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|

WUTC Review of PSE – Feb 21 2018

On Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 1:00-7:00 pm in Renton, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) will hold a public hearing to gather feedback on PSE’s Integrated Resource Plan. This plan will guide energy infrastructure investments for the next 10-20 years. Unfortunately, it is an awful [...]

February 6th, 2018|

Energize Eastside meeting WEDNESDAY

Energize Eastside meeting WEDNESDAY PSE pursues obsolete project“Energize Eastside continues to move forward.”So begins PSE’s latest newsletter announcing new permit applications to build an 18-mile, 230,000-volt transmission line. These permits were requested in Newcastle and Renton, following an application in Bellevue. However, PSE is ignoring the reality that conditions have [...]

January 29th, 2018|

Eastside supports CENSE

Eastside supports CENSE CENSE has raised over $110,000 towards our goal as we prepare for crucial hearings on PSE’s "Energize Eastside" project later this year. These funds will pay for expert witnesses and legal representation. Thank you, Eastside neighbors, for your generous support! If you haven’t sent [...]

January 23rd, 2018|

Lake Hills Study Update

Lake Hills study updatePSE responds to CENSE complaintThis is a special edition of the CENSE newsletter to update donors about the status of our Lake Hills Transmission Line study for a better reliability solution.As you may have heard, CENSE engaged a consultant from South Dakota to study a solution based [...]

November 23rd, 2017|

PSE Permit Application Meeting

City meeting on Energize Eastside permit process PSE recently applied for permits in Bellevue to build Energize Eastside. As required by law, PSE is holding a public meeting for "interested parties" next Tuesday evening, Nov 14th 2017. Please attend this meeting to learn how this proposed, but not [...]

November 8th, 2017|

Standing room only at CENSE Big News Event

Standing room only at CENSE Big News Event  We had a great turnout at the East Shore church Thursday Night - standing room only!In a nutshell, we told attendees that PSE's justifications for Energize Eastside have evaporated in the four years since the company initially proposed the project. Energy consumption [...]

November 3rd, 2017|

“Unprecedented”: PSE’s Proposed Project puts Tyee Middle School at Risk

"Unprecedented": PSE’s Proposed Project Puts Tyee Middle School at Risk Extra high voltage power lines would be in close proximity to buried jet fuel pipelines Bellevue, WA - Puget Sound Energy (PSE) wants to build an extra high voltage (230,000 volt) power line through four cities on [...]

October 29th, 2017|

Wanted: 30 Bellevue heroes

Wanted: 30 Bellevue heroes Your opportunity to save trees and increase reliability CENSE has hired an industry expert to study a modern solution to electrical reliability concerns in East Bellevue. The study will show that a system of automated switches and sensors would provide better year-round reliability than [...]

October 26th, 2017|

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|