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releases Final EIR Addendum
concurrently with its Proposed Decision on April 12,
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 is subject to review under
both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
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.
Description of Proposed Project
Previously Proposed West of Devers Upgrades. On April 11,
2005, SCE submitted an application for a CPCN for a 500 kV interstate
transmission line project, the Devers-Palo Verde No. 2 (DPV2).
The project included three major components:
- A 500 kV line from the Palo Verde area in Arizona to a new substation
near Blythe, California;
- A 500 kV line from the Blythe area substation to the Devers
- Upgrades to SCE's lower voltage transmission system west of
the Devers Substation.
The CPUC approved the DPV2 Project in January 2007 in Decision
D.07-01-040. The approved Project included the SCE proposal except
for the West of Devers Upgrades, which were replaced by the Devers
to Valley 500 kV #2 line. On May 14, 2008, SCE filed
a Petition for Modification (PFM) of the CPCN approved per Decision
D.07-01-040. In the PFM, SCE requested that the CPUC authorize SCE
to construct DPV2 facilities in only the California portion of DPV2
and the Midpoint Substation (later re-named as the Colorado River
Substation) near Blythe, California. The CPUC approved SCE's PFM
on November 20, 2009 in Decision D.09-11-007. The BLM issued
its Record of Decision approving the project on July 19, 2011.
The West of Devers upgrade components as proposed by SCE in 2005
could not be approved by the CPUC and BLM because by the time of
agency decisions (January 2007), the Morongo Band of Mission Indians
had not reached an agreement with SCE on terms of the right-of-way
(ROW) renewal for the nearly 6 miles of the corridor that crosses
tribal land. Therefore, the Devers Substation to Valley Substation
alternative route was approved instead of the WOD Project route,
and that segment has now been constructed. In addition, the 500
kV segment from the new Colorado River Substation (southwest of
Blythe) to the Devers Substation has been constructed.
New West of Devers Upgrade Project. In 2013, SCE and the
Morongo Band reached an agreement on the terms for ROW renewal for
the corridor on Morongo tribal land. After reaching this agreement,
SCE filed this CPCN application for the West of Devers Upgrade Project
with the CPUC and filed a Plan of Development with the BLM. The
CPUC and BLM will prepare a joint environmental impact report (EIR)
and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to comply with both CEQA
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.
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 to the CEQA Team. After release of the Draft
EIR/EIS, the following data requests were submitted to the CPUC.
The responses to these data requests have been provided to assist
the parties in providing comments on the Draft EIR/EIS.
Data Request from
SCE submitted on August 24, 2015 (CPUC
Responses on September 3, 2015)
Data Request from the
CPUC Office of Ratepayer Advocates submitted on September 10,
2015 (CPUC Responses on September 15,
Data Request from the
California Independent System Operator submitted on September 14,
2015 (CPUC Response on September 17,
Data Requests. The CPUC and BLM have identified information
items needed for the EIR/EIS analysis and have submitted the following
data requests. Responses to these data requests will be posted here,
as they are received. Additional data requests will be included,
as they are needed throughout the environmental review process.
Data Request #1 submitted to SCE
on February 21, 2014 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #2 submitted to SCE on
March 18, 2014 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #3 submitted to SCE on
March 19, 2014 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #4 submitted to SCE on
April 2, 2014 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #5 submitted to SCE on
April 24, 2014 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #6 submitted to SCE on
August 4, 1914 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #7 submitted to SCE on
September 3, 2014 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #8 submitted to SCE on
October 10, 2014 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #9 submitted to SCE on
October 31, 2014 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #10 submitted to SCE
on December 15, 2014 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #11 submitted to SCE
on December 29, 2014 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #12 submitted to SCE
on January 9, 2015 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #13 submitted to SCE
on February 12, 2015 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #14 submitted to SCE
on March 2, 2015 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #15 submitted to SCE
on March 2, 2015 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #16 submitted to SCE
on October 22, 2015 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #17 submitted to SCE
on October 29, 2015 (SCE Data Responses)
Data Request #1 submitted to the
Morongo Band of Mission Indians on May 6, 2014 (Morongo
Band Data Responses)
Data Request #2 submitted to the
Morongo Band of Mission Indians on September 23, 2014 (Morongo
Band Data Responses)
Data Request #1 submitted to the
California Independent System Operator on December 22, 2014
(CAISO Data Responses)
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. The CPUC has 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
Final EIS. The BLM has decided that it will require additional
time before the Final EIS for NEPA compliance can be released. The
Final EIS is expected in 2016 and will be published separately on
the BLM project website, which can be accessed here.
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: 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