Thanks to generous donations, CENSE has continued to build its legal strategy with our land use attorney, Rick Aramburu, and retain industry experts to prepare evidence for the hearings. We have a strong legal case based on City of Bellevue land use codes.
CENSE convinced PSE’s state regulator, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, to require PSE to document transmission projects in long-range plans. We also encouraged the Commission to require PSE to analyze energy storage, such as batteries, as an alternative for all transmission projects.
CENSE joined with Sierra Club, 350 Eastside, and Protectors of the Salish Sea to rally and provide testimony aimed at closing PSE’s polluting coal plants, which provide about a third of the electricity consumed on the Eastside. PSE finally agreed! Our partner organizations support our fight for more environmentally sound solutions for the Eastside.
CENSE hired energy experts to submit papers documenting the inadequacies of the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) and engaged hundreds of residents to submit written comments or testify at public hearings on the EIS.
CENSE convinced the City of Bellevue to hire an independent analyst to study the need for Energize Eastside. The analyst failed to answer some of our pressing questions about demand forecasts, but there was one very important conclusion. PSE assumes that a huge amount of electricity must be exported to Canada in the middle of an emergency scenario on the Eastside. The analyst showed that this assumption, which we believe is not required, causes almost all of the overloads that PSE uses to justify the project.
Three out of four CENSE-endorsed candidates were victorious in 2017 city council elections. We are gradually changing the composition of the city councils that will make the final decisions on construction permits for PSE’s transmission projects.
CENSE engaged Richard Lauckhart, a former VP of Power Planning at PSE, to run advanced computer simulations of the scenario PSE uses to justify Energize Eastside. These simulations show that PSE’s blackout scenario cannot happen because of limitations on the regional grid.