Energize Eastside Updates

PSE proposes to construct a new Richards Creek Substation in Bellevue and upgrade approximately 16 miles of two existing 115-kilovolt transmission lines with 230-kilovolt lines. Collectively this proposal, which spans from Renton to Redmond, is referred to as Energize Eastside.

See our Energize Eastside Fact Sheet for a short project summary.

Explore these topics for more detailed project and permit-process information:

Permit Status

No date has been set for a public hearing on the project. The soonest a hearing may be scheduled is January, 2019. Information about the hearing date will be posted on this page and a mailed notice of the hearing will be provided to those who have submitted comments on the project.

Puget Sound Energy submitted additional permit information, which staff is reviewing to determine compliance with city codes and standards. 

Comments on the permit application will be accepted until staff prepares the director’s recommendation to the hearing examiner.

Note additional information below about participating in the permit review and public hearing.

Permits associated with this project are:

Energize Eastside Phase 1 Permitting

In Bellevue, PSE is proposing to apply for permits to construct the project in two phases.

Permits for the South Bellevue Segment include upgrading 3.3 miles (the Bellevue portion) of existing 115-kilovolt lines with 230-kilovolt lines between the Lakeside Substation and Bellevue's southern city limits.

The remainder of the southern portion of the project continues through the City of Newcastle, unincorporated King County and the City of Renton. Bellevue only has permitting authority for work proposed within Bellevue city limits.

Energize Eastside Phase 2 Permitting

Permits for the northern segment (north of the Lakeside Substation to the northern city limits) have not been applied for yet.  PSE anticipates permit submittal in late spring or summer of 2018.

 

How to Participate

There are many opportunities to participate in the city’s review of Puget Sound Energy's proposed Energize Eastside project. The public meeting, held on November 14, provided an early opportunity for the public to receive information regarding PSE's application, and to get information about the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Critical Areas Land Use Permit (CALUP) process. The land use permit process typically takes between six and nine months, but can take longer in the case of complex projects such as this proposal. The public will have many meaningful opportunities to provide formal written comment on PSE’s application during this time, as described more fully below.

If you provided comments on the Draft EIS, those comments are being addressed separately through the EIS process. The Final EIS contains responses to the comments that the city received on the Draft EIS.

Please note that prior submission of comments concerning the Draft EIS during the EIS comment periods does not automatically make the EIS commenter a party of record regarding the city’s subsequent review of PSE’s specific CUP and CALUP applications. Individuals or groups who wish to comment on PSE’s permit applications will need to submit comments and contact information (i.e., your name and address) to be a party of record for the CUP/CALUP applications.  Submit to:

Heidi M. Bedwell, Environmental Planning Manager
Email:  hbedwell@bellevuewa.gov 
Mailing Address: 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA, 98004 

  • At the Public Meeting

The city held its first required public meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Unlike the EIS meetings, the primary purpose of this meeting was not to take public comment. The public meeting provided an opportunity for city staff to explain the permit process and provided an opportunity for the applicant, PSE, to describe the proposed project to interested parties. Because this meeting happens early in the land use process, city staff do not expect attendees to be prepared to provide formal comments on the project application at this point in the process.

However, although the primary purpose of the public meeting was to provide information to interested parties, individuals and groups who attended the meeting were nonetheless provided with an opportunity to provide written comments on PSE’s applications as part of the meeting. Comment forms were provided at the meeting, and as city staff explained, any interested party who wished to include comments in the record was encouraged to submit the comment in writing to city staff and include the party’s name and address on the comment form. Verbal comments made at the public meeting, that were not also provided in writing, will not be considered formal comments as part of the record for PSE’s permit applications.

    • During the Permit Review Process

    Comments are welcome throughout the review process and will be accepted up until staff prepares their recommendation to the hearing examiner. Individuals or groups who wish to comment on PSE’s permit applications will need to submit comments and contact information (i.e., your name and address) to be a party of record for CUP and CALUP applications. 

      • At the Public Hearing

      Finally, you may submit comments to the city’s hearing examiner during the required public hearing that will occur before a final decision is made on PSE’s Conditional Use Permit application.

      Public Meetings and Hearings

      Public Hearing

      To be determined

      No date has been set for a public hearing on the project. The soonest a hearing may be scheduled is January, 2019.

      Notice of the public hearing is sent to the same parties listed on the notice of application and additional parties of record. The notice will be published 21-days prior to the public hearing.

      Prior to the hearing, the hearing examiner will hold a pre-hearing conference. Any person interested in the project may attend the pre-hearing conference.

      During the conference the hearing examiner will explain the format and procedures of the hearing. Comments may be provided during the public hearing either as written or oral comment.

      Second Informational Meeting

      Agenda and Presentation
      Thursday, September 6, 2018
      Bellevue City Hall
      6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

      This meeting* was another opportunity for residents and interested parties to learn about the proposed project and the permitting process. PSE provided a general overview of the project and Bellevue city staff provided more information about how to engage in the next steps of the process, including the public hearing. The meeting was similar in format to the meeting held in November, 2017.
      *Code required meeting per LUC 20.20.255.C1b Electrical Utility Facilities

      First Public Meeting

      Agenda and Presentation
      Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 
      6:30-9 p.m. 
      South Bellevue Community Center 
      Community Room
      14509 SE Newport Way 

      The purpose of the meeting was to outline the permit process and have the applicant describe the proposed project to interested parties.

      Final Environmental Impact Statement

      FEIS available March 1, 2018

      The City of Bellevue along with their partner jurisdictions (Kirkland, Redmond, Newcastle and Renton) have completed preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for PSE's Energize Eastside proposal. The environmental impact statement is not a permit; it is one of many sets of information permitting agencies, such as the City of Bellevue, will consider as they decide whether to approve the project and issue necessary permits. No additional comment period is provided on the FEIS. Refer to the EIS project page for more information.

       

      Additional Information

      PSE offers detailed information about the Energize Eastside project.

      Visit the Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement website for information about the project's environmental review.

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      Contact

      Heidi M. BedwellEnvironmental Planning Manager450 110th Ave NEBellevue, WA 98004

      Business Hours

      8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays

      Telephone

      425-452-4862

      Email

      hbedwell@bellevuewa.gov
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