PSE schedules early morning power outage in Wilkeson and Carbonado this Saturday, July 25

Upgrading electric system to affect 400 customers from 2 to 5 a.m.

BELLEVUE, Wash. (July 16, 2009) – Puget Sound Energy is notifying customers in Wilkeson and Carbonado that the utility has scheduled a power outage from 2 to 5 a.m. Saturday, July 25, to allow crews to safely begin an $11 million multi-year project upgrade of portions of the electrical transmission system in the area to increase reliability and increase system capacity in anticipation of growing customer needs in the Enumclaw, Buckley, Wilkeson and Carbonado areas.

PSE has sent letters to area customers, posted flyers, placed ads in community newspapers and talked with attendees at the Wilkeson Centennial Celebration on July 18 and 19 to notify those in the area that they will be without electric service for a few hours while PSE takes its Wilkeson substation, located at 213 Church St. in Wilkeson, offline to safely complete a portion of the upgrade. PSE needs to take the substation offline so crews can bring the new 115 kV transmission line into the substation. This outage is the first of two outages planned for the Wilkeson area; PSE expects the second outage to occur sometime in late August.

PSE began working on July 20 to enhance the electrical transmission system in the Enumclaw-Buckley-Wilkeson-Carbonado area by starting the project to upgrade eight miles of existing 55 kV transmission line to 115 kV from the 1000 block of Stevenson Ave. in Enumclaw to just past the Wilkeson substation.

The work includes removing the existing wire, installing new high-capacity wire and replacing more than 141 poles along the utility corridor. In addition, PSE will install a fiber-optic line for PSE communications and system protection.

The utility thanks the public for their patience and understanding. Customers are encouraged to contact PSE at 1-888-225-5773 with any questions or concerns.

Download a map of the outage.

Contact

Nina Huang, 1-888-831-7250

About Puget Sound Energy

Washington state’s oldest local energy utility, Puget Sound Energy serves more than 1 million electric customers and nearly 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its growing customer base through incremental, cost-effective energy conservation, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in the energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service and delivering energy that is safe, reliable, reasonably priced, and environmentally responsible. For more information, visit www.PSE.com.