PG&E completes $90 million project in Butte, Yuba and Sutter Counties

Apr 1, 2014 12:20 PM

PG&E announced today that it has completed a project to rebuild a 42-mile electric transmission line, a project that began in 2011 and cost about $90 million to complete.

The transmission line plays an important role in carrying renewable power to customers throughout its service area. The line connects PG&E’s Palermo substation in Butte County to the East Nicolaus substation in Sutter County.

PG&E crews and contractors rebuilt the line, which mainly spans open range and farms and runs through Yuba County east of Marysville.

“By rebuilding this electric transmission line and conducting substation upgrades, we are improving electric reliability and increasing overall capacity for our customers in Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties,” said Rich Pettingill, the project manager.

The new line’s capacity will be more than twice that of the previous line. This added capacity will improve electric reliability in the region by giving PG&E more flexibility in transmitting power.

PG&E coordinated construction activities with property owners along the route and worked closely with resource agencies to minimize impacts to sensitive biological resources. Work was planned around seasonal constraints for giant garter snakes, vernal pool fairy shrimp, nesting birds, and other protected species and habitats.


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