Welcome to the online home of public information and involvement for the Energía Sierra Juárez Transmission Line EIS. The purpose of this website is to provide up-to-date EIS-related information to the public and other interested parties.
Energia Sierra Juarez U.S. Transmission, LLC (ESJ), a subsidiary of Sempra U.S. Gas and Power, has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a Presidential permit to construct, operate, maintain, and connect a 1.7-mile transmission line (0.65 miles in the U.S.) across the international border between the U.S. and Mexico, near the town of Jacumba, California. A DOE Presidential permit is required before anyone can construct, operate, maintain, and connect an electric transmission line across the U.S. border. DOE must decide whether to issue a Presidential permit for the project.
DOE has determined an EIS to be the proper NEPA compliance document for this project. The Final EIS (available on this web site) addresses potential environmental impacts in the United States associated with the proposed Energía Sierra Juárez transmission line between the U.S. and Mexico.
Although NEPA does not require an analysis of environmental impacts that occur within Mexico, the EIS evaluates all relevant environmental impacts within the U.S. related to or caused by project-related activities in Mexico.
The following news items are listed from most recent to oldest.
NEW December 26, 2012: Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief filed by Stephan C. Volker, Attorneys for Plaintiffs The Protect Our Communities Foundation, Backcountry Against Dumps, and Donna Tisdale. Filed December 26, 2012. Available for download via the Document Library.
NEW August 31, 2012: DOE issued Presidential Permit No. PP-334 to Energia Sierra Juarez U.S. Transmission, LLC (ESJ), to construct, operate, maintain, and connect a double-circuit, 230,000-volt (230-kV) electric transmission line across the U.S.-Mexico border in eastern San Diego County, California. The Presidential permit is available for download via the Document Library.
August 17, 2012: DOE has announced its decision to issue a Presidential permit to Energia Sierra Juarez U.S. Transmission, LLC (ESJ), to construct, operate, maintain, and connect a double-circuit, 230,000-volt (230-kV) electric transmission line across the U.S.-Mexico border in eastern San Diego County, California. The U.S. EPA has published the Record of Decision (ROD) in the Federal Register. The ROD is available for download via the Document Library.
June 8, 2012: The U.S. EPA has published the Final EIS Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register. The NOA is available for download via the Document Library.
May 29, 2012: The Final EIS has been released and is available for download via the Document Library.
February 8, 2012: We added three reports provided by Sempra Generation regarding interconnection studies for their proposal to connect the ESJ U.S. transmission line project to the electric power grid: go to the Document Library, and see the “Reliability Studies” section on that page. A 30-day period was opened to receive public comments on the interconnection studies (a notice was published in the Federal Register (FR) at 77 FR 6549 – also available in the “Reliability Studies” section as noted above); the comment period closed on Friday 9 March, 2012. Comment submittal procedures were described in the FR notice.
November 2011: More than fifty letters have been received since the DEIS was released last fall. They're available for download via the Document Library.
July 2011: A 114-page document, "Applicant's response to DOE questions (with regard to the EIS)" is available now from the Document Library, under the heading "Initial Presidential Permit Application, and Addenda."
December 2010: Public hearing transcripts released and posted for download via the Document Library.
September 2010: Draft EIS released and posted for download via the Document Library.
November 2009-February 2010: Supplemental agency/stakeholder correspondence posted to the Document Library.
September 2009: The Scoping Report was finalized and released to the public. The report is available for download at the Document Library.
August 2009: Sempra submitted an addendum to the Presidential Permit Application to clarify several questions that have arisen as part of the ongoing DOE review of the project. The addendum can be downloaded from the Document Library.
May 2009: A compilation of Public Scoping Comments was posted in the Document Library.