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Puget Sound Energy transmission line project

Cottage Brook-Stillwater-Novelty transmission line

Fall 2014 project updates

  • During Phase 1 we replaced the transmission line between the Novelty Hill and Stillwater substations. Construction began in September 2014 and is now complete.
  • During Phase 2 we will replace the transmission line from the Stillwater substation to the Cottage Brook substation. We expect to submit applications for permits as early as Nov. 2014 and construction is expected to take place between 2015 and 2016.

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Project overview

The existing electric system serving customers in parts of Duvall and unincorporated King County is almost 100 years old and approaching its capacity limit, putting the homes and businesses that rely on it at risk of outages. The lines were not built to meet the needs of a 21st century community, and can become overloaded during periods of high energy use, such as on very cold or very hot days. In addition to the limitations of the small capacity conductor, the current height and configuration of the poles increase the possibility of damage and outages due to trees and tree branches.

By rebuilding the existing power lines with higher-capacity wire, PSE will improve the dependability of the electric system that serves you and your neighbors and ensure that PSE is able to meet the future energy needs of the community. Specifically, Puget Sound Energy is planning to rebuild eight miles of existing power lines between the Cottage Brook substation in Woodinville, the Stillwater substation in Duvall and the Novelty Hill substation in Redmond.

In addition, we'll also be transferring a particularly vulnerable part of the overhead distribution line near the Cottage Brook substation from overhead to underground. Placing this distribution line underground will lower the risk of outages.

What is a transmission line?

Transmission lines are key elements in the electrical distribution system. These lines safely transport high voltage electricity from power generation sources like dams and wind generating facilities to substations in local communities. Transmission normally takes place at voltages of 55 kV and higher.