Newcastle indecisive on Energize Eastside

Newcastle indecisive on Energize EastsideToo many unanswered questions and insufficient dataOn Friday, the City of Newcastle released a long awaited 94-page report (PDF) on Energize Eastside. Many residents were astounded to learn that Newcastle will defer decisions on PSE’s permit application to the city’s hired Hearing Examiner.Here are [...]

October 4th, 2021|

Record Heat Wave – Power Outages

Trial by fire As temperatures surpassed 110 degrees in many Eastside locations on Monday, June 28, 2021, the electric grid faced an unprecedented challenge. Demand for electricity was almost 10% higher than the previous summer record set in 2017. Dozens of power outages sometimes impacted more than 10,000 [...]

July 1st, 2021|

EBCC Courtesy Hearing Report

Pushback in East Bellevue On Tuesday evening (June 1, 2021), PSE updated members of the East Bellevue Community Council on the company’s plans to build Energize Eastside. PSE simply recycled the same arguments we’ve heard for the past seven years:“Look at these old photos! Isn’t it amazing how much the [...]

June 3rd, 2021|

Next Steps for Energize Eastside – North Segment

Next Steps for Energize Eastside - North Segment As explained in our previous update, PSE has filed for permits for the North segment of Energize Eastside proposed to run through East and North Bellevue and Redmond. (PSE has not received full approval for the South segment, as permit review [...]

May 26th, 2021|

North Segment Permit Applications Filed

Energize Eastside in North Bellevue and Redmond PSE’s efforts to build the South Segment of the proposed transmission line have temporarily stalled in Newcastle. Undeterred, PSE has now submitted a permit application to build the North Segment of the project through central and north Bellevue and Redmond, impacting residential [...]

May 19th, 2021|

Power lines threaten Newcastle

This is the first in a series of bi-monthly newsletters from CENSE to Newcastle residents. We hope to prepare the Newcastle community for an upcoming public hearing about PSE’s Energize Eastside project. Please forward this newsletter to your Newcastle neighbors and friends. Anyone can sign [...]

April 28th, 2021|

PSE: Lower consumption, higher rates

PSE asks for Higher Rates due to Lower Consumption In a recent bill insert, PSE says it will ask the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to approve an increase in residential electric rates by 3.5%. PSE says decreasing customer electricity usage is one reason why the company needs to [...]

April 14th, 2021|

Big News on Virtual Power Plants

Big News on Virtual Power Plants Here's a surprise: PSE, CENSE, and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) all agree that “Virtual Power Plants” are an essential investment for grid modernization. At a hearing held on March 25, 2021, the UTC accepted PSE's plan to postpone competitive [...]

March 28th, 2021|

CENSE Appeals KC Superior Court Decision

CENSE Appeals King County Superior Court Decision CENSE has appealed a recent decision by King County Superior Court upholding Bellevue's approval of PSE's Energize Eastside project. The judge failed to address CENSE's request that PSE disclose data proving the project is needed. PSE incorrectly stated that such disclosures violate [...]

October 23rd, 2020|

CENSE Legal Briefs for Superior Court Appeal

CENSE Appeals to Superior Court Late last year, the City of Bellevue approved a land use permit that would allow PSE to build "Energize Eastside" - a major upgrade of transmission lines running through dozens of Eastside neighborhoods.CENSE appealed the decision of the Hearing Examiner to the Bellevue City [...]

May 20th, 2020|

CENSE heads to Superior Court

CENSE heads to Superior Court Late last year, the City of Bellevue approved a land use permit that would allow PSE to construct "Energize Eastside," a major upgrade to high-voltage transmission lines that run through dozens of Eastside neighborhoods. CENSE appealed the decision to King County Superior Court. A [...]

May 20th, 2020|

Lake Hills Transmission Line Update – May 2020

Lake Hills Transmission Line Update As you may have seen, PSE has finished cutting down 300 trees on 148th Avenue and NE 8th Street to build the redundant Lake Hills Transmission Line. PSE intends to install poles and wires in coming weeks. A CENSE partner organization,, [...]

May 15th, 2020|

CENSE Update May 2020

Update - May 2020 The debate over PSE's "Energize Eastside" transmission line project continues, although the virus outbreak has slowed things down. We continue to prepare for the crucial land use hearing in the City of Newcastle. The city has postponed the hearing until an undetermined date when it [...]

May 15th, 2020|

Renton decision on Energize Eastside

Renton decision on Energize Eastside CENSE will ask for reconsideration The Hearing Examiner for Renton has issued his decision on the permit for Energize Eastside. In a 40-page decision focused mostly on pipeline safety, the Examiner concluded that Renton's land use codes required him to ignore fundamental questions about [...]

February 15th, 2020|

Energize Eastside in Renton

Energize Eastside in Renton The document "Energize Eastside in Renton" focuses on the Renton perspective of PSE's Energize Eastside project. It addresses three main topics:Energize Eastside’s impacts on RentonAssumptions used to justify Energize EastsideWinners and losers created by the projectWritten by CENSE members, this document gives an clear and [...]

February 6th, 2020|

Renton Hearing Report

Renton Hearing Report A summary of the Energize Eastside public hearing held in Renton on Jan 8, 2020, By Don Marsh.Dozens of CENSE supporters wearing orange shirts attended the five-hour hearing in Renton, sitting politely together with dozens of business owners and civic organizations that PSE had recruited to [...]

January 10th, 2020|

Renton Hearing – Wednesday Jan 8, 2020

Renton Hearing - Wednesday Jan 8th Renton's land use hearing for Energize Eastside is on Wednesday, January 8, at 5:00 pm at Renton City Hall (details below). You can arrive after 5:00 if necessary.CENSE will present compelling information to show that PSE's project would increase safety risks in Renton [...]

January 5th, 2020|

Bellevue Appeal, Renton Hearing Jan. 8

Bellevue Appeal, Renton Hearing Jan. 8 CENSE has appealed Bellevue's decision to approve a 3.3 mile segment of Energize Eastside running through the Eastgate, Somerset, and Newport Hills neighborhoods in South Bellevue.The appeal describes two problems with PSE's application. First, the City did not require PSE to provide historical [...]

December 27th, 2019|

CENSE Interviewed by Seattle Times and KUOW

CENSE Interviewed by Seattle Times and KUOW CENSE President Don Marsh was interviewed by Seattle Times and KUOW Radio about the current status of permitting for Energize Eastside.The Seattle Times article was printed in the December 4th paper.The KUOW interview was broadcast on Dec 2nd. You can listen to the [...]

December 3rd, 2019|

CENSE Challenges PSE and City

CENSE challenges PSE and City's Decision Bellevue permit approval inspires strong responseThe CENSE Executive Board has authorized a vigorous, multi-track response to the Bellevue City Council's approval of a Land Use Permit for construction of PSE's Energize Eastside project.First, CENSE will appeal Bellevue's decision in King County Superior Court. [...]

November 21st, 2019|