CPUC APPROVES UNDERGROUNDING OF TEHACHAPI TRANSMISSION LINE

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by The California Public Utilities Commission and
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Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov 
Docket #: A.07-06-031 
CPUC APPROVES UNDERGROUNDING OF TEHACHAPI TRANSMISSION LINE
THROUGH CITY OF CHINO HILLS 
SAN FRANCISCO, July 11, 2013 - The California Public Utilities
Commission (CPUC) today granted the request of the City of Chino
Hills to underground a segment of Southern California Edison’s
Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, finding that the
design of the above ground line effectively ignores community
values and places an unfair and unreasonable burden on
residents. 
Currently, the 3.5 mile segment of the 500 kilovolt transmission
line running through Chino Hills consists of massive
transmission towers reaching 195-198 feet tall (more than double
the height of the prior 75 foot structures) and set in a narrow
150-foot right of way.  Today’s decision rectifies that
disproportionate burden and finds that it is in the public
interest to construct an underground alternative based on a
single circuit, two cables per phase design using cross linked
polyethylene cable. 
The cost estimate of undergrounding in Chino Hills is
approximately $224 million, including offset for Chino Hills’
financial contribution of real property, which is valued at
approximately $17 million. 
Said CPUC President Michael R. Peevey, “It’s the dawn of a new
era in transmission line planning in this state.  In urban and
suburban areas, we have to look anew at how we site transmission
lines, and carefully weigh their role in fulfilling the state’s
energy goals against their impact on community values.  I know
undergrounding costs more, but I believe in this instance the
costs are manageable and relatively minor considering the
overall well-being of the populace in doing so.” 
The proposal voted on today is available at
http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M071/K423/7
1423831.PDF. 
For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov. 
(bjh) NY 
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