We've selected the existing corridor as our final route
After nearly four years of study and extensive dialogue with Eastside communities, PSE has selected the existing corridor "Willow 1" route as the final route to permit for Energize Eastside.
Multiple independent studies have made it clear that we need to upgrade the Eastside's electric infrastructure now to accommodate local population and economic growth and avoid planning for power outages in the very near future.
The existing corridor is the least impactful route to Eastside communities.
PSE evaluated multiple route options and selected the existing corridor because it is the least impactful route to Eastside communities. Our decision was guided by two key factors:
- Our commitment to safety. The project will be built and operated to the highest safety and engineering standards. Using the existing corridor, along with optimized designs and operations, the project can safely co-exist with the Olympic Pipeline.
- Our commitment to limit impacts to the environment. This route affects the fewest number of trees and avoids the construction of new corridors. We know our customers value trees. Our goal is for there to be more trees when the project is complete, not fewer.
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The Energize Eastside project will build a new substation, upgrade existing transmission lines, and continue aggressive conservation efforts, to keep Eastside lights on and foster economic development for years to come. For additional materials and background information, please visit the Energize Eastside project website at pse.com/energizeeastside.