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Utility System Efficiencies Inc., the electrical power systems analysis firm hired by the City Council to provide an independent technical analysis of Puget Sound Energy’s proposed Energized Eastside project, briefed councilmembers on the report’s conclusions at a May 4, 2015 Study Session. The technical analysis confirms the need to upgrade the Eastside’s power infrastructure based on future growth projections, reliability of the electrical grid and regional power grid flows. The council commissioned the analysis last year after listening to issues raised by concerned residents. Utility System Efficiencies’ analysis is the second independent study requested by the council to confirm the need for a major upgrade to the Eastside’s electrical transmission system. The Electric Reliability Study, commissioned in the aftermath of the 2006 windstorm, reached a similar conclusion in 2011.
The independent technical analysis will be submitted by the city as part of the public comment process. Under state law and the city code, Bellevue is required to process the Puget Sound Energy project application for Energize Eastside. The next step is analyzing the proposal through an environmental impact statement (EIS), which will evaluate alternatives to address the Eastside’s power infrastructure needs and potential significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed project.
The Energize Eastside Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)--led by the City of Bellevue in cooperation with Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond, and Renton--has an independent website. It is the site for information about the EIS process for Puget Sound Energy’s proposal to site and build approximately 18 miles of new 230-kilovolt transmission line from Redmond to Renton, through Bellevue. The various member communities can use the web site to participate in reviewing meeting materials, signing up for updates, and providing comments. The first phase of the EIS, a 45-day scoping period, began on April 30 and will run through June 15. It provides multiple opportunities for public feedback. The first of five community meetings will be held at Bellevue City Hall on Tuesday, May 12. Please visit www.energizeeastsideeis.org.
City staff provided Council with a briefing on Energize Eastside project updates including the Independent Technical Analysis, the EIS process soon to get underway, and the Electrical Reliability Study on Monday, March 9. Background documents.
The City has extended its contract with USE Inc., the city’s consultant on the independent technical analysis of the proposed Energize Eastside project, to April 13, 2015. The purpose of this date extension is to allow sufficient time for consultant review and examination of PSE’s recently released 2014 load forecast and base cases, and to run the optional technical analysis (USE-modeled analysis of alternatives to PSE’s modeled sensitivities and contingencies) on this updated information. The contract originally considered only the availability of 2012 information. City staff and USE Inc. power engineers are scheduled to present the independent technical analysis report during a March 30, 2015, Council Study Session.
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