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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 22, 2013
CONTACT: Jen Neville, 720-962-7050, publicaffairs@wapa.gov

NEW TRANSMISSION PROPOSAL UNDER REVIEW IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Today, Western Area Power Administration’s Sierra Nevada Region initiated an environmental review to construct and operate a 230- or 500-kilovolt transmission line in central California to serve Bureau of Reclamation’s primary San Luis Unit pumping facilities in the Los Banos area.

Western’s existing transmission service contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Company that serves the San Luis Unit will terminate in Spring 2016.  Without a replacement for the contract, Reclamation’s water customers could see an estimated increased cost of $8 million per year to receive the same service.

Western will review the environmental impacts of the proposed transmission line between the Los Banos area and Western’s transmission facilities near Tracy, Calif. The line would cross through Alameda, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties in central California.

A notice of intent was published Nov. 22 in the Federal Register to prepare an environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act and also initiated a 60-day public scoping period. 

Environmental review scoping meetings are planned for Jan. 8 and 9, 2014. At the meetings the public, agencies and other stakeholders can learn of the proposal and inform Western of their issues, comments and concerns in the earliest stage of the environmental review. More details about the public meetings are available on the project website. No action will be taken on the project proposal until after the environmental review is completed.

The Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region is a cooperating agency for environmental review. The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority will serve as the lead agency for the California Environmental Quality Act review process.

For more information on the project, visit the SLTP webpage. You can also learn more about NEPA’s environmental processes on its website.

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Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 10,000 megawatts of clean, renewable power from hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states.  It is part of the Department of Energy.

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