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ePlanning DOI-BLM-CA-D060-2016-0017-EA (Eagle Crest Energy Gen-Tie Project)  
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Decision Record Signed
On August 1, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management approved the transmission line and water pipeline project associated with the licensed Eagle Crest Energy Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Project in Riverside County. The decision authorizes a right-of-way for the construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of a 500kV, 12-mile transmission line and water supply pipeline on BLM-managed public lands. 

The Eagle Crest Energy Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Project was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2014 and will provide electricity from renewable sources for communities in southern California. The 2.5 billion-dollar project is estimated to create 4,300 jobs during construction and 360 jobs annually during operation.

The Decision Record, Environmental Assessment and Plan Amendment along with the other associated documents can be located at the "Documents" section on the left side of this page.
 
 
 
The project is located in the vicinity of Desert Center, California, and involves approximately 1,150 acres of public land, and 1,377 acres of private lands. Eagle Crest Energy Company has been authorized to construct, operate, maintain and decommission a 500 kilovolt [kV) generation interconnect [gen-tie) line and a water pipeline. The gen-tie line would transmit electricity generated by Eagle Crest's pumped storage facility to the Southern California Edison's Red Bluff sub-station located on BLM lands in Riverside County, California. The water line would draw water from an area below private land, traverse BLM land, and fill the reservoirs at the pumped storage facility.  The Pumped Storage Project was licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on June 19, 2014 and the BLM-managed lands identified have been withdrawn for purposes of this project under the Section 24 of the Federal Power Act.