Environmental Review and Permitting

Energize Eastside EIS 

The Energize Eastside project is undergoing environmental review, which includes preparation of a Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

For more information on the EIS and to submit comments to be included as part of the EIS and the public record, please visit EnergizeEastsideEIS.org

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


PSE is committed to minimizing environmental effects that can result from our construction, operation and maintenance of electric transmission lines. When effects cannot be avoided, PSE provides appropriate restoration or mitigation.

We will use the following standards to guide our practices for protecting the environment. We will:

  • Strive to continuously improve our performance
  • Integrate environmental and economic considerations into our project planning and development
  • Ensure that the potential environmental effects of the project are effectively identified, assessed, minimized and managed
  • Be an environmentally responsible neighbor in the communities we serve 

Environmental review

The Energize Eastside project is now in the environmental review stage and is undergoing the requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The City of Bellevue is leading the environmental review process in cooperation with Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and Renton, and includes preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS provides an unbiased discussion of significant environmental impacts, reasonable alternatives, and mitigation measures that would avoid or minimize adverse impacts. This process includes opportunities for public comment. 

If you have comments or questions that you would like included as part of the environmental review process, those should be submitted to the City of Bellevue. For more information on the EIS, visit EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.

Additional information about the SEPA process is available in the Washington State Department of Ecology’s SEPA fact sheet.


The selected Energize Eastside route will cross multiple city boundaries. We will work with nearby jurisdictions to submit the required permit applications and help ensure compliance with all applicable regulations. We will also submit applications for the necessary permits to other local, state and federal agencies as needed, some of which will have additional opportunities for the public to provide input.