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[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

Notice of Insignificant Project Change
to Relocate a 3,200 Foot Section of the
Smud Cogeneration Pipeline

On July 30, 2007, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) filed a petition with the California Energy Commission requesting to modify the SMUD COgeneration Pipeline Certification. The project was certified by the Energy Commission on May 11, 1994 and became operational in July 1996. The pipeline connects to Pacific Gas and Electric lines 400 and 401 north of Winters in Yolo County, crosses several water bodies including the Sacramento River and connects to the Mojave Northward Expansion Pipeline. The pipeline was constructed to service cogeneration plants in Sacramento County.


The proposed modification would relocate an approximately 3,200-foot segment of the existing 20-inch Cogeneration Gas Pipeline (Line 700-A) to make way for the proposed Cosumnes River Boulevard Interchange on Interstate Highway 5. A map illustrating the current and proposed pipeline alignments may be accessed in Figure 2 of the amendment petition. The petition to amend the Energy Commission's certification can be accessed at http://www.energy.ca.gov/siting_pre-1999_compliance/index.html.


Pursuant to section 1769(a)(2), Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Energy Commission approval of the project modification(s) is not required if Energy Commission staff determines that:

  • There is no possibility that the modification(s) may have a significant effect on the environment, and
  • The modification(s) will not result in a change to or deletion of a condition of certification, or make changes that would cause the project not to comply with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, or standards (LORS).

Energy Commission staff has determined that the proposed modification(s) meet these criteria because:

  • The modification will not have a significant effect on the environment because the conditions imposed in the 1994 Commission Decision will continue to adequately avoid significant adverse impacts in the areas identified.
  • Existing conditions of certification are sufficient to cover the proposed modification without changes to, or deletions of, any conditions of certification; and
  • The project as modified will maintain full compliance with applicable LORS.

Any person may file a written objection to staff's determination within 14 days of service of this notice on the grounds that the project modification does not meet the criteria set forth in Section 1769(a)(2). All objections must be in writing and must be sent either by U.S. mail, e-mail, or other document delivery service to Paula David, Compliance Project Manager, at the address shown below:

California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street, MS 2000
Sacramento, CA 95814

Comments may be submitted by fax to (916) 654-3882, or by e-mail at pdavid@energy.state.ca.us. If no objection is received in writing by 5:00 p.m. on September 6, 2007, the requested project modifications will be deemed approved, and a description of the change will be placed in the project file.

If you have questions about this notice, please contact Paula David at (916) 654-4228, or by fax or e-mail using the above information.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact the Energy Commission Public Adviser's Office, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you require special accommodations, please contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.

Date: _______________ __________________________________
Siting and Compliance Office
Energy Facilities Siting Division
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