Kicking off the community engagement process for the "missing link" transmission line


People sitting in chairs in a circle engaged in discussion

Update as of 3/4/2020: The Community Sounding Board’s March 5 meeting has been postponed. Safety is PSE’s top priority – both safety of our employees and the communities we serve. Given the fluid situation with the coronavirus, and out of an abundance of caution, we’re postponing the Community Sounding Board meeting. We’re committed to hosting this meeting and will provide an update once a new meeting date has been determined. Stay tuned for more!

As part of our solution to improve reliability on the island, we’re planning to build the new “missing link" transmission line. It's our goal to understand community values and interests around the new transmission line, so we’re launching a community engagement process to gather input and feedback. There are many ways the community can be involved, including a Community Sounding Board (CSB), community workshops, an online open house where community members can provide input and feedback 24/7, and email and phone.

The 20-member CSB will provide input and feedback on criteria, route segments and other project related topics identified by PSE during the transmission line routing process. Members were selected from a pool of applicants, and represent a variety of geographic, organizational and individual interests from inside and outside the project study area.

The CSB’s first meeting is on Thurs., Mar. 5, from 5-7 p.m. at the Blakely Elementary School Commons. All CSB meetings are open to the public to observe, and there will be a brief opportunity for public comment at each meeting. We anticipate the first community workshop will be held in late spring 2020, when we will also launch our online open house.

We're excited to involve the community in the routing process and hope you will actively engage as the process moves forward. Stay tuned for more ways to become involved in PSE’s plans to improve electric reliability on Bainbridge Island.