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.
"These new substations will enable PG&E to continue to provide safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to our customers in the greater Bakersfield and Morgan Hill areas. We understand the importance of the Central Valley to California's agricultural industry and the South Bay Area's critical role in the technology sector. The investments in these communities will be key to helping enhance our regionÂ’s continued success and the state's long-term economic vitality," said Geisha Williams, Executive Vice President of PG&E's Electric Operations.
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.