EnergÍa Sierra JuÁrez Transmission Line EIS
Photograph is illustrative - does not depict the proposed ESJ transmission line. Courtesy of Cardno ENTRIX

Schedule

Record of Decision published 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.

Final EIS Distributed May 29, 2012; NOA published June 8, 2012

The Final EIS was distributed on May 29, 2012 in advance of the U.S. EPA’s publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA). The U.S. EPA published the NOA in the Federal Register on June 8, 2012.

Draft EIS Public Comment Period

The public comment period ran from September 17, 2010 through November 1, 2010; DOE continued to accept late comments until September 2011, which was to the extent practicable.

Public Hearings October 5-7, 2010

The DOE conducted three public hearings on October 5, 6 and 7, 2010. The locations and dates of these hearings are listed below. The hearings provided an opportunity for citizens to submit oral and written comments. The public hearing transcripts are available for download via the Document Library page.

Day, Date, Time

Location

Tuesday
October 5, 2010
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Jacumba Highland Center
44681 Old Highway 80
Jacumba, California 91934

Wednesday
October 6, 2010
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Boulevard Volunteer Fire Department
39919 Highway 94
Boulevard, California 91905

Thursday
October 7, 2010
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

County of San Diego Department of Planning and Land Use
Planning Commission Hearing Room
5201 Ruffin Road, Suite B
San Diego, California 92123

Project Milestones

The following table summarizes the project's significant past and future NEPA milestones:

December 18, 2007

DOE received Baja Wind (now ESJ) Project Application.

March 19, 2008

DOE received Amended Baja Wind (now ESJ) Project Application, including additional information on the 230 kilovolt option transmission line that would interconnect.

August 4, 2008

DOE issued Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment.

August 26, 2008

DOE received second Amendment to the ESJ Project Application to change the project name from Baja Wind U.S. Transmission, LLC to Energía Sierra Juárez (ESJ) U.S. Transmission, LLC.

August 26, 2008

Public scoping meetings in Jacumba, California.

September 3, 2008

Initial scoping period closed.

February 25, 2009

DOE issued Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS, opened a second scoping period.

March 27, 2009

Second scoping period closed.

September 16, 2009

Consultation meeting between DOE and Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians.

September 23, 2009

Issuance of Scoping Report.

September 17, 2010

Issuance of Draft EIS and Start of 45-day public comment period.

October 5-7, 2010

Draft EIS public hearings.

November 1, 2010

Public comment period closed at midnight PT (03:00 ET, 11-2-2010).

May 29, 2012

Final EIS distributed in advance of the U.S. EPA Notice of Availability.

June 8, 2012

U.S. EPA published the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Final EIS.

August 17, 2012

U.S. EPA published the Record of Decision (ROD).

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