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South County Power Connect Open Houses Provide Community with Opportunity to Get Involved

PG&E Corporate Relations 408-282-7140

PG&E's South County Power Connect team hosted its first series of open houses in September to help introduce the proposed electric infrastructure project to the southern Santa Clara County community.


The project will include building a new substation and two new transmission lines. Investments in southern Santa Clara County's electric system will help us respond to the growing energy demands of our 43,000 existing local customers and continue to provide a highly reliable and stable electricity source for the region.


The meetings took place in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Martin, and provided attendees an opportunity to discuss details of the project, ask questions and provide valuable feedback. Dozens of community members representing CAL FIRE, Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, Committee for Green Foothills and the City of Morgan Hill, along with local residents, attended the meeting.


"As a member of the south county community, we understand the rapid growth the region has experienced. The South County Power Connect project will allow PG&E to invest and build the necessary infrastructure to continue providing our customers with safe and reliable electric service. We are incredibly appreciative that local residents, community leaders and business owners committed personal time to attend our open houses and provide valuable insights on this vital project," said Teresa Davies, senior manager of PG&E's San Jose Division.


We are committed to continued engagement with the community throughout the development of South County Power Connect. These open houses represent the first phase of our three-part outreach program. Community input and field research will help shape the decision making process during this first phase of outreach, helping us refine the project study area. Potential sites and corridors will be shared with the community through a second round of workshops and open houses, during which we will continue to gather community input to design a project with the least overall impact.


In addition to the open houses, the project team continues to hold stakeholder meetings and engage with the local community. If you were unable to attend the open house, the open house boards are available here. Also, please feel free to submit a comment or question anytime through our inquiries page. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you at our next open house!


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