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PG&E seeking feedback on new energy project in Santa Maria

PG&E Corporate Relations (408) 282-7140

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has plans to build a new substation in the Santa Maria area and wants feedback from the community before submitting final plans to state and federal regulators.

The proposed new electric infrastructure project will benefit 73,000 customers on the Central Coast and in Central Valley communities, a company spokesman said.

PG&E is starting to engage local communities to seek input on potential substation site locations, transmission line corridors and design options, the spokesman said.

The project, dubbed Central California Power Connect, includes building a new substation near Santa Maria as well as two new transmission lines.

The substation would connect a new 230-kilovolt transmission line to the electric company's existing midway substation in Kern County, if approved by regulators.

"The proposed Central California Power Connect project is a key component of our efforts to meet the electric reliability needs of the region and ensures its economic vitality," said Pat Mullen, director of PG&E's Los Padres Division.

The proposed project will provide the system with greater flexibility and independence to adapt to energy demand, which will help prevent any part of it from becoming overloaded, especially during the summer when demand for electricity is highest, according to Mullen.

The community is invited to attend three upcoming open-house meetings, all scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., to discuss the project and provide feedback on the substation location and potential transmission line corridors.

The open houses will be held on the following dates and locations:

~ Tuesday, Feb. 23, Veterans Memorial Community Center, 313 W. Tunnell St., Santa Maria. ~ Wednesday, Feb. 24, Santa Maria VFW Post 2521, 200 E. Battles Road, Santa Maria. ~ Thursday, Feb. 25, Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 1605 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo.

Input received during this phase of outreach will contribute to the selection of potential sites and routes and design options to be studied further.

The California Public Utilities Commission and the federal regulators involved in the process will have the final authority on project locations, the spokesman said.

The plan is expected to be submitted to regulators in September 2017, with project locations anticipated to be chosen in 2021.

More information can be found by visting the PG&E website page about Central California Power Connect.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to nearly 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit the PG&E website and the PG&E Media Newroom.

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