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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Transmission lines going in for new school

May 12, 2015

Puget Sound Energy has begun installing new transmission lines near Southeast Evans Street — close to Clark Elementary School and the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club — for the new Issaquah Middle School.

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Public invited to hear leaders discuss future of the Eastside

February 10, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 10, 2015

Community members in formal and informal leadership positions throughout the region will gather at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue on Feb. 12 to explore ways to work together for a thriving Eastside future.

Registrants include a diverse set of stakeholders from the business, nonprofit and public sectors who care about and are actively involved in arts and culture, basic needs, education, environment, health and wellness, economy, and neighborhoods and community building.

The luncheon is open to the public. It is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center, N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue.
Registration opens at 11:15 a.m. The $50 cost includes lunch. Register at www.leadershipeastside.com or at the door.

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Northwest Dogwood Street ready for rebuilding

February 3, 2015

“It’ll be a pretty dramatic transformation of the street,” said Issaquah’s Kerry Ritland, engineering manager for the project that will bring about that transformation of downtown’s Northwest Dogwood Street.

On Jan. 27, the city held an open house about the project, set to begin in May with completion planned by October.

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Four Issaquah schools closed due to power outage

December 12, 2014

UPDATED — 8:07 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014

Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School, Clark Elementary School and Tiger Mountain Community High School are closed Friday, Dec. 12 due to a power outage.

Initially, Issaquah High and Issaquah Middle were slated for a two-hour delay, but the district announced just after 8 a.m. that the schools will now be closed the entire day.

A powerful windstorm rolled through the Puget Sound region last night, knocking out power across Western Washington.

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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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Intruder shocked while stealing copper wire

June 24, 2014

A man trying to steal copper wire at the McDonald Substation near Issaquah was shocked June 18.

He caused a loss of power to about 2,800 Puget Sound Energy customers in Renton.

The man climbed on top of a transformer at about 4:30 a.m., according to Eastside Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Dave McDaniel. The man suffered severe burns covering 60 percent to 70 percent of his body.

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PSE seeks overall 1.5 percent increase in natural gas rates

September 26, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 26, 2013

Puget Sound Energy has filed a request with Washington state regulators to increase natural gas rates for the upcoming winter season by an overall 1.5 percent, effective Nov. 1.

If approved by the Utilities and Transportation Commission, the proposed purchased gas adjustment will increase a typical household’s natural gas bill (based on 68 therms of average monthly usage over a 12-month period) by 1.4 percent, or $1.07, to $78.55.

That is about what PSE customers were paying in 2010. Commercial rates would increase by about 1.6 percent.

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PSE offers $500 worth of free duct sealing

July 16, 2013

Puget Sound Energy is offering electric customers who live in manufactured homes and use electric forced-air as their primary heat source the chance to seal up leaky ductwork and receive other energy efficiency upgrades for free.

The service offered to PSE customers in Issaquah, Fall City, Carnation and surrounding areas has up to a $500 value per customer and could reduce their energy bills by about 30 percent.

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Power out all over Issaquah

June 30, 2013

NEW — 10:40 p.m. June 30, 2013

A power outage occurred at about 9:30 p.m. June 30 in neighborhoods ranging from the Issaquah Highlands to Talus, and including downtown.

As of 10:15 p.m., representatives from Puget Sound Energy confirmed that Swedish/Issaquah was among the sites left without power. They said that a little over 6,000 of the utility’s customers had no electricity. Citizens reported to The Issaquah Press that transformers had exploded on Squak Mountain.

Puget Sound Energy expects full restoration to be complete by 4 a.m. July 1, though reports came in from homeowners that the lights were coming back on an hour after the initial blackout.

The cause for the outage is still being determined.

Call Puget Sound Energy’s 24 line at 1-888-225-5773 toll free.

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