consultations. The NOP was published on May 7, 2014. The NOI
was published on July 1, 2014.
Scoping Meetings. In order for the public and regulatory
agencies to have an opportunity to ask questions on the scope of
the EIR/EIS, the CPUC held 4 scoping meetings in the project area
on May 19, 20, and 21, 2014, and the BLM held one scoping meeting
on July 16, 2014. Information presented at the meetings, and
meeting transcripts, are available here.
Public Scoping Report. The CPUC and BLM prepared Public
Scoping Reports that documented the scoping activities and oral
comments from the scoping meetings, as well as the written documents
submitted in response to the NOP and NOI. These reports served as
information sources to the CPUC and BLM in their determination of
the range of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the Draft
Data Requests. During the preparation of the EIR and EIS,
the CPUC and BLM identified information items needed for the EIR/EIS
analysis and submitted data requests to SCE. In addition, after
release of the Draft EIR/EIS, several data requests were submitted
to the CPUC. Copies of each request and the responses are provided
Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS)
Draft EIR/EIS. The Draft EIR/EIS
was published August 7, 2015. The comment period closed on
September 22, 2015. Comments submitted on the Draft EIR/EIS
are available here.
Final EIR. The Final EIR for
CEQA compliance was published by the CPUC on December 11, 2015.
Comments that were submitted on the Draft EIR/EIS are presented
in Volume 4 of the Final EIR, along with responses to all comments.
(The BLM issued a separate Final EIS.)
Revised Phased Build Alternative Description. The CPUC prepared
a revised Phased Build Alternative description from the Alternatives
Screening Report in Appendix 5 of the West of Devers Upgrade Project
Final EIR that was distributed on December 11, 2015. This revised
alternative description was based on additional information provided
in the Opening Testimony submitted in January 2016 in the project's
General Proceeding A.13-10-020, and can be accessed
Addendum to Final EIR. On April 12, 2016, the CPUC
released an Addendum to the West of Devers Upgrade Project Final
EIR, which can be accessed here.
The Addendum incorporates changes to Final EIR text and mitigation
measures in response to additional information that was submitted
by SCE in filings to the CPUC.
Final EIS. The Final EIS was published on August 12,
2016 and is available on the BLM project website, which can be accessed
Construction of the approved project is anticipated to occur in
phases over a 4-year period. If you have comments, complaints, or
questions regarding the project, please contact us using the CPUC's
WOD project e-mail or voicemail, as follows:
Project e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project voicemail: (888) 456-0254
The CPUC's Project Manager is:
Billie Blanchard, CPUC Project Manager
California Public Utilities Commission
c/o Aspen Environmental Group
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 935
San Francisco, CA 94104-3002