VIDEO: PG&E wins right to develop two new transmission substations

The new high voltage substation at Wheeler Ridge Junction will help improve electric service reliability in Bakersfield, especially in the hot summer months when demand for power is higher

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is pleased to have been selected by the California Independent System Operator Corp. (California ISO) to build, own and operate two new electric substations in California’s Central Valley and South Bay.

The new high voltage substation at Wheeler Ridge Junction will help improve electric service reliability in Bakersfield, especially in the hot summer months when demand for power is higher.

The new Spring substation will help improve service reliability and provide additional grid resiliency for customers in the Morgan Hill area. The projects will be operational in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

The CAISO approved the substation projects during its annual Transmission Planning Process in 2014 and selected PG&E for these projects earlier this month. The CAISO chose PG&E over three other qualified bidders in a competitive process.

The substation projects will need to undergo an approval process through the California Public Utilities Commission. PG&E will work collaboratively with stakeholders as part of an open and transparent approval process.

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