News

2017

  • 4/20/2017

    - Spring 2017 project update

    Where we stand today

    The Eastside is outgrowing the backbone of the area's electric grid. Energize Eastside will build a new substation and upgrade approximately 18 miles of existing transmission lines from Renton to Redmond in the same transmission line corridor that has served Eastside communities for more than 80 years. Combined with continued aggressive electric conservation, Energize Eastside will keep the lights on in our communities for years to come.

    Get involved!

    You will have an opportunity to comment on the Phase 2 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) once it is published later this spring. The Phase 2 Draft EIS will consider the potential impacts and mitigation associated with the project. For more details on the Cities’ EIS and comment opportunities, visit EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.

    Upcoming fieldwork surveys

    This year, Energize Eastside project members are conducting additional fieldwork surveys to refine our design and inform future permit submittals. You may see crews visiting properties along the existing corridor and conducting utility and archaeological resource surveys. In addition, we're at a point where we can begin developing property-specific landscaping and tree replacement plans with property owners. We'll be reaching out to affected property owners about these efforts. 

    We're not all old enough to remember ... 

    FIFTY YEARS! That’s how long it’s been since we last did a major upgrade of the backbone of the Eastside’s electric grid. During that span, the Eastside’s population has grown eight-fold, leading Northwest companies have been launched in our communities, and the need for electricity to power our homes and economy has grown. We’ve also learned how to conserve energy and become increasingly more energy efficient. But it’s not enough. We need Energize Eastside now.

    Electricity is not just a convenience ... 

    ... it's a necessity. It helps us live comfortably in our homes year-round, regardless of the weather. Safe and reliable electricity is essential for businesses, hospitals, schools, industry and homes. Electricity arrives at its destination at almost the same moment it is produced. When you flip a switch, the electric power is there for your use. 

    Behind the scenes, PSE employees are hard at work planning, operating and maintaining the complex electric transmission grid so it can reliably provide power to the homes and businesses that need it. Electric system reliability contributes to our quality of life and economic wellbeing, and is essential for economic growth.

    Is demand for energy really growing?

    Yes! On the Eastside, customer electric power demand – the amount of energy used at one moment – has been growing dramatically in recent years. We see demand peaks daily, especially on winter evenings when customers get home, turn on their appliances and plug in their electronics, and during the summer when more customers use air conditioning. And we have more customers than ever before driving those demand peaks. Energize Eastside will ensure the electric grid can handle this growth into the future.

    Four questions for the Energize Eastside project team

    Read the full newsletter, including four questions with the project team's answers to learn more about improving reliability, safety, community involvement and more!

  • 4/20/2017

    - Independent experts confirm a solution is needed

    Studies by nationally-recognized experts have come to the same conclusion: Energize Eastside is needed. The project’s infrastructure upgrades will accommodate local population and economic growth, while avoiding the need to plan for power outages in the very near future.

    In addition to PSE’s transmission planning studies, independent consultants hired by City of Bellevue and the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Team have also confirmed the need for the project. Excerpts from their reports are listed below.

    Bellevue’s independent expert, Utility System Efficiencies, Inc. (USE), stated:

    • Is the EE project needed to address the reliability of the electric grid on the Eastside? YES.
    • If the load growth rate was reduced, would the project still be needed?  YES.
    • If generation was increased in the Puget Sound area, would the project still be needed? YES.
    • Is there a need for the project to address regional flows, with imports/exports to Canada (ColumbiaGrid)? Modeling zero flow to Canada, the project is still necessary to address local need.

    Independent Technical Analysis of Energize Eastside, by Utility Systems Efficiencies, Inc., April 28, 2015

    The EIS subcontractor, Stantec, stated:

    “Based on my expertise, I found that the PSE needs assessment was overall very thorough and applied methods considered to be the industry standard for planning of this nature. Based on the information that the needs assessment contains, I concur with the conclusion that there is a transmission capacity deficiency in PSE’s system on the Eastside that requires attention in the near future.” - Review Memo by Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., July 31, 2015

    Additionally, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has weighed in on the subject. FERC rejected the assumptions and conclusions the project’s opposition argued in their complaint to FERC.

    FERC, in rejecting these conclusions, stated:

    “Contrary to Complainants’ vague allegations that the Respondents have violated [Federal transmission planning regulations], the record before us shows that [PSE] and the other Respondents have complied with the applicable transmission planning requirements.” - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Oct. 21, 2015

    To learn more about project need, take a look at the Eastside Need and Solution.

  • 4/12/2017

    - Energize Eastside fieldwork continues

    PSE and our contractors will be back out in the field this year to conduct additional fieldwork surveys along the existing transmission line corridor. Data gathered from these on-the-ground surveys will help us refine our design and inform future permit submittals for the Energize Eastside project. This year’s effort is a continuation of the fieldwork program we started in 2015, and will include site visits, as well as detailed utility and archaeological resource surveys.

    In April, you may see field crews on sidewalks and other public rights of way along the existing corridor. If we need to access private property, we will work to notify the property owner or tenant. Our fieldwork crews will have a letter verifying they are under contract with PSE and are authorized to conduct surveys.

    View our Fieldwork page to learn more.

  • 1/19/2017

    - Architectural surveying going on through February

    Over the next few weeks you may see staff from Historical Research Associates (HRA) conducting an architectural survey of properties along the existing utility corridor and in the Factoria area. HRA is collecting data on buildings and structures nearing 40 years of age or older, taking photographs, and documenting architectural details related to style, design, materials and workmanship.

    This architectural survey will inform the permitting process for Energize Eastside. The data gathered will help PSE and government agencies, including the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, understand the historic character and significance of buildings and structures along the route options. We will use the data to meet planning and review responsibilities under existing local, state and federal regulations and procedures.

    This is an observational survey, so HRA’s two-person field team is conducting this work from sidewalks and other public rights of ways. HRA’s staff will not enter private properties. We expect the survey will be completed in February 2017.

    Review our flyer for more details.

2016

  • 12/13/2016

    - Study: Energize Eastside can be safely colocated with pipelines

    Expert Confirms Safety; Submitted for Analysis in EIS Process

    Puget Sound Energy announced today the findings of a safety study for the Energize Eastside project. The study conducted by DNV GL, a national pipeline safety consulting firm, confirms that Energize Eastside can be safely colocated with Olympic Pipe Line Company’s pipelines throughout the existing corridor. PSE has submitted the report for analysis in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

    “Safety is our top priority. We’re encouraged by DNV GL’s confirmation that Energize Eastside and Olympic’s pipelines can be safely colocated within the existing corridor, just as we have done for the past 40 years,” said Jens Nedrud, PSE’s senior project manager for Energize Eastside. 

    “DNV GL’s safety study truly highlights the value of the EIS process where an issue is raised by the community, then studied by experts. It’s given us additional information to consider as we continue to evaluate our routes and design options for the project,” added Nedrud.

    DNV GL’s detailed study considered project-specific variables associated with the upgraded transmission lines and Olympic’s pipelines. The study concluded that by optimizing the design and operation the route using the existing corridor, called Willow 1, falls in the low corrosion risk category. The route that combines the existing corridor with the Newport Way area, called Willow 2, falls in the “unpredictable” category, which means that corrosion may or may not occur, so Olympic would need to monitor the pipelines and determine whether pipeline mitigation is necessary in the future.

    “We’ve learned that the Willow 1 route has the lowest risk of pipeline corrosion and avoids pipeline mitigation,” explained Nedrud. “The optimized design means slightly taller poles in Somerset, where we know safety, pole heights and views are key concerns. Pole heights would go up from the proposed 65 feet to 75 feet, which is still shorter than some of our earlier designs.” 

    As for optimizing operations, the study recommended that PSE should run both lines at the same voltage. PSE’s initial plan was to operate the lines at 230 kilovolts (kV) and 115 kV, respectively, with both designed to operate at 230 kV to accommodate long-term growth. Nedrud explained that PSE learned that for pipeline safety it is best to operate both lines at 230 kV from day one.

    “We’ve learned a lot from this study. And, it is also one more piece of information for analysis in the EIS,” added Nedrud. “We look forward to the Phase 2 Draft EIS that will holistically consider all of the potential impacts and mitigation associated with the project. As the EIS process moves forward, we will continue to evaluate all of our routes and design options.”

    Next steps for Energize Eastside

    • The project is currently undergoing environmental review, which includes preparation of a Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) EIS. 

    • The Phase 2 Draft EIS is anticipated in the first quarter of 2017. 

    • The EIS process is led by the City of Bellevue in cooperation with the cities of Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and Renton. More information can be found at EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.

    • PSE will continue to listen and learn as the project and EIS process continue.

     
  • 11/22/2016

    - Energize Eastside Upgrades Existing Power Lines

    The Energize Eastside project upgrades existing power lines in a utility corridor that has served Eastside communities for more than 80 years. Currently, the project is in the middle of a public Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process that identifies environmental impacts and mitigation associated with the upgrade.

    Overview: Keeping the Lights on for Years to Come

    The backbone of the Eastside’s electric transmission grid saw its last major upgrade more than 50 years ago in the 1960s. Since then, our population has grown eight-fold. Studies project that Eastside growth and demand for electricity could exceed the grid’s capacity as soon as the winter of 2017-18. Independent analyses affirm that we need to upgrade the system now to avoid having to plan for rolling blackouts in the very near future.

    The Energize Eastside project will address this need by building a new substation and upgrading approximately 18 miles of transmission lines from Redmond to Renton. Combined with continued aggressive conservation efforts, Energize Eastside will allow Eastside homes and businesses to keep the lights on for years to come.

    Limiting Impact on Neighborhoods and the Environment

    Pole height, view impacts and safety are key concerns for residents along the corridor. The Energize Eastside project replaces the existing four poles with one or two poles, and avoids new corridors and sensitive areas wherever possible. New poles will typically be located in the same or similar locations as existing poles, and our design has the poles farther away from existing underground pipelines. Four route options that primarily use the existing corridor are now being analyzed as part of the EIS process, including the preferred route that responded to community feedback in the first phase of the EIS process regarding pole heights and views.

    “It’s our responsibility to keep the lights on for our customers, and we’re committed to limiting impact to the community as much as we can. Replacing existing power lines with upgraded lines solves the Eastside’s electrical problem,” said Dan Koch, PSE’s director of Electric Operations.

    PSE is looking at several pole design options, which are shown in photo simulations.

    Learn More and Stay Informed

    PSE will continue to work with Eastside communities as the project and EIS process go forward.

    In the meantime, you can review a map of the route options here.

  • 9/21/2016

    - PSE’s talking with property owners about project design

    You know your property best. That’s why we’re meeting with property owners one-on-one to talk about site-specific designs for Energize Eastside. Over the next few months, our team will meet with property owners along the existing corridor to gather on-the-ground insights that will help us refine our project design and future permit materials.

    During each informational meeting, we’ll share our current design for that specific property, including pole locations and how we plan to access those locations during construction. New poles will typically be in the same or similar locations as the existing poles. We’ll also talk about property-specific details the permitting process may not address. We’ll take the information learned from these conversations into consideration as we continue to design the project.  

    These are important conversations for both property owners and our project team, which is why we are reaching out now. If you live along the existing corridor, be on the lookout for a letter or door hanger inviting you to schedule a meeting with us.  

    View our Photo Simulations for conceptual photos of the upgraded transmission lines.

     
  • 7/8/2016

    - New video provides overview of PSE's preferred route: Willow 2

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Over the past two years PSE has heard from nearly 2,000 people through the Community Advisory Group process, open houses, consultations and the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. 

    We’ve learned that continued electric reliability, use of existing utility corridors, pole height, views and safety are some key concerns for members of the community. 

    In our new video, we take a step back and look at where the project has been, where we are now, and how the feedback we’ve heard has guided our preferred route Willow 2. Watch the video to learn more about the preferred route. 

  • 6/30/2016

    - Public comment period reopened for Energize Eastside EIS Phase 2 Scoping

    Comment period is from June 30 through August 1

    The Energize Eastside project is undergoing environmental review, which includes preparation of a Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The City of Bellevue is leading the EIS process in cooperation with Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and Renton.

    The City of Bellevue has reopened the scoping comment period on the Phase 2 EIS to provide the public with the opportunity to submit written comments on two new alternatives identified by PSE. The new alternatives do not represent PSE’s preferred alignment, but are designed to bypass the boundaries of the East Bellevue Community Council.

    See EnergizeEastsideEIS.org for more details on the location of the alternatives, including maps. Scoping comments must be submitted by August 1, 2016. 

    Please note: Comments or questions submitted to Puget Sound Energy will not be considered part of the EIS.

  • 5/31/2016

    - PSE Evaluates ‘Bypass’ Route Options for Energize Eastside

    New Routes Designed to Limit Risk to Project, Keep It on Track

    Puget Sound Energy has announced two new route options in Bellevue for the Energize Eastside project. The proposed routes were developed to bypass the boundaries of the East Bellevue Community Council (EBCC) to avoid risking a potential project delay. PSE submitted the routes as part of the public comment period for Phase 2 Scoping of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. This submittal ensures these two new route options, along with PSE’s preferred route, will be studied in the EIS.

    The EBCC is a local community council empowered by state law with the authority to approve and disapprove certain land-use actions in East Bellevue, including the Energize Eastside project. 

    Both routes use a combination of the existing corridor and new corridors to avoid the boundaries of the EBCC. The bypass routes wind through the Spring District, Bel-Red Corridor, Wilburton neighborhood, and along Lake Hills Connector before rejoining the existing corridor. View the route maps.

    PSE prefers to use the existing transmission line corridor. Our preferred route, called Willow 2, reflects this value. However, it’s our responsibility to keep the lights on and we must measure and reduce potential permitting risks to the project in an effort to keep Energize Eastside on schedule. We look forward to working with EBCC and other coordinating cities so we can continue to keep the lights on for all Eastside communities.

     
     
    Next steps for Energize Eastside
    • The project is currently undergoing environmental review, which includes preparation of a Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) EIS.

    • The 45-day comment period for Phase 2 Scoping ends on May 31. Phase 2 includes a specific and detailed review of project-level alternatives, and will focus on project design and construction.

    • The EIS process is led by the City of Bellevue in cooperation with the cities of Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and Renton. More information can be found at EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.

    • PSE will continue to listen and learn as the project and EIS process continue.

     

  • 4/26/2016

    - City of Bellevue announces Energize Eastside EIS Phase 2 Scoping; PSE releases updated project route maps

    With the City of Bellevue and coordinating jurisdictions announcing the start of Phase 2 Scoping on April 14, Energize Eastside moved into the next phase of the environmental review process. The 45-day public comment period for Phase 2 Scoping ends on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. 

    For information about public open houses, and to submit comments to be included as part of the EIS and the public record, check out EnergizeEastsideEIS.org. NOTE: Comments or questions submitted to Puget Sound Energy will not be considered part of the EIS.

    It is important that we deliver clear and consistent project information so that our customers can provide informed comments through the environmental review process. As the Energize Eastside project enters this next stage, you may notice our project maps have been updated: segments which were previously referenced using letters are now represented by numbers and route names. These changes are consistent with how the routes are referenced in the EIS and how we’ll refer to them moving forward.

    So, what are the changes we made to the maps? Specifically, the maps incorporate the following updates:

    • Segment 1 runs from the Sammamish substation in Redmond to the Lakeside substation in Bellevue, north of Interstate 90. Segment 1 is the same for all route options. This Segment includes the former Segments A, C and E.
    • Segment 2 runs from the Lakeside substation in Bellevue north of Interstate 90 to just south of Forest Drive SE in south Bellevue. Route options differ in Segment 2. This Segment includes the former Segments G2, I, J, K2, O, and P.
    • Segment 3 runs from just south of Forest Drive SE in south Bellevue to Talbot Hill substation in Renton. Segment 3 is the same for all route options. This Segment includes the former Segments M and N.
  • 3/25/2016

    - PSE’s response to misinformation in the Lauckhart-Schiffman Load Flow Study

    It is time to upgrade the electric system serving the Eastside

    In recent weeks, you may have heard varying views about need for our Energize Eastside project. Specifically, the Lauckhart-Schiffman Load Flow Study, put together by a neighborhood group opposed to the project, has made a number of claims and assumptions that are simply inaccurate.

    The Lauckhart-Schiffman Load Flow Study is flawed on several levels, including:

    • The study erroneously interprets power flows to Canada
    • The study fails to stress the electric system as required by federal standards
    • The study underestimates the growth rate for the Eastside
    • There is no local generation in Bellevue
    • The study confuses planning standards with day-to-day operations
    • The Lauckhart-Schiffman study ignores prior studies
    • The study reaches irrational conclusions

    The multiple inaccuracies in this study lead to an erroneous conclusion about the need for the project, which are described in detail here.

    Electrical transmission system planning is a complex and rigorous exercise, performed by industry experts with the experience in and understanding of federally-mandated system planning requirements. The need for this project has been firmly established several times by multiple independent experts, as well as PSE. These studies have confirmed that a solution to provide reliable power for local Eastside customers must be implemented by the winter of 2017-18 to avoid risking power outages.

    The Energize Eastside project will provide the necessary infrastructure to meet federally-mandated requirements without having to plan for rotating blackouts and without having a public discussion of the need to plan for blackouts. Combined with continued aggressive electric conservation, Energize Eastside will keep the lights on for homes and businesses in our Eastside communities for years to come.

  • 3/18/2016

    - PSE Announces Preferred Route for Energize Eastside

    Route Responds to Community Feedback; Will Be Evaluated During Phase 2 of Environmental Analysis

    Visit our Route Announcement page for more information.

    PSE is responsible for keeping the lights on for all customers. We take this responsibility very seriously.

    It’s been 50 years since the last major upgrade of the backbone of the Eastside’s electric grid. Growth studies project that demand for electricity will exceed the current system capacity as early as winter 2017-2018. In total, five independent studies have all confirmed the need to address this issue. Energize Eastside addresses the demand caused by this unprecedented growth by upgrading the existing system so Eastside communities will continue to receive safe and dependable power for the future.

    Photo simulation comparing existing conditions to what the corridor would look like with Energize Eastside

    We have listened

    PSE has heard from nearly 2,000 people over the past two years through the Community Advisory Group process, open houses, consultations and many, many comments. We’ve been listening to this input.

    We’ve learned that pole height, view impacts and safety are key concerns for residents along the corridor. 

    Through the Environmental Impact Statement process, we’ve continued to listen. We’ve also learned more about the existing transmission line corridor through fieldwork, and our engineers have been taking a hard look at route designs. The deadline for submitting public comments for the Phase 1 Draft EIS was March 14, and in that process, PSE identified our preferred route and route options to undergo further analysis during Phase 2 of the EIS process.

    Our preferred route - Willow 2

    Our preferred route, called Willow 2, primarily uses the existing corridor and a new segment in the Factoria area. We’re also studying other options in the Factoria area, specifically Willow and Oak – advisory group recommendations – and a new option, called Oak 2. All four of these routes solve the Eastside’s electrical problem and address community concerns. 

    It’s nearly impossible to have no impact. But we appreciate those who may be affected by our routing decisions and will continue to work with them and welcome their input.

    PSE’s selection is based on four key factors:

    • We are using the existing corridor as much as possible, replacing four poles with one or two poles. We are using the existing corridor as much as possible. In most instances, where there are currently four poles in the corridor, we will be removing them and replacing them with one pole, or at most two poles. Additionally, most of the new poles will be built approximately in the same place as the existing poles.
    • Avoids new corridors and sensitive areas. We did our best to develop route options that avoid new corridors and environmental impacts whenever possible. We understand it’s nearly impossible to have no impact. We appreciate those who may be affected by our routing decisions and will continue to work with them and welcome their input.
    • No condemnation of homes. Our preferred route, based on what we know today, does not condemn anybody’s homes anywhere.
    • Safe and better than what we have now. Safety is our first priority. The project will be constructed safely according to strict federal standards. As described in the Phase 1 Draft EIS, new construction means new, longer-lasting equipment as well as fewer poles.

    We will continue to listen and learn as the project and EIS process progresses.

    Learn more about the proposed route options.

    If you have any questions about PSE's preferred route and route options, contact us.

    What’s next?

    These routes will be analyzed as part of the EIS process being led by City of Bellevue. Learn about upcoming opportunities this spring to provide comment and read more about the City of Bellevue-led EIS process at EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.

    The EIS process is moving into Phase 2, which will include a more specific and detailed review of alternatives based on the outcomes of Phase 1, and will focus on project design and construction. 

    Similar to the Phase 1 process, you will be able to provide comments during scoping and on the subsequent Phase 2 Draft EIS. The scoping period is expected to begin this spring. Please visit the City of Bellevue’s EIS website for updates on the environmental review process. 

    Comments or questions submitted to Puget Sound Energy will not be considered part of the EIS. 

  • 1/8/2016

    - Preparing for the future

     

    You can see it everywhere - from Renton to Redmond, cranes are up and traffic congestion is increasing. Projections by the Puget Sound Regional Council show the Eastside population will likely grow by another third and employment will grow by more than three-quarters over the next 25 years. It’s been 50 years since the last major upgrade to the backbone of the Eastside’s electric grid. It’s time to upgrade.

2015

  • 11/17/2015

    - Geotechnical fieldwork begins in the Factoria area

    11/17/15 – PSE and our contractor, GeoEngineers, are conducting geotechnical investigations at a limited number of public locations, PSE rights of way and private properties in the Factoria area in November and December. PSE understands that the holidays are a busy time in the Factoria area and has taken steps to minimize effects of geotechnical fieldwork on holiday shoppers and travelers.  

    As the work progresses, PSE will notify nearby businesses when they might see crews. 

    To learn more about geotechnical fieldwork and to view an up-to-date fieldwork schedule and fieldwork video, visit the fieldwork webpage

  • 10/22/2015

    - Energize Eastside FERC complaint dismissed

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has dismissed the complaint filed by three residents and two neighborhood opposition groups against Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside project. The ruling reaffirms that PSE complied with federal rules and their transmission planning responsibilities in planning the project.

    “Contrary to Complainants’ vague allegations that the Respondents have violated [Federal transmission planning regulations], the record before us shows that [PSE] and the other Respondents have complied with the applicable transmission planning requirements,” states FERC. 

    The Energize Eastside project – which will build a new electric substation and higher capacity transmission lines to serve homes and businesses on the Eastside – is essential to meet the growing electric needs of homes and businesses in Eastside neighborhoods. The line, which is the backbone of the existing local transmission system, had its last major upgrade in the 1960s.     

    FERC further states that the Energize Eastside project “was designed to address [PSE’s] projected inability to serve its own customers,” and confirmed that PSE “has demonstrated that its needs assessments identified a transmission capacity deficiency.”

    In addition to PSE, the Bonneville Power Administration, Seattle City Light and ColumbiaGrid were also listed in the complaint. The claims against BPA, Seattle City Light and ColumbiaGrid were also dismissed. 

    Click here to view the full order dismissing the complaint. 

     

  • 9/29/2015

    - Fieldwork update and video

    PSE and our contractors continue to conduct fieldwork to evaluate the Oak and Willow segments. Crews are now beginning work on Segments G2, I and K2 in the Factoria area of Bellevue. Data collected from these efforts will inform the environmental review process, project design and future permitting efforts for the Energize Eastside project. 

    Visit the fieldwork page for the survey descriptions and latest fieldwork information, including the quarterly schedule and a new fieldwork video.

    Thank you for your patience throughout the fieldwork process. We appreciate your cooperation!

     

  • 8/18/2015

    - Geotechnical fieldwork begins

    PSE and our contractor, GeoEngineers, are conducting geotechnical investigations at a limited number of public locations, PSE rights of way and private properties throughout the project area.

    Geotechnical investigations will identify soil types and subsurface conditions in and around the project area. The soil information gathered during this work will help inform the environmental review process being led by the City of Bellevue. It will also inform the design options for potential transmission line pole foundations and support structures.

    As the work progresses, we are notifying nearby neighbors on when they might see crews. We anticipate completing geotechnical investigations by mid-September.

    To learn more about fieldwork and to view an up-to-date fieldwork schedule by route segment, visit the fieldwork webpage.

     

  • 8/6/2015

    - Energize Eastside EIS updates

    Last week, the Phase 1 Draft EIS Scoping Report was released, which you can view at EnergizeEastsideEIS.org. The report provides a summary of the Phase 1 EIS Public Scoping Meetings including meeting and notification materials, a summary of comments, and a description of the alternatives that will be studied in the Phase 1 Draft EIS. 

    Also posted to EnergizeEastsideEIS.org is a findings memo from the EIS team, authored by Stantec, the electrical engineering EIS sub-consultant. The memo explains the project, as well as discusses the purpose and need.  

    Both of these reports are listed under the Announcements section of the EnergizeEastsideEIS.org homepage.

    For more information on the EIS, please visit EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.

     

  • 7/15/2015

    - PSE's response to Energize Eastside FERC complaint

    On June 8, 2015, three individuals and two neighborhood groups – Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy (CENSE) and Citizens for Sane Eastside Energy (CSEE) – filed a formal complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the Bonneville Power Administration, Seattle City Light and ColumbiaGrid regarding the Energize Eastside project.

    The complaint is based upon several inaccurate claims that lead to incorrect conclusions about the need for and ultimate use of the Energize Eastside project. Largely, the complainants erroneously assert the Energize Eastside project primarily benefits the larger, regional transmission system. In fact, the Energize Eastside project is needed to solve local delivery capacity issues on the Eastside caused by recent and continued growth in the area, a conclusion documented in several PSE studies over recent years and confirmed in the independent study commissioned by the City of Bellevue in the last few months. The backbone of the existing local transmission system, which had its last major upgrade in the 1960s, will soon not be able to accommodate the increased demand for power without additional infrastructure investments. That is the problem that the Energize Eastside project is intended to solve, not some undefined larger regional problem.

    Together with ColumbiaGrid, PSE filed a motion to dismiss and answer the complaint on June 29. Additionally, Avista filed a motion to intervene in the docket in support of PSE’s and ColumbiaGrid’s motion. Seattle City Light and BPA also filed in opposition to the complaint.

    PSE firmly believes the complaint should be dismissed through the normal FERC process. In the meantime, PSE is moving forward with the Energize Eastside project. To ensure reliable power for our local Eastside customers, the project needs to be completed in the 2017-2018 timeframe.

     

  • 7/7/2015

    - Fieldwork update

    Since January 2015, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and our contractors have been conducting fieldwork activities along the two transmission line routes recommended for further evaluation by the Community Advisory Group (Oak and Willow). Data collected from fieldwork will inform the current environmental review process, as well as project design and future permit applications for the project.

    To date, our crews have surveyed more than 400 parcels in 14 miles of the project area, completing in-depth wetland delineations, land surveys, and tree inventories.

    Thank you to all the property owners and tenants who have provided access to fieldwork crews. We appreciate your patience and cooperation, which has allowed us to complete this work as quickly and efficiently as possible!

    What’s next for fieldwork?

    This summer, we’ll wrap up the first phase of land survey, wetland delineation, and tree inventory fieldwork on Segments J and N.

    We’ll also begin geotechnical investigations. These studies will occur at limited locations, and we will coordinate with individual property owners and tenants in advance of beginning this work.

    To learn more about these surveys and to view an up-to-date fieldwork schedule by route segment, visit the fieldwork webpage.

     

  • 6/16/2015

    - New video provides overview of PSE's latest load forecast

    The load forecast is a projection of how much power PSE's customers will need in future years. This forecast allows PSE to plan upgrades to its system to ensure that current and future customers continue to have reliable power. The load forecast was most recently conducted in 2014 and completed earlier this year. 

    Visit the Videos page to watch this new video, as well as explore other informative videos about the Energize Eastside project. 

     

  • 6/5/2015

    - Fieldwork update

    PSE and our contractors are continuing to conduct fieldwork as part of ongoing efforts to further evaluate the Oak and Willow routes. Data gathered will inform the environmental review process, project design and future permitting efforts for the Energize Eastside project.

    Fieldwork crews have conducted surveys on segments A, C, and M and are now beginning work on Segment E. Visit the fieldwork page for the survey descriptions and latest fieldwork information, including the quarterly schedule.

     

  • 4/30/2015

    - Energize Eastside EIS Public Scoping Period from April 30 through June 15

    The Energize Eastside project is undergoing environmental review, which includes preparation of a Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS process will be led by the City of Bellevue in cooperation with Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and Renton. A scoping period for Phase 1 of the EIS is currently open from April 30, 2015 through June 15, 2015.

    For more information on the EIS and to submit comments, please visit EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.

    Please note: Comments or questions submitted to Puget Sound Energy will not be considered part of the EIS.

    For background information about the Energize Eastside project, please refer to the project's Frequently Asked Questions.

     

  • 3/24/2015

    - Fieldwork update

    PSE and our contractors recently began conducting wetland delineation surveys and tree inventories on segments A, C and M to further evaluate the Oak and Willow routes. This fieldwork is in addition to ongoing land surveys that began earlier this year. Data gathered from fieldwork will inform the environmental review process, project design and future permitting efforts for the Energize Eastside project. 

    Visit the fieldwork page for the survey descriptions and latest fieldwork information, including the quarterly schedule.

     

  • 3/9/2015

    - Energize Eastside moving into the environmental review stage

    PSE work in 2015

    Following a year-long public route discussion process, PSE is moving forward with additional analysis and fieldwork of the Lakeside substation site and the two transmission line routes recommended by the Community Advisory Group. 

    Environmental review process in 2015

    The Energize Eastside project is now moving into the environmental review stage. The environmental review process will be led by the City of Bellevue in cooperation with Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and Renton, and will include preparation of a Washington State Environmental Policy Act Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

    For more information on the EIS and opportunities for public comment, visit EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.

     

  • 1/22/2015

    - Fieldwork begins

    Following a year-long public route discussion process, PSE is now collecting field information to inform the environmental review process, project design and future permit applications for the Energize Eastside project. PSE and our contractors are beginning fieldwork on Segment A, and will conduct surveys within the project area throughout 2015. 

    Data gathered from fieldwork will help us further evaluate the proposed segments on the Oak and Willow routes, though PSE may study additional segments in the future. Fieldwork will be conducted on properties along PSE’s existing corridor with existing utility easements and in public rights of way. Visit the interactive map for more information on the location of route segments. 

    We are committed to keeping property owners, tenants and neighbors informed and will provide quarterly fieldwork updates on activities to expect in their area. We will also continue to keep the community informed of project progress.

    Check out the new fieldwork page for the latest information on fieldwork activities, including the anticipated survey schedule.

     

  • 1/14/2015

    - Community Advisory Group Final Report

    The Final Report summarizing the Community Advisory Group’s process and final recommendation is now available. 

    The purpose of the Community Advisory Group was to evaluate the potential route options determined by PSE and independent experts, as well as to help PSE better understand community values and concerns. At their final meeting on Dec. 10, 2014, the Community Advisory Group selected routes Oak and Willow as their final route recommendation for PSE’s consideration. 

    Twenty-two advisory group members and four residential association alternates participated in the recommendation discussion. Twenty, including those who attended the meeting and six members who later provided feedback, supported the final recommendation as follows:

    • Ten expressed preference for the Oak route
    • Five expressed preference for the Willow route
    • Five did not express a preference 

    A Minority Report signed by advisory group members and residential association alternates who dissented from the recommendation is included as an appendix in the Final Report. 

    What's next for the Energize Eastside project?

    Check out the most recent Energize Eastside newsletter for information on PSE’s next steps in 2015 and how to stay involved.

     

2014

  • 12/11/2014

    - Community Advisory Group selected routes Oak and Willow as their final route recommendation

    On Dec. 10, the Energize Eastside Community Advisory Group selected routes Oak and Willow as their final route recommendation for PSE’s consideration. Of the 20 advisory group members and residential association alternates present, 17 supported the final recommendation. Of those 17, eight expressed preference for the Oak route and five expressed preference for the Willow route, while four supported either route. Three advisory group members dissented from the recommendation and supported none of the routes. Check out a graphic or see the interactive map for the location of the final route recommendation. 

    The final recommendation was based on the advisory group’s work over the last year, including discussion of community feedback collected throughout 2014.

    Meeting materials shared at the Dec. 10 meeting are now available on the Energize Eastside project website. Stay tuned for the January release of the Community Advisory Group Final Report summarizing the advisory group’s work over the last twelve months and their final recommendation. 

    What's next for the Energize Eastside project?

    • Over the next few months, PSE will:
    • Take the Community Advisory Group’s recommendation under consideration
    • Conduct property line surveys on segments that are not part of PSE’s existing corridor
    • Analyze all that we have learned the past year, complete our due diligence and make an announcement about routing
    • Ask for community input on project design
    • Work with the City of Bellevue and other affected jurisdictions and agencies on the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process

     

  • 11/22/2014

    - Upcoming Community Advisory Group Meeting #6 on Dec. 10

    Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the open houses either online or in person, and share feedback on the Community Advisory Group’s preliminary route recommendation. At their final meeting on Dec. 10, the Community Advisory Group will take community feedback into account before finalizing their route recommendation for PSE’s consideration.

    You're welcome to attend and observe the advisory group at their meeting.

    Community Advisory Group Meeting #6
    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
    6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Red Lion Hotel Bellevue (Lake Washington Ballroom)
    1121 Main St, Bellevue

     

  • 11/3/2014

    - Upcoming open houses on Nov. 12, 13, and online until Nov. 21

    You’re invited to upcoming open houses to share your feedback on the preliminary route recommendation for the Energize Eastside project.

    After months of evaluation, the project’s Community Advisory Group has announced a preliminary route recommendation for public feedback. Their recommendation includes four of 18 potential routes Puget Sound Energy identified for the new transmission lines. Your feedback will help the advisory group finalize their recommendation to PSE later this year. PSE expects to select a route by early 2015.

    How you can participate 

    Visit us in person

    Learn about the project, share your feedback and meet project staff at an open house

    Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Renton Technical College

    Building I, Robert C Roberts Campus Center Cafeteria, 3000 NE 4th St., Renton           

    Thursday, Nov. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Redmond Marriott Town Center

    Grand Ballroom, 7401 164th Ave. NE, Redmond

    Free parking is available at the Redmond Town Center across the street.

    Materials will be the same at each open house. There will not be a formal presentation or Q&A session, so please feel free to arrive anytime during the open houses. 

    Visit us online

    Open house materials and a feedback form are online until Nov. 21. Go to the online open house to access materials and complete the feedback form.

    We’ll share the same information online and at both meetings. There will not be a formal presentation or Q&A session, so please feel free to arrive anytime during the open houses. Please provide your feedback by Nov. 21.

     

  • 10/10/2014

    - The Community Advisory Group determines preliminary route recommendation

    On Oct. 8, the Energize Eastside Community Advisory Group selected routes Ash, Oak, Redwood and Willow as their preliminary route recommendation. The recommendation was based in part on information provided by PSE, community feedback, and the results of a Multi-Objective Decision Analysis completed by 19 out of 24 advisory group members. Of the 18 advisory group members present on Oct. 8, 15 supported the recommendation; two abstained and one had a dissenting opinion to include only three routes. Check out a graphic or see the interactive map for the location of the recommended routes and others that were evaluated.

    In order to conduct the MODA evaluation, the advisory group met on Oct. 1 to review community feedback and survey results gathered over the summer. They considered community input in developing the list of route options and evaluation factor weightings to be used in the evaluation. The advisory group has met regularly with PSE since January 2014.

    Stay tuned for future opportunities to weigh in on the Community Advisory Group’s preliminary route recommendation. You’ll be able to share feedback at open houses on Nov. 12 and 13 and via an online open house launching in early November on the Energize Eastside website. At their final meeting in December, the advisory group will consider the community’s feedback again before finalizing their recommendation for PSE to consider.

    Presentations and materials shared at the Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 meetings are now available on the meeting materials page of the Energize Eastside project website.

     

  • 10/6/2014

    - Spring and summer 2014 outreach recap

    The Energize Eastside team was out and about in the community throughout this past spring and summer at festivals and community events. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet Eastside residents, while sharing the latest information and answering questions about the Energize Eastside project.

    In total, project team staff met approximately 1,200 community members at ten events! For more information, see the 2014 spring-summer community events outreach summary.

    We hope you continue to stay involved. Join us at our upcoming meetings:

    • Community Advisory Group Meeting #5b on Oct. 8
    • Open Houses on Nov. 12 and 13 (the same information will be shared at both events)
    • Community Advisory Group Meeting #6 on Dec. 10

     

  • 9/18/2014

    - Upcoming Community Advisory Group Meetings #5a and #5b on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8

    Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the open houses either online or in person, and share feedback on proposed route options. At their October meetings, a Community Advisory Group will review the survey results and other community feedback, then develop a recommendation to PSE on which route or routes the new transmission lines should follow.  

    You're welcome to attend and observe the advisory group at their next two meetings on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8. The group's recommendation will also be shared with the community for public review in Novermber.

    Community Advisory Group Meeting #5a
    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Red Lion Hotel Bellevue (Lake Washington Ballroom)
    1121 Main St, Bellevue 

    Community Advisory Group Meeting #5b
    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center (Auditorium)
    16600 NE 80th St, Redmond

     

  • 9/12/2014

    - Take the survey by Sept. 17!

    There are only a few more days to share your feedback on proposed route options for Energize Eastside – a project of Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to build a new electric substation and higher capacity transmission lines to serve homes and businesses on the Eastside.

    Visit our online open house for more details about the Energize Eastside project, how route options were developed, other project information, and take the survey, but hurry! The online open house and survey will close on Sept. 17. The online materials are the same materials we shared at in-person open houses in Renton and Bellevue on Sept. 10 and 11. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the open houses either online or in person.

     

  • 8/27/2014

    - You're invited to upcoming open houses

    You’re invited to upcoming open houses for Energize Eastside. PSE identified 18 potential routes for the new transmission lines. Earlier this summer, the project’s Community Advisory Group recommended 11 of those routes for further evaluation, and we want to hear from you! Your feedback will help the advisory group make a recommendation to PSE later this year.

    How you can participate
    Visit us in person!
    Learn about the project, share your feedback and meet project staff at an open house:

    Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Renton Pavilion Event Center
    233 Burnett Ave S, Renton

    Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Bellevue Hilton
    Grand Ballroom
    300 112th AVE SE, Bellevue

    Materials will be the same at each open house. There will not be a formal presentation or Q&A session, so please feel free to arrive anytime during the open houses. Russian and Spanish translators will be available.

    Visit us online!
    Open house materials and a feedback survey are at our Online Open House through Sept. 17.

    We’ll share the same information online and at both meetings. Share your feedback by Sept. 17!

     

  • 8/5/2014

    - Interactive map updates allow you to explore recommended route options

    Check out the updated Energize Eastside interactive map, now featuring the 11 route options recommended for further evaluation by the Community Advisory Group. Use the checkboxes to compare different route options and explore photo simulations along routes.

    The seven route options that were not recommended for further evaluation by the Community Advisory Group can be found on the Route Options Maps page. To view all route options, please refer to the Overview Map.

     

  • 7/17/2014

    - Summer plans for Energize Eastside

    The Community Advisory Group meeting on July 9 marked the beginning of a summer recess for the advisory group until meetings resume in the fall. We’ve enjoyed meeting some of you at festivals around the Eastside and we look forward to being out and about in the community throughout the rest of summer.

    Be sure to stop by and chat with a project team member for additional Energize Eastside project information, answers to your questions, and opportunities to provide additional feedback. This summer, find us at:

    • Renton River Days on July 25, 26, and 27
    • Newcastle Days on September 6

    Join us at our upcoming project meetings later this year:

    • Open Houses on September 10 and 11 (the same information will be shared at both events)
    • Community Advisory Group Meeting on October 1

     

  • 7/14/2014

    - The Community Advisory Group identifies 11 out of 18 route options for further evaluation

    The Community Advisory Group met at Renton Technical College on July 9.  Informed by quantitative and qualitative information, feedback from the community, photo simulations, results from a blind evaluation of route options, and pre-meeting recommendations from eight advisory group members for routes to leave off for further consideration, 21 advisory group members agreed to carry forward 11 of the 18 route options for further evaluation in their first round of narrowing. The advisory group also finalized community values-based evaluation factors to objectively evaluate the narrowed route options in a Multi-Objective Decision Analysis (MODA) process they will conduct later this year. A small minority of members were in favor of including additional evaluation factors (property values and construction impacts) – the full group did not adopt those factors.

    The meeting presentation and materials are on available on the meeting materials page.

    Stay tuned for future opportunities to provide feedback on route options and evaluations factors. At their next meeting in October, the advisory group will consider community feedback on the route options, finalize the weighting of evaluation factors, and further evaluate the route options.

     

  • 6/26/2014

    - Additional info on route options, new photo simulations; Q and A session on July 7

    The Community Advisory Group convened at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel last night for Community Advisory Group Meeting #4a. At the meeting, PSE presented new information on each of the 18 route options including cost, constructability, permitability, maintainability, longevity, as well as additional photo simulations developed since the Sub-Area Workshop #2 series. Photo simulations are organized by north, central, and south sub-areas. 

    Visit the meeting materials page to view all materials from Community Advisory Group Meeting #4a, and check out our project calendar for information on other upcoming project meetings, including:

    • A Q&A Session on July 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Redmond Marriot Town Center (Salons 1 and 2), 7401 164th Ave NE, Redmond 
    • Community Advisory Group Meeting #4b on July 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Renton Technical College (Cafeteria in Building I), 3000 NE Fourth St., Renton

     

  • 6/9/2014

    - Next Community Advisory Group meeting - June 25 in Bellevue

    At the last Community Advisory Group meeting, committee members reviewed and discussed feedback from the sub-area work, discussed evaluation factors using input from the community, and identified additional information needed from PSE as they narrow route options. At their next meeting on Wednesday, June 25, the Community Advisory Group will review additional information and discuss the pros and cons of all potential route options. You are invited to observe the meeting from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel, Salon A and B, 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue

    Visit the meeting materials page to see materials from previous workshops and meetings. Check out our project calendar for information on other upcoming project meetings.

     

  • 5/21/2014

    - Next Community Advisory Group meeting - June 4 in Redmond

    Over the last few months, we’ve held a series of Sub-Area Workshops to gather community input on the potential route segments. Three Sub-Area Committees met in the first half of May to review the information gathered in the workshops and develop findings to share with the Community Advisory Group. 

    At their next meeting on Wednesday, June 4, the Community Advisory Group will consider feedback from the sub-area work, determine evaluation factors using input from the community, and identify additional information needed from PSE as they narrow route options to recommended route(s).  You are invited to attend and observe the meeting from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St, Redmond

    Visit the meeting materials page to see materials from previous workshops and Sub-Area Committee meetings. Check out our project calendar for information on other upcoming project meetings.

     

  • 4/21/2014

    - Reminder: public events this week

    We hope you can join us at Energize Eastside public events this week:

    • Monday, April 21: Question and Answer session at Renton Technical College
    • Wednesday, April 23: Central Sub-Area Workshop #2 at Bellevue Hilton Hotel
    • Thursday, April 24: South Sub-Area Workshop #2 at Renton Techincal College

    Full meeting details are available on the project calendar. You can also view materials from the April 16 North Sub-Area Workshop #2 on our Meeting Materials page.

     

  • 3/31/2014

    - Seattle Times: Census data shows King County booming

    From the Seattle Times:

    According to estimates released on Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, King County enjoyed remarkable population growth for the year ending July 1, 2013, ranking among the top four large counties in the nation for both the rate at which it added new residents and for the overall increase in population.

     

  • 3/21/2014

    - Sub-Area Committee Workshops underway!

    The first Sub-Area Committee Workshop took place on Wednesday, March 19 in Redmond. Check out materials from that workshop. The first Central workshop is in Bellevue on Wednesday, March 26 and the first South workshop is in Renton on Thursday, March 27. View more time and location details on the project calendar.

     

  • 3/11/2014

    - March 11 - Webinar on undergrounding and EMF

    March 12 update: Video and supplemental materials from the webinar are now online.

    The Energize Eastside project team has heard many questions from community members about underground transmission line construction and electromagnetic fields (EMF). To help answer these questions, PSE is hosting a webinar from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11. Please join us to learn more about these topics!  

    During this online session, you'll hear from experts about how underground transmission lines are built, environmental and neighborhood impacts that can result from underground transmission line construction, and the potential costs to underground transmission lines in local Eastside communities. You'll also be able to learn about EMF – what they are, their potential health effects, and details about EMF related to underground transmission lines.

    Interested in signing up? Head to GoToMeeting to register and download the plug-in for your browser now so you're ready to go next Tuesday. Can't make the 3 p.m. meeting time? No worries – we'll post the video to our website shortly after the presentation.

     

  • 2/28/2014

    - Project information reports posted

    Visit our Documents page to read in-depth project studies and learn when additional studies are anticipated. Topics include explaining the need for the project, potential solution options, an analysis of how PSE identified the project area and narrowed route segments, and an analysis of how to solve the project need without building a new transmission line.

     

  • 2/27/2014

    - March to May: Sub-Area Committee Workshops

    PSE is hosting a series of upcoming Sub-Area Committee workshops focused on specific geographic areas (North – Kirkland, Redmond and North Bellevue; Central – Bellevue; South – Newcastle and Renton). At these meetings you can learn more about the Energize Eastside project, chat with your neighbors and project staff, and provide feedback about the potential route segments.

    Workshop overview

    • Workshop #1 – The Sub-Area Committee and members of the public can learn about the project, examine route segments and identify factors to evaluate the segments
    • Workshop #2 – The Sub-Area Committee and members of the public can score each segment based on factors developed in Workshop #1
    • Sub-Area Committee Meeting – Sub-Area Committee members will review outcomes from the workshops and develop findings to share with the Community Advisory Group. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe.

    Each of these three meetings will occur in each geographic area. Visit our project calendar page for date, time and location details.

     

  • 2/26/2014

    - Energize Eastside project survey launched

    Puget Sound Energy invites you to complete the first Energize Eastside project survey. The purpose of this survey is for you to provide feedback on potential route segments so that community-based knowledge and values are reflected in the route selection process.

    The information collected will be shared with the project’s Community Advisory Group and Sub-Area Committees during a series of workshops taking place March through May. Specifically, the survey results will be used by the Sub-Area Committees at the second round of workshops starting in April to develop route segment combination recommendations that will be submitted to the Community Advisory Group for further consideration. The survey will close on March 28, after the first round of workshops.

    For more information on those meetings, visit the project calendar.

     

  • 2/18/2014

    - Coming soon: Sub-Area Committee Workshops

    You’re invited to participate in a series of upcoming Sub-Area Committee workshops focused on a specific geographic area (North – Kirkland, Redmond and North Bellevue; Central – Bellevue; South – Newcastle and Renton). At these meetings you can learn more about the Energize Eastside project, chat with your neighbors and project staff, and provide feedback about the potential route segments.

    Workshop overview

    • Workshop #1 – The Sub-Area Committee and members of the public can learn about the project, examine route segments and identify factors to evaluate the segments
    • Workshop #2 – The Sub-Area Committee and members of the public can score each segment based on factors developed in Workshop #1
    • Sub-Area Committee Meeting – Sub-Area Committee members will review outcomes from the workshops and develop findings to share with the Community Advisory Group. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observ.

    Each of these three meetings will occur in each geographic area. Visit our project calendar page for date, time and location details.

     

  • 1/31/2014

    - Next Community Advisory Group meeting - Feb. 12

    You’re invited to observe the next meeting of the Community Advisory Group on February 12 in Renton. At this meeting, the advisory group will:

    • Learn about the factors involved in developing the route segments.
    • Consider a community values-based evaluation process to allow the advisory group to make a recommendation on the route.
    • Listen to comments from the public.

    The meeting will take place Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rainier Hotel and Conference Center (formerly the Renton Holiday Inn). The address is 1 South Grady Way, Renton, WA.

    Learn more about the Community Advisory Group and be sure to check the project calendar for details on upcoming events.

     

  • 1/31/2014

    - Open House Materials Available

    Thanks for joining us at this week's open houses! You can view the open house materials on the meeting materials page.

     

  • 1/16/2014

    - Join us for open houses on Jan. 29 and 30

    You’re invited to the first project open houses on January 29 in Redmond and January 30 in Renton to: 

    • Review project materials about growth on the Eastside, how it’s straining the existing system, and why conservation alone isn’t enough to meet this challenge.
    • Learn why we need to act now, and how the Energize Eastside project will power the area’s growth into the future.
    • Speak with project staff and get your questions answered.
    • Learn about the Community Advisory Group process that begins on January 22.
    • Understand the different ways you can get involved in the public routing discussion.

    The same content will be shared at both open houses. No presentation is scheduled for this meeting and all materials will be posted online. These meetings will take place: 

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

    Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
    16600 N.E. 80th St.
    Redmond, WA 98073

    Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

    Renton Pavilion Event Center 
    233 Burnett Ave. S.
    Renton, WA 98057

  • 1/8/2014

    - First Community Advisory Group Meeting

    You're invited to observe the first Community Advisory Group meeting for the Energize Eastside project, scheduled for January 22, 2014. At this meeting, Puget Sound Energy and the advisory group will:

    • Learn more about the Energize Eastside project, the electric system and project need
    • Review the Community Advisory Group purpose, goals and ground rules
    • Listen to comments from the public

    The meeting will take place Wednesday, January 22 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue (11211 Main Street).

    Learn more about the Community Advisory Group and be sure to check the project calendar for details on upcoming events.

     

2013

  • 12/4/2013

    - Puget Sound Energy announces the Energize Eastside project

    In December 2013, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) announced the Energize Eastside project. The Energize Eastside project will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside. It takes years to plan, permit and construct new electric transmission lines, which is why we are getting started now. During 2014, PSE will engage our community in a conversation to identify a solution that works best for the Eastside.

    To learn more about Energize Eastside, read our project press release, check out our project newsletter or watch our project overview presentation.