Why high voltage lines along the Lake Corridor is a bad idea
  1. Aesthetics

  2. Property Values
  3. Environmental
  4. Safety
  5. Other Options
  6. Congestion
  7. Ownership

Issue: PSE's High Voltage Lines

Other Partners 
Sign our Petition to the Cities of 
​Renton, Newcastle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond

One year permit moratorium on above ground transmission lines above 100kV until city strategies & codes have been revised to minimize impacts of such projects to residential or recreational areas. Over 2,000 have now signed.

PSE is proposing High voltage lines' and half of the options include 90' to 110' high poles, 5 to 6 feet in diameter along the Lake Corridor, removing trees in a 50 to 60' wide swath.  This is a revision to their earlier vegetation plan. PSE website


News Reports
Is it time to rethink this instead of just going with the flow?

Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy, CENSE

-- Bridle Trails 

-- City of Bellevue

-- Kennydale (search PSE)

-- Norwood

-- Somerset

Olympus Homeowner's Position


  Simply picking PSE's other southern option, utilizing their existing corridor, isn't an option.  See the below.

Upcoming Events


November 12 Renton Technical College, November 13 Redmond Marriott Town Center, 6-8 PM -- Public Meetings (input on CAG recommended options

12/10/14 5:30 - 8:30 time TBD -- CAG (develop final recommendation to PSE)

Follow the Money


  A fascinating analysis as to just possibly why PSE is doing what they are doing..

new 9/17

8/4 Bellevue Council Action


  Staff revised their recommendations to align with the Council's request to have independent analysis before entering in to the Environmental Impact Statement process.  Council unanimously authorized the seeking of outside expertise with contracts to be brought back for approval in September.  See video, starting at 2:47, agenda item 11f.

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new 9/27

Presentation on the Need (or lack there of) for Energize Eastside


  Excellent 13 min. review of the critical drivers for this project can be viewed here.

PSE Survey Closed 9/17


  PSE released a debrief of information on the project and asked for community input here.  All but the survey at the end was background.  This was exactly the same information that was presented and gathered at the two sessions on 9/10 and 9/11.  The data tables are well worth your time to review.  The weighting was difficult, but crucial.  

  • ​Avoids Residential Areas
  • Avoids sensitive community land uses
  • Avoids sensitive environmental areas
  • Protects mature vegetation
  • Utilizes opportunity areas
  • Longevity
  • Cost
  • Avoids impacts to aesthetics
  • Protects health & safety​
  • revised 9/19

    used by permission
    Request for Proposal for Independent Review Released


      City of Bellevue is seeking a consultant to "Independently evaluate the Eastside Needs Assessment and Executive Summary documentation for Energize Eastside" and expects the award by 10/20.

    Role of Washington Utilities Transportation Commission


      Unbelievably, they respond after the fact. A Sr. Assistant Attorney General explains this in the letter below.  Also, UTC representatives discussed their limited role to the Bellevue City council; see video.

    new 10/8

    PSE Survey Closed 9/17


      PSE released a debrief of information on the project and asked for community input here.  All but the survey at the end was background.  This was exactly the same information that was presented and gathered at the two sessions on 9/10 and 9/11.  The data tables are well worth your time to review.  The weighting was difficult, but crucial.  

  • ​Avoids Residential Areas
  • Avoids sensitive community land uses
  • Avoids sensitive environmental areas
  • Protects mature vegetation
  • Utilizes opportunity areas
  • Longevity
  • Cost
  • Avoids impacts to aesthetics
  • Protects health & safety​
  • PSE CAG Process Narrows to 4 Routes


      On 10/1, The community input on weighting the evaluation factors from the September public meetings and online input was reviewed along with the CAG's input from July.  The decision was to carry both weightings to the next step.

      Most CAG members individually provided subjective ratings to the mostly objective data, weighted by the effort above.

      Upon being presented with the data on 10/8, and having previously recommended removing six of the routes that included along the lake corridor, the final three routes along the lake where also removed.  Four routes will be presented to the community for further input in November:  Willow (CEJM), Oak (CEG2IK2M -- same as Willow but goes through Factoria and bypasses Somerset, Ash (CDFG1K2M) and Redwood (CEG2G1HK1K2M) -- both fairly convoluted routes.

     Public input will be gathered in-person (see coming events) and on-line.  It will be important for all Eastside residents to participate.

     The results of the public data will then be given to the CAG for their final recommendation at the 12/10 meeting.  CAG members will be asked to sign the report, but PSE will make the decision as to what route or routes are carried forward for permitting.  The City of Bellevue is the lead Agency.  There is some indication of a minority report that is in preparation as an alternative for CAG members to sign PSE's report.

  • ​Avoids Residential Areas
  • Avoids sensitive community land uses
  • Avoids sensitive environmental areas
  • Protects mature vegetation
  • Utilizes opportunity areas
  • Longevity
  • Cost
  • Avoids impacts to aesthetics
  • Protects health & safety​
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