PSE Cancels TAG Meeting set for Aug 2019

PSE Cancels TAG Meeting for August 2019 In January 2019, PSE scheduled a special meeting of its Technical Advisory Group to answer basic questions regarding the need for Energize Eastside. On July 23rd, PSE suddenly canceled the August 6th meeting. The company claimed it could not discuss Energize Eastside [...]

August 6th, 2019|

PSE Election Influence and TAG Meeting Cancellation

Election information, critical meeting canceled Energize Eastside questions are not answeredIn this news update...CENSE election recommendationsPSE cancels Energize Eastside meetingPSE tries to influence electionsCENSE election recommendationsMany people have asked if CENSE will endorse candidates for city council races in the August primary. Our volunteers have spent many hours preparing [...]

July 25th, 2019|

Appeals filed against Energize Eastside decision

Appeals filed against Energize Eastside decision Appeal hearing expected this fallIn our previous newsletter, CENSE reported that Bellevue's Hearing Examiner had approved PSE's permits to build Energize Eastside.Yesterday, Bellevue received five appeals (see below) contesting findings of fact and conclusions from that decision.CENSE identified 90 erroneous findings of fact [...]

July 10th, 2019|

Hearing Examiner Approves Energize Eastside South Bellevue Segment

Hearing Examiner issues ruling on 3.2 mile South Bellevue segment of Energize Eastside The fight is not over! Bellevue Hearing Examiner Gary McLean approved PSE's Conditional Land Use Permit Application for the South Bellevue segment of Energize Eastside on June 25, 2019.Hearing Examiner Decision DocumentsThe Decision (PDF, 1M)Conditions of [...]

June 28th, 2019|

Coalition seeks cooperation with PSE’s board

Coalition seeks cooperation with PSE's board See Update belowWashington Governor Jay Inslee recently signed the "Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act." This ground-breaking law requires PSE to cut greenhouse gas emissions and transform our energy grid to reduce harm to the environment.CENSE helped to lead a large coalition of neighborhood [...]

May 21st, 2019|

Energize Eastside Public Hearing Report

Energize Eastside Public Hearing Proceedings The Public Hearing was scheduled for 6 PM to 10 PM on Thursday, March 28th. Because of the many members of the public that wanted to speak, the hearing was continued into Friday. It ended up taking the entire day, from 10 AM to [...]

March 31st, 2019|

CENSE Files Two Motions to Hearing Examiner

CENSE Files Two Motions to Hearing Examiner CENSE attorney Rick Aramburu filed two motions to the Hearing Examiner in advance of the Energize Eastside public hearing on March 28th 2019.The first motion is to compel PSE to release data that justifies the need for Energize Eastside (or so PSE [...]

February 27th, 2019|

Energize Eastside Public Hearing

Highlights:Mark your calendar: Energize Eastside public hearing March 28thCENSE is working on your behalf, filing motions and preparing for hearing300 Trees UpdateEnergize Eastside Public HearingMARK YOUR CALENDARMarch 28th • 6 pm • Bellevue City HallCENSE urges you to attend Bellevue's public hearing on Energize Eastside (other cities will hold [...]

February 26th, 2019|

Energize Eastside Hearing Coming Up

Energize Eastside Hearing Coming Up Important Developments for Energize Eastside:City of Bellevue staff recommends approval of Energize EastsidePublic hearing scheduled for March 28thResident written and oral comments can influence hearing outcomeThe City of Bellevue has published a 150-page staff report recommending the approval of Energize Eastside. The staff's recommendation [...]

January 29th, 2019|

What’s best for Bellevue? 148th Ave Community Forum

Community Forum, Dec. 6th What's best for Bellevue?Forty years ago, smart city planners designed a tree-lined avenue in East Bellevue. As a result of their foresight, 148th Avenue provides efficient access to homes and businesses between two freeways while preserving the feeling of a "City in a Park."In a few [...]

November 28th, 2018|

UTC considers PSE sale

UTC considers PSE sale Local action has broader impactSelling PSEMacquarie, the Australian investment bank that owns 44% of PSE, wants to sell its share of the company to Canadian and Dutch pension funds. The Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) was ready to approve the deal before CENSE, along with environmental [...]

November 12th, 2018|

Did Seattle just kill Energize Eastside?

Did Seattle just kill Energize Eastside? New forecast raises hard questions The latest electric load forecast from Seattle City Light raises questions about PSE’s forecast for the Eastside. Seattle expects its load to decline 5% by 2024 and continue falling for the next decade. PSE claims Eastside load will [...]

October 4th, 2018|

Rally to save 300 trees from PSE

Rally on Saturday to Save Our Trees "We speak for the trees"Please come to our rally for East Bellevue’s trees!When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 10:00 AMWhere: Corner of 148th Ave and Main St in East BellevueThis is our best chance to save 300 trees from PSE’s unnecessary and ugly power [...]

September 25th, 2018|

Demand better reliability from PSE

Demand better reliability from PSE 10-year agreement is our best chance On the last Wednesday of July, as temperatures soared to 90 degrees, many south Bellevue neighborhoods lost power for several hours. This outage would not have been prevented by Energize Eastside or any other power line PSE [...]

August 21st, 2018|

Australian bank to sell 44% of PSE

Australian bank to sell 44% of PSE Buyers are Canadian and Dutch pension funds Macquarie, the Australian investment bank that owns 44% of PSE, recently announced its plan to sell its shares to two pension funds from Canada and the Netherlands. Here is PSE's press release: Puget [...]

August 10th, 2018|

Coalition Groups take Action Friday June 1

Coalition Groups take Action this Friday Please join us! CENSE will join the Faith Action Climate Team, Protectors of the Salish Sea, and Sierra Club for an "interfaith ceremony" to be held at PSE headquarters in downtown Bellevue starting at 11:45 AM this Friday, June 1. Where: Bellevue [...]

May 29th, 2018|

State Commission Questions Energize Eastside

State Commission Questions Energize Eastside Commissioners are listening! On Monday, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission validated five important questions that CENSE has raised about PSE’s Energize Eastside project during the past 4 years: What effect do large flows of electricity to Canada and California have on [...]

May 8th, 2018|

Fundraising Goal Reached!

You did it! Hearings are fully funded With your help, the CENSE legal fund has reached our goal of $150,000. Your donations are being used to hire experts and legal counsel to challenge PSE's Energize Eastside project at public hearings in coming months. This is a huge accomplishment. [...]

March 13th, 2018|

UTC Hearing Report

UTC Hearing Report Regulators get an earful Hundreds of citizens attended a public hearing held yesterday by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. In a large room filled to capacity in the Renton Community Center, the Commission heard unanimous objections to PSE’s long-range plans, including continued operation of [...]

February 23rd, 2018|

PSE to PUD Meeting

Meeting on Public Utility alternative to PSE Interested in a Public Utility in place of PSE? On Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2:00 pm, two environmental groups are sponsoring a discussion to explore how a public utility could provide reliable, affordable power in a transparent manner aligned with [...]

February 7th, 2018|