At its June 8 study session, the City Council directed the submittal of a comment scoping letter to the Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Phase 1 scoping comment process. The council directed the submission of these comments on behalf of the City of Bellevue and its citizens to ensure that the EIS adequately considers sufficient feasible and reasonable alternatives to the proposal under SEPA.
On May 4, the council and the public heard directly from Utility Systems Efficiencies, the independent consultant hired by the city to provide an independent technical analysis of Puget Sound Energy’s proposal to upgrade Bellevue and the Eastside’s electric facilities infrastructure.
Get the report:
The latest study—and the second independent study commissioned by the City Council—confirms a need for the project to address growth in Bellevue; to address the reliability of the electric grid serving the Eastside; and a need to address regional grid power flows.
The USE analysis is the latest step in a timeline of process which has consistently demonstrated a need to upgrade electric facilities infrastructure serving Bellevue’s growth and the Eastside.
The first independent study to identify this need was the Electrical Reliability Study (ERS) commissioned by the city in 2011. Here is an ERS Implementation Report Card on that study.
City Council meetings/briefings
In 2015 the City Council continues to receive briefings regarding the Energize Eastside project. These are ongoing until Puget Sound Energy's application for permits. Briefings will also include information regarding city staff participation and contacts with neighborhood representatives and other stakeholder groups.
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Mike Brennan, Director