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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

February 20, 2020

Advice 5766-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 Exchequer-Yosemite 70 kV Reliability in the
County of Mariposa

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
As previously noticed (Advice Letter Number (AL) 5486-E), Pacific Gas and Electric
Company is proposing to upgrade the Exchequer-Yosemite 70 Kilovolt (kV) Power Line
to continue to maintain safe and reliable electric service to customers in Mariposa
County. The Exchequer-Yosemite 70 kV Power Line, supported by approximately 244
steel structures, spans approximately 35 miles across rural and sparsely populated
areas of Mariposa County from Exchequer Substation at Lake McClure to the border of
Yosemite National Park in the Community of El Portal. The project originally planned to
replace approximately 13 miles of conductor and 12 lattice steel towers and poles,
install approximately 2 new lattice steel poles, and raise approximately 7 lattice steel
towers.
During the Fall and Winter of 2019, the work described in AL 5486-E began on
approximately 7 miles of powerline from Bear Valley Substation, near the intersection of
Highway 49 and Drunken Gulch Road, to near the intersection of Telegraph Road and
Telegraph Hill Road. Approximately 4 miles of conductor and 5 lattice steel poles were
replaced, 1 new lattice steel pole was installed, and 2 lattice steel towers were raised.





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Advice No. 5766-E -2- February 20, 2020 In the section of the project between Exchequer Substation and Bear Valley Substation, the plans described in AL 5486-E were to either raise or modify the approximately 14 lattice steel towers. After further review, PG&E now proposes to replace the approximately 14 lattice steel towers with new lattice steel poles (replacement) having smaller footprints and ranging from approximately 7 feet shorter to 34 feet taller. The existing towers vary in height from approximately 61 to 94 feet tall. The structures that are taller are required to comply with California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) General Order 95 minimum ground-to-conductor clearance requirements. Helicopters will be used to facilitate construction in undeveloped areas. Limited by power clearances and seasonal constraints, power line construction will occur during limited annual construction periods. Construction is tentatively scheduled to resume in spring 2020 or as soon as practicable after project approval. Construction is schedule to be completed in winter 2021 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 exemptions, b. “the replacement of existing power line facilities or supporting structures with equivalent facilities or structures.” c. ”the intersetting of additional support structures between existing support structures.” This filing will not cause the withdrawal of service, or conflict with any other rate schedule or rule. Protests Anyone wishing to protest this submittal may do so by filing a protest with the CPUC and the Company by March 11, 2020, which is 20 days after the date of this submittal. Protests should be mailed to the following address: CPUC Energy Division ED Tariff Unit 505 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor 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.
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Advice No. 5766-E -3- February 20, 2020 The protest also should 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. 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 5766-E. Effective Date The Company requests that this Tier 2 advice filing become effective on March 21, 2020, 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
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Advice No. 5766-E -4- February 20, 2020 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
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ADVICE LETTER SUMMARY ENERGY UTILITY MUST BE COMPLETED BY UTILITY (Attach additional pages as needed) Company name/CPUC Utility No.: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (ID U39E) Utility type: ELC GAS PLC HEAT ELC = Electric PLC = Pipeline WATER Contact Person: Kimberly Loo Phone #: (415)973-4587 E-mail: PGETariffs@pge.com E-mail Disposition Notice to: KELM@pge.com EXPLANATION OF UTILITY TYPE GAS = Gas WATER = Water HEAT = Heat (Date Submitted / Received Stamp by CPUC) Tier Designation: 2 Advice Letter (AL) #: 5766-E Subject of AL: Submits Notice of Construction, Pursuant to General Order 131-D, for the Construction of Exchequer-Yosemite 70 kV Reliability in the County of Mariposa Keywords (choose from CPUC listing): Compliance, G.O. 131-D AL Type: Monthly Quarterly Annual One-Time Other: If AL submitted in compliance with a Commission order, indicate relevant Decision/Resolution #: 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: Confidential treatment requested? Yes No If yes, specification of confidential information: Confidential information will be made available to appropriate parties who execute a nondisclosure agreement. Name and contact information to request nondisclosure agreement/ access to confidential information: Resolution required? Yes No Requested effective date: 3/21/20 No. of tariff sheets: 0 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 proposed1: N/A Pending advice letters that revise the same tariff sheets: N/A 1 Discuss in AL if more space is needed. Clear Form
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Protests 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: CPUC, Energy Division Attention: Tariff Unit 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 Email: EDTariffUnit@cpuc.ca.gov Name: Erik Jacobson, c/o Megan Lawson Title: Director, Regulatory Relations Utility Name: Pacific Gas and Electric Company Address: 77 Beale Street, Mail Code B13U City: San Francisco, CA 94177 Zip: 94177 State: California Telephone (xxx) xxx-xxxx: (415)973-2093 Facsimile (xxx) xxx-xxxx: (415)973-3582 Email: PGETariffs@pge.com Name: Title: Utility Name: Address: City: State: District of Columbia Telephone (xxx) xxx-xxxx: Facsimile (xxx) xxx-xxxx: Email: Zip: Clear Form
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Attachment I NOTICE OF PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION Para más detalles llame 1-800-660-6789 PROJECT NAME: Exchequer-Yosemite 70 kV Power Line Reliability Project - (Mariposa County, T. No. 0000322) ADVICE LETTER NUMBER: 5766-E Proposed Project: As previously noticed (Advice Letter Number (AL) 5486-E), Pacific Gas and Electric Company is proposing to upgrade the Exchequer-Yosemite 70 Kilovolt (kV) Power Line to continue to maintain safe and reliable electric service to customers in Mariposa County. The Exchequer-Yosemite 70 kV Power Line, supported by approximately 244 steel structures, spans approximately 35 miles across rural and sparsely populated areas of Mariposa County from Exchequer Substation at Lake McClure to the border of Yosemite National Park in the Community of El Portal. The project originally planned to replace approximately 13 miles of conductor and 12 lattice steel towers and poles, install approximately 2 new lattice steel poles, and raise approximately 7 lattice steel towers. During the Fall and Winter of 2019, the work described in AL 5486-E began on approximately 7 miles of powerline from Bear Valley Substation, near the intersection of Highway 49 and Drunken Gulch Road, to near the intersection of Telegraph Road and Telegraph Hill Road. Approximately 4 miles of conductor and 5 lattice steel poles were replaced, 1 new lattice steel pole was installed, and 2 lattice steel towers were raised. In the section of the project between Exchequer Substation and Bear Valley Substation, the plans described in AL 5486-E were to either raise or modify the approximately 14 lattice steel towers. After further review, PG&E now proposes to replace the approximately 14 lattice steel towers with new lattice steel poles (replacement) having smaller footprints and ranging from approximately 7 feet shorter to 34 feet taller. The existing towers vary in height from approximately 61 to 94 feet tall. The structures that are taller are required to comply with California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) General Order 95 minimum ground-to-conductor clearance requirements. Helicopters will be used to facilitate construction in undeveloped areas. Limited by power clearances and seasonal constraints, power line construction will occur during limited annual construction periods. Construction is tentatively scheduled to resume in spring 2020 or as soon as practicable after project approval. Construction is schedule to be completed in winter 2021 or as soon as possible after construction begins. 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: b. “the replacement of existing power line facilities or supporting structures with equivalent facilities or structures.” c. “the intersetting of additional support structures between existing support structures.” 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. 2. 3. 4. Your name, mailing address and daytime telephone number. Reference to the CPUC Advice Letter Number and Project Name. A clear description of the reason for the protest. Whether you believe that evidentiary hearings are necessary to resolve factual disputes. Protests for this project must be filed by March 11, 2020 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 5766-E. (T.No. 0000322 SAP Order No. 74001200/MWC94)
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Notice Distribution List Exchequer-Yosemite 70 kV Power Line Reliability Project Advice 5766-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. Craig Bailey California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 1234 E. Shaw Avenue Fresno, CA 93710 Craig.Bailey@wildlife.ca.gov County of Mariposa Ms. Sarah Williams 5100 Bullion Street PO Box 2039 Mariposa, CA 95338 swilliams@mariposacounty.org Newspaper Mariposa Gazette
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PG&E Gas and Electric Advice Submittal List AT&T Albion Power Company Alcantar & Kahl LLP Alta Power Group, LLC Anderson & Poole Atlas ReFuel BART Barkovich & Yap, Inc. P.C. CalCom Solar California Cotton Ginners & Growers Assn California Energy Commission California Public Utilities Commission California State Association of Counties Calpine Cameron-Daniel, P.C. Casner, Steve Cenergy Power Center for Biological Diversity Chevron Pipeline and Power City of Palo Alto City of San Jose Clean Power Research Coast Economic Consulting Commercial Energy County of Tehama - Department of Public Works Crossborder Energy Crown Road Energy, LLC Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Day Carter Murphy Dept of General Services Don Pickett & Associates, Inc. Douglass & Liddell Downey & Brand East Bay Community Energy Ellison Schneider & Harris LLP Energy Management Service Engineers and Scientists of California Evaluation + Strategy for Social Innovation GenOn Energy, Inc. Goodin, MacBride, Squeri, Schlotz & Ritchie Green Charge Networks Green Power Institute Hanna & Morton ICF IGS Energy International Power Technology Intestate Gas Services, Inc. Kelly Group Ken Bohn Consulting Keyes & Fox LLP Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc. Linde Los Angeles County Integrated Waste Management Task Force Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power MRW & Associates Manatt Phelps Phillips Marin Energy Authority McKenzie & Associates Modesto Irrigation District Morgan Stanley NLine Energy, Inc. NRG Solar Office of Ratepayer Advocates OnGrid Solar Pacific Gas and Electric Company Peninsula Clean Energy Pioneer Community Energy Praxair Redwood Coast Energy Authority Regulatory & Cogeneration Service, Inc. SCD Energy Solutions SCE SDG&E and SoCalGas SPURR San Francisco Water Power and Sewer Seattle City Light Sempra Utilities Southern California Edison Company Southern California Gas Company Spark Energy Sun Light & Power Sunshine Design Tecogen, Inc. TerraVerde Renewable Partners Tiger Natural Gas, Inc. TransCanada Troutman Sanders LLP Utility Cost Management Utility Power Solutions Utility Specialists Verizon Water and Energy Consulting Wellhead Electric Company Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMA) Yep Energy
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