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: 

Valley-Ivyglen Subtransmission Line Project

Alberhill System Project 

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. Below is a preliminary timeline for the upcoming activities related to this project: 

Submit Written Testimony

SCE and other recognized interested parties (known as “intervenors,” which includes the City) may submit additional written testimony.

Testimony generally should address whether the transmission lines are needed to provide reliable power to the region and whether environmental superior alternatives/mitigations are infeasible. At least three intervenors (including the Department of Ratepayers Advocates) have indicated they intend to dispute the need for the project and/or whether the powerlines can be consolidated with other transmission line projects.

August/September/October 2017

Evidentiary Hearing

An Administrative Law Judge will hold an evidentiary hearing at the CPUC’s San Francisco offices to consider the written testimony and potential cross-examination. The City anticipates participating in the evidentiary hearing.

October 17-19, 2017

Written Opening Arguments

SCE and any intervenors may submit Opening Briefs to the Administrative Law Judge. The briefs can address any issue. The City intends to submit an opening brief addressing the projects' environmental impacts in Lake Elsinore.

November 16, 2017

Reply Arguments

A party may submit a Reply Brief to the Administrative Law Judge to address any issue raised in an Opening Brief. The City anticipates submitting a reply brief.

December 7, 2017

Proposed Decision

The Administrative Law Judge will issue a recommended proposed decision, which will then be considered by the Commissioners to the CPUC. Public input will not be sought or encouraged until after the Administrative Law Judge makes this decision. At this time the City, will urge the community to share their comments with the CPUC. 

Approximately late February/early March 2018

Final Decision.

The Commissioners to the CPUC will issue a final decision. The Commissioners may accept, reject, or modify the previously proposed decision.

Anticipated May/June 2018

 
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