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Erik Jacobson
Director
Regulatory Relations

Pacific Gas and Electric Company
77 Beale St., Mail Code B13U
P.O. Box 770000
San Francisco, CA 94177
Fax: 415-973-3582

July 6, 2018

Advice 5327-E
(Pacific Gas and Electric Company ID U39 E)

Public Utilities Commission of the State of California
Subject:

Submits Notice of Construction, Pursuant to General Order 131-D,
for the Construction of West Point-Valley Springs 60 kV Power Line
Reconductor Project, Counties of Amador and Calaveras

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E” or “the Company”) hereby submits notice
pursuant to General Order (G.O.) 131-D, Section XI, Subsection B.4, of the
construction of facilities that are exempt from a Permit to Construct.
Purpose
This advice letter provides a copy of the Notice of Proposed Construction (Attachment
I) and the Notice Distribution List, which comply with the noticing requirements found in
G.O. 131-D, Section XI.
Background
To maintain safe and reliable electric service in Amador and Calaveras counties, Pacific
Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is proposing to replace conductor (wires) on
approximately 11 miles of the existing West Point-Valley Springs 60 Kilovolt (kV) Power
Line in unincorporated portions of Amador and Calaveras counties located in existing
easements. PG&E will also replace approximately 133 existing wood poles with 14 new
wood poles, 118 new light duty steel poles, 1 new engineered embedded pole; and
install (inter-set) 5 new light duty steel poles. Approximately 70 replacement structures
will be 1 to 10 feet taller than existing structures, approximately 46 replacement
structures will be 11 to 20 feet taller than existing structures, and the remaining
replacement structures will be approximately the same height. The 5 new inter-set
structures will range in height from 63 to 72 feet tall. Height increases are required to
meet California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) General Order 95 minimum
ground-to-conductor clearance requirements, while accommodating electric distribution
wires on the power line poles (underbuild).





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Advice No. 5327-E -2- July 6, 2018 The project begins at PG&E’s Electra Substation (19202 Electra Road) in unincorporated Amador County. The project alignment exits the substation and runs southwest in Federal lands located within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Administrative Boundary for the Mokelumne River Hydroelectric Project (#137) for approximately 0.5 miles where it exits the FERC boundary and continues southwest approximately 2 miles along a steep hillside adjacent to Electra Road before crossing Electra Road and the Mokelumne River where it extends southward approximately 2.5 miles into steep forested and rural portions of Calaveras County and through the small rural town of Mokelumne Hill crossing over both State Route 49 and State Route 26; and then follows unpopulated rural portions of State Route 26 in a southerly direction for approximately 4 miles; then continuing overland southwest and southeast through open space for approximately 2 miles terminating at PG&E’s Valley Springs Substation (1377 Highway 26) in unincorporated Calaveras County. The existing line spans over the Mokelumne River, unnamed creeks and ephemeral waters; however all structures, equipment staging, and access will be in upland areas outside of the bed, bank and channel. Helicopters will be used to facilitate construction and minimize ground disturbance at approximate 30 structures with constrained access. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in May 2019, or soon as practicable after project approval. Construction is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2020, or as soon as possible after construction begins. CPUC General Order 131-D, Section III, Subsection B.1, exempts projects meeting specific conditions from the CPUC’s requirement to file an application requesting authority to construct. The Company believes this project qualifies for the following exemption(s): g. “power line facilities or substations to be located in an existing franchise, road-widening setback easement, or public utility easement; or in a utility corridor designated, precisely mapped and officially adopted pursuant to law by federal, state, or local agencies for which a final Negative Declaration or EIR [Environmental Impact Report] finds no significant unavoidable environmental impacts.” Additionally, G.O. 131-D requires utilities to employ "no cost" and specified "low cost" measures to reduce public exposure to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) in accordance with CPUC Decision 06-01-042 and the “EMF Guidelines for Electrical Facilities” prepared in compliance with that decision. The following measures are proposed for this project: • Increase the height of 2 poles in residential areas by 10 feet taller than otherwise required. This filing will not cause the withdrawal of service, or conflict with any other rate schedule or rule.
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Advice No. 5327-E -3- July 6, 2018 Protests Anyone wishing to protest this filing may do so by filing a protest with the CPUC and the Company by July 26, 2018, which is 20 days after the date of this filing. Protests should be mailed to the following address: CPUC Energy Division ED Tariff Unit 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, California 94102 Facsimile: (415) 703-2200 E-Mail: EDTariffUnit@cpuc.ca.gov Copies of protests also should be mailed to the attention of the Director, Energy Division, Room 4004, at the address show above. The protest should also be sent via U.S. mail (and by facsimile and electronically, if possible) to PG&E at the address shown below on the same date it is mailed or delivered to the Commission: David T. Kraska Attorney, Law Department Pacific Gas and Electric Company P.O. Box 7442 San Francisco, California 94120 Facsimile: (415) 973-0516 Erik Jacobson Director, Regulatory Relations c/o Megan Lawson Pacific Gas and Electric Company P.O. Box 770000, Mail Code B13U San Francisco, California 94177 Facsimile: (415) 973-3582 E-Mail: PGETariffs@pge.com Persons or groups may protest the proposed construction if they believe that the Company has incorrectly applied for an exemption or that the conditions set out in Section III.B.2 of G.O. 131-D exist.
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Advice No. 5327-E -4- July 6, 2018 Public Comment Individuals or groups who do not file an official protest may still submit a comment on the request to the Energy Division at the address noted above, referencing Advice Letter 5327-E. Effective Date The Company requests that this Tier 2 advice filing become effective on August 5, 2018, which is 30 days after the date of filing. (In accordance with G.O. 131-D, construction will not begin until 45 days after notice is first published.) Notice A copy of this advice letter is being sent electronically and via U.S. Mail to parties shown on the attached list, including the parties listed in G.O. 131-D, Section XI, Paragraphs B.1 and B.2. These parties are identified in the “Notice Distribution List” included in Attachment I. All electronic approvals should be sent to e-mail PGETariffs@pge.com. Advice letter filings can also be accessed electronically at http://www.pge.com/tariffs/. /S/ Erik Jacobson Director, Regulatory Relations cc: Parties Listed in G.O. 131-D, Paragraphs B.1 and B.2 Attachments
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CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ADVICE LETTER SUBMITTAL SUMMARY ENERGY UTILITY MUST BE COMPLETED BY UTILITY (Attach additional pages as needed) Company name/CPUC Utility No. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (ID U39 E) Utility type: Contact Person: Kingsley Cheng  ELC  GAS  PLC  HEAT Phone #: (415) 973-5265  WATER E-mail: k2c0@pge.com and PGETariffs@pge.com EXPLANATION OF UTILITY TYPE ELC = Electric PLC = Pipeline GAS = Gas HEAT = Heat (Date Submitted/ Received Stamp by CPUC) WATER = Water Advice Letter (AL) #: 5327-E Tier: 2 Subject of AL: Submits Notice of Construction, Pursuant to General Order 131-D, for the Construction of West Point-Valley Springs 60 kV Power Line Reconductor Project, Counties of Amador and Calaveras Keywords (choose from CPUC listing): Compliance, Power Lines AL submittal type:  Monthly  Quarterly  Annual  One-Time  Other _____________________________ If AL submitted in compliance with a Commission order, indicate relevant Decision/Resolution #: N/A Does AL replace a withdrawn or rejected AL? If so, identify the prior AL: No Summarize differences between the AL and the prior withdrawn or rejected AL: ____________________ Is AL requesting confidential treatment? If so, what information is the utility seeking confidential treatment for: No Confidential information will be made available to those who have executed a nondisclosure agreement: N/A Name(s) and contact information of the person(s) who will provide the nondisclosure agreement and access to the confidential information: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Resolution Required? Yes No Requested effective date: August 5, 2018 N No. of tariff sheets: N/A Estimated system annual revenue effect (%): N/A Estimated system average rate effect (%): N/A When rates are affected by AL, include attachment in AL showing average rate effects on customer classes (residential, small commercial, large C/I, agricultural, lighting). Tariff schedules affected: N/A Service affected and changes proposed: N/A Pending advice letters that revise the same tariff sheets: N/A Protests, dispositions, and all other correspondence regarding this AL are due no later than 20 days after the date of this submittal, unless otherwise authorized by the Commission, and shall be sent to: California Public Utilities Commission Director, Energy Division 505 Van Ness Ave., 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94102 E-mail: EDTariffUnit@cpuc.ca.gov Pacific Gas and Electric Company Attn: Erik Jacobson, Director, Regulatory Relations c/o Megan Lawson 77 Beale Street, Mail Code B13U P.O. Box 770000 San Francisco, CA 94177 E-mail: PGETariffs@pge.com
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Attachment I NOTICE OF PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION Para más detalles llame 1-800-660-6789 PROJECT NAME: West Point-Valley Springs 60 kV Power Line Reconductor Project (Amador and Calaveras counties, PM 74001436) ADVICE LETTER NUMBER: 5327-E Proposed Project: To maintain safe and reliable electric service in Amador and Calaveras counties, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is proposing to replace conductor (wires) on approximately 11 miles of the existing West Point-Valley Springs 60 Kilovolt (kV) Power Line in unincorporated portions of Amador and Calaveras counties located in existing easements. PG&E will also replace approximately 133 existing wood poles with 14 new wood poles, 118 new light duty steel poles, 1 new engineered embedded pole; and install (inter-set) 5 new light duty steel poles. Approximately 70 replacement structures will be 1 to 10 feet taller than existing structures, approximately 46 replacement structures will be 11 to 20 feet taller than existing structures, and the remaining replacement structures will be approximately the same height. The 5 new inter-set structures will range in height from 63 to 72 feet tall. Height increases are required to meet California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) General Order 95 minimum ground-to-conductor clearance requirements, while accommodating electric distribution wires on the power line poles (underbuild). The project begins at PG&E’s Electra Substation (19202 Electra Road) in unincorporated Amador County. The project alignment exits the substation and runs southwest in Federal lands located within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Administrative Boundary for the Mokelumne River Hydroelectric Project (#137) for approximately 0.5 miles where it exits the FERC boundary and continues southwest approximately 2 miles along a steep hillside adjacent to Electra Road before crossing Electra Road and the Mokelumne River where it extends southward approximately 2.5 miles into steep forested and rural portions of Calaveras County and through the small rural town of Mokelumne Hill crossing over both State Route 49 and State Route 26; and then follows unpopulated rural portions of State Route 26 in a southerly direction for approximately 4 miles; then continuing overland southwest and southeast through open space for approximately 2 miles terminating at PG&E’s Valley Springs Substation (1377 Highway 26) in unincorporated Calaveras County. The existing line spans over the Mokelumne River, unnamed creeks and ephemeral waters; however all structures, equipment staging, and access will be in upland areas outside of the bed, bank and channel. Helicopters will be used to facilitate construction and minimize ground disturbance at approximate 30 structures with constrained access. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in May 2019, or soon as practicable after project approval. Construction is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2020, or as soon as possible after construction begins. Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF): PG&E will employ “no cost” and specified “low cost” measures to reduce public exposure to EMF in accordance with California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Decision 06-01-042 and the “EMF Design Guidelines for Electrical Facilities” prepared in compliance with that decision. The following measures are proposed for this project: • Increase the height of 2 poles in residential areas by 10 feet taller than otherwise required. Exemption from CPUC Permit Requirement: CPUC General Order 131-D, Section III, Subsection B.1, exempts a utility from the CPUC’s requirement to file an application requesting authority to construct if a project meets specific conditions. This project qualifies for the following exemption: g. “power line facilities or substations to be located in an existing franchise, road-widening setback easement, or public utility easement; or in a utility corridor designated, precisely mapped and officially adopted pursuant to law by federal, state, or local agencies for which a final Negative Declaration or EIR [Environmental Impact Report] finds no significant unavoidable environmental impacts.” Additional Project Information: To obtain further information on the proposed project, please call PG&E’s Project Information Line at (415) 973-5530. Public Review Process: Individuals or groups may protest the proposed construction if they believe that PG&E has incorrectly applied for an exemption or that the conditions set out in Section III.B.2 of General Order 131-D exist; a. b. c. There is reasonable possibility that the activity may have an impact on an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern where designated, precisely mapped and officially adopted pursuant to law by federal, state, or local agencies; or The cumulative impact of successive projects of the same type in the same place, over time, is significant; or There is a reasonable possibility that the activity will have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances. Protests should include the following: 1. Your name, mailing address and daytime telephone number. 2. Reference to the CPUC Advice Letter Number and Project Name. 3. A clear description of the reason for the protest. 4. Whether you believe that evidentiary hearings are necessary to resolve factual disputes. Protests for this project must be filed by July 26, 2018 at the following address: Director, Energy Division ED Tariff Unit California Public Utilities Commission 505 Van Ness Avenue, Fourth Floor San Francisco, California 94102 With a copy mailed to: David Kraska, Law Department Pacific Gas and Electric Company P.O. Box 7442 San Francisco, California 94120 PG&E must respond within five business days of receipt and serve its response on each protestant and the Energy Division. Within 30 days after PG&E has submitted its response, the CPUC Executive Director will send you a copy of an Executive Resolution granting or denying PG&E’s request and stating the reasons for the decision. Assistance in Filing a Protest: If you need assistance in filing a protest, contact the CPUC Public Advisor: email: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or call: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free), or (415) 703-2074, or TTY (415) 703-5258. Public Comment: Even if you do not want to file an official protest, you may still comment on the request. To do so, send your comments to the Energy Division at the address noted above. Please reference Advice Letter 5327-E. (P.No. 5767632 / SAP Order No. 74001436 / MWC 60)
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Notice Distribution List West Point-Valley Springs 60 kV Power Line Reconductor Project (Amador and Calaveras Counties) Advice 5327-E Energy Commission Mr. Drew Bohan, Executive Director California Energy Commission 1516 Ninth Street, Mail Stop 39 Sacramento, California 95814 Drew.Bohan@energy.ca.gov Ms. Courtney Smith, Chief Deputy Director California Energy Commission 1516 Ninth Street, Mail Stop 39 Sacramento, California 95814 Courtney.Smith@energy.ca.gov California Department of Fish and Wildlife Mr. Patrick Moeszinger California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 1701 Nimbus Road Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 Patrick.Moeszinger@wildlife.ca.gov California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region Ms. Elizabeth M. Lee, P.E. 401 Water Quality Certification/Municipal Storm Water Unit Supervisor Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board 11020 Sun Center Drive, Suite 200 Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 Elizabeth.Lee@waterboards.ca.gov County of Amador Mr. Chuck Iley County Administrative Officer 810 Court Street Jackson, CA 95642 ciley@amadorgov.org
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County of Calaveras Mr. Tim Lutz County Administrative Officer 891 Mountain Ranch Road San Andreas, CA 95249 tlutz@co.calaveras.ca.us Newspaper The Valley Springs News
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