In March 2015, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Board of Governors approved the project and directed PG&E to identify locations for a new switching station and backup electric transmission lines. In late 2017, PG&E submitted an application to the California Public Utilities Commission* (CPUC) which identified the proposed switching station site on Egbert Avenue. This application included the proposed transmission line routes and alternative sites and routes. The CPUC then evaluated the site and route alternatives. They ultimately decided on the Egbert site as the environmentally superior project option following public meetings on the subject.
On June 25, 2020, the CPUC completed their CEQA review and granted PG&E a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for the project. The CPUC also filed a CEQA Notice of Determination for the Project on June 30, 2020. The CPUC environmental review documents can be found at the CPUC website.
On October 21, 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a Notice to Proceed, authorizing PG&E to move ahead with the Egbert Switching Station Project.
*The CPUC Board is Board is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.