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12/18/2011. IT'S BACK: After FERC recently dismissed the LEAPS application, Nevada Hydro as submitted a new one:
Inland Empire Weekly, 12/15/2011
Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch, 12/10/2011 (See this article for how to file comments on the new application)
3/17/11: Notice of Preparation Environmental Impact Report Talega‐Escondido/Valley‐Serrano 500 kV Interconnect Project (TEVS_NOP_1.pdf)
The California Public Utilities Commission has scheduled public scoping meetings
for the Lake Elsinore Advanced Pump Storage Project and the Talega Escondido /
Valley Serrano transmission lines on April 5, 2011 Lake Elsinore Ortega High
School on Chaney St. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then again at the Murrieta Community Center on April 6, 2011 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Documents can be viewed at the Graham Avenue Lake Elsinore Public Library.
Statement from candidates opposing the incumbants for EVMWD Divisions 1, 3, and 5:
Open Letter from John Pecora (PDF, 85 kb)
California Public Utilities Commission is designated the lead agency in LEAPS and the Talega-Excondido/Valley-Serra 500-kV Interconnect:
Letter from Governer's office of Planning and Research to EVMWD, Oct 12 (PDF, 1.5 mb)
On July 6, 2010, Nevada Hydro filed for a Certifcate Application of a Public Convenience and Necessity for the Talega-Escondido/Valley-Serrano 500-kV Interconnect.
The following protests have been filed:
By Southern California Edison:
PROTEST OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY (U 338-E) CONCERNING THE PROPONENT’S ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SUBMITTED BY THE NEVADA HYDRO COMPANY, INC. (HTML)
Sierra Club, Southwest Center for Biological Diversity, and Friends of the Cleveland National Forest: Protest_aug10_SierraCBDFoF.pdf; PDF file, 3,062 kb (right-click and choose download)
Frontlines: Protest_aug10_frontlines.pdf (PDF file, 209 kb)
FRIESIAN FOCUS, LLC, THE FERNANDEZ TRUST, AND JOSEPH AND JOAN FERNANDEZ: Protest_aug10_FriesenFocus_FernandezTrust.pdf (PDF file, 490 kb)
11/6/09: Nevada Hydro Comes Under Pressure from State and Federal Agencies (right-click and choose download):
FERC Denies Nevada Hydro's Request for Waiver (Nov 2009); PDF file, 98 KB
Nevada Hydro petition to State Water Resources Control Board for reconsideration of application (Nov. 2009); PDF file, 1.7 MB (large file, right-click and choose download)
Nevada Hydro letter to CAISO (Nov. 2009); PDF file, 7 MB (NOTE THIS IS A LARGE FILE; right-click and choose download)
Grand Jury Conclusion (Feb 2009); PDF file, 280 KB
EVMWD's response to the Grand Jury; PDF, 740 KB
Director John Lloyd's response to the Grand Jury; PDF 55 KB
SCE's protest to Nevada Hydro PEA of the Talega/Escondido-Valley/Serrano Interconnect (PDF).
Update on CPUC decision in favor of the Sunrise Powerlink
Meet Richard Knapp, Sr., Candidate for EVMWD Director of Division 4
Richard's Website www.voteforRichardKnappSr.com
Richard's Letter of Introduction (1 mb PDF)
Lines Only information; Maps of the Transmission Line
9/5/08: Interactive version of latest transmission lines maps
9/5/08: CPUC rules on transmission lines in Rice,Witch, and Guejito Fires (PDF)
9/3/08: CPUC determines the Proponents Environmental Assessment for the transmission lines inadequate. (CPUC comments, PDF 50kb)
8/28/08: Simulated view from Horsethief Canyon
Simulated view of TE/VS transmission line as viewed from Mountain Ave. in Horsethief Canyon.
Click here for a larger image.
7/10/08: Southern California Edison's Response to Nevada Hydro's Proponents Environmental Assessment (SCE Protest, PDF 259kB)
Director Lloyd's report to EVMWD Board, Thurs, 6/26, 4:00. Director Lloyd's report to EVMWD Board, Thurs, 6/26 (pdf, 58kB).
6/16/08: Jacki Ayer's Brief before the California Public Utlities Commission (pdf, 270kB). Jacki demonstrates that there is no justification for CPUC to determine that the “LEAPS Transmission Only” project is even an alternative to the Sunrise powerlink transmission line, let alone the “environmentally preferred” wires alternative.
5/18/08: Pull the Plug on Hydroelectric Plant Plan. Californian editorial argues that "the state needs to focus its efforts on truly renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, not a billion-dollar Rube Goldberg-style contraption that needs nearly perfect economic conditions to turn even a meager profit."
5/17/08: Power Plant Benefits Questioned. News story in The Californian throws a little water on the fire fighting benefits touted by the LEAPs proponents.
4/28/08: Impacts on Wildomar. Handouts of a brief presentation to the Wildomar City Council Elect in regard to aesthetic and fire issues associated with the TE/VS transmission line.
4/14/08: Van Vactor Report (pdf, 715kB) This report shows that the LEAPS project is economically unviable. The report has been in the hands EVMWD's LEAPS ad hoc committee for two years. The ad hoc committee kept its content from the full EVMWD board as well as from the public
3/21/08: Californian, 21 March 08: Proposed power line qualifies for flexibility
3/20/08: News Letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), says that FERC is prepared to help Nevada Hydro finance the TE/VS Power Line but not the LEAPS hydroelectric power plant. Newsletter (PDF)
3/14/08: Protests and CPUC ruling on Nevada Hydro's Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct the Talega/Escondido-Valley/Serrano 500kv Interconnect. (Go to Transmission Lines Only page).
(1/18/07): Response to Fish and Wildlife contains information on specific tower and service roads.
(12/13/07): Excerpt from Nevada Hydro's Proponents Environmental Assessment describing the Transmission Lines Only project.
(11/29): Nevada Hydro Comments on Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Project (pdf, 1.2mB)
Protest by Public Utilities Commission Rate Payer's Advocates (PDF)
The Tragedy of LEAPS in 5 Acts (Satire):
of the Talega-Escondido/Valley-Seranno transmission line.
Hydro applies for Certificate of Public Convenience and Public Necessity;
Learn more here:
Dr. Doug Pinnow's Analysis
of Major Developments on the LEAPS Project
See the CPUC
Notice of Application.
How responsible have past
and current EVMWD directors been with rate payer's money:
from the Past.
of Understanding between California Public Utility Commission
and EVMWD makes EVMWD the lead agency and operator of LEAPS; though
LEAPS remains a money loser, both in the FERC
Final Environmental Impact Statement (Table 52) as well as
our own analysis.
Suggested reading for investors in LEAPS:
FERC official testifies to CPUC that FERC lacks the authority to
transmission line (see PDF)
What credible agencies are saying
Who should pay for LEAPS?
Latest Press Coverage on LEAPS:
Agencies: Investment firm to finance Lake Elsinore power plant
Controversial hydro project
claims backer, The Californian
Valley News, 15 June 2007
model shows view of transmission lines