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Use the email buttons below to generate emails to the Hearing Examiner on the topics of your choice. You may use the pre-written text as-is, but we urge you to individualize the text to reflect your thoughts. Personalized comments are more persuasive than a form letter.

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Sample Comments

Note: If the email buttons do not work on your system, see the instructions at the bottom of this page.

1) Energize Eastside is Not Needed

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Subject: Bellevue PSE project / Energize Eastside

Dear Hearing Examiner,

I urge you to reject PSE’s application to build Energize Eastside because it is not needed.

PSE claims that Energize Eastside will address an “identified deficiency in transmission capacity.” (City Staff Report page 8) However, Energize Eastside is not needed to provide the Eastside with reliable electricity. For many years, PSE has refused all requests to provide historical data that demonstrates growing demand for electricity. PSE relies on an outdated forecast based on trends that have been proven incorrect. Furthermore, this project will do nothing to improve the most common cause of power outages experienced by ratepayers: downed lines during winter storms.

Sincerely,
(Your Name)
(Your full Address)

2) Energize Eastside will not improve reliability

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Subject: Bellevue PSE project / Energize Eastside

Dear Hearing Examiner,

I urge you to reject PSE’s application to build Energize Eastside because it will not improve reliability.

PSE claims this project must be built to “meet federal, state and local regulatory requirements.” (City Staff Report page 8) However, the company exaggerates the conditions under which it is required to provide reliable electricity, insisting it must facilitate large amounts of electricity to Canada or California even when the Eastside is experiencing extreme conditions, such as exceptionally cold weather and many simultaneous equipment failures.

Sincerely,
(Your Name)
(Your full Address)

3) There are better alternatives than a Transmission Line

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Subject: Bellevue PSE project / Energize Eastside

Dear Hearing Examiner,

I urge you to reject PSE’s application to build Energize Eastside because there are better solutions.

PSE claims that Energize Eastside is “a solution that can be feasibly implemented before system reliability is impaired” at a “reasonable project cost.” (City Staff Report page 8) Even if demand for electricity should increase, Energize Eastside would not be the best solution. PSE has not fairly evaluated solutions that would deliver better reliability at lower cost. In the past five years, utilities nationwide have opted to address demand and reliability needs using combinations of battery storage, demand response, electrical efficiency, and distributed energy resources. These technologies add capacity incrementally, making them a feasible and cost-effective choice with fewer negative community and environmental impacts.

Sincerely,
(Your Name)
(Your full Address)

4) Energize Eastside is environmentally destructive

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Subject: Bellevue PSE project / Energize Eastside

Dear Hearing Examiner,

I urge you to reject PSE’s application to build Energize Eastside because it is environmentally destructive.

Bellevue is a recognized leader in technological innovation in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Residents of our city are keenly aware of our responsibility to preserve our natural resources (such as thousands of valuable urban trees) for the benefit of future generations. Energize Eastside does not serve our community values and aspirations.

Sincerely,
(Your Name)
(Your full Address)

If email buttons dont work…

If the email buttons above do not work on your system, simply copy and paste the text above into an email addressed to the Hearing Examiner. Here complete instructions.

  1. Create an email addressed to the Hearing Examiner at hearingexaminer@bellevuewa.gov
    CENSE would appreciate it if you bcc us at hearing@cense.org
  2. Copy and paste the suggested subject and email body into your email composition page
  3. Include your full name and address
  4. Customize the message if you like
  5. Hit the send button!
  6. Repeat for additional topics
  7. Limit each letter to one topic. You can make multiple submissions
  8. Alternatively, you may send your printed comments via U.S. mail to:
    Hearing Examiner’s Office
    450 110th Av NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004

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