Newcastle may have the power to pull the plug on Energy Eastside project causing an unexpected PSE blackout.
Newcastle's organized campaign is Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy (cense) that is a grassroots advocacy group for clean energy that wants to stop Puget Sound Energy's revenue-generating machine called 'Energize Eastside' that would provide a steady stream of profits for shareholders of PSE.
Cense reports that these new power lines would be an eyesore for the community and would not be needed. The South Segment proposed by PSE includes south Bellevue and Renton.
PSE's solution for outages is to build taller poles and higher-voltage power lines that are unsightly up through the Eastside. Cense argues that the proposed power lines would not prevent power outages caused by natural disasters like storms or earthquakes.
Cense reports that these power lines would run next to 9 schools and 9 churches and cut through 13 parks and 29 neighborhoods.
The power poles would be made out of steel and 20-30 feet higher than the current wooden poles that would be visible for miles.
Electricity demands have fallen due to more efficiency in energy use and appliances so there is no need for larger, higher-energy power lines to serve the population.
The power lines in question are not normally installed close to highly populated areas, such as schools and residential areas.
Energy flow through the lines might benefit consumers outside the Puget Sound region due to larger energy capacity but would be paid for by the local residents in Newcastle and cities along the proposed 18 mile Energize Eastside transmission line route.
Residents of Newcastle can speak out about their vision for how energy is provided, that includes; incrementally investing in modern technology as needed by population growth in Eastside cities.
Cense is proposing instead the use of clean, renewable energy sources like batteries, Smart technology that provides discount offers to use, solar panels, combined heat and power that uses waste heat from electricity generation that heats nearby buildings. These are cost-effective solutions that increases reliability of electricity and adds resilience to the electricity supply.
Cense is calling for Newcastle residents to attend the public hearing on Energize Eastside and to speak at the hearing or submit comments that will take place at the first meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, January 11 at 9:00 am.
The schedule of hearings are as follows:
Tuesday, January 11 at 9:00 am
Friday, January 14 at 9:00 am
Friday, January 28 at 9:00 am or at 6:00 pm
Monday, January 31 at 9:00 am
Tuesday, February 1 at 9:00 am
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