PG&E seeks com­mu­nity feed­back on new routes

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Oula Miq­bel

LOCKEFORD — PG&E will seek com­mu­nity feed­back dur­ing two public open houses today at the Lockeford Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 19258 North Jack Tone Road, from 10 a.m. to noon and an­other ses­sion from 4 to 7 p.m.

The project, for­merly known as North­ern San Joaquin Power Con­nect, in­cludes con­nect­ing PG&E’s ex­ist­ing BrightonBe­l­lota 230 kV trans­mis­sion line into PG&E’s Lockeford Sub­sta­tion.

The pro­posed project also in­volves build­ing a new 230 kV dou­ble cir­cuit trans­mis­sion line from PG&E’s Lockeford Sub­sta­tion to a new 230 kV switch­ing sta­tion on Thur­man Street in Lodi.

“This pro­posed project is key to sup­port the grow­ing needs of the re­gion’s ex­pand­ing econ­omy. As we con­tinue work­ing with re­gional stake­hold­ers, we look for­ward to shar­ing po­ten­tial trans­mis­sion line routes to de­velop the best project pos­si­ble for cus­tomers in the area,” said Dave Meier, se­nior man­ager of PG&E’s Stock­ton Di­vi­sion.

PG&E will con­tinue to en­gage the com­mu­nity through­out the de­vel­op­ment of the project, as the project team works to iden­tity a pro­posed and al­ter­na­tive route for the project. Based on the cur­rent time­line, it is an­tic­i­pated that the project will be sub­mit­ted to the Cal­i­for­nia Public Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion (CPUC) in 2020.

The CPUC, the state agency with ju­ris­dic­tion over the rout­ing of trans­mis­sion projects of this type, will con­duct ad­di­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for public com­ment. The CPUC has ju­ris­dic­tion and fi­nal ap­proval over the project, in­clud­ing the route lo­ca­tion. Res­i­dents who are un­able to at­tend the open houses can ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion on the project web­site at­ern­san­joaquin.

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