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Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project

Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project

Latest Update / Project Status

On May 7, 2015, the CPUC conducted a hearing to consider the proposed decision by the Administrative Law Judge recommending denial of the City’s petitions for (1) modification to stay construction of Segment 8 of the TRTP towers and (2) to underground Segment 8 in the City of Ontario.

Preceding the meeting, City staff met in person with representatives of President Picker and Commissioner Peterman and conducted conference calls with representatives of Commissioners Florio and Randolph to voice the City’s disagreement with the proposed decision and the inequity that would exist by requiring SCE to underground the lines in Chino Hills but not in Ontario.

At the hearing, several residents of Archibald Ranch spoke against the proposed decision. Because of the number of individuals that requested to speak, the CPUC reduced each person’s time limit from three minutes to one minute, further restricting public comment. Additionally, the City attempted to hand deliver a letter from the City Council requesting the CPUC overturn the Administrative Law Judge’s proposed decision. The CPUC, however, refused to accept the letter, either from City staff or the residents as members of the public.

At the conclusion of the public comment, the CPUC voted to affirm the Administrative Law Judge’s decision, denying the City’s request to underground the transmission lines. The decision was a huge disappointment to the Archibald Ranch residents and the City Council.

During the May 19, 2015 City Council meeting, the Council directed staff and the City Attorney’s office to work with residents of Archibald Ranch in considering the administrative and legal options to continue the fight to underground the transmission lines.

On June 15, 2015, the City filed an application with the CPUC for a rehearing on the undergrounding of the transmission lines.

On December 17, 2015, the CPUC considered Ontario's request for rehearing and denied the request. SCE has informed the City that Segment 8A through the City is scheduled to be energized mid-November. 

City Council / City Response Actions

Mar. 2007  TRTP fact sheet mailed to residents by SCE
Apr. 19, 2007 TRTP open house at Westwind Community Center
Aug. 31, 2007 Notice of Preparation – Notice of intent to prepare an EIR/EIS for the project
Sept. 6-20, 2007 Scoping Meetings – Nine meetings held to provide opportunity for agencies, interested parties to comment on scope of EIR
Feb. 13, 2009 Draft EIR released – begins 45-day comment period
Mar. 18, 2009 Letter received from Ontario business person on DEIR
Mar. 19, 2009 DEIR public workshop and participation hearing in Chino Hills – allows for comments on the DEIR. City staff spoke at the meeting and emphasized the City’s position that Alternative 4 is the preferred alternative to eliminate impacts to existing and future residents from taller towers.
 Apr. 6, 2009 City provides comments on DEIR – City identifies Alternative 4 as the preferred alternative as it provides the necessary facilities to transmit electricity without the requirement for new, taller towers impacting existing residents
  DEIR public comment period ends. No further comments received from public.
Oct. 30, 2009 Final EIR released
Nov. 3, 2009 CPUC issued proposed decision on TRTP for 30-day review
Dec. 17, 2009 CPUC certifies FEIR
Dec. 24, 2009  CPUC issues final decision on TRTP
Oct. 27, 2010 Construction begins on Segment 8B (northerly lines south of Chino Ave)
Feb. 14, 2013   Construction begins on Segment 8A (southerly lines north of Schaefer Ave)
Oct. 7, 2014 City Council gave direction to staff to "Evaluate Potential Legal Actions."
Oct. 15, 2014 City filed Extensive California Public Records Act Request with CPUC.
Oct. 2014  Staff and City Attorney's Office consulted with City of Chino Hills staff and City Attorney.
Oct. 31, 2014 City made filings with CPUC for Modification to Stay Construction and Modification to Order the Undergrounding.
Nov. 21, 2014 Amended petitions were filed to include additional portions of Segment 8, as they are indistinguishable from towers located in Segment 8B.
Nov. 2014 Staff consulted with City of Chino Hills Special Counsel about representing Ontario but they declined the engagement.
Dec. 9, 2014 City Council approved hiring an Environmental Engineer to review and analyze CEQA Mitigation Measures Compliance by SCE.
  City Council approved hiring a Utilities Consultant to review and analyze easements for compliance and any title issues.
Jan. 5, 2015 The City Attorney’s Office has been in discussions with a number of environmental consultants regarding a review of SCE’s compliance with the TRTP’s approved mitigation measures. Proposals from prospective consultants are expected to be received by Monday, January 12, 2015. The City anticipates engaging a consultant before the end of January.
Feb. 13, 2015 The City retains the services of a consultant to evaluate the easement and environmental issues under which the TRTP is being undertaken, including SCE’s compliance with approved mitigation measures.
Mar. 25, 2015 City filed comments on the Proposed Decision submitted by the Administrative Law Judge for the CPUC
Apr. 23, 2015 Bus tour with CPUC President Picker
May 4, 2015 City Attorney and City staff meet with chiefs of staff for President Picker and Commissioner Peterman
May 5, 2015 City Attorney and City staff conduct conference call with chief of staff for Commissioner Randall
May 6, 2015 City Attorney and City staff conduct conference call with chief of staff for Commissioner Florio
May 7, 2015 CPUC hearing on City’s petition to underground transmission lines
May 15, 2015 CPUC denies City’s petition to underground transmission lines
May 19, 2015 City Council authorizes filing petition for re-hearing to the CPUC
June 15, 2015 City of Ontario files application for CPUC re-hearing 
June 29, 2015 SCE response to Ontario's application to CPUC for Rehearing 
Sept 30, 2015 Request for re-hearing still not on CPUC calendar. Under CPUC procedures, there is no deadline under which the request must be heard.
 Nov 30, 2015 City's request for re-hearing not on the December 3, 2015, CPCU agenda. 
 Dec 10, 2015 Ontario's request for rehearing has been placed on the December 17, 2015, CPUC agenda. As contained on the agenda, the item is a closed session conference with legal counsel. As a closed session item, no public comment will be heard. 
 Dec 17, 2015  CPUC denies City's request for rehearing
Oct 27, 2016 SCE to energize Segment 8A through the City in mid-November


Contact Information

Jennifer Menjivar-Shaw
Region Manager Public Affairs
Southern California Edison
Michael Picker
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
California Public Utilities Commission - Los Angeles Office

320 West 4th Street, Suite 500

Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-576-7000
Toll Free: 800-365-0550
Fax: 213-576-7007
Scott Murphy
Planning Director
City of Ontario

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