In addition to their aesthetic value, trees sequester carbon, reduce summer heat, filter pollution, and inhibit damaging stormwater runoff. An economic analysis included in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) finds the economic value of these benefits exceeds $300,000 in Newcastle. PSE promises to replant trees, but most would be short species not allowed to exceed 15 feet in height. By comparison, some of the new poles would be more than 100 feet high.
The EIS analysis also finds that Newcastle is the most likely city to experience lower tax revenue due to reduced property values if Energize Eastside is built. This would be unfair to Newcastle residents, given that any need for the project (if a need still exists) comes from growth in downtown Bellevue.