For many years, our neighborhoods have experienced numerous power outages and we have not been satisfied with the service PSE provides to customers. When the big storm occurred in December of ’06 and power was out for up to 2 weeks for many of our neighbors, Bridle Trails approached the city to see if there was something we could do. This was the beginning of what the city is now calling the Electrical Reliability Study. We are fortunate to have several industry experts who live in Bellevue neighborhoods and have been instrumental in educating us, council and city staff about the industry as well as suggested improvements. We have met with most council members and seem to have overall support for the project.
The city has currently funded a $350k study, and considering the potential reaches of a project of this nature, a good value for our tax dollars. Besides improving our electrical distribution system, the project presents an opportunity for neighborhoods to unite and have a uniform voice to express our concerns to the city. We remain hopeful that if we are able to garner additional neighborhood and business support, the city may approve additional funds to expand the project.