Energize Eastside Updates

Puget Sound Energy has submitted an application for a Conditional Use Permit (File # 17-120556-LB)  and a Critical Areas Land Use Permit (File # 17-120557-LO)

PSE proposes to construct a new Richards Creek Substation in Bellevue and upgrade 18 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.

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

Energize Eastside Phase 1 Permitting

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.

Participating in the Permit Review

There are many opportunities to participate in the City’s review of the Energize Eastside project proposed by PSE. The public meeting scheduled for November 14 is an early opportunity for the public to receive information regarding the application that was recently submitted by PSE, and to get information about the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) process. It is early in the permit review process, which typically takes between 6 and 9 months. There will be many opportunities to provide formal written comment that are described more fully below. If you provided comments on the DEIS, those comments are being addressed separately through the EIS process. No permits for the Energize Eastside project will be issued before the Final EIS is complete.

  • At the Public Meeting

  • Unlike the EIS meetings, the primary purpose of this meeting is not to take public comment. The purpose of the meeting is to have city staff highlight the permit process and to have the applicant, Puget Sound Energy, describe the proposed project to interested parties. Because this meeting happens early in the 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, this public meeting does have the opportunity for comments to be provided. Note that for comments to be part of the record they should be provided in writing to city staff and include your name and address. Verbal comments that are not also provided in writing, will not be considered formal comments as part of the record. Comment forms will be provided at the meeting.

  • During the Permit Review Process

  • Comments are welcome throughout the review process and can be accepted up until staff prepares their recommendation to the hearing examiner. Staff will not be making a recommendation until after the FEIS has been released (anticipated for early 2018).

  • At the Public Hearing

  • And 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.

Energize Eastside Permit Documents

Energize Eastside Fact Sheet

Project Plans and Reports

Public Meetings and Hearings

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

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

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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