Today: Existing power lines and poles in Newcastle.
The future? Taller poles and higher-voltage power lines proposed by PSE’s Energize Eastside project.
Newcastle does not need higher-voltage power lines for reliable electricity
CENSE will continue to oppose PSE’s Energize Eastside project at the Newcastle Hearing and challenge PSE’s claim that higher-voltage transmission lines are the only feasible way to provide reliable electricity for Newcastle and the Eastside. The Newcastle hearing will be the final opportunity for a city to deny a permit for the project’s “South Segment” which also includes south Bellevue and Renton. If the permit is approved, a judicial appeal by CENSE would be the next legal action.
A study by a respected industry consulting firm engaged by CENSE shows that a less expensive and state-of-the-art solution combining solar power, battery storage and demand response would provide reliable electricity for Eastside PSE customers, maintain Newcastle’s and the Eastside’s quality of life and avoid any safety threats to the Olympic Pipeline.