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​​City of Newcastle Declares Moratorium


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:

  • ship 1500 mw to Canada
  • not run six local generator plants built for this event
  • surrounding grid won't supply additional power
  • assumed 2.4%/yr. growth in demand, but told regulatory agencies 0.5%/yr.
  • used lower rating than actual for sub-stations

​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.



 If it is constructed, it will still have a significant impact on the eastside.


​​Below is the final report as written by PSE.

Draft EIS 


Review document

here.​


Open houses to provide comments are:

  • Tues Feb 23, 6-8pm, Kirkland Justice Center
  • Thurs Feb 25, 6-8pm, Renton City Hall
  • Sat Feb 27, 2-4pm, Newcastle Elementary School
  • Mon Feb 29, 6-8pm, Redmond City Hall
  • Tues Mar 1, 6-9pm, Bellevue City Hall

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Although none of the routes currently under consider-ation 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.

On-line comments may be submitted until March 14 here.

FERC Complaint


A complaint was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against Puget Sound Energy on their "Energize Eastside" project.  This is a complex legal process.  Although denied, it still provides substantial background.

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.

Before applying for a construction permit, PSE must obtain ownership of all property required to meet the criteria defined in the prior permits from the cities.

Although an unusual step, PSE may appeal to the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council if there is a permitting impasse If the cities do not allow the project to proceed.
The City of Bellevue is the lead agency to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement.  Progress may be tracked on their web site.


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.

Current Activity: Preparing the EIS
The "CAG"

The CAG, or Community Advisory Group was formed by PSE and met throughout 2014.


PSE will make the decision as to what route or routes are carried forward for permitting.

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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.

"Power Lines" page is mostly 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

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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.

News Reports

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

Issue: PSE's High Voltage Lines

  1. Aesthetics

  2. Property Values
  3. Environmental
  4. Safety
  5. Other Options
  6. Congestion
  7. Ownership
Why high voltage lines along the Lake Corridor always was a bad idea