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Public feedback sought for upcoming electric infrastructure project 

–NextEra Energy Transmission West, LLC and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are holding public open houses to encourage feedback on a new infrastructure project that will both expand and improve the electric system serving Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Miguel, Templeton, Creston and Santa Margarita.

The proposed project will include building a new substation and a new transmission line, as well as upgrading existing transmission lines in the area. The substation and transmission line will help meet growing energy demands of nearly 47,000 local electric customers and ensure a more reliable and stable electricity source for residences and businesses.

The California Independent System Operator, the state agency responsible for operating and managing California’s power grid, has determined new energy infrastructure is needed to ensure long-term electric reliability in the Paso Robles community and surrounding areas. A bidding was held for the work, and NextEra Energy Transmission West and PG&E were selected by the CAISO to build this infrastructure.

NextEra Energy Transmission West and PG&E are each responsible for planning their respective upgrades, but are working collaboratively to engage stakeholders and the community throughout the planning and permitting process.

The new Estrella Substation, to be sited and constructed by NextEra Energy Transmission West, will connect to the existing Morro BayGates 230 kV transmission line and the San Miguel-Paso Robles 70 kV transmission line.

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The new Estrella Substation, to be sited and constructed by NextEra Energy Transmission West, will connect to the existing Morro BayGates 230 kV transmission line and the San Miguel-Paso Robles 70 kV transmission line.

PG&E is responsible for a set of electric grid upgrades known as Paso Robles Area Power Connect, which, in conjunction with the proposed substation, will connect a new transmission source to the local electric grid. PG&E’s upgrades will include the construction of a new 70 kV transmission line from the new substation to the San Miguel-Paso Robles 70 kV transmission line and upgrading a portion of the existing San Miguel-Paso Robles transmission line.

“These upgrades are vital in our efforts to provide reliable and efficient energy service to our customers,”said Pat Mullen, region director of PG&E’s Los Padres Division. “We encourage area residents and business owners to come out to one of our upcoming open houses and talk with our team to learn more about how this project will allow us to respond to changing energy demands and continue providing our customers with safe and reliable service.”

Recent growth in the Paso Robles area, spurred by the evolving local economy, has accelerated the need for improvements in the electric grid. The proposed project will strengthen the power grid, helping facilitate the integration of new renewable energy sources and maximizing the ability to move energy efficiently.

NextEra Energy Transmission West and PG&E open houses:

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015; 4-7 p.m.
Paso Robles Elks Lodge
1420 Park Street, Paso Robles

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015; 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.
Paso Robles Event Center, Frontier Pavilion
2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016; 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Park Ballroom
1232 Park Street, Suite 200, Paso Robles

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016; 4-7 p.m.
Paso Robles Event Center, Frontier Pavilion
2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on , Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.

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