Something fishy going on with PSE | Letter

Letter to the editor. Courtesy graphic

Who is regulating Puget Sound Energy? The claims regarding Energize Eastside simply not true.

1. PSE says that due to area growth, our electricity grid is “running out of capacity,” yet the facts show despite an eight-fold increase in population (2011-15) the total energy demand for the area — commercial and residential combined — has actually decreased 4 percent over the same time period. We are using energy wiser and wiser.

2. PSE claims it follows the “highest safety standards.” The current voltage power lines over the Olympic Pipeline is already a significant volatility risk.

To increase to the high voltage that PSE is proposing is a massive risk, not to mention the incredible risk to have construction near the pipeline. Check out the recent pipeline explosion in Alabama where simple repairs were in process. The powerline/pipeline combination currently runs through many Eastside neighborhoods adjacent to several schools.

3. The proposed power grid will significantly impact our neighborhood — both aesthetically (when we will no longer see tree tops, but rather power grid on the skyline) and economically by decreasing all of our property values. And for what? According to PSE, the “upgrade” to the power structure will not decrease power outages or improve our power reliability at all.

4. PSE is already “working with individual property owners to discuss pole placements” and yet the project has not even been approved yet. Furthermore, why are they not holding public meetings to discuss this? Are they afraid of what will happen when we all become aware of what is really going on? Something fishy is going on and I’d like to know what regulatory agency is holding PSE accountable for their claims and their actions.

Jeanne Warme


More in Letters to the Editor

Campaign funds for community | Letter

Thanks to all the Redmond voters that made this election energetic and… Continue reading

Community weighs in on the election | Letter to the editor

Birney: a true community builder I first met Angela Birney in 2013,… Continue reading

Vote to re-elect Siri Bliesner | Letter

I am so grateful to have Siri Bliesner representing our children and… Continue reading

Birney walks the talk | Letter

Angela Birney is the best choice for Redmond mayor. I spent 11… Continue reading

Birney’s vision for community | Letter

Why do residents and community leaders across our region endorse Angela Birney… Continue reading

EvergreenHeatlh and the Great ShakeOut | Letter

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to drop, cover and hold… Continue reading

Fields is clear choice | Letter

Over the last several months, weeks, and days, I have been researching… Continue reading

Fields committed to Redmond | Letter

Thank you, Redmond Reporter for providing the Oct. 3 mayoral debate online… Continue reading

Fields puts people first | Letter

Redmond has a strong mayor system of government, which gives the choice… Continue reading

Vote for Bliesner | Letter

I am writing in support of Siri Bliesner for Position 5 on… Continue reading

Adopt, don’t shop | Letter

As two 16-year-old volunteers with Seattle Humane (SH), animal welfare has always… Continue reading

Not made for commercial development | Letter

On Oct. 7 the King County Council will vote on the adult… Continue reading