Why high voltage lines along the Lake Corridor always was 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

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

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





A similar article can be found here.

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"Power Lines" pages are inactive as there are no longer current plans for high voltage lines on Lake Corridor -- a win for our area of focus, but not yet for the Eastside.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