The Gorman-Kern River Project aims to increase the safety of Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) subtransmission system as part of SCE’s Transmission Line Rating Remediation (TLRR) program. The project is in the initial planning phase now. SCE plans to file a project application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in 2021. If approved by the CPUC, the project could begin construction in 2024.
If approved, the project would follow updated safety standards from the CPUC, which involve remediation activities such as raising the height of existing structures, rebuilding entire circuits and increasing conductor ground clearances. Most of the construction would take place in existing rights of way, in order to minimize environmental impacts. The project is estimated to be completed in 2026.