PSE to answer questions about Energize Eastside

April 11, 2014

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NEW — 11:05 a.m. April 11, 2014

It was a request heard loud and clear at the most recent Energize Eastside workshop. Residents wanted a forum dedicated to solely asking questions of the Puget Sound Energy representatives.

They are now getting that opportunity, as PSE has scheduled a question-and-answer session for April 21 in the Renton Technical College cafeteria, 3000 NE Fourth St.

The Energize Eastside project, in response to the region’s growing power needs, will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside.

The new lines will extend from a substation in Redmond to Renton, but the exact route the lines will take is currently undecided. One of the proposed routes directly affects the Olympus neighborhood, and many residents attended the April 1 Newcastle City Council meeting to voice their concerns about the project.

Residents will get the chance to directly ask or write down questions to share with a panel that includes a representative from PSE and national experts. The April 21 event is scheduled to go from 6-9 p.m.

Questions can be submitted online in advance of the forum at

Those submitted online will be presented to the panel during the meeting and similar questions may be combined by the moderator. The panel will prioritize providing answers to questions asked during the meeting, but will address online questions as time permits.

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3 Responses to “PSE to answer questions about Energize Eastside”

  1. Curtis on April 17th, 2014 4:32 pm

    Would be useful to see a map of the proposed routes in the article. Don’t want to support or oppose an action with out understanding the alternatives.

  2. Administrator on April 17th, 2014 4:37 pm


    There is a link to the maps in the April 1 City Council roundup, linked in this article. For ease, here is a link to the PSE route map:

    For this particular segment, as PSE currently constitutes it, it’s going to be Newcastle’s Route M, or Route L.

  3. A. Roosme on April 18th, 2014 5:17 pm

    PSE’s proposal to replace the current 115kV overhead power line with 230kV lines on taller poles does not consider the negative impact on our community. Overhead power lines do not belong in residential areas for the following reasons:
    • Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) has been linked to increased rates
    of certain cancers, such as leukemia in children and cancers of the lymph
    and diseases of central nervous systems in adults
    • Inhaling charged particles/pollutants around power lines has been linked to
    an increase in free radicals and many adverse health effects, such as cancer
    • Interference with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators
    • Power line noise
    • Aesthetics
    • Impact on views
    • All of the above contribute to significantly reduced residential property values

    Overhead power line supporters say that studies of EMF on health have been inconclusive. Studies of tobacco smoke were also inconclusive for decades before undeniable links to cancers and other serious health conditions were identified. The EPA and the EU have developed recommendations and regulations for limiting exposure to EMF, as have 29 forward-looking nations and several states in the US. They would not do that unless EMF was of serious concern.

    Power line “M” runs in the same easement as 50 year old fuel pipelines to SeaTac. This easement goes thru dense residential developments. An accident when replacing the current H-poles with the proposed taller steel monopoles would be catastrophic.

    The average $/sqft home value in Newcastle is higher because people paid more for homes with views of the Cascades and Mt. Rainier. The proposed taller monopoles and wires will destroy these views for more homes, which will drive down the values of those homes and also affect the average $/sqft. Declining home values are the beginning of community decline.

    Assuming that PSE’s demand forecast for this area is realistic and not driven by other motives, I request that the increased capacity be met with community-friendly solutions rather than the 230kV (and even higher voltage later) overhead line which will destroy the quality of life and property values of Newcastle residents.

    A. Roosme

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