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The presentation of Utility Systems Efficiencies, Inc.’s (USE) independent technical (ITA) analysis to the City Council will be rescheduled from March 30, 2015. The revised schedule is due to the need for more time to analyze additional data provided to USE, Inc. last month by PSE and to assure that comments submitted by stakeholders on need are properly addressed. A firm date for presenting the ITA to Council will be scheduled for early May.
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 public comment dates for the Phase 1 Scoping period, scheduled to begin in April or early May, will be posted there soon. 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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