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

No specific dates:

  • Early January -- PSE will define recommended route to take forward to permitting
  • February -- PSE will apply for permits which will start the EIS process
  • February -- Bellevue hired consultant will review PSE's documentation of need for the project
Follow the Money

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

A similar article can be found here.


"Power Lines" pages are inactive as there are no longer current plans for high voltage lines on Lake Corridor -- a win for our area of focus, but not yet for the Eastside.  See CENSE

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.

  Two Routes were selected for recommendations to PSE with the CAG split between them, while some refused to make any recommendation.
 Recommended were Willow and Oak, names given by PSE to represent a collection of segments.
  Willow is the existing easterly route with 115kV lines, the lowest cost, most direct route, yet it impacts more residences.

  "Oak" is the second route recommended and received more preferences by the members.  This route also tracks the existing easterly route, but loops through Factoria and largely mitigates the impact to Somerset yet costs an additional $22M.  The loop through Factoria has raised almost no objection.

  Three members indicated that they could make no recommendation due to the flawed process of the CAG and the limited options presented.  It is expected that they will submit a minority report.  

  Other members agreed with the concern over the flawed process and limited results but if they stayed to the CAG charter of assuming the need and only considered the PSE proposed solution of an overhead route and the routes proposed by PSE, then these would be the recommendations.


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City of Bellevue Hires Independent Review Contractor

  City of Bellevue sought a consultant to "Independently evaluate the Eastside Needs Assessment and Executive Summary documentation for Energize Eastside" and hired Utility Systems Efficiencies.  The documents below describe the statement of Work

​For authorization on 8/4/14, see  video, starting at 2:47, agenda item 11f.

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.

Route Recommendation made at final CAG
  The CAG, or Community Advisory Group was formed by PSE.  Membership may be viewed on the PSE site.  The CAG met throughout 2014.

  PSE will make the decision as to what route or routes are carried forward for permitting.  The City of Bellevue is the lead Agency.

​  Although none of the routes currently under consideration impact the Lake Corridor area, PSE still believes that they have a legitimate easement along the corridor (see "Who owns the corridor") and we will continue to track the issue.  If it is constructed, it will still have a significant impact on the eastside.

​  Below is the input from the November data gathering on the final four routes considered and the final report of the CAG as written by PSE.