Oselot-Baroque Substation and Line Project

We’re planning to construct an overhead power line in the Oselot-Zinfandel neighborhood to help maintain reliability while supporting growth and development for our customers in the area.

Project benefits

In addition to ensuring electric reliability, the project will reroute a planned power line to be further away from residential properties in the surrounding neighborhood. 

Environmental impacts

The draft Subsequent Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (SIS/MND) analyzes the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In compliance with the CEQA Guidelines, we’ve prepared this Notice of Intent (NOI). The NOI provides 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. The Final SIS provides responses to comments received during the public review period and text changes to the Draft SIS/MND.

Notice of Intent



The Oselot-Baroque Substation and Line project is in the city of Rancho Cordova. It’s within the boundaries of Zinfandel Drive, Sunrise Boulevard, International Drive and Douglas Road.

Beginning in early 2021, you may notice SMUD employees or our contractors performing work in the areas shown in the project map below. Work will be completed in two phases. The project is expected to be complete by early 2023.

What is involved in the Oselot-Baroque Substation and Line Project?
This project will add an additional subtransmission loop to help supply dependable power to the neighborhood. It will also move the subtransmission line further away from the residential properties located to the west of the Folsom South Canal. A section of the subtransmission line will be relocated from the west side of the Folsom South Canal, to the east side which increases the distance from the residential property line from approximately 45 feet to 340 feet. 

Why are some residents receiving a Notice of Intent for the Oselot-Baroque Substation and Line Project?
Neighbors who live within 1,000 feet of the Oselot-Baroque Substation and Line Project are receiving a letter from SMUD explaining the environmental process and where to find more information.

There is a 30-day public comment period that begins on July 23, 2020 and extends through Aug. 24, 2020.

What construction impacts can you anticipate?

During construction, you may see crews and trucks installing poles and cables. While we don’t anticipate any power outages, to ensure the safety of our customers and crews, a temporary service interruption may be necessary to make repairs. We'll send you a separate notice in advance with details if an outage is necessary.

We also anticipate traffic, noise and other impacts while the work is underway. If activities might significantly impact an area, we will communicate special updates to affected residents.

If you have a critical need for electricity for medical or other reasons, we recommend you have a back-up plan for an outage in your neighborhood.

How will we keep you updated?
We are committed to keeping the community informed while this work is being performed. We’re happy to meet with any person or group to discuss the project. In addition, we will update our website regularly with schedule information, construction impacts and progress updates. 

If you have questions, please contact Derek Le by email or at 1-916-732-4805. For environmental process questions, please contact Jerry Park by email or at 1-916-732-7406.

When is the public meeting for the Oselot-Baroque Substation and Line Project?
A public meeting will be held online Aug. 5 at 6 p.m.

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