Phase 2 of the “Energize Eastside” Environmental Impact Study (EIS) was released on May 8th and is open for public comment until July 6th. CENSE has created the following documents to help understand and submit your comments into the official record:
EIS General Information • EIS Comment Writing Guide • Top 10 List of EIS Problems & video presentation
Last chance to SAVE 300 TREES in East Bellevue
Please sign our petition to save 300 trees from an unnecessary PSE project.
A decision by the Washington State Supreme court on May 31st clears the way for PSE to remove 300 trees and install a new 115,000-volt transmission line on 148th Ave. Reliability records published by PSE show that this line would have prevented only one 15-minute power outage in the last 10 years.
Energize Eastside: What isn’t PSE telling you?
“Energize Eastside” is PSE’s name for a proposed 230,000-volt transmission line that would run through densely populated neighborhoods in Redmond, Bellevue, Newcastle, and Renton. PSE claims they are simply upgrading old lines because of our growing population. They say if they don’t build it, our lights will go out.
With principal and interest payments, the project would cost customers more than a billion dollars over the lifetime of the project. Installation of huge steel monopoles (75-100 feet tall) close to the aging Olympic Pipeline would compromise safety. PSE says more than 6,000 trees would be limbed or removed to stay clear of the increased voltage.
After three years of research and findings by multiple industry experts, CENSE concludes that Energize Eastside is a project with no purpose other than increasing revenues for PSE’s Australian and Canadian owners. It is not necessary to serve growth (total electricity consumption has been declining for years). It will not improve reliability by any practical measure.
Read more in our document:
PSE’S “Energize Eastside” high voltage transmission line: WRONG for our communities.
“Most people don’t know that PSE is a 100% foreign owned, for-profit company – they’re looking out for their bottom line.”
“I am shocked at the misleading information PSE continues to publish about Energize Eastside.”
“PSE’s Energize Eastside would permanently degrade the beauty of the entire Eastside.”
“There are much smarter ways to provide reliable power to the Eastside than PSE’s Energize Eastside.”
“PSE will make $1.5 billion on this project, yet it won’t measurably improve reliability. How is this good for us?”
“We learned from the Bellingham incident that construction near pipelines carries significant risk. Why would PSE would put us in that position?”
“PSE’s proposal is a big step in the wrong direction for our climate.”