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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

September 10, 2020

Advice 5944-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 WHEELER RIDGE-WEEDPATCH 70 kV
RELOCATION – HWY 184 AND SUNSET BOULEVARD in the County
of Kern

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
California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) has requested Pacific Gas and
Electric (PG&E) to relocate approximately 1,675 feet of the Wheeler Ridge-Weedpatch
70 kilovolt (kV) power line to accommodate a future state highway project located at the
intersection of State Highway 184 and Sunset Boulevard in Kern County (larger project
CEQA). The proposed relocation begins approximately 530 feet west of the intersection
and runs east along the north side of Sunset Boulevard to a point approximately 880
feet east of the intersection. This segment of power line will be relocated approximately
20 to 65 feet north of its current alignment. Approximately 5 existing wood poles with an
aboveground height of approximately 54 to 61 feet will be removed and approximately 4
light duty steel poles, three to ten feet taller, will be installed. The taller poles are
required to meet current design standards and California Public Utilities Commission
(CPUC) General Order 95 conductor clearance requirements. Construction is tentatively
scheduled to begin in fall 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, with completion in
February 2021, or as soon as possible after construction begins. Construction will not
require the use of helicopters.





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Advice No. 5944-E -2- September 10, 2020 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: f. “power lines or substations to be relocated or constructed which have undergone environmental review pursuant to CEQA as part of a larger project, and for which the final CEQA document (Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or Negative Declaration) finds no significant unavoidable environmental impacts caused by the proposed line or substation.” The California Department of Transportation adopted a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the SUNSET BOULEVARD ROUNDABOUT PROJECT, finding no significant unavoidable environmental impacts resulting from PG&E’s proposed facilities. (State Clearinghouse #2018021005) This filing will not cause the withdrawal of service, or conflict with any other rate schedule or rule. Protests ***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shelter at home orders, PG&E is currently unable to receive protests or comments to this advice letter via U.S. mail or fax. Please submit protests or comments to this advice letter to EDTariffUnit@cpuc.ca.gov and PGETariffs@pge.com*** Anyone wishing to protest this filing may do so by filing a protest with the CPUC and the Company by September 30, 2020, 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 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:
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Advice No. 5944-E -3- September 10, 2020 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 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 5944-E. Effective Date The Company requests that this Tier 2 advice filing become effective on October 10, 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 PGETariffs@pge.com. Advice letter filings can also be accessed electronically at http://www.pge.com/tariffs/. /S/ Erik Jacobson Director, Regulatory Relations
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Advice No. 5944-E -4- cc: Parties Listed in G.O. 131-D, Paragraphs B.1 and B.2 Attachments September 10, 2020
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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) #: 5944-E Subject of AL: Submits Notice of Construction, Pursuant to General Order 131-D, for the Construction of WHEELER RIDGE-WEEDPATCH 70 kV RELOCATION – HWY 184 AND SUNSET BOULEVARD in the County of Kern 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: 10/10/20 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: WHEELER RIDGE-WEEDPATCH 70 kV RELOCATION – HWY 184 AND SUNSET BOULEVARD - (Kern County) T.0004942 ADVICE LETTER NUMBER: 5944-E Proposed Project: California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) has requested Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to relocate approximately 1,675 feet of the Wheeler Ridge-Weedpatch 70 kilovolt (kV) power line to accommodate a future state highway project located at the intersection of State Highway 184 and Sunset Bo ul ev ar d in Kern County (larger project CEQA). The proposed relocation begins approximately 530 feet west of the intersection and runs east along the north side of Sunset Boulevard to a point approximately 880 feet east of the intersection. This segment of power line will be relocated approximately 20 to 65 feet north of its current alignment. Approximately 5 existing wood poles with an aboveground height of approximately 54 to 61 feet will be removed and approximatel y 4 light duty steel poles, three to ten feet taller, will be installed . The taller poles are required to meet current design standards and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) General Order 95 conductor clearance r eq ui r emen ts . Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, with completion in February 2021, or as soon as possible after construction begins. Construction will not require the use of helicopters. 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 s p ec i fi c conditions. This project qualifies for the following exemption: f. “power lines or substations to be relocated or constructed which have undergone environmental review pursuant to CEQA as part of a larger project, and for which the final CEQA document (Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or Negative Declaration) fin ds no significant unavoidable environmental impacts caused by the proposed line or substation.” CalTrans adopted a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the SUNSET BOULEVARD ROUNDABOUT PROJECT, finding no significant unavoidable environmental impacts resulting fro m PG&E’s proposed facilities. (State Clearinghouse #2018021005) 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 g roups may protest the proposed construction if they believe that PG&E h as 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 hazar d o us 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 un us ual 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 d isputes. Protests for this project must be filed by September 30, 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 th e En er g y Division. Within 30 days after PG&E has submitted its response, the CPUC Executive Director will send you a c o p y 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 Adviso r: 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 5944-E. (T.0004942 / 74028262 / 82)
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Notice Distribution List WHEELER RIDGE-WEEDPATCH 70 kV RELOCATION – HWY 184 AND SUNSET BOULEVARD – (Kern County) T.0004942 Advice 5944-E Energy Commission Drew Bohan, Executive Director California Energy Commission 1516 Ninth Street, Mail Stop 39 Sacramento, California 95814 Drew.Bohan@energy.ca.gov Courtney Smith, Chief Deputy Director California Energy Commission 1516 Ninth Street, Mail Stop 39 Sacramento, California 95814 Courtney.Smith@energy.ca.gov Kern County Lorelei H. Oviatt AICP, Director 2700 “M” Street., Suite 250 Bakersfield, CA 93301-2370 kerncd@kerncounty.com California Department of Fish and Wildlife Craig Bailey Senior Environmental Scientist, Supervisor CEQA/CESA CDFW Region 4 (559) 243-4014 x 227 Craig.Bailey@wildlife.ca.gov Newspaper The Bakersfield Californian 3700 Pegasus Drive Bakersfield, CA 93308 (661) 395-7500
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PG&E Gas and Electric Advice Submittal List AT&T Albion Power Company Alcantar & Kahl LLP Downey & Brand East Bay Community Energy Ellison Schneider & Harris LLP Energy Management Service Alta Power Group, LLC Anderson & Poole Engineers and Scientists of California Atlas ReFuel BART Barkovich & Yap, Inc. 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 Crossborder Energy Crown Road Energy, LLC Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Day Carter Murphy Dept of General Services Don Pickett & Associates, Inc. Douglass & Liddell GenOn Energy, Inc. Goodin, MacBride, Squeri, Schlotz & Ritchie 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. Los Angeles County Integrated Waste Management Task Force MRW & Associates Manatt Phelps Phillips Marin Energy Authority McKenzie & Associates Modesto Irrigation District NLine Energy, Inc. NRG Solar Office of Ratepayer Advocates OnGrid Solar Pacific Gas and Electric Company Peninsula Clean Energy Pioneer Community Energy 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 Water and Energy Consulting Wellhead Electric Company Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMA) Yep Energy
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