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Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website
for the environmental review of the proposed Southern California
Edison (SCE) West of Devers Upgrade Project (Proposed Project).
The project is proposed to be 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
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 CPUC is the CEQA lead agency and the Bureau of Land Management
(BLM) is the NEPA lead agency. This site provides access to public
documents and information relevant to the CEQA review processes.
The BLM project website can be accessed here.
Project Construction and
The CPUC, BLM, and SCE are currently preparing a Mitigation Monitoring,
Compliance, and Reporting Plan (MMCRP) to ensure compliance with
the mitigation measures adopted in the Final EIR and Final EIS.
When construction starts, information will be made available here.
Description of Approved Project
After reaching an agreement with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians,
SCE filed this 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 Proposed Project would be 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 West of
Devers Upgrade Project would allow the transfer of this electricity
into the Los Angeles area. The Proposed Project would 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 West of Devers Upgrade Project as proposed by SCE 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 Proposed Project would 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 states that the Proposed Project would be operational by 2020.
The Proposed Project is modified in several locations by two alternatives
adopted by the CPUC: the Tower Relocation Alternative and the Iowa
Street Underground Alternative.
Proponent's Environmental Assessment
SCE filed an application
and PEA for the WOD Project on October 25,
Since the SCE filing, the CPUC has conducted a 30-day completeness/deficiency
review. Based on the review of the PEA, the CPUC sent deficiency
letters to SCE on November 25,
2013, and February 18,
2014, indicating that the PEA remained incomplete. 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 have prepared Public
Scoping Reports that document 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 will serve
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 have 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
Environmental 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 this Final EIR, along with responses to all comments.
The CPUC is expected to make a decision on the project in 2016.
Revised Phased Build Alternative Description. The CPUC has
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 is based on additional
information provided in the Opening Testimony submitted in January
2016 in the project's General Proceeding A.13-10-020,
can be accessed here.
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
For Additional Information
The CPUC, through its Environmental Review Team, is conducting
an environmental review of the project. To request additional information
or to be added to the mailing list, please contact us by email or
phone, as follows:
Project e-mail: email@example.com
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