Windy weather causing power outages

August 29, 2015

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015

An August windstorm is already causing scattered power outages across the area.

Puget Sound Energy reports about 200 people in Issaquah are without power as of 11 a.m. Saturday.

The utility offers up-to-date outage information, including restoration estimates, on its outage map here. Customers can also get the most up-to-date outage information, or report an outage, by downloading the myPSE app for smartphones here.

Do not call 911 if your power is out, unless your safety is at risk. Report the outage to PSE online, or by calling 1-888-225-5773. Read more

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PSE is upgrading transmission lines in Talus area

August 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 29, 2015

Puget Sound Energy will start work soon on Cougar Mountain electrical lines from Talus to the corner of Newport Way Northwest and state Route 900.

Crews will install new distribution wires and upgrade the existing transmission system. The work is meant to improve the reliability of the electric service and reduce the risk of power outages in the area.

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PSE urges customers to be energy-efficient in extreme heat

June 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 28, 2015

Puget Sound Energy is encouraging its more than 1.1 million electric customers to be even more energy conscious as temperatures jump into the 90s over the next few days.

Across our service area, PSE’s electric infrastructure is performing well, and generating facilities have the capacity to meet the needs of customers. While excessive heat puts extra demands on the power grid, our region uses more energy on cold winter days than we will during this heat wave, a news release from PSE said.

Over the years, there has been more power consumption during the summertime as customers add some form of air conditioning in their homes; it’s estimated about 11 percent of residential electric customers currently have air conditioning. Because of that growth, energy conservation is even more important right now. PSE plans for peak customer usage by constantly monitoring the health of the system and investing in infrastructure projects to keep the system redundant and reliable.

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PSE urges residents to prepare now for potential windstorm

December 10, 2014

NEW — 3:35 p.m. Dec. 10, 2014

The Puget Sound region is bracing for a damaging windstorm set to cause havoc on Thursday.

Puget Sound Energy is on standby preparing for the worst, but the company is encouraging residents to get prepared now, before the winds hit.

On Twitter, PSE offered several tips to get its customers through the coming power outages.

First, PSE encourages residents to download its new mobile app. MyPSE allows residents to report power outages, view a map of outages, get estimated restoration times, see the number of customers affected in neighborhoods and report natural gas emergencies. This is the best way to get the most up to date information. Read more

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Puget Sound Energy offers rebates to customers who upgrade

February 12, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 12, 2010

Western Washington homeowners who install energy-efficient water and heating equipment now qualify for rebates from Puget Sound Energy.

The energy provider extends rebates to both electricity and natural gas customers. The utility offers rebates and incentives for home improvements and equipment to reduce energy use and lower bills.

Many of the measures could also qualify for as much as $1,500 in federal tax credits and $100 from the state appliance rebate program for energy-efficient clothes washers.

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PSE will donate food, funds to Issaquah pantry

December 7, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2009

Puget Sound Energy and the utility company’s employees are working to fill shelves at food banks across the Puget Sound region, including the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

PSE customers are also welcome to join the food drive.

PSE, based in Bellevue, will distribute $22,500 in donations among 43 Washington food banks in order to help the feeding programs stock shelves during the holiday season.

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