The Energize Eastside EIS and Permitting Process
In order for PSE to build Energize Eastside, there are two processes which must be completed: The Environmental Impact Study (EIS) and a Conditional Use Permit Application.
The EIS process is already underway. The next draft EIS (DEIS) will be issued around the end of March or beginning of April in 2017. The public will have 45 days to review it and make comments. We expect the Final EIS will be published in the third quarter of 2017.
PSE will also file an application to build the project (a Conditional Use Permit, or CUP) with each of the affected cities (Redmond, Bellevue, Newcastle, Renton). PSE has not specified a date when they will apply for the permit.
Once PSE submits an application for a CUP, each city will appoint a Hearing Examiner (Administrative Law Judge) to review the evidence and conduct a hearing. The hearing will create the legal record for the project that will become the basis for subsequent appeals to city councils or the courts. In Newcastle, any appeal would go directly to Superior Court. In the other cities, the city council would vote on an appeal. After that, the decision could be appealed to the Superior Court. Either side might appeal an adverse outcome to the Court of Appeals and eventually the State Supreme Court.
- Bellevue’s Hearing Examiner – a description of the Bellevue Hearing Examiner process, the rules of procedure and other details
- EIS website – The official Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Study website
- State of Washington SEPA website – frequently asked questions, including a full explanation of an EIS
Links to city land use codes: