October 25, 2013
Q: Can the electric system keep up with our region’s rapid growth?
“We must ensure our infrastructure, including the ability to deliver reliable power, can meet the demands of the growth here on the Eastside.”
A: With necessary upgrades, we can enjoy reliable energy for decades.
RAPID GROWTH IS STRAINING OUR POWER GRID REDMOND +52%
You can see it everywhere — from Renton to Redmond — cranes are up and traffic congestion is increasing on the Eastside. Our region is growing
BELLEVUE +28% NEWCASTLE +26% ISSAQUAH +16%
— Betty Nokes, President and CEO, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
faster than any other in Washington. At the same time, rapid economic growth is straining the Eastside’s electric system. Growth studies project that demand will exceed capacity as early as 2017. The more frequent and severe storms predicted by climatologists will stress the system even more.
EASTSIDE POPULATION growth by 2035
CONSERVATION ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH While more conservation benefits us all, that alone will not create the capacity we need. Without substantial upgrades, our region’s economy could suffer as our power lines will be unable to provide dependable power.
IDENTIFYING SOLUTIONS At PSE, we are committed to providing you with safe, reliable power to sustain the Eastside’s growth. Our engineers are working to identify solutions, and in the coming months we will partner with your community and talk with EASTSIDE EMPLOYMENT growth by 2031
our customers to make sure these solutions best serve the Eastside. In the
Employment and Growth figures courtesy of Puget Sound Regional Council
meantime, visit pse.com/eastsidegrowth to learn more.
For more information, please visit: pse.com/eastsidegrowth Or call 1-800-548-2614
Published on Oct 24, 2013