To meet this need, telecommunications companies plan to install small cell equipment on Silicon Valley Power’s (SVP) property with as little disruption to the community as possible. Learn more about the City's plan to deploy 5G.
SVP is proposing to construct approximately 3.5 miles of new 60 kilovolt (kV) overhead transmission line within the northeastern area of the City of Santa Clara. SVP’s primary objective of the SVP South Loop Reconfigure Project (proposed project) is to shift the electrical load demand that is currently being seen on the South Loop Circuit to the East Loop Circuit.
The new power line would begin at the Kifer Substation, located near the corner of Central Expressway and Lafayette Streets, and would continue to the De La Cruz Substation, which is located on Mathew Street. The transmission line would also be routed to several other existing substations located along or near the transmission line corridor, including Fiberglass, Walsh, and Mathew Substations. The majority of the new 60 kV transmission line would be constructed along the following city streets: Lafayette Street, Mathew Street, Martin Avenue and De La Cruz Boulevard. Approximately 3 miles of the proposed route would be located in areas where existing power lines do not currently exist. The remaining segments of the Proposed Project would be along routes that have existing distribution power lines and/or telecommunication lines. Construction is estimated to take approximately 6 months and is anticipated to be completed by February 2022.
SVP has prepared a Mitigated Negative Declaration and supporting Initial Study (IS/MND) describing the project and its potential environmental effects. The Draft IS/MND is undergoing a public review from May 8 to June 8, 2020.
Comments must be received in email/writing by 5:00 p.m. on Monday June 8, 2020, at the following address:
Silicon Valley Power
c/o Aspen Environmental Group
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 640
San Francisco, CA 94104-3002
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.
- FERC Notice of Availability - Draft EIS - Bucks Creek Relicensing
- FERC Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Hydropower License
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.
- Bucks Creek CEQA Agency Meeting Notice
- Bucks Creek CEQA NOI NOA
- Notice of Public Meeting on Draft EIS for Bucks Creek Relicensing
For more information, please email RBrilliot@SantaClaraCA.gov.
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.