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Bucks Creek Relicensing

The City of Santa Clara wishes to provide notice to the Bucks Creek Hydroelectric Project relicensing participants and other interested parties of its intent to rely on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the relicensing of the Bucks Creek Project, in combination with a supplemental analysis to be prepared by the City, to meet the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), in accordance with State CEQA Guidelines §15221 and §15225. Compliance with CEQA is necessary for the City’s future discretionary action regarding acceptance of the new license order anticipated to be issued by FERC in early 2021 for the continued operation and maintenance of the Bucks Creek Project.

On June 14, 2019, FERC issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Bucks Creek Project, which was prepared in accordance with the NEPA of 1969 and FERC’s regulations. The comment period on FERC’s DEIS began on June 14, 2019. All comments on the DEIS must be filed by Tuesday, August 13, 2019 and should reference FERC Project No. 619. 

The City of Santa Clara will hold an additional public meeting within Santa Clara for the purpose of receiving verbal and/or written comments on the FERC-issued DEIS for the Bucks Creek Project. The City will use feedback on the DEIS, along with other information, for the development of the supplemental CEQA document. Relicensing participants and others interested in providing input on the DEIS or on the CEQA Supplement are encourage to attend.

The Meeting will be held:

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
881 Martin Avenue
Santa Clara, CA   95050

For more information, please email


SVP MeterConnect

SVP MeterConnect is the City of Santa Clara's advanced meter program that will eventually equip all homes and businesses in the City with modern advanced electric meters. SVP MeterConnect includes the Wi-Fi communications system mounted on streetlights that connects the meters to SVP offices as well as provides communications improvements for other city services. The SVP MeterConnect program is designed to:

    • Ensure accurate and secure electricity meter reading that is read remotely by SVP
    • Replace outdated and first generation mechanical meter technology with advanced, thoroughly-tested meters and modern technology
    • Keep customers informed and educated about plans for deploying advanced meters
    • Respond openly and immediately to any customer concerns or questions

SVP began phase two of the meter installations in the Spring of 2018, and anticipate all meters will be installed by the end of 2019. Many questions about SVP MeterConnect are answered on SVP's flyer or Frequently Asked Questions. A video of the residential installation process will also answer many questions.

LED Streetlight Retrofit Project

In 2015, SVP completed the retrofit of existing high pressure sodium and mercury vapor streetlights in the southern part of the City with more efficient LED streetlights. In December 2017, SVP began the retrofit of the traffic safety lights at major intersections in this same area with more efficient LED lights. This area is covered under Section 1 in the map below. Following this, SVP retrofitted both the streetlights and traffic safety lights in Section 2 and Section 3 with more efficient LED streetlights. The work was complete in Spring 2018. Future plans for retrofitting the streetlights in the remaining part of the City are currently under development.

SantaClara CA PhaseII Install Phasing v4

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