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The Phoenix metropolitan area continues to be a fast-growing urban area, with an ever-increasing demand for electricity. We’re developing power lines and siting new facilities to help meet this demand.                      
                      
                      
                       
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Arizona Public Service Company (APS) is in the process of determining a location for a new 69 kilovolt (kV) electric substation in downtown Phoenix.
 
Voltage: 69/12kV
 
Estimated completion date: Site location 2018, substation complete 2021
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix
 
project need
Ensure reliable and adequate power for the vibrant and growing downtown Phoenix community.
 
project description
The electric system serving downtown Phoenix is made up of multiple substations and power lines. These substations are located in residential and commercial areas. The loss of any one of the 69kV lines or substations may result in power outages in the area until repairs can be made. Outages are often a result of powerful storms in the area or even vehicle accidents. Adding new facilities will improve reliability and help ensure APS has adequate power available to meet the electrical needs in the vibrant and growing downtown area.
 
To maintain reliable electric service and accommodate future load growth, APS plans to add a few new substations in the downtown area over the next several years. APS’s initial and more immediate need is to acquire a one-acre property for a new substation in the area roughly defined as 7th Street to Central Ave, Fillmore Street to Moreland Street. This new substation will require new 69 kV power lines to connect into the existing electrical system currently serving the area. These power lines will connect the new substation to the existing 69 kV overhead power lines along Roosevelt Street.
 
your input is important to aps

An important component of this process is to gather input from residents, tenants, property owners, businesses, and community organizations within the study area. Three open houses were held on February 27th, March 9th and March 15th to allow members of the public and all interested parties to join APS, talk one-on-one about the need and benefits of the project, and provide input on potential sites for the project as well as architectural design elements.

Input gathered at the first set of meetings has been evaluated and analyzed. When developing alternatives APS evaluates many criteria including; environmental impacts, engineering and construction feasibility, land acquisition timing and costs, regulatory approvals, potential impacts to existing and planned neighborhoods and developments, and input from the public and agencies.  Numerous sites have been evaluated and APS has now reduced the number of available options to two sites. APS plans to share this information with the public at an open house scheduled for October 10th from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Roosevelt Community Church located at 924 N. 1st Street in downtown Phoenix. APS will share the latest information, discuss remaining alternatives, and receive further input and feedback from the public. APS will continue to meet with local jurisdictional leaders and affected stakeholders as the project progresses. APS anticipates having a final site selection towards the end of 2018.

public open house events

APS has scheduled its next public open house for October 10th from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Roosevelt Community Church located at 924 N. 1st Street in downtown Phoenix.  Local residents and stakeholders have been notified by mail of this important meeting where they can learn about the potential sites, our site selection process and provide valuable input on possible architectural designs. Please continue to check this web page for further information as the project moves forward.


project updates

Throughout the planning process, this webpage will be maintained with the latest information.  Question or comments on the Project can be directed to Kendra Lee, APS Program Manager at 602-371-7872 or by email at downtown.substations@aps.com. We look forward to your feedback.

 
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north peoria 69kV power line siting
voltage?
estimated completion date
location
69 kV
Phase 1 - 2021
North Peoria

project need
Build four new substations and interconnecting 69kV power lines

project description​
 
Arizona Public Service Company (APS) is developing a plan to build new energy facilities to better serve the growing population in the northern region of Peoria. APS continually monitors its electrical system and, when necessary, adds or upgrades facilities. These improvements enhance reliability and help ensure that an adequate supply of electric power is available to customers.

To maintain reliable electric service and accommodate future load growth, APS has determined the need to build new substations and associated 69 kilovolt (kV) power lines in the North Peoria region, as shown within the study area on the map below. These facilities would generally be located within or adjacent to the new Vistancia North, Lake Pleasant Heights, and Saddleback Heights developments. A network of 69kV power lines would be constructed to bring power from existing substations and power lines near the east side of the study area and provide possible connections for new sources of power near the northwest side of the study area.

A total of four new substations and interconnecting 69kV power lines are included in this siting process. APS anticipates the first substation (Substation W03) and related 69kV lines to be in service in 2021, located near the Vistancia North and Lake Pleasant Heights developments (see Phase 1, Substation W03 Siting area on the map below). Although the remaining three substations and interconnecting lines are part of this siting effort, it is anticipated that these facilities would not need to be constructed for 5 to 10 (or more) years, based on current housing development projections.
 
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It is anticipated that the new segments of the 69kV power lines would be built on steel poles, with either a single 69kV circuit configuration or a double 69kV circuit configuration (three wires per circuit). The new 69kV power lines may be constructed in a new alignment or added in areas where lines already exist. In most cases, if there are existing facilities they would be rebuilt on the new poles to consolidate structures. It is anticipated that any new poles would be approximately 65 feet in height.
 
The line segments would require a right-of-way or easement approximately 40 to 60 feet in width to construct, operate, and maintain the facilities.
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siting process

 
APS has hired Environmental Planning Group (EPG) to assist in evaluating substation sites and route alternatives, to assess potential environmental impacts, and to support the public outreach process. Baseline information about land use, visual, biological, cultural, and recreational resources for the area will be collected. This information will be used to develop preliminary power line route and substation location alternatives within the study area.

When developing alternatives, APS evaluates many criteria, including: environmental impacts, engineering and construction feasibility, land acquisition timing and costs, regulatory approvals, potential impacts to existing and planned neighborhoods, and input from agencies, developers and the public. The work completed thus far has included initial data collection of existing and planned land uses.

Initial briefings were held with representatives and officials from local, state, and federal agencies, including the City of Peoria, to inform them of the proposed project, and to solicit input. The public was notified of the project with our first newsletter mailing in April 2018 and the first set of public open houses was held on May 3rd and 8th, 2018. Those who attended either open house learned about the project need, how the siting process is carried out, had the opportunity to ask questions and speak about concerns, and were able to provide input on potential line route locations.

All comments, input, and data gathered to date has been analyzed and evaluated and the results have been used to identify potential substation locations and preliminary power line routes. These preliminary locations and routes were further evaluated using the siting criteria mentioned above, which led to the elimination of numerous preliminary locations and routes. Only one substation location at each site (W03, W04, W05, and TS14) and at least two interconnecting 69kV power line routes will be needed to connect each substation.  “Phase 1” includes the construction of substation site W03 with one initial double circuit 69kV power line connection from the existing power line corridor to the east (see project map). Additional 69kV connections from W03 to either or both W04 and W05 sites will be necessary as future development occurs. Developers as well as city, state, and federal officials have been briefed on the status of the project, informed about the alternatives, and have provided their input.
 
 
 
 

public input is important

 

An important component of this siting process is to receive input from residents, tenants, property owners, businesses, and other stakeholders within the study area. The input and comments received at, and after, the first round of open houses has been used to help determine the alternatives that are being taken forward. A second round of open houses has been scheduled where members of the public and all interested parties are invited to join APS and talk one-on-one about the need and benefits of the project, and provide input on the proposed substation location and power line route alternatives.

We anticipate construction to begin for Phase 1 in 2020, and your comments and input regarding the alternative substation sites and 69kV routes will help us determine final locations (see project map). Although it is our intent to confirm specific sites and locations for Phase 2 facilities at this time, the need for these facilities are not expected for 5 to 10 (or more) years, and actual locations for Phase 2 facilities may be adjusted and/or require additional public outreach in the future, based on future final development plats approved by the City.

For this second round of open houses APS will be holding three open houses, all with the same information. The first open house will be held Tuesday November 27th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Desert Oasis Elementary School (17161 W Bajada Rd, Surprise, AZ 85387). The second open house will be held Wednesday November 28th, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Vistancia Elementary School (30009 N Sunrise Point, Peoria, AZ 85383). The third open house will be held Thursday November 29th, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Lake Pleasant Elementary School (31501 N Westland Rd, Peoria, AZ 85383).

No formal presentation will be given during the open houses, and you may attend any of the three dates and at any time during the two-hour window to view displays and talk with team members about the project. Comment forms will be available and can be completed at the open house or mailed to APS by December 7th, 2018.

Following this second round of open houses, APS and EPG will review all additional public comments submitted. After consideration of the additional comments and a more detailed engineering evaluation, APS will select the final preferred substation locations and power line routes. A third and final newsletter will be prepared and distributed to the public and key stakeholders. This final newsletter will illustrate the selected power line routes and substation locations and the anticipated schedule for construction.

 

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project updates 
Throughout the planning process, this webpage will be maintained with the latest information. Comments can be submitted directly through the comment form or to Stephen Eich, APS Siting Consultant, at NorthPeoriaSiting@apsc.com. Comments also can be provided by phone at 1 (888) 352-4365. 
  
  

 
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oak creek substation to mcguireville substation 69kV power line siting project
voltage
estimated completion date
location
69 kV
summer 2019
oak creek/mcguireville area

project need
Connect the Oak Creek Substation to the McGuireville Substation. Ensure reliability for customers throughout the Oak Creek and McGuireville area.

project description​
 
APS continually monitors its electrical system and, when necessary, adds or upgrades facilities. These improvements enhance reliability and help ensure that an adequate supply of electric power is available to customers.
 
The purpose of this project is to increase the reliability in the area by connecting the McGuireville Substation (located near Cornville Road and Restoration Loop) and the Oak Creek Substation (near Highway 179 and Jacks Canyon Road) with a new 69kV sub-transmission line. This will minimize the loss of the ability to serve customers in the Oak Creek area, McGuireville, and Cornville in the event of outages on either the existing Verde to Capital Butte 69kV line, and/or the Quail Springs to McGuireville 69kV line.
 
The primary reason for connecting the project at both the Oak Creek and McGuireville substations is that the substations are each at the end of long radial segments of line. A radial line is a line that serves a substation without a redundant or backup power line from another source. By connecting Oak Creek and McGuireville substations, it connects the radial power lines at each substation, and provides backup for each line as described above.
 
The new segments of the 69kV power line will be built on steel poles and will be a single 69kV circuit configuration (three wires per circuit). Some portions of the line, depending on routing, may consolidate with existing single circuit poles creating a double 69kV circuit configuration (six total wires on the same pole). The new 69kV power line may be constructed in a new alignment or added in areas where some lines already exist. It is anticipated that any new poles would be approximately 65 feet in height, similar to existing 69kV lines in the area. The line segments would require a right-of-way or easement approximately 30 to 40 feet in width to construct, operate, and maintain the facility.
 

project description​

In mid 2018, APS hired Environmental Planning Group (EPG) to assist in evaluating route alternatives, to assess potential environmental impacts, and to support the public outreach process. Baseline information about land use, visual, biological, cultural, and recreational resources for the area has been collected. This information has been used for the development of preliminary route alternatives within the study area. Because the route alignment will cross U.S. Forest Service land, we are coordinating with the Coconino National Forest Red Rock Ranger District, and will move forward with future permitting efforts in the next phases of the siting process.

 
When developing route alternatives, APS evaluates many criteria, including: environmental impacts, engineering and construction feasibility, land acquisition timing and costs, regulatory approvals, potential impacts to existing and planned neighborhoods, and input from agencies and the public.
 
APS and EPG have identified a project study area and have held briefings with jurisdictional representatives including the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, Yavapai County Public Works Department, the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, and the Beaver Creek Community Association, about the proposed project, and to solicit input from them.

 

public input is important​

An important component of this siting process is to receive input from residents, tenants, property owners, and businesses within the study area. Members of the public and all interested parties are invited to join APS for an open house on (Date and location to be determined) to learn about the purpose and need for the project, the project siting process, the development of preliminary route alternatives, and to ask questions and provide input.

 

Following the public meeting, APS, with EPG's assistance, will evaluate the input gathered and will analyze and further develop line route alternatives.

 

After the data has been analyzed, APS will move forward in coordination with the Coconino National Forest Red Rock Ranger District into the federal permitting phase of the process. As directed by the Red Rock District, additional outreach materials will be distributed showing final line route alternatives and ways for the public to continue to stay involved with the project.

 

As the process moves forward, the Coconino National Forest Red Rock Ranger District, along with APS and EPG, will evaluate all the information received throughout the process. Based on these evaluations, the Red Rock District, in coordination with APS and EPG, will select the final preferred route. Information from the Red Rock District will follow sharing information about the selected alternative.


 

project updates

Throughout the planning process, this webpage will be maintained with the latest information. Comments can be submitted directly to Kevin Duncan, APS Senior Siting Consultant, at oakcreekmcguireville@apsc.com.

 

            

            

            

            

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Our completed power line and facility siting projects will go a long way toward meeting our state’s ever-increasing demand for electricity.

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