Why this project is bad for our families,
businesses and communities
PSE’s project is dangerous. Experts caution that industrial-scaled utility poles and high voltage cables built on top of two aging jet fuel pipelines will significantly increase the risk of pipeline failure and catastrophic fire. A 1999 explosion of one of these pipelines killed three children in Bellingham. The proposed route impacts 29 neighborhoods and crosses an earthquake fault near I-90.
8,000 mature trees would be cut and homes would be destroyed to build this massive construction project, an affront to the investments we’ve made to make our cities livable and draw businesses to our region.
PSE’s construction plan is massively oversized. Industry leaders have challenged PSE’s overestimate for annual increase in Eastside electricity demand (and false threats of “rolling blackouts”), noting that PSE’s growth forecast of 2.4% is six times greater than Seattle’s forecast of 0.4%. PSE’s plan is sized to accommodate export of energy to Canada, but is far beyond our need.
PSE’s plan does nothing to help us manage or reduce our energy consumption or costs. This excessive increase in capacity would reduce incentives for PSE and our cities and residents and businesses to implement more robust conservation and efficiency technologies already embraced by other tech-smart, forward-looking, and innovative cities across the country.
PSE’s claims of greater reliability are exaggerated. We advocate a distributed plan that delivers better reliability in windstorms.
PSE is a for-profit corporation that was acquired by Australian and Canadian investors in 2009. Its number one goal is profits for its institutional investors, not safe, green, smart growth for our communities.
We can and should develop a better plan
based on safe, green, reliable, cost-effective, 21st century
solutions already at work in other growing cities.
We advocate for a solution that:
- Is flexible and scalable to our needs.
- Embraces proven best-practice technologies.
- Is geographically distributed and makes us less vulnerable to disruptions.
- Incentivizes conservation and efficiency.
- Upgrades previous investments.