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 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, and the public will have many meaningful opportunities to provide formal written comment on PSE’s application during this time, as described more fully below.

Although the city has commenced its review of PSE’s permit applications, no permits for the Energize Eastside project will be issued before the Final EIS is complete. If you provided comments on the Draft EIS, those comments are being addressed separately through the EIS process. The Final EIS will contain 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.

  • At the Public Meeting

  • 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

  • As explained above, the land use process typically takes between six and nine months. During this time, 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 the CUP and CALUP applications. Staff will not make a recommendation on the CUP or a decision on the CALUP until after the Final EIS has been released (anticipated for early 2018).

  • 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.

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

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425-452-4862

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