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Energize Eastside

Winter 2015 project updates

  • On Dec. 10, 2014 the Energize Eastside Community Advisory Group selected routes "Oak" and "Willow" as their final route recommendation for PSE’s consideration. Check out the interactive map for the location of the final route recommendation.
  • In 2015, PSE plans to:
    • Make an announcement about routing that balances the needs of customers, the local community, property owners and PSE.
    • Work directly with property owners and tenants to begin detailed fieldwork to inform environmental review, design and permitting.
    • Ask for community input on project design, which may include pole height, finish and other design considerations.
    • Work with City of Bellevue and other jurisdictions and agencies on the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.
  • Construction is planned to begin in 2017.

Project overview

New Window: Energize Eastside potential routes.

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Energize Eastside website

    Growth is straining the region’s electric transmission system. Growth studies project that demand for reliable power will exceed capacity as early as winter 2017/2018. This doesn't mean the lights will go out, but without substantial electrical infrastructure upgrades and aggressive conservation efforts, the Eastside's power system will lose redundancy, increasing the possibility of outages for as many as 60,000 customers.
    To ensure the Eastside's power system can continue to support the area's dramatic growth, PSE will build a new electric substation and higher capacity transmission lines to serve homes and businesses on the Eastside. The new substation will provide additional capacity to ensure the local electric system can accommodate our customers’ growing energy usage, while the transmission lines will ensure we can deliver that additional capacity to Eastside communities. This effort will upgrade our existing transmission system and provide more dependable power for Eastside communities for many years to come.
    The transmission lines will connect an existing substation in Redmond to one in Renton. We won't know the exact route until we've completed a robust public engagement process, which is currently underway.
    Learn more about the project, download additional documents, and share your feedback at pse.com/energizeeastside.

    Public involvement

    We are asking the public to provide feedback on which route options best reflect the values of the Eastside community. PSE has convened a Community Advisory Group representing various Eastside interests to help PSE narrow which route options should be included for further evaluation. After collecting feedback from the public, the advisory group and other stakeholders, PSE expects to select a preferred route and substation site in early 2015. Construction is planned to begin in 2017 with project completion expected in 2018.

    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.

    What is a substation?

    Substations are critical links in the electricity distribution system, containing utility circuit protection, voltage regulation, and equipment that steps down higher voltage to lower voltage. Before reaching homes and businesses, power is routed through our transmission system to a substation where it is changed to a lower voltage that can be utilized by customers.