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Conceptual photo of high-voltage power lines running through Bellevue, as proposed by Puget Sound Energy.
Power Engineers image, for Puget Sound Energy

Eastside property owners may get a visit from archaeological teams this month as part of Puget Sound Energy’s mega-project known as Energize Eastside. Puget Sound Energy has sent out crews to assess the ground below its transmission line.

Debris litters nearby trees after a gas leak explosion in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood in the early hours of Wed., March 9, 2016.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Businesses are still rebuilding in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood after a natural gas explosion there last March. Now, some of those businesses are calling on Puget Sound Energy to do more to help them recover.

State regulators found that PSE violated safety rules, leading to the explosion.

Some players in an emerging technology industry in central Washington state are about to face higher electric bills. That’s because a major utility wants to protect itself from the uncertainties surrounding the trade in virtual currencies such as bitcoin.

A new Seattle City Council plan would give thousands more people a discount on utilities. Two bills to do that were advanced at the committee level on Tuesday.

Currently, people who live in federally subsidized housing are excluded from Seattle's Utility Discount Program (UDP). The legislation would change that and automatically enroll them for discounts.

Utility crews in Seattle and Tacoma are on the hunt for lead goosenecks.


Western Washington will get a new telephone area code next year pending a vote of the state utilities commission. Idaho is rolling out a new area code as well. 

seattle ambulance emergency
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CenturyLink will not have to pay the maximum fine for its role in a statewide 911 outage in 2014.

Monday, Washington's Utilities and Transportation Commission issued a lower fine of $2.85 million.

During the outage people in Washington and six other states couldn't get through to 911 for six hours. More than 5,000 emergency calls failed. The UTC later determined it was because of a coding error connected to CenturyLink.

BOARDMAN, Ore. -- Even before the Obama administration’s recent proposal to curb carbon from coal-fired plants, some utility companies were turning away from coal and using more natural gas.

Exhibit A: Portland General Electric’s plans for its Boardman, Oregon location. It’s building a natural gas plant while shutting down its coal plant.

Construction crews are busy at PGE’s newest natural gas generating station. They’re getting ready to pour a concrete foundation for the plant.

Officials in central Washington revealed the latest update on how much it will cost to fix the massive crack in Wanapum Dam -- and how long it will take.

Though they concede it's unlikely the public was endangered, officials in Portland, Ore., have decided to drain 38 million gallons of water from a reservoir after a young man was observed urinating into it on Wednesday.

This summer could be a bust for a resort community in central Washington after a crack in the Wanapum Dam forced operators to draw down the Columbia River more than 25 feet.

Dam engineers are continuing to keep the pool behind the ailing structure drawn down to relieve pressure.

Officials in Grant County, Wash., are asking the public to stay away from the shoreline behind the damaged Wanapum Dam.

In central Washington state, teams of engineers are scrambling to figure out what’s gone wrong with part of the Wanapum Dam’s spillway structure.

In Central Washington, human bones have been found along the newly exposed shore above Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River.

Water behind the Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash., is being drawn down 26 feet to relieve pressure on the big crack in the structure.

Possible Rate Hikes For Seattle Public Utilities Customers

Feb 6, 2014
Flickr Photo/Joe Shlabotnik

Steve Scher talks with Ray Hoffman, director of Seattle Public Utilities, about the possible rate hikes for Seattle residents. SPU is hosting four public meetings to collect comments from the community.