We are dedicated to engaging community stakeholders early in the planning process, helping to guarantee their input shapes the decision-making process until the proposed project is completed. Throughout the process, we will proactively listen to and address community concerns, while soliciting feedback on potential routes. Our planning process not only involves research and field reviews by environmental and engineering experts, but dozens of community stakeholder meetings and several community open houses.

Central California Process

Beginning the regulatory process

As we continue to study potential substation sites and transmission line routes, our goal is to identify a proposed site and routes that we can submit as part of a formal project application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the state agency responsible for making a final decision on the project. In addition, given that several of siting/routing opportunities cross lands under the jurisdiction of the federal government—specifically the Los Padres National Forest and the Carrizo Plain National Monument—extensive consultation with both the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will be necessary. The proposed project will be required to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Ultimately the CPUC and Federal Agencies will determine the project's location and will select one 230 kV line, one 115 kV line and one substation that PG&E will need to be construct, operate and maintain. Download the NEPA/CEQA Process Flow Chart (PDF, 284 KB) which illustrates how the CEQA and NEPA processes typically proceed, but no intergovernmental decisions have yet been reached on this project.