We have good tidings for this New Year! After nearly five years of regulatory review and analysis, the San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) South Orange County Reliability Enhancement (SOCRE) project was finally approved on a unanimous vote by the California Public Utilities Commission. SDG&E plans to begin construction later this year.
As you know, electric reliability for the entire South Orange County region is supported by one single transmission substation in San Clemente. There has long been a need for a second transmission substation in the region and the SOCRE project ensures the system redundancy South Orange County needs and deserves.
Last week SDG&E’s Orange County External Relations Manager Duane Cave sent an email out summarizing the regulatory process that finally concluded in December:
Regulatory Process Summary
On December 15, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) with a 5-0 vote unanimously approved San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) proposal to construct the ‘South Orange County Reliability Enhancement’ project that will substantially improve electric reliability to its customers in the southern portion of Orange County, while also enhancing public safety by providing greater protection against catastrophic events and other threats.
As you know, this project has taken nearly five years to reach this important milestone, and we could not have done it without you – our supporters. Since this project was first introduced in early 2011 the CPUC has received nearly 500 letters of support and approximately 200 supporters have attended and spoken at public hearings and meetings to support electric reliability for South Orange County. The CPUC learned firsthand that our elected officials, residents and business owners in our region were engaged and understood the need for this important project.
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your support and advocacy for this project!
So what’s next? SDG&E is moving forward, we are finalizing our project engineering and preparing for the start of construction. Construction should begin towards the end of the second quarter of this year. Prior to the start of construction we will reach out to you so that we can brief you on the construction process and timeline. We also would like to brief you on the project changes that were included when the CPUC approved the project. As we move forward, we look forward to improving cooperation and relationships with the City of San Juan Capistrano. Together, this project will not only improve the electric reliability for the city and our region, it will also improve the aesthetics around the San Juan Capistrano Substation that exist today.
Please contact me directly if you have any questions, and again, thank you for your support!
Duane D. Cave
External Relations Manager
San Diego Gas and Electric
O – 949-361-8065
C – 714-309-5733
Thank you again for your support of this important electric reliability project!
|Ann Ronan||Joe Anderson|
|CSRP Co-Chair||CSRP Co-Chair|
Citizens for Safe and Reliable Power