- Summer 2018 Update

 Rising temperatures, increased energy needs

It’s been another hot summer! Over the years, we’ve seen more and more electric demand during the summertime as customers add air conditioning to their homes. Because of that growth, conservation is more important than ever. However, conservation alone cannot ensure reliable electricity for Eastside communities.

PSE plans for customer demand by constantly monitoring the health of our system and investing in infrastructure projects like Energize Eastside that keep the system reliable. Energize Eastside’s combination of continued conservation, upgraded transmission lines along the existing corridor, and a new substation will keep Eastside lights on for years to come.

While summer may be waning, there are ways you can use less energy and lower your energy bill no matter the weather: 

  • Turn off unnecessary lights and switch out any conventional light bulbs with LEDs, which produce 70 percent less heat. 
  • Unplug power cords when equipment isn't in use or use power strips that you can switch off when not in use. Special "smart" power strips do this automatically. 

For more information, visit PSE's Energy-Saving Tips page.

 Permitting process continues

The permitting process continues for the southern portion of the project in south Bellevue, Newcastle and Renton, and we anticipate the respective cities will hold public hearings this fall. For details on each city’s permitting process and public participation opportunities and links to learn more, visit EnergizeEastsideEIS.org.

 Making plans for trees

We continue to meet with property owners along the existing corridor to discuss our plans and how we'll replace trees once the project is complete. Our goal is for there to be more trees when the project is complete, not fewer. To schedule a meeting to discuss your property, call our info line at 1-800-548-2614, ext. 1.

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