Wheeler Ridge Junction Project
In early 2017, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which is responsible for managing California’s energy grid, informed PG&E that it was reassessing dozens of previously approved projects throughout California, including the Wheeler Ridge Junction Project, formerly known as Bakersfield Power Connect.
In March 2018, the CAISO Board decided that there would be no changes to the Wheeler Ridge Junction Project scope. The project will now progress as planned to help ensure continued electric reliability and efficiency across the region, and a project permit application for the Wheeler Ridge Junction Project will be filed this spring. If approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, this project will include the construction of a new substation, enhancements to existing substations and upgrades to about 30 miles of existing transmission lines that serve about 100,000 customers in and around Bakersfield.