​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.  

2021

SMUD is proposing remediation, including installation of soil cover and drainage improvements, and long-term closure of SMUD’s approximately 12-acre North City Landfill, a former disposal site, and 1.5-acres of the approximately 3-acre City of Sacramento owned Lot 31 site. The project would be performed in compliance with the requirements established by CalRecycle and the California Code of Regulations Title 27 solid waste regulations, and regulated by Sacramento County Environmental Management Department as the Local Enforcement Agency in Sacramento County. The project would include concrete demolition, rough grading, import of approximately 50,000 cubic yards of soil, construction of a 2-foot thick soil cover, and construction of drainage improvements designed to collect runoff in an onsite drainage ditch and infiltration pond located on Lot 31. The project would reduce potential impacts on nearby sensitive receptors, public health and the environment by minimizing impacts to groundwater and improving storm water runoff quality from the site and reducing the chance for direct contact with solid waste and waste constituents. The project is anticipated to begin during the second quarter of 2022 and would be completed by late 2022, involving construction over a period of 6–9 months.

SMUD is the lead agency responsible for complying with the provisions of CEQA. A draft initial study/ mitigated negative declaration has been prepared by SMUD to evaluate potential environmental effects resulting from the North City Landfill Closure Project (project). The document has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code [PRC] Section 21000 et seq.) and the State CEQA Guidelines (CCR Section 15000 et seq.).

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is proposing the Solano 4 Wind Project, which would involve the decommissioning of existing wind turbine generators (WTGs), construction of new, more technologically advanced WTGs, an associated electrical collection system, access roads, along with minor upgrades to the existing Russell Substation and operation and maintenance of the new WTGs. SMUD would construct up to 22 new WTGs: up to 10 in Solano 4 East and up to 12 in Solano 4 West. Associated access roads and collection lines would be installed to support the new WTGs. Power generated by the new WTGs would be transmitted from Solano 4 East and West to the existing Russell Substation on Montezuma Hills Road via new, underground direct-buried electrical cable. The proposed project would have a net power production capacity of up to 91 MW delivered at the point of interconnection with the grid managed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). The power would be distributed from the substation via the adjacent Birds Landing Switching Station through the existing 230-kilovolt Vaca–Dixon–Contra Costa transmission line. SMUD prepared the EIR to satisfy the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code [PRC] Section 21000 et seq.) and serves as the lead agency for CEQA compliance. 

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) proposes to decommission the existing Station A substation and remove all electrical-substation-related equipment from within the historic Old Folsom Powerhouse Sacramento Station A building (historic Station A building) and the outdoor substation yard. Following the removal of all Station A equipment, SMUD would construct a new electrical substation (Station H) in place of the outdoor substation along the north side of H Street between 6th Street and 7th Street in downtown Sacramento (“Station H Substation Project” or “project”). 

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. 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.

2019

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is proposing the Lambert Substation Project (Project) 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 project involves the replacement of approximately 2 miles of existing underground 69kV cable within existing right-of-way and construction of up to 15 new manholes along the route to allow for improved access and maintenance of the power line. From the eastern terminus of the project alignment, the existing 69kV cable extends westward beneath I-5, as presented in Exhibit 1. It is unknown whether the cable beneath I-5 is encased in conduit or directly buried in the ground. If the cable is within conduit, it will be replaced by pulling through the conduit. If the existing cable is direct-buried, the project would include installation of conduit and new cable beneath I-5, or overhead lines crossing I-5. After crossing I-5, the alignment runs northwest through an existing apartment complex parking lot to the northeast corner of the existing Nugget Supermarket, along Florin Road just west of I-5.

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. For more information, visit the project webpage.

2018

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]).

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. 

2015

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.

 

2014

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.