Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, and construction oversight of the proposed Southern California Edison (SCE) Valley-Ivyglen 115-Subtransmission project (VIG project or proposed project). SCE filed a Petition for Modification (PFM) of CPUC Decision 10-08-009 (CPUC 2010a) granting SCE a Permit to Construct (PTC) the VIG project on April 2, 2013 (SCE 2013). On May 23, 2014, SCE filed an Amended Petition for Modification (SCE 2014). The CPUC deemed the PFM complete on April 28, 2015. The CPUC, on August 31, 2018, granted SCE’s petition to modify the PTC the VIG project that was previously granted in Decision 10-08-009 to realign portions of the subtransmission line route, underground a portion of the line and modify the construction method and techniques. The decision also deconsolidates Application 09-09-022 (Alberhill System Project) from Applications 07-01-031 and 07-04-028 and holds Application 09-09-022 open to further review SCE’s application for the certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Alberhill System Project. Applications 07-01-031 and 07-04-028 for the VIG project are closed.
The CPUC through its Environmental Review Team, conducted an environmental review of the VIG project. This web page provides access to public documents and information relevant to the CEQA environmental review process, and subsequent construction related environmental approvals and oversight
The VIG project is located within unincorporated and incorporated areas of western Riverside County, California
The proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project would involve:
- Construction of a new, single-circuit 115-kV subtransmission line and fiber optic line running approximately 27 miles and constructed within approximately 23 miles of new right-of-way (ROW).
- Installation of overhead fiber optic lines on the proposed structures and underground in new and existing (approximately conduit.
- Transfer of existing distribution circuits along portions of the proposed subtransmission line to new 115-kV structures or to underground positions.
- Installation of new 115-kV switching and protective equipment at Valley and Ivyglen Substations.
A description of the proposed Alberhill Project is located on the Alberhill website.
Construction activities for the VIG project are anticipated to start in mid-July 2020
The CPUC, in coordination with SCE, developed a Mitigation Monitoring Compliance and Reporting Program (MMCRP) to provide guidance and procedures for environmental monitoring during project construction. The MMCRP is a tool to ensure compliance with the Project Conditions (PC’s) and mitigation measures approved in the Final EIR. The final MMCRP is available here.
Required pre-construction plans, permits, and mitigation compliance documents that have been reviewed and approved by the CPUC will be posted here.
The first phase of construction began in July 2020. The CPUC issues Notices to Proceed (NTPs), to SCE for each phase of construction activity, after confirming that SCE has complied with pre-construction environmental requirements. Each NTP for the project is listed below. Minor Project Approvals, which include Minor Project Refinements (MPRs) and addendums to NTP requests, approved for the project, are also posted below.
Notices to Proceed
Notices to Proceed (NTPs) were reviewed and issued by CPUC by subsection of the project as requested by SCE. Issuance of NTPs was contingent upon SCE’s compliance with pre-construction requirements as specified by the approved mitigation measures and responsible agency permitting requirements.
|NTP No.||Project Components/Phase||NTP Request||NTP Request Approved|
|NTPR-1||VIG Segments 1-3||5/8/2020||6/30/2020|
|NTPR-2||VIG Segments 4-8||6/26/2020||9/8/2020|
|NTPR-3||VIG 1-8 Water Permits||10/5/2020||10/29/2020|
Minor Project Refinements
The Commission decision approving the permit to construct authorizes Energy Division staff to approve requests by SCE for minor project refinements. The decision states that the Energy Division may approve requests by SCE for minor project refinements that may be necessary due to final engineering of the transmission line project so long as such minor project refinements are located within the geographic boundary of the study area of the Environmental Impact Report and do not, without mitigation, result in a new significant impact or a substantial increase in the severity of a previously identified significant impact based on the criteria used in the environmental document; conflict with any mitigation measure or applicable law or policy; or trigger an additional permit requirement. SCE shall seek any other project refinements by a petition to modify this decision.
SCE’s Minor Project Refinement Requests will be made available below when submitted to the CPUC.
|Minor Project Approval||Description||MPR Request||MPR Approval|
|MPR-2||Additional NTP-1 Area||7/16/2020 (25 MB)||8/14/2020|
|MPR-3||Additional NTP-2 Areas||10/14/2020 (52 MB)||In Progress|
|MPR-4||VIG 7 Shoofly||9/3/2020 (52 MB)||10/2/2020|
|MPR-5||Lake Elsinore Underground||In Progress|
|MPR-6||Additional Work Areas VIG 1 and VIG 2||10/28/2020||12/1/2020|
|MPR-7||VIG 8 Underground and Lake Elsinore Roads||11/19/2020||12/18/2020|
|MPR-8||Terra Cotta Line||12/31/2020||1/21/2021|
SCE’s proposed VIG Project and proposed Alberhill Project would be constructed within the same right-of-way (ROW) from the intersection of Collier Avenue and Third Street in the City of Lake Elsinore northwest approximately 6.5 miles to the proposed Alberhill Substation site. Within this ROW, the 115-kV conductor required for the proposed Alberhill Project would be installed on the 115-kV structures constructed as part of the proposed VIG Project. Because the components of the proposed VIG Project are required for construction of the proposed Alberhill Project, the CPUC determined that it would be in the public’s best interest to consolidate the CEQA analyses for the proposed Alberhill System Project CPCN application and the proposed VIG Project PFM application into a single CEQA document.
As the lead agency, the CPUC prepared a Draft and Final EIR to evaluate the environmental impacts of both projects in accordance with the criteria, standards, and procedures of CEQA (Public Resources Code Sections 21000 et seq. and California Code of Regulations Title 14, sections 15000 et seq.).
Table 1 outlines the background for the VIG Project and Fogarty Substation Project.
|Table 1. Background for the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project|
|January 16, 2007||SCE filed an application (No. 07-01-031) and Proponent’s Environmental Assessment with the CPUC for a Permit to Construct the Valley–Ivyglen 115-kV Subtransmission Line.|
|April 30, 2007||SCE filed an application (No. 07-04-028) and Proponent’s Environmental Assessment with the CPUC for a Permit to Construct for the Fogarty Substation.|
|June 7, 2007||CPUC determined that the Valley–Ivyglen 115-kV Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation applications would be consolidated into a single proceeding for CEQA analysis.|
|December 21, 2007||CPUC deemed the Valley–Ivyglen 115-kV Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation applications complete.|
|June 2009||CPUC released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Valley–Ivyglen 115-kV Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation Project.|
|May 2010||CPUC released the Final EIR for the Valley–Ivyglen 115-kV Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation Project.|
|August 12, 2010||CPUC issued Decision 10-08-009 granting SCE a Permit to Construct the Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation Project.|
|June 2011 through January 2012||SCE substantially constructed Fogarty Substation.|
|April 2, 2013||SCE filed a Petition for Modification (PFM) for the Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation Project.|
|August 2013||CPUC determined it was in the public’s best interest to consolidate the environmental reviews of the Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line Project and SCE Alberhill System Project Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) application (A. 09-09-022; proposed Alberhill Project) into one EIR.|
|March 26, 2014||SCE filed a Motion to Bifurcate consideration of the modifications proposed to complete Fogarty Substation from consideration of the modifications proposed to start construction of the Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line.|
|August 28, 2014||CPUC approved bifurcation of Fogarty Substation from the Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line Project.|
|May 23, 2014||SCE filed an amended PFM for the Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line Project (proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project).|
|April 28, 2015||CPUC deemed the PFM for proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project complete.|
|May 6, 2015||CPUC released an NOP for the proposed Alberhill Project and proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project.|
|August 28, 2018||CPUC filed a Notice of Determination with the California State Clearinghouse.|
Application and Proponent’s Environmental Assessment
CPUC reviewed SCE’s application (A. 07-01-031) for a Permit to Construct the VIG Project, and Proponent’s Environmental Assessment (PEA) and associated appendices. The PEA provides information required to begin the independent environmental review process conducted by the CPUC.
The CPUC circulated a NOP for the proposed VIG Project (with project changes as described in the amended 2014 PFM) and proposed Alberhill Project on May 6, 2015, which opened a 30-day scoping period. The scoping period ended on June 5, 2015.The CPUC hosted two scoping meetings for the proposed projects on May 18, 2015. One meeting was held at the Cesar E. Chavez Library in Perris from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. The second meeting was held at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Arts Center in Lake Elsinore from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Each meeting began with a brief presentation, followed by a period to answer specific questions about the proposed projects. Click the following links to view materials provided at the meetings:
- Notice of Preparation (May 6, 2015)
- Presentation Slides
- Information about the CPUC’s role, as presented by the CPUC Project Manager
- Valley–Ivyglen Project Fact Sheet
- Alberhill Project Fact Sheet
- Webviewer for the proposed Alberhill Project and Valley–Ivyglen Project
The public and agencies were invited to submit written comments until the scoping period ended on June 5, 2015. The CPUC based the information and extent of analysis to be presented in the Draft EIR on input and comments received during public scoping.
As the CEQA Lead Agency, the CPUC prepared a Draft EIR for the proposed project in accordance with CEQA. Links to view the Notice of Completion, Notice of Availability, and Draft EIR are provided below.
Hardcopies of the Draft EIR were available at the following repositories during the review period:
|Lake Elsinore Library
600 West Graham Avenue
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
|Paloma Valley Library
31375 Bradley Road
Menifee, CA 92584
|Canyon Lake Library
31516 Railroad Canyon Road
Canyon Lake, CA 92587
|City of Perris Cesar E. Chavez Library
163 East San Jacinto Avenue
Perris, CA 92570
34303 Mission Trail
Wildomar, CA 92595
The CPUC’s original public review period for the Draft EIR was April 14, 2016 through May 31, 2016. The CPUC approved an extension of the public review period to July 15, 2016. The Notice of Extension of the Public Review Period for the Draft EIR can be found here. Written comments on the Draft EIR were submitted by one of the following methods:
Fax: (415) 398-5326
|Mail: California Public Utilities Commission
c/o Ecology and Environment, Inc.
505 Sansome Street, Suite #300
San Francisco, CA 94111
The CPUC held public meetings on May 11 and 12, 2016, to explain the proposed projects, discuss the proposed projects’ significant impacts, and receive comments on the Draft EIR from the public. The first meeting was held at the Lake Elsinore Cultural Arts Center in Lake Elsinore from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on May 11, 2016. The second was held at the Cesar E. Chavez Library in Perris from 12:30 to 2:30 pm on May 12, 2016. Each meeting began with a brief presentation, followed by a period to answer specific questions about the proposed projects, and then an oral public comment period. Click the following links to view materials provided at the meetings:
- Presentation Slides
- Public Sign-In Sheets
- Meeting Transcript from the City of Lake Elsinore Cultural Arts Center (May 11, 2016)
- Meeting Transcript from the City of Perris Library (May 12, 2016)
The public and agencies were invited to submit written comments until the public review period ended on July 15, 2016. The CPUC based the information and extent of analysis to be presented in the Final EIR on input and comments received during the public review period.
The Final EIR, including responses to comments, was released in April 2017. The CPUC separated decisions on SCE’s applications for the proposed VIG Project and the proposed Alberhill Project.Cover
Chapter 1.0 – Introduction
Chapter 2.0 – Description of the Proposed Projects
Chapter 3.0 – Description of Alternatives
Chapter 4.0 – Introduction to the Environmental Analysis
Section 4.1 – Aesthetics
Section 4.2 – Agriculture and Forestry
Section 4.3 – Air Quality
Section 4.4 – Biological Resources
Section 4.5 – Cultural Resources
Section 4.6 – Geology, Soils, and Minerals
Section 4.7 – Greenhouse Gases
Section 4.8 – Hazards and Hazardous Materials
Section 4.9 – Hydrology and Water Quality
Section 4.10 – Land Use
Section 4.11 – Noise and Vibration
Section 4.12 – Population and Housing
Section 4.13 – Public Services and Utilities
Section 4.14 – Recreation
Section 4.15 – Traffic and Transportation
Chapter 5.0 – Comparison of Alternatives
Chapter 6.0 – Cumulative Impacts
Chapter 7.0 – Other CEQA Considerations
Chapter 8.0 – List of Preparers
Chapter 9.0 – Mitigation Monitoring Compliance and Reporting Plan
Appendix A – Public Scoping Report
Appendix B – Air Quality and GHG Emissions
- ASP_ AQ_Helicopter Scenario_Soil Option 1_wo_PC-J.xls
- ASP_ AQ_Helicopter Scenario_Soil Option 2_wo_PC-J.xls
- ASP_AQ_Conventional Scenario_Soil Option 1_w_PC-J.xls
- ASP_AQ_Conventional Scenario_Soil Option 1_wo_PC-J.xls
- ASP_AQ_Conventional Scenario_Soil Option 2_w_PC-J.xls
- ASP_AQ_Conventional Scenario_Soil Option 2_wo_PC-J.xls
- ASP_AQ_Helicopter Scenario_Soil Option 1_w_PC-J.xls
- ASP_AQ_Helicopter Scenario_Soil Option 2 w_PC-J.xls
- VIG_AQ Emissions_With PC-J.xls
- VIG_AQ Emissions_Without PC-J.xls
Appendix D: Alternatives Screening Report and Addendum
Appendix E: Biological Surveys
Appendix F: Biological Technical Reports
- Appendix F1 VIG Phase I BTR
VIG Phase 1_FINAL Amended BTR_10-30-14.pdf
VIG-1_Appendix C, D1, D2_PotentialSpecies PLants, Wildlife_6-14.pdf
VIG-1_Appendix F_PJD Forms_8-13.pdf
Appendix J_DBESP RipRiv_10-30-14.pdf
- Appendix F2 VIG Phase II BTR
DRAFT VIG Phase2_BTR_12-2-14.doc
Appendix_D_species with potential.pdf
Appendix_E-1 VIG Phase 2 Plants Observed.pdf
Appendix_E-2 VIG Phase 2_Wildlife Observed.pdf
Appendix_J_VIG Phase 2 Photo Appendix.pdf
- Appendix F3 ASP BTR
Appendix H: MSHCP BMPs and Species-Specific Mitigation Measures
Appendix I: Native American Consultation Materials
Appendix J: Traffic Impact Analysis
Appendix K: Updated Electrical Forecasting and Support for Alternatives Analyses
Appendix L: Responses to Comments
Appendix M: Comments Received on the Draft EIR
- M1: Federal
- M2: State
- M3: Local
- M4: Native American Tribes
- M5: Private Entities and Organizations
- M6: Project Proponent
- M7: Private Citizens
- M8: Public Meetings on the DEIR
An Errata for the Final EIR was issued in February 2018.
A second Errata was issued in June 2018.
Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission LineThe following 2014 Petition for Modification and Project Modification Report supersede the modifications specific to the VIG Project described in the 2013 VIG Project Line and Fogarty Substation Project Petition for Modification and Project Modification Report:
- Determination of Completeness (April 28, 2015)
- Amended Petition for Modification (Filing Date: May 23, 2014)
- Amended Project Modification Report (33 MB) (Filing Date: May 23, 2014)
Fogarty SubstationThe following Petition for Modification and Project Modification Report supersede the modifications specific to the Fogarty Substation described in the 2013 Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation Project Petition for Modification and Project Modification Report. The applicant’s Motion to Bifurcate is also provided.
- Petition for Modification and Project Modification Report (Filing Date: March 26, 2014)
- Motion to Bifurcate (Filing Date: March 26, 2014)
Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation Project
- Petition for Modification (Filing Date: April 2, 2013)
- Project Modification Report (28 MB) (Filing Date: April 2, 2013)
Fogarty Substation Construction Notices to Proceed
Notice to Proceed (NTP) with construction of the Fogarty Substation was granted by the CPUC on February 8, 2011. Construction of Fogarty Substation began on May 17, 2011 and was substantially completed by January 2012. The NTPs for Fogarty Substation construction are provided here:
- NTP #5 (October 31, 2014)
- NTP #4 (March 13, 2013)
- NTP #3 (July 19, 2011)
- NTP #2 (April 28, 2011)
- NTP #1 (February 8, 2011)
NTPs #1, #3, #4, and #5 were for work at the Fogarty Substation site. NTP #2 was for work associated with Fogarty Substation’s telecommunications system that took place at SCE’s Valley, Elsinore, and Ivyglen substations.
Environmental Impact Reports and Addendum
- Addendum to the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Valley-Ivyglen Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation Project (July 2014) (7 MB)
Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation Project
Applications and Proponent’s Environmental Assessments
- Amended Application for the Combined Valley-Ivyglen Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation Projects (Filing Date: September 13, 2007)
Application for the Fogarty Substation Project
(Filing Date: April 30, 2007)
- Proponent’s Environmental Assessment for the Fogarty Substation Project (22 MB) (Filing Date: April 30, 2007)
Application for the Valley-Ivyglen Subtransmission
Line Project (Filing Date: January 16, 2007)
Environmental Assessment for the Valley-Ivyglen Subtransmission Line Project (52 MB)
(Filing Date: January 16, 2007)
- Appendices (33 MB)
- Proponent’s Environmental Assessment for the Valley-Ivyglen Subtransmission Line Project (52 MB) (Filing Date: January 16, 2007)
- Determination of Completeness for the Consolidated Applications to Construct the combined Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation Project (Filing Date: December 21, 2019)
Data Requests and Responses
- Fogarty Substation First Deficiency Request (May 15, 2007)
- SCE’s Response to Question 1 (October 1, 2007)
- SCE’s Response to Question 2 (October 1, 2007)
- SCE’s Response to Question AQ-1 (October 1, 2007)
- SCE’s Response to Question AQ-2 (October 1, 2007)
- SCE’s Response to Question CI-2 (October 1, 2007)
- SCE’s Response to Question CULT-1 (October 1, 2007)
- SCE’s Response to Question PD-1 (October 1, 2007)
- SCE’s Response to Question PD-2(October 1, 2007)
- SCE’s Response to Question PD-3 (October 1, 2007)
- SCE’s Response to Question PD-4 (October 1, 2007)
- Burrowing Owl Survey Report (December 2007)
- Least Bell’s Vireo, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, and Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Survey Report (December 2007)
- MSHCP Narrow Endemic and Criteria Area Plant Species Surveys for the Valley-to-Ivyglen Transmission Line Project (January 8, 2008)
- SCE’s Informal Data Request Response (December 15, 2008)
- CPUC’s Data Request Memo No. 3 (March 5, 2008)
- SCE’s Response to CPUC’s Question GHG-1 (February 13, 2009)
- SCE’s Response to CPUC’s Question GHG-2 (February 13 2009)
- SCE’s Response to CPUC’s Question 01 (February 10, 2010)
CPUC Application Proceedings Website
The CPUC’s proceedings website provides each of the CPUC ruling and decision documents associated with the Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line and Fogarty Substation. The CPUC proceedings search website is available at: http://delaps1.cpuc.ca.gov/CPUCProceedingLookup. From the proceedings search website:
- For the Valley–Ivyglen Subtransmission Line proceeding, enter “0701031” in the Proceedings Number Search box.
- For the Fogarty Substation proceeding, enter “0704028” in the Proceedings Number Search box.
Note that the Proposed Decision for the two projects was released in April 2018.
To request additional information, please contact us by email, or phone, as follows:
Project email: VIG.ASP@ene.com
Project voicemail: 855-277-9051 (toll free)
The CPUC’s Valley–Ivyglen Project Manager is:
Ms. Patricia Kelly, CPUC Project Manager
California Public Utilities Commission, Energy Division
300 Capitol Hill Mall, 4th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel.: (916) 210-1825