Citizens Group Urges Elected Official To Pursue Additional Alternatives To Pse's Energize Eastside Plan
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CENSE, the Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy, will use a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) decision about Puget Sound Energy's Energize Eastside project to continue to educate the city councils that will have the final say on the project.
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA (OPENPRESS) CENSE, the Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy, will use a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) decision about Puget Sound Energy's Energize Eastside project to continue to educate the city councils that will have the final say on the project.
"CENSE is grateful that the FERC decision clarified who has the authority to approve Energize Eastside," said CENSE Vice President Don Marsh. "We now know that this authority lies solely with city councils, which must make their own decisions about energy strategy and land use. If 18 miles of new transmission lines are built through Eastside cities, it will be the decision of local officials, not distant regulators at the state or federal level. We look forward to continuing to educate our elected officials about right-sized energy solutions in our communities."
Energize Eastside is a $200 million project to build large high-voltage transmission lines through four Eastside cities Newcastle, Renton, Bellevue and Redmond.
CENSE is confident the Eastside can reasonably meet its electrical needs until 2030 without the proposed Energize Eastside project, said CENSE President Steve O'Donnell. "CENSE will continue to promote reliable energy alternatives that it has identified in partnership with energy industry experts. These are alternatives that will avoid adverse environmental impacts, preserve the safety and beauty of our beautiful cities and save PSE customers unnecessary rate increases," he said.
CENSE in June filed a challenge to the Energize Eastside project with FERC. It will use FERC's Oct. 21, 2015, response to continue to encourage the city of Bellevue, which is the lead permitting agency on Energize Eastside, to require PSE to answer the following questions:
1. Why did PSE include large amounts of electricity exported to Canada in computer models that justify Energize Eastside? This question was answered by Bellevue's independent analyst, Utility System Efficiencies, which found that almost every overload in the Eastside grid disappeared when unnecessary Canadian exports were excluded from the computer model.
2. Why did PSE fail to include the generating capacity of six local generating plants? CENSE believes that these plants, when turned on at their full capacity, could generate enough power to cover the Eastside's energy needs into the foreseeable future.
"No one knows the true extent of the local need until these questions are answered by an independent study. CENSE requests that the City of Bellevue conduct a fair and transparent study to resolve these questions," Marsh said. "CENSE also asks that alternatives it submitted to the Environmental Impact Study that is currently underway be fairly evaluated."
CENSE reminds voters of the importance of the Nov. 3 election and encourages them to review the organization's voters guide and candidate endorsements at www.cense.org.
About the Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy:
CENSE is a coalition of citizens that shares a vision of an Eastside powered by forward-thinking, right-sized and reliable sources of electricity. For more information go to http://www.cense.org.