Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office

Devers - Palo Verde No. 2 Transmission Line

The following diagram shows the current progress for this proposed project with links to applicable project-related documents. The colored bar in the center indicates the items that have been completed or are currently underway.


Federal Coordination Process

- Right-of-Way Grant

Record of Decision -  
  - Notification of Final EIS

Publication of Final EIS -

  - Public Comment Period
Notice of Availability of Draft EIS -  
  Draft EIS/EIR
Notice of Intent -  

General Description of Project

Southern California Edison (SCE) filed an application (Application Number A.05-04-015) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), accompanied by its Proponent’s Environmental Assessment (PEA), with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on April 11, 2005 for the Devers–Palo Verde 500 kV No. 2 (DPV2) Transmission Line Project (Proposed Project).  The CPUC identifies the DPV2 Project as Application A.05-04-015.  This Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIR/EIS) has been prepared by the California Public Utilities Commission as Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to inform the public and to meet the needs of local, State, and federal permitting agencies to consider the project proposed by SCE (or "the Applicant").

The Proposed Project would traverse federal BLM land in both California and Arizona.  Although the Proposed Project would be located primarily within SCE’s existing easement, there may be some areas where additional ROW would need to be acquired.  Therefore, SCE has also submitted an application for a Right-of-Way Grant Permit from BLM to implement the project and comply with NEPA.  In addition, because approximately 106 miles of the proposed alignment would traverse lands in Arizona (the majority of which would be on BLM lands and under federal jurisdiction), pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 40-360 et seq., the ACC must issue a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility (CEC) to SCE based on environmental review and an analysis of purpose and need in order for SCE to construct a transmission line.  Therefore, SCE has stated its intention to file its application for a CEC with the ACC in late April 2006.  This application would serve the same general purpose as the PEA submitted to the CPUC.

Public Comments

A draft environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing a proposed electrical transmission line between Southern California and Arizona, has been released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for public review and comment.  The public has until August 11, 2006 to review and comment on the draft EIS. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice of availability of the document on May 19, which started the comment period.

Submit comments to the Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office; Attention: Greg Hill, P.O. Box 581260, North Palm Springs, Calif. 92258.  All comments must be postmarked by August 11, 2006 and will be incorporated into the final EIS that will be used to make a final decision on the access road proposals.

Public Meetings and Hearings

Future meetings, hearings and any other public involvement activities will be announced at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, and/or mailings.

Associated News Releases and Notices

07/14/11 Salazar Approves Major Renewable Energy Projects, Identifies Next Step in Solar Energy Development
11/03/06 Final Environmental Review for Devers-Palo Verde Powerline Available

For more information please contact the Bureau of Land Management Project Manager Greg Hill at (760) 251-4840.

(After February 2009, please call (760) 833-7100.)

Authorization Documents

Record of Decision

Biological Opinion - USFWS  

Final EIS

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Draft EIS

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Related Links
Federal Process & Documents
BLM CDD Renewable Energy
Understanding the NEPA Process
California Public Utilities Commission

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