BLM authorizes Southern California Edison utility transmission extension project


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MORENO VALLEY, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field Office, has released a decision today, authorizing Southern California Edison to move forward with its Calico Peak 33 kV extension project, which includes a new four-and-a-half-mile distribution line that will transverse Department of Defense and BLM-managed lands, terminating at and providing power to the BLM Calico Peak communication site. 

The Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Southern California Edison Calico Peak 33 kV extension project can be viewed at:

The BLM is committed to supporting improved infrastructure and transmission development that stabilizes the grid and otherwise strengthens the nation’s energy infrastructure. SCE plans to construct, operate, and maintain an extension of the Remote 33 kV overhead distribution circuit to the BLM Calico Peak communication site. Portions of the project will be located on a California Department of Transportation right-of-way and public lands administered by the BLM and the Department of Defense, U.S. Army Fort Irwin.

The U.S. Army is a cooperating agency due to the overhead utility project crossing about 1.42 miles of the U.S. Army Fort Irwin National Training Center.  The project will not affect Fort Irwin's training mission.

The project area is located approximately 6.5 miles north of the unincorporated community of Yermo in San Bernardino County, California. The distribution line would be extended approximately 4.5 linear miles to the east of Fort Irwin Road to the BLM communication tower at the top of Calico Peak in the Calico Mountains.

The Environmental Assessment was issued on August 8, 2018 and no public comments were received. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.