PG&E proposes transmission line to run through Paso Robles

Posted at 10:43 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 01:43:39-04

California Public Utilities (CPUC), PG&E and NextEra Energy Transmission West is proposing a new power transmission line is set to go in Paso Robles but homeowners aren’t happy that the construction runs right over houses and wine tasting rooms.

"It effects our quality of life in total because it basically runs right down our front yard," said resident Steve Baker.

The project includes a seven mile 70vK transmission line that runs along Union Street and connects with an existing San Miguel-Paso Robles power line. It crosses over buildings such as Riboli Wine Estates, Cava Luxury RV Resort and Homes near Golden Hill Road. 

According to PG&E, the route will have the least impact compared to other options

"It will increase electrical reliability, reduce outages, promote economic growth in the area," said Mark Mesesan, PG&E Spokesperson.

Warren Frace, Paso Robles Community Development Director said the city is worried it will be an eyesore to visitors.

CPUC also wants to build a new power transmitter called the Estrella Substation. It’s where the proposed power line would get its power.

If the project is approved, construction wold be scheduled 10 hours a day, six days a week and last about seven months.

CPUC is currently conducting an environmental impact report for the project. 

A public hearing will be held for public comment and feedback. It takes place Tuesday, August 9th at 6 p.m. at Winifred Pifer Elementary School 1360 Creston Road.