Forest Electric Pole Project Moves Ahead

San Diego Gas & Electric’s plan to replace hundreds of miles of electrical equipment that runs through the most fire-prone part of the county — the Cleveland National Forest — is advancing through the permitting process.

Dudek is providing environmental consulting services to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the U.S. Forest Service, co-lead agencies, for preparation of the environmental documentation in compliance with the  California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Designed to improve safety and make the power system more fireproof, the project — estimated to cost $450 million — would replace 1,800 wooden poles and the 69 and 12-kilovolt lines that run on them, with fire-resistant steel poles . The older poles being replaced were erected in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

The project area is in central San Diego County and includes lands on the Cleveland National Forest (CNF) and other public and private lands surrounding the CNF.  The Draft EIR/EIS is currently in the middle of a 60-day public review period ending November 4, 2014. Additional project information can be found on the CPUC project website at: