Starting on Wednesday, August 1st, residents may begin to see some activity within the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) right-of-way. Southern California Edison (SCE) has received permission from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to work in the right-of-way. Equipment and crews will be placing stakes and drilling bores to conduct soils tests as part of the CPUC-ordered preliminary engineering studies of underground options for the TRTP transmission line route running through Chino Hills. Work will include crews, vehicles, survey staking, and ground boring equipment that includes a truck-mounted drill rig within the right-of-way. Work is anticipated to begin on Wednesday, August 1st and continue through mid-September on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The July 2nd ruling of the CPUC directed SCE to develop and submit testimony based on preliminary engineering studies of underground options for a portion of the Chino Hills transmission line route by February 28, 2013. The CPUC has NOT made a determination to underground the transmission lines at this time. The CPUC issued a Stay of Construction on November 10, 2011 that remains in effect. The only work that will take place is work required as part of the preliminary engineering studies of underground options such as the soils testing that is scheduled to occur over the next several weeks.
SCE July 30, 2012 Letter Regarding Work in the Right-of-Way
CPUC President Issues Ruling, Directs SCE to Submit Information on Undergrounding - July 2, 2012
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today issued a Ruling by CPUC President Michael R. Peevey that requires Southern California Edison (SCE) to develop, by February 28, 2013, prepared testimony based on preliminary engineering studies of undergrounding options for a portion of the Chino Hills transmission line route running through the City of Chino Hills.
CPUC Ruling - July 2, 2012
CPUC Press Release - July 2, 2012
City of Chino Hills Supports President Peevey's Ruling
Issues Statement - July 2, 2012
CPUC President Michael R. Peevey issued a Ruling that directs SCE to file extensive new testimony that would provide a basis for the CPUC to approve an underground transmission route for the portion of the TRTP that passes through the center of the City of Chino Hills. The testimony is due February 28, 2013. The City of Chino Hills supports this Ruling. Additionally, the Ruling reaffirmed that the Stay of Construction for Segment 8 through Chino Hills will remain in effect. City of Chino Hills Statement
City of Chino Hills Press Release - July 2, 2012
Installation of Electrical Wires CANNOT Proceed in Chino Hills
June 29, 2012
Residents along the TRTP route received an SCE newsletter dated June 2012 which lists work that will proceed in the next three months on Segment 8. Chino Hills officials have confirmed that the Stay of Construction issued by the California Public Utilities Commission in November of 2011 is still in effect. Electrical transmission wires CANNOT be installed because the CPUC stopped further construction in Chino Hills. If there is any change in the status, now or in the future, the City will provide that information here on the TRTP page of the City website.
Confidential Settlement Negotiations Have Commenced
San Francisco, May 3, 2012 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today announced that confidential settlement negotiations between Southern California Edison (SCE) and the City of Chino Hills on the routing of a 500-KV power line through the city have commenced.
On Nov. 10, 2011, the CPUC ordered SCE to stop construction work in Chino Hills on the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project in response to an Application for Rehearing and Motion for Partial Stay filed by the City of Chino Hills regarding the CPUC’s 2009 decision (D. 09-12-044) approving Segments 4 through 11 of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project. The negotiations announced today represent an effort by the CPUC, SCE, and the City of Chino Hills to agree upon undergrounding the line beneath the existing right-of-way in the city.
Said CPUC President Michael R. Peevey, “All of us at the CPUC are hopeful these negotiations, with the active involvement of our General Counsel, will be successful and produce an outcome that satisfies the concerns of the citizens of Chino Hills, while fulfilling the transmission needs of SCE and its renewable energy suppliers.”
For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.
Pre-Conference Hearing at CPUC March 19, 2012
A pre-conference hearing was held at the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco on May 19th. The Administrative Law Judge Jean Vieth (ALJ) heard comments from the parties in regards to the need to move forward with a hearing, the scope of testimony anticipated, and the time needed to prepare and present testimony and conduct hearings. The ALJ indicated that she would discuss the information provided with the assigned Commissioner, President Michael J. Peevey. It is the City’s expectation that the ALJ will issue a ruling directing how the process will proceed.
Joint Statement Issued by City of Chino Hills & Southern California Edison (SCE)
March 6, 2012
Status of Alternative Dispute Resolution
On February 14, 2012, the City of Chino Hills (the City) and Southern California Edison Company (SCE) commenced mediation in an effort to reach a mutually agreeable resolution to the issues raised by the City’s Petition for Modification of the CPUC’s December 2009 decision authorizing the construction of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project. Several mediation sessions were held, and proposals advanced by both the City and SCE were thoroughly discussed. These proposals included the alternative construction and route options, and potential infrastructure improvements, described in SCE’s Initial and Supplemental Testimony filed in January and February 2012. However, the City and SCE were unable to reach agreement on a resolution which met the needs of both parties. Mediation has been suspended at this time. A Prehearing Conference before a California Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge will occur on March 19, 2012. At that Prehearing Conference, the next procedural steps to address the City’s petition will be discussed.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
The City of Chino Hills and SCE began an Alternative Dispute Resolution process which was made available to the parties by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.
Comments of the City of Chino Hills to the Response of SCE to Assigned Commissioner's Ruling of November 10, 2011
SCE Submits Testimony to Meet Commission President Peevey's January 10, 2012 Deadline SCE Review of Alternate Routes
Supreme Court Denies City's Petition for Review -
December 22, 2011
The City of Chino Hills received word from the City Attorney that the Supreme Court denied the City’s petition for review of the Court of Appeal’s September 12 decision that affirmed the S.B. County Superior Court Judge’s ruling that the Superior Court does not have jurisdiction with regard to the complaint the City filed against SCE based on Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) Segment 8A "overburdening the easement over City property." (Court of Appeal Case #E051033.) The decision was posted following the Supreme Court’s scheduled conference on Wednesday, December 21.
Press Release - Supreme Court Denies City's Petition for Review
President Peevey Directs SCE to Prepare Alternatives for Routing Segment 8 - November 10, 2011
California Public Utilities Commission President Michael R. Peevey issued a ruling directing Southern California Edison Company to prepare alternatives for routing the portion of Segment 8 (Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project) that traverses Chino Hills. The deadline for SCE to serve testimony, with supporting data, on the alternatives is January 10, 2012. Once the Commission reviews the responses, the assigned Administrative Law Judge and the Assigned Commissioner, President Peevey, will determine the next procedural steps, and schedule and inform the parties.
Commissioner's Ruling Directing SCE to Prepare Alternatives for Routing November 10, 2011
The California Public Utilities Commission Grants Stay of Construction - November 10, 2011
The California Public Utilities Commission issued an order granting the City of Chino Hills’ Motion for Partial Stay of Decision 09-12-044. This action grants the City’s request for a stay of construction pending a Commission decision on Chino Hills’ Application for Rehearing.
CPUC Order Granting Partial Stay of Decision (Construction) November 10, 2011
Message From the Mayor Video - TRTP Update
City Files Two Petitions with CPUC - October 2011
Petition to Modify Decision 09-12-044 to Stay Construction of Transmission Facilities in Segment 8A - October 31, 2011
Petition to Modify Decision 09-12-044 to Reopen the Record with Regard to Segment 8 of the Proposed Route - October 28, 2011
City Files Application with the California Supreme Court - October 25, 2011
Supreme Court Petition for Review
Press Release - City Council Votes to Take Case to Supreme Court
CPUC Orders Temporary Halt to Transmission Line Stringing in Chino Hills
On October 19, 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) sent a letter to Southern California Edison (SCE) regarding the utility's Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project and possible violations of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. For SCE to attain and maintain compliance with FAA regulations, the CPUC has directed the company to take a number of actions, including not performing any new or additional tower construction and conductor stringing in the areas that have a high probability of being subject to FAA mitigations. To that end, conductor stringing in the City of Chino Hills within 1,000 feet of any residence should not be undertaken. CPUC Letter to SCE - Halt Construction 10-19-2011
TRTP Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 pm
The City of Chino Hills will provide a TRTP update and take questions from the audience.
Meeting Location: Chino Valley Community Church, 14601 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills
Council Votes to Take TRTP Case to Supreme Court - September 27, 2011
The City Council voted in closed session to file a request with the California Supreme Court to accept review of the Court of Appeal’s September 12, 2011 decision relative to the City’s complaint filed against SCE based on TRTP Segment 8A “overburdening the easement over City property.” Press Release
The Court of Appeal Issues Decision - September 12, 2011
The Court of Appeal ruled against the City of Chino Hills The three-judge panel affirmed the Superior Court Judge's ruling that the Superior Court does not have jurisdiction with regard to the complaint the City filed against SCE based on TRTP Segment 8A "overburdening the easement over City property." They affirmed that the California Public Utilities Commission has exclusive jurisdiction. The City Attorney is reviewing the 34-page decision and will advise the City Council.
(Court of Appeal Case #E051033.) Court of Appeal Decision
Court of Appeal Background
A three-judge panel (Justices Jeffrey King, Carol D. Codrington, and Betty Ann Richli) heard the City’s Oral Arguments, and SCE’s Rebuttal Argument on June 29, 2011. Each side had 15 minutes. The Justices were deciding a very narrow legal issue regarding whether or not the Trial Court had jurisdiction to hear the case.
The Justices of the Court of Appeal issued a Tentative Opinion in advance of the City’s day in court. The Tentative Opinion is issued to give the attorneys an opportunity to focus their arguments and is based upon the Justices’ review of the case record. Court of Appeal – Tentative Opinion
SCE Construction Update / October 10th - 14th
SCE Construction Notification / May 9, 2011
SCE Construction Notification / July 23, 2011 Alder, Garden Court
Visit the Southern California Edison TRTP Project Website
Send an e-mail to Lydia Roman, Public Affairs Director for SCE
SCE Newsletter Summary of City of Chino Hills' TRTP Efforts
Background Information and History of Chino Hills' Efforts
What Can Residents Expect During the Construction?
In general, the first activity residents can expect to see will be crews trimming or removing vegetation in the right-of-way followed by crews removing existing transmission lines, preparing the existing towers for removal, dismantling existing towers, constructing new structures (tubular steel poles and lattice towers), and restringing the transmission lines. Various construction vehicles such as dirt hauling trucks, digging equipment, and cranes will be at work in the right-of-way.
Helicopters will be used to restring the lines and their use falls under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration. SCE estimates that activity at each tower location is expected to be conducted over a 3-4 month period with activity occurring intermittently as each phase progresses. Residents near the right-of-way should close all windows and doors facing the construction area to reduce dust and noise impacts. Please contact SCE if you have questions related to construction activity or schedules. The City of Chino Hills has authority to ensure that construction meets local requirements relative to hours of operation, dirt and dust control, and control of work within road rights-of-ways, etc.
Map of TRTP Segment 8 Through Chino Hills