Energize Eastside is Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) proposal to build a new electric substation and approximately 18 miles of high capacity electric transmission lines extending from Renton to Redmond. The project is intended to address an electrical transmission capacity deficiency that could begin in 2017.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process is underway and is being led by the City of Bellevue in cooperation with Kirkland and other cities. Various alternatives will be evaluated through the EIS process. Phase 1 of the EIS will consider viable alternatives to address electrical capacity deficiencies reported by PSE. Phase 2 of the EIS will examine project level alternatives including routes, possibly through and near Kirkland.
The following five Public Meetings/Open Houses will be held to review the Phase 1 Draft EIS (DEIS):
- Tuesday February 23, 2016 6:00 - 8:00 PM: Kirkland Justice Center/11750 NE 118th St., Kirkland WA
- Thursday February 25, 2016 6:00 - 8:00 PM: Renton City Hall/1055 South Grady Way, Renton, WA
- Saturday February 27, 2016 2:00 - 4:00 PM: Newcastle Elementary School, 8440 136th Ave. SE, Newcastle, WA
- Monday February 29, 2016 6:00 - 8:00 PM: Redmond City Hall/15670 NE 85th St., Redmond, WA
- Tuesday March 1, 2016 6:00 - 9:00 PM: Bellevue City Hall/450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA
The deadline for submitting comments on the Phase 1 DEIS is Monday March 14, 2016. All comments related to the DEIS must be received by this date. Mailed items that are postmarked by March 14, 2016 will be accepted. Comments may be submitted in writing or orally at the public meetings. Comments will be accepted by email; however, a valid physical mailing address is required to establish status as an official party of record.
Written comments may be submitted:
For questions about public meetings or commenting, email Info@EnergizeEastsideEIS.org or contact:
Heidi M. Bedwell, Senior Land Use Planner/Energize Eastside EIS Program Manager
City of Bellevue Development Services Department
For specific questions regarding the City of Kirkland's role in the EIS, contact Jeremy McMahan, Development Review Manager, Planning & Community Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (425) 587-3229.