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Cal State University Channel Islands, 66kV Method of Service Study and Campus Utilities Master Plan

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  • Project Overview

    P2S participated with a team consisting of CSUCI personnel, CSU Chancellor’s Office, California State Division of General Services, legal counsel Matt Brady, and project financial analyst Wally McOuat to negotiate a new method of service and contract with cogeneration Facility Operator OLS and Southern California Edison (SCE). Complex issues were evaluated and negotiated among the parties over a twelve-month period. The negotiations resulted in the outcome desired by the campus. They will purchase power at transmission (over 50kV) rates through existing 4160V facilities. The campus's initial capital outlay to implement this agreement is negligible. P2S was responsible for developing the concepts for the phased approach for campus migration from 4160V to 13.8kV and ultimately 66kV. P2S also prepared metering schemes and interconnection diagrams used in negotiations to show each step in the migration to 66kV.

  • Solution

    P2S was also involved in successful negotiations with SCE over the removal of a portion of their 66kV transmission line to allow campus development to proceed. P2S has prepared concepts for the eventual relocation of all existing SCE overhead lines on campus and replacement with an underground 66kV service.

    The campus retained P2S to conduct a survey of the existing aged 4160V distribution system, update the campus single line diagram, and prepare recommendations for 4160V system upgrades. This effort resulted in P2S being asked to participate with other campus-selected consultants to develop a campus utilities master plan based on the campus master plan. The consultant team prepared a coordinated infrastructure development plan and budget with phases for 5-year increments. The plan was modified to meet construction funding limitations.

    Capacity planning was based on a 20-year timeframe. P2S developed planning for the electric power and IT systems. The electric load growth is estimated to grow from 1.5MW peak to over 10MW peak within 20 years. P2S is now involved in preparing construction documents to implement the utility master plan concept.