We were pleased to see so many of you at last Thursday evening’s community workshop, where we shared information about the “missing link” transmission line project. Andy Wappler, Vice President of Customer Operations and Communications, shared information about the need for the project and took questions from the community. Andy Swayne, Senior Municipal Liaison Manager, and Kirk Moughamer, from HDR Inc., led a discussion about the routing process and PSE’s commitment to engaging the community throughout the life of the project. View the presentation here.
During the breakout group sessions we had great conversations with 96 attendees. A common theme we heard from attendees is that that electric reliability on the Island needs to be improved, and that this project should be prioritized by PSE. We also heard interest in trees, how PSE protects the environment during construction, co-locating the “missing link” transmission line with trails and bike paths, understanding restrictions with siting a power line across State Route 305, recognizing that “feel” for each segment must also be evaluated “on the ground,” and understanding cost (to name a few). We also heard questions asking if it was possible to build the new line underground.
Launching the interactive Segment Explorer was an exciting milestone for the project and we encourage you to spend time learning about the route segments under consideration and sharing your feedback via the tool. The interactive online tool is available online until 5 p.m. on Friday, February 12. Visit psebainbridge.participate.online to access the Segment Explorer and share your feedback.
Thanks for the great conversation, Bainbridge!