​CEQA reports

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. When SMUD is designated as a "lead agency," meaning it is in charge of those projects, we are required to file CEQA reports and obtain public comments on the projects when available.

Below is information on current or planned SMUD projects requiring CEQA reports. Click on an item for more information pertaining to it. Large documents are best viewed using the Google Chrome browser.

Lambert Substation Project

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has prepared a Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the Lambert Substation Project (hereafter the “Project”). SMUD is proposing to construct and operate a new 12.5 megavolt-ampere (MVA) substation on an approximately 0.9-acre site at the northwest corner of the Franklin Blvd and Lambert Rd intersection in Sacramento County, California. The purpose is to replace an existing substation that is located approximately 750 feet north of the proposed new substation site. The existing substation would be decommissioned following the energization of the proposed new substation. The proposed new substation would include a new 12.5 MVA transformer and other associated substation equipment. The proposed Project would also include aboveground and underground lines to connect the substation to the existing 69kV and 12kV lines parallel to Franklin Blvd and Lambert Rd.

The Draft IS/MND analyzes the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed Project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In accordance with Section 15072 of the CEQA Guidelines, SMUD has prepared this Notice of Intent (NOI) to provide responsible agencies and other interested parties with notice of the availability of the Draft IS/MND and to solicit comments and concerns regarding environmental issues associated with the proposed Project.

Solano 4 Wind

SMUD is proposing to construct and operate the Solano 4 Wind Project (Project) located within the Montezuma Hills Wind Resource Area in southern Solano County. The Project would re-power two sites, Solano 4 East (includes Phase 1 of the Solano Wind Project) and Solano 4 West by decommissioning the existing wind turbine generators (WTGs) and constructing and operating new WTGs, an associated electrical collection system, and access roads, along with minor upgrades to the existing Russell Substation. SMUD plans to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) for the Project to satisfy the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code [PRC] Section 21000 et seq.) and will serve as the lead agency.

SMUD has prepared a notice of preparation (NOP) to inform and allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to respond to the scope of the EIR and include mitigation measures for consideration (State CEQA Guidelines 14 CCR Section 15082[b].)

SMUD's Habitat Conservation Plan

SMUD is proposing an Operations, Maintenance, and New Construction Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that will provide the basis for permits by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) (2081) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) (10(a)(1)(B)) for 30 years of coverage for 15 plant and animal species. SMUD plans to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) for the project to satisfy the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code [PRC] Section 21000 et seq.), and will serve as the lead agency for CEQA compliance.

SMUD has prepared a notice of preparation (NOP) to inform and allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to respond to the scope of the EIR and include mitigation measures for consideration (State CEQA Guidelines 14 CCR Section 15082[b]).

Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center Substation Project

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has prepared a Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC) Substation Project (hereafter the “Project”). SMUD is proposing to construct a new 12.5 MVA substation for the RCCC on Sacramento County-owned land for the purpose of ensuring adequate and reliable power for the RCCC’s planned and future expansion projects. The new substation would be directly north of the RCCC facility and accessed by a new 30-foot wide service road off of Bruceville Road.  The Project would also include 1.5 miles of new 69-kilovolt (kV) subtransmission line on the east side of the Bruceville Road right-of-way (ROW); extending from the 69-kV subtransmission line at the Bruceville and Twin Cities intersection. The 1.5 miles of new subtransmission line includes a new underground portion of up to 1,600 feet.

The Draft IS/MND analyzes the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed Project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In accordance with Section 15072 of the CEQA Guidelines, SMUD has prepared this Notice of Intent (NOI) to provide responsible agencies and other interested parties with notice of the availability of the Draft IS/MND and to solicit comments and concerns regarding environmental issues associated with the proposed Project. 

Rancho Seco Solar II

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is proposing the Rancho Seco Solar II Project, which would include installation, operation, and maintenance of a photovoltaic (PV) solar power facility in southeastern Sacramento County. SMUD, as the CEQA lead agency, has prepared a Draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the project to satisfy the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The purpose of publishing the Draft EIR is to provide sufficient information about the project and its potential environmental impacts to allow agencies and the public the opportunity to provide a meaningful response related to the impacts of the project, including mitigation measures to reduce those impacts. 

SMUD Headquarters Campus Master Plan

SMUD is proposing the Headquarters Campus Master Plan (Project) as a 20-year development plan for SMUD Headquarters Campus. Objectives of the plan are to increase public safety, improve employee and neighborhood connectivity with the SMUD Campus and increase operating efficiency through sustainable design. SMUD is proposing the Project would provide strategic and long-term planning of the SMUD Headquarters Campus and support streamlined development and ongoing maintenance of the campus. SMUD has prepared a draft environmental impact report (Draft EIR) for the project to satisfy the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The purpose of publishing the Draft EIR is to provide sufficient information about the project and its potential environmental impacts to allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to provide a meaningful response related to the scope and content of the Draft EIR, including mitigation measures that should be considered and alternatives that should be addressed.

The proposed Project would be located on SMUD-owned property bounded by 59th Street to the west, Folsom Blvd. to the north, 65th Street to the east and S Street to the south, in the City of Sacramento.

Franklin Electric Transmission Project

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is proposing the Franklin Electric Transmission Project (Project) to construct and operate a new bulk transmission substation (Franklin Bulk substation), construct and operate a new co-located distribution substation (Franklin Distribution substation), modify existing and construct new overhead 69 kilovolt (kV) and 230kV power lines that would link the substations to the electrical grid, and dismantle a nearby distribution substation that will be replaced by the new distribution substation. Project features would include the Franklin Bulk substation, the Franklin Distribution substation, subtransmission lines, transmission lines, and a fiber optic network connection. The proposed Project is located in southwestern Sacramento County, California.

The proposed Project is primarily located in unincorporated Sacramento County and the subtransmission pole modifications extend into the city limits of the City of Elk Grove, California.

The proposed Project is being developed to increase the electric system capacity to meet expected customer electrical load growth as a result of planned land development in the southwest area of Sacramento County.

Colusa-Sutter Transmission Line Project

SMUD and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) have been working on the proposed Colusa-Sutter (CoSu) 500-kilovolt transmission line project since 2014, evaluating potentially significant environmental impacts to decide whether to proceed with final design and construction.The proposed 500-kilovolt transmission line would have connected the California–Oregon Transmission Project (COTP) to SMUD’s or WAPA’s transmission facilities on the west side of the Sacramento Valley.

The proposed CoSu 500-kilovolt transmission line project is canceled, effective immediately. Accordingly, the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report, planned for public release in mid-2019, is also canceled.

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Station A Substation Rebuild and Relocation Project

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is proposing to rebuild, reconfigure, and relocate portions of the Station A Substation at 6th and H Streets in the City of Sacramento. The proposed project includes installing new electrical equipment on a 1.3-acre site located directly to the north of the existing substation, relocating existing underground transmission and distribution lines, and decommissioning portions of the equipment located at the existing substation.

SMUD has owned and operated the historic Station A since the 1940s and constructed the outdoor portion of the substation in the 1950s. The existing substation equipment is nearing the end of useful life and requires replacement, upgrade and additional space to maintain Station A as a reliable power source for downtown Sacramento. Additional space is required because it would not be feasible to rebuild the existing substation in place while maintaining electrical service in the downtown area currently provided by Station A.

The project also includes relocation of a Regional Transit substation at the new site, construction of a new SMUD control building that will house electrical equipment replacing equipment currently located inside the existing Station A building, and new gas insulated substation equipment, and the construction of two small open space areas on 6th Street and 7th Street.

New Slab Creek Powerhouse and Boating Flow Release Valve Project

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has prepared a Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) addressing the potential environmental effects of constructing and operating the New Slab Creek Powerhouse and Boating Flow Release Valve Project (Proposed Project), located in El Dorado County, California. The proposed project would require site preparation, construction of a connection to White Rock Tunnel, a new powerhouse, an electrical connection, and a boating flow release valve on the southern banks of the South Fork American River (SFAR). During operations, boating flows would be released from the new valve, rather than from spilling water over Slab Creek Dam. The proposed project also would include reconfiguring the mouth of Iowa Canyon Creek and completing habitat improvements along the SFAR (i.e., moving boulders in the riverbed to create a low flow channel in a ¼ mile stretch of SFAR immediately downstream from Slab Creek Dam and placing gravel into SFAR to enhance habitat for fish).

The New Slab Creek Powerhouse and Boating Flow Release Valve would be located adjacent to the SFAR in El Dorado County, California, approximately 50 miles east of Sacramento and 3 miles north of the town of Camino. The new powerhouse would be part of the Slab Creek/White Rock Development, which consists of Slab Creek Dam and Reservoir, Slab Creek Powerhouse (at the base of the dam), White Rock Tunnel and Penstock, and White Rock Powerhouse at the upper end of Chili Bar Reservoir.

SMUD Headquarters Building and Site Rehabilitation Project Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has prepared a Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) addressing the potential environmental effects of rehabilitating the SMUD Headquarters Building and site.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District Headquarters Building and Site Rehabilitation Project (Proposed Project) will be located at 6201 S Street, Sacramento, California. The Proposed Project would consist of rehabilitating the Headquarters Building and site. Key elements proposed include the expansion of the central core of the Headquarters building, the redesign of the main parking area, updated landscaping, and the development of increased physical security concepts (including fencing and cameras) surrounding employee parking areas. SMUD considers the Headquarters Building and site to be significant to their brand and image and desires to rehabilitate the Headquarters Building and 13.66-acre portion of the Headquarters site to support continued use for the foreseeable future. In doing so the building and grounds will be abated of hazardous materials, paths of travel will be updated to comply with ADA standards, traffic and circulation will be improved to provide better pedestrian safety as well as fire truck access and life safety systems will be upgraded to include full fire sprinklers. The Headquarters Building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 2010 as an excellent example of Modern International Style. The proposed project would maintain the building and site's place on the historic register. The Proposed Project is anticipated to occur between April 2015 and September 2017.

Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Station E Substation

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has prepared a Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration addressing the potential environmental effects of constructing and operating the Station E Substation Project (Proposed Project), located in the City of Sacramento in Sacramento County, California. The Proposed Project consists of installing a new substation with overhead and underground utility lines, steel structures, and electrical equipment to replace an existing substation. The Proposed Project would replace the existing North City Substation, which was constructed in the 1950s and has reached its planned operational end of life. The Proposed Project would meet SMUD's performance objectives by locating the new substation near the load center of the existing service area.

The Proposed Project would involve replacing the existing North City substation with a new substation and corresponding supporting infrastructure on an approximately 15.42 acre parcel. The Proposed Project includes dismantling the existing substation after the new substation enters operation. The Proposed Project does not include any future planned or proposed land uses on the existing substation site. The Proposed Project includes an expansion of capacity at the substation by 20,000,000 volt amperes (20MVA), would serve the same service territory as the existing North City Substation and step down transmission line voltage from 115 kilovolts (kV) to 21kV through power transformers. The existing seven 115kV overhead and underground transmission lines and seven 21kV overhead and underground distribution lines would be transitioned from the existing substation to the location of the new substation.