Batteries are coming!

Batteries are coming! New policy from PSE’s regulator “I feel very confident batteries are going to be our solution,” CENSE president Don Marsh told the Bellevue Reporter in August, shortly after PSE announced the final route for the Energize Eastside transmission line. PSE vice president Andy Wappler disagreed, saying [...]

October 19th, 2017|

Big News Event – November 2017

You're Invited! Join CENSE President Don Marsh, and CENSE attorney Rick Aramburu to hear the latest exciting news and developments on our campaign to promote smarter choices than Energize Eastside for our energy future. Learn about CENSE’s accomplishments and victories so far. Hear our plans for the next [...]

October 13th, 2017|

Is the Energize Eastside debate finished?

Is the Energize Eastside debate finished? Not even close! Is Energize Eastside a done deal? NO Is PSE following the lead of other utilities who use reliable 21st century technologies to provide electricity? NO Is there time for PSE to implement a better plan for our communities, our environment [...]

October 1st, 2017|

Sierra Club and 350 Eastside partner with CENSE!

Sierra Club and 350 Eastside partner with CENSE! CENSE welcomes new partners Sierra Club and the newly-formed Eastside chapter of announced they will partner with CENSE as we call on PSE to provide cleaner, safer, cost-effective solutions to serve our energy needs today and in [...]

September 16th, 2017|

PSE Announces Transmission Line Route

PSE Announces Transmission Line Route CENSE proposes better solutions On Tuesday, PSE decided which route the Energize Eastside transmission line will take if the company’s construction permits are approved.  As expected, PSE chose the same route as the current lines, next to Olympic pipelines that carry 13 [...]

August 9th, 2017|

Big meeting calls for Carbon Free PSE

Big meeting calls for Carbon Free PSE Last night, hundreds of concerned citizens, environmental organizations, faith groups, and “raging grannies” attended a “rate case hearing” held by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission at Bellevue City Hall. At issue was a request by Puget Sound Energy to [...]

August 2nd, 2017|

Rally to Save our Trees

Rally to Save our Trees June 12, 2017. Members of the Duwamish, Snohomish and Saanich tribes joined Bellevue residents to protest Puget Sound Energy's proposed construction of a transmission line that will result in the removal of 300 trees from 148th Avenue. The rally was held in front [...]

June 12th, 2017|

Our Last Chance to Save 300 Trees

Our Last Chance to Save 300 Trees Please sign our petition to save 300 trees from an unnecessary PSE project. A decision by the Washington State Supreme court yesterday clears the way for PSE to remove 300 trees and install a new 115,000-volt transmission line on 148th [...]

June 2nd, 2017|

CENSE’s “Top 10 List” of Problems with the EIS

CENSE's "Top 10 List" of Problems with the EIS Click to see CENSE President Don Marsh present the EIS top 10 problems. 1. No project specifics No route chosen No pole locations or final pole designs No list of trees to be removed Can we [...]

May 19th, 2017|

Important CENSE Workshop THIS Saturday, May 20th

Important CENSE Workshop THIS Saturday, May 20th Last week CENSE wrote to let you know that the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for PSE's "Energize Eastside" had been released. CENSE has been hard at work in reviewing this formidable document (nearly 900 pages). We are holding a [...]

May 17th, 2017|

Coffee & conversation with CENSE

Coffee & conversation with CENSE We wanted to let you know about two upcoming CENSE events. Come have coffee/tea and cookies and learn the real facts about PSE's power line project branded as "Energize Eastside". You'll also learn how CENSE is advocating for our communities and for [...]

April 28th, 2017|

Bellevue Council Looks for the Exit

Bellevue Council Looks for the Exit The Bellevue City Council is considering a proposal to eliminate the ability of citizens to appeal to the city council if they disagree with a hearing examiner's findings in a land use case. Residents would lose the ability to raise questions [...]

April 24th, 2017|

Protest Cutting of 300 Trees for Transmission Line

PROTEST on Tuesday night! Please join us to protest the destruction of 300 trees to build a transmission line on one of Bellevue’s most beautiful urban boulevards at Bellevue City Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 pm. The council is poised to deny funding for an appeal of an adverse [...]

February 15th, 2017|

Energize Eastside is not “safe”

Energize Eastside is not “safe” PSE just released a report by a consultant (paid for by PSE) that examines a narrow set of safety concerns about building 230,000-volt transmission lines very close to the aging Olympic Pipeline. This is the pipeline that transports 13 million gallons of high-pressure jet [...]

December 14th, 2016|

PSE found at fault for Greenwood explosion

PSE found at fault for Greenwood explosion Can we trust them near 18 miles of jet fuel pipelines? PSE was found to be at fault for the explosion in the Greenwood neighborhood last spring. The Utilities and Transportation Commission determined that PSE's lack of professional oversight of the gas line [...]

September 20th, 2016|

Success Story: Community in Maine Successfully Proposes Alternative to Transmission Line

Success Story: Community in Maine Successfully Proposes Alternative to Transmission Line Here is a story that is remarkably similar to what our community is facing with PSE’s “Energize Eastside” project.  Maine's power utility claimed that Boothbay Harbor needed a new transmission line to meet a their forecasted peak power demands. [...]

September 16th, 2016|

New twists and turns for PSE’s transmission lines

New twists and turns for PSE’s transmission lines Since late 2013, Somerset has led the challenge to PSE’s so-called “Energize Eastside” project. We were the first neighborhood to question the need, safety, and environmental cost of replacing 18 miles of existing 115,000-volt transmission lines with massive poles and wires [...]

September 1st, 2016|

CENSE Background Articles

CENSE Background Articles There are dozens of great articles about rapid changes occurring in the electricity industry and how consumers will get their power in coming decades. CENSE members chose the articles below as our top five to get you up to speed on this topic. Click on the links to read them [...]

June 30th, 2015|

CENSE saves 300 trees

CENSE saves 300 trees Three hundred trees that line East Bellevue's 148th Avenue and NE 8th Street breathed a sigh of relief close to midnight on June 24, when the East Bellevue Community Council rejected PSE's proposal to build a new high-voltage power line along two beautiful urban boulevards. To be clear, [...]

June 30th, 2015|

Why no EIS?

Why no EIS? CENSE is now more than a year old. For most of that time, CENSE has been opposing PSE’s “Energize Eastside” mega-project. But there is a smaller project that PSE will begin building this year through the Lake Hills and Phantom Lake neighborhoods. PSE proposes to remove 295 trees [...]

April 1st, 2015|