to the California Public Utilities Commission
(CPUC) website for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) proposed Santa Cruz
Reinforcement Project (Project). PG&E submitted an application
to the CPUC
for a Permit to Construct (PTC) this project on January 25, 2012. This
provides access to public documents and information relevant to the
environmental review process.
proposed Project would increase transmission system
reliability in the Santa Cruz area during outages. The project will add
second 115 kV circuit between Green Valley Substation and Rob Roy
prevent potential large-scale service interruptions if there are
outages in the existing local electricity supply system. The proposed
includes converting the existing 7.1 miles of single-circuit 115 kV
to a double-circuit 115 kV power line by replacing existing wood poles
steel poles (TSPs); constructing a new, approximately 1.7-mile-long
single-circuit 115 kV power line connecting the Green Valley-Camp Evers
Power Line to Rob Roy Substation; and modifying the existing Rob Roy
and existing power lines to accommodate the new circuit.
new circuit will
provide two sources of power in the event of an outage on either the
line between Green Valley Substation and Rob Roy Substation or on the
northern line between Green Valley Substation and Camp Evers
project is located in southern Santa Cruz County,
California near the cities of Watsonville and Aptos. The project
area of rolling terrain, including agricultural valleys and grassland,
as low ridgelines forested with mature trees. The predominant
pattern throughout the project area is a mix of low-density
space, and agricultural land uses. The agricultural areas are
apple orchards, berry orchards, livestock pastures, and row crops.
components are summarized below:
- Northern Alignment – approximately 7.1 miles of an
existing single-circuit 115 kV power line will be converted to a
double-circuit 115 kV power line by replacing existing wood poles with
- Cox-Freedom Segment - a new, approximately
1.7-mile-long single-circuit 115 kV power line connecting the Green
Valley-Camp Evers 115 kV Power Line to Rob Roy Substation will be
constructed in an existing distribution line alignment by installing
new poles and collocating some existing distribution facilities.
- Rob Roy Substation Modifications - the existing
substation will be modified to accommodate the new circuit.
- Rob Roy Substation Connections – one new TSP will
be installed and two existing power poles will be replaced with TSPs to
accommodate the interconnection of existing power lines following
modification of Rob Roy Substation.
Proponent's Environmental Assessment (PEA)
PG&E filed an application (A. 12-01-012) for a
Construct and the Proponent's Environemtal Assessment on January 25,
2012. The PEA is a starting point for the
independent environmental review process conducted by the CPUC.
The application and PEA can be viewed here: Application
(6.6 MB) PEA
The Declarations of Mailing and Posting of Supplemental
Notice of an Application for a Permit to Construct can be
CPUC submitted additional data requests regarding PG&E's
data requests and PG&E's responses can be viewed
Data Request #1 and Response
Data Request #2 and Response
Data Request #3 and Response
Data Request #4 and Response
Data Request #5 and Response
Data Request #6 and Response
Data Request #7 and Response
Application and PEA were deemed
the CPUC on April 24, 2012.
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative
On October 18, 2013
the CPUC released a Notice
of Intent to
Adopt a MND/Notice of Availability (NOI/NOA) for the Santa
Cruz 115kV Reinforcement Project, showing that the proposed project,
as mitigated, would not have any significant
The Draft IS/MND is available
45-day public review period. The Draft was released on October
18, 2013. The comment period has been extended by an additional 4 days
and comments will continue to be accepted through 5:00 p.m.
on December 6,
2013. The Draft IS/MND can be viewed
hard copy of the
Draft IS/MND is available for viewing at the CPUC (505 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA) and at the following public
2021 Freedom Blvd.
Freedom, CA 95019
Cruz Public Library
Comments on the Draft IS/MND must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m.
on December 6, 2013, at the following address:
7695 Soquel Dr.
Aptos, CA 95003
California Public Utilities Commission
c/o Panorama Environmental, Inc.
1 Embarcadero Center, #740
San Francisco, California 94111
Fax: (650) 373-1211
public information meeting to accept comments on the Draft IS/MND was
held on November 6, 2013. Documents that were
presented at the meeting are available below.
Meeting Presentation (44 MB)
Map Book (58 MB)
Project Visual Simulations Book
Sheet (.5 MB)
Additional information will be posted at this site as it
becomes publically available.
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,
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San Francisco, CA, 94111