Engel-Eastern Transformer Replacement Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Document Title
Engel-Eastern Transformer Replacement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Engle-Eastern Substation Transformer Replacement Project consists of replacing an aging 20 megavolt-ampere (MVA) transformer and associated switchgear that are located on the Western portion of the substation site. The current layout creates a challenge for maintenance workers due to the proximity of workers with energized parts. The existing layout also does not meet fire protection setback requirements. A new 20-MVA transformer and switchgear will be placed in a location within the existing substation footprint that meets both worker safety and fire setback requirements. Surface excavation will be required for the removal and reconstruction of the new transformer and switchgear concrete foundation pad with a surrounding sub-grade oil containment area. The Project will also include modification and/or replacement of support infrastructure (i.e. switch pole, tap pole, pull box, conduit, grounding, etc.) to service the new transformer and switchgear. Construction is expected to begin in October 2021 and be completed by June 2022.

Contact Information

Rob Ferrera
Agency Name
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Citywide, Countywide, Northern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Engel Road and Eastern Avenue
Total Acres
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15302, 15061 (3)(b)
Reasons for Exemption
SMUD has reviewed and determined that the Project is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to Sections 15301 (Existing Facilities) and 15302 (Replacement and Reconstruction). Section 15301 applies to projects that consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alternations of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination. Section 15302 states that "Class 2 consists of replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced..." Thus, the Project will involve the repair and minor alternation of an existing substation facility resulting in no change or expansion of use; and the replacement of an existing transformer and switchgear in the same location and serving the same purpose and capacity. Therefore, no further environmental review is required. The General rule exemption in Section 15061 (b)(3) states that “Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA”. The project will serve the same purpose and capacity as the existing transformer. All work will be within the footprint of the site. Thus, the project will not have a significant effect on the environment.
County Clerk


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