A moratorium on new transmission lines will give the City time to review and revise applicable codes. Although PSE will not be applying for a permit within 6 months, the City can extend the moratorium as long as they are proceeding towards revising their codes. See article here.
The video of the presentation is to be made available soon. He gave a very clear explanation as on the industry process of determining if changes are required. It was laughable to him to hear PSE's comments about not modernizing since the 1960's, as this grid has been under constant change and improvement.
Lauckhart also validated that the costs to rate payers over the life of the project was between $1.4 and 2.0 billion. See the CENSE report here.
Although Lauckhart said that he repeatedly asked PSE for their full assumptions and for them to re-run the study for the need for this project, they steadfastly refused. He then acquired the software to run the model and has concluded that PSE must have manipulated factors to reach their desired conclusion.
Rich Lauckhart, a former PSE VP of power planning and an industry consultant for the past 20 years, revealed on 2/19/16 the implications of some faulty assumptions in their justification for the project. His full report may be viewed here.
By making some unreasonable assumptions, Rich reported that instead of needing the additional transmission capacity now, the industry standard model that they ran showed the current grid would satisfy the needs of the area until 2058.
Faulty assumptions at time of peak energy demand event:
Capital investments in the power industry in Washington State are guaranteed a 9.8% return. Lauckhart discussed that this is really the only way that the Australian private equity firm can get a return on their investment.
Other alternatives to the transmission lines were also discussed. Given that the current transmission lines are sufficient for many decades, there is plenty of time to work on local generation, storage, and efficiency solutions.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Don Marsh, President of CENSE, provident details on how to respond to the EIS and call for a more sensible strategy for power in the future. Materials can be seen on their web site's home page.
Below is the final report as written by PSE.
Open houses to provide comments are:
On-line comments may be submitted until March 14 here.
After the EIS, PSE will need to apply for a Conditional Use Permit for Bellevue as well as permits from other Cities. At this time, based upon the EIS, PSE may propose a different solution or routes.
Once the Conditional Use Permit is obtained from Bellevue and other cities, PSE will know the applicable codes that they must satisfy.
The chart below shows the sequence of events, with the final EIS to be expected Spring of 2017. Critical is that Bellevue is cooperating with the other cities involved and will study options but will not make recommendations.
PSE will make the decision as to what route or routes are carried forward for permitting.
Excellent 13 min. review of the critical drivers for this project can be viewed here.
A fascinating analysis as to just possibly why PSE is doing what they are doing.
A similar article can be found here.
PSE proposed High voltage lines and half of the options included 85' high poles, 5 to 6 feet in diameter along the Lake Corridor, removing trees in a 50 to 60' wide swath. PSE website