Southern California Edison (SCE) has proposed two projects, Valley-Ivyglen Subtransmission Line and Alberhill System Project, which could substantially impact the City of Lake Elsinore. These projects will soon go before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for consideration and approval.
The Valley-Ivyglen Project proposes 27 miles of transmission lines with pole heights up to 180 feet through unincorporated Riverside County, Menifee, Perris and would largely impact the City of Lake Elsinore.
The Alberhill System Project proposes replacing 11.75 miles of existing single-circuit lines with new double-circuit subtransmission lines, a new substation and two transmission lines connecting to the substation. The proposed route goes through unincorporated Riverside County, Menifee, Wildomar and would again largely impact Lake Elsinore.
Below are links to the CPUC's project Fact Sheets:
The CPUC is serving as the lead agency for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of the proposed project. In April 2016, the CPUC released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). The public comment period for the DEIR was from April 14, 2016 through July 15, 2016.
During this comment period, the City submitted a detailed comment letter specifying its concerns related to the inadequacy of the DEIR and its failure to address seven key areas of concern for the City of Lake Elsinore. In addition, we urged our community to get engaged and to share their individual concerns regarding the projects. All local comments and responses from the CPUC can be viewed here.
The Final EIR, including responses to comments, was released in April 2017. The CPUC will issue separate proposed decisions on SCE’s applications for the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project and the proposed Alberhill Project.
The current Environmental Review Schedule is available here.
The City is currently exploring various options to continue to defend the community and mitigate negative impacts to the community.
Efforts are not expected to ramp up until early 2018. Sign up for the City's interest list below to stay informed about any City news related to these projects.