On June 13, the Bainbridge Island City Council voted to discontinue consideration of creating a City-run electric utility. We appreciate the many residents who engaged in discussions about the Island’s energy future, which have centered around the following topics:
- Reliability and undergrounding: We are often asked about plans for reliability improvements, especially on the southern part of the island, and about plans to underground power lines. We will continue to work alongside customers to ensure a reliable and responsible energy future. Our current plans include several distribution projects to rebuild existing lines, install new underground distribution and more. You can read more about the projects on our Current Projects page.
- More green power: We have heard consistent support for bringing more green power to the island. From more wind and solar generation on and off the island, to biodigesters and battery storage, residents have suggested a variety of green and renewable power solutions. PSE is committed to expanding our supplies of renewable power, both on Bainbridge Island and across our service area.
- Next steps in working with the City of Bainbridge Island and the Bainbridge community: We received several questions about next steps following the June 13 Council decision. We will soon begin working with the City to determine next steps and consider workable solutions to the island’s energy challenges. Continued citizen engagement is an essential part of that process. We will continue to keep you informed about opportunities to engage in this process.
As Vice President of Customer Operations and Communications, Andy Wappler, shared in this recent video, we look forward to addressing these topics and continuing our work with the Bainbridge community. If you or your group would like to meet with us to discuss power issues within your community, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-878-8632 to schedule a meeting.