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PG&E Reconductoring Project Biological Assessment (Revised)

PG&E Reconductoring Project Biological Assessment (12/16/2010, Revised 04/20/2011)

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has determined that transmission upgrades will be required to deliver the energy generated by proposed the Topaz Solar Farm Project on the Carrizo Plain. Specifically, reconductoring an approximately 34‐mile segment of a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) 230‐kilovolt (kV) transmission line (Proposed Action) would be required. Reconductoring is the process of installing new conductor wires on existing towers to increase the capacity of an existing transmission line, although in some cases reconductoring requires the modification or replacement of some towers.