PG&E Power Assets Acquisition Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City and County of San Francisco
Document Title
PG&E Power Assets Acquisition Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Project located in industrial, commercial and residential areas.
Document Description
The City and County of San Francisco (the “City”) is proposing to purchase Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)-owned electrical transmission and distribution assets (the “assets”) in San Francisco and San Mateo County that are needed to provide electricity service to customers within the city (the “project”). After the City completes its acquisition of the assets, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) would own, operate, and maintain the electricity grid in San Francisco, most of which is currently owned by PG&E. In addition, the SFPUC would acquire property rights as needed to install, operate, and maintain the assets on public and private lands. This transaction does not include the purchase of PG&E’s natural gas facilities; thus, PG&E would continue providing natural gas services to customers in San Francisco. The change in ownership itself would not result in physical changes to the environment, however, the SFPUC would need to physically separate PG&E’s existing electric system into two separate systems (generally divided along the San Francisco/San Mateo county border), to allow both systems to be safely, reliably, and independently operated by SFPUC and PG&E. The SFPUC would provide electricity service to city customers; PG&E would continue to provide electricity service to its customers outside of San Francisco. The portion of the project requiring new construction or modifications to existing facilities would primarily be in the southern portion of San Francisco and along the county border in the northern portions of Brisbane and Daly City. The SFPUC would modify the existing Martin Substation (or construct a new substation, which will be analyzed in the EIR as a new substation variant), construct new underground distribution feeder lines, and modify the existing distribution infrastructure. The distribution express feeder line alignment would be approximately 3.75 miles long and installed within streets, sidewalks, and other publicly owned land. It would extend from near Arch Street on the west, south to Brotherhood Way, east along Sickles Avenue, northeast along Huron Avenue and Alemany Boulevard, and southeast along Geneva Avenue to the Martin substation in Brisbane. Disconnecting and connecting distribution lines between overhead poles and underground vaults could occur either above- or below-ground, and would be performed in small, discontinuous areas generally located near the county border. Construction associated with the project would take 1.5 to 3 years after the purchase and transfer of the Assets.

Contact Information

Julie Moore
Agency Name
City and County of San Francisco
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Francisco
San Francisco
Northern California
Cross Streets
Total Acres
Parcel #
37? 44? 5.7? N/ -122?30?24.73? W
State Highways
1, 101, 280, 35
Pacific Ocean, Lake Merced

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Power ( Acquisition of electrical distribution system and new infrastru)(Megawatts 21)
Local Actions
SFPUC Approval
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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