Habitat Conservation Plan

PG&E’s Operations and Maintenance Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) allows for a regional, activity-based approach to protect endangered plants and animals—in full compliance with the state and federal Endangered Species Act. The plan was developed in collaboration with federal and state natural resource agencies.

Map of San Joaquin Valley Service Area

PG&E’s first permitted Habitat Conservation Plan is located in the San Joaquin Valley region of our service area.

Highlights

  • Long-term protection of sensitive species through a process that allows PG&E to access and maintain its facilities without delay.
  • First-of-a-kind habitat conservation plan to address continual infrastructure maintenance while protecting habitat that is already in use.
  • Wide range of covered sensitive species and governance of many small-scale operational activities dispersed over a large geographic area.
  • Improves customer service by avoiding schedule delays associated with acquiring individual, project-by-project permits for threatened and endangered species.

The San Joaquin Valley region HCP, which was implemented in early 2008, will cover almost all of our routine operations and maintenance, as well as minor new construction activities that occur within the San Joaquin Valley for the next 30 years. It also establishes clear goals and measures for protecting, managing and monitoring 23 wildlife and 42 plant species, including the San Joaquin kit fox, California Red-Legged Frog, Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp and Western Burrowing Owl.

Photograph of blunt-nosed leopard lizard

The blunt-nosed leopard lizard is one of the 65 species included in PG&E’s Operations and Maintenance Habitat Conservation Plan in the San Joaquin Valley region. Photograph courtesy of Greg Warrick, Center for Natural Lands Management.

For more information, contact PG&E at HCPSJV@pge.com or 415-973-4HCP (415-973-4427).