Power restored in parts of southwest and south service area

Power has been restored to most of Burien, Normandy Park and SeaTac.  Crews are still working to restore an outage in Tukwila that was caused by a construction crew cutting an underground cable.  Crews estimate restoration within the hour.

Earlier, two power outages in Tukwila, Normandy Park, parts of SeaTac and Burien were affecting 9,811 customers.   Restoration on the outage in Tukwila is estimated to be by 2:30 p.m.  Outage information updated at seattle.gov/light/sysstat

Power out for U district U village and parts of Laurelhurst

There is a power outage affecting 5,158 customers.  The boundaries are on the North, NE 77th St; on the east, Lake Washington; on the South NE 38th St and on the west 8th Ave NE.  Crews are invsetigating the cause.  The estimated time for restoration is 2:30 p.m.  More information at www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat

71 ton transformer delivered to Seattle City Light

Large tractor-trailer delivers 71 ton transformer

Goal is to move transformer to this concrete pad


Omega Morgan crew assembles rail system to move the transformer from the trailer to the pad.

Moving a 71-ton transformer from the Port of Seattle to

Shoreline required some specialized skills and equipment.

Seattle City Light ordered the new substation transformer, which is used to step down transmission voltages of 115 kilovolts to the distribution voltages of 26 kilovolts, to enhance reliability by replacing an older model that has reached the end of its useful life. The $1.5 million transformer was specially built for City Light by Hyundai Industries.

Omega Morgan-Seattle used a special articulated tractor trailer rig to move the transformer into the Shoreline Substation on Monday, June 30, 2014. There, a special rail system was assembled to move the 143 ,000-pound transformer from the trailer to a concrete pad. The pad was constructed with special earthquake dampers to minimize any damage, should an earthquake occur.

The new transformer will be completed with equipment required to tie it in to the transmission/distribution system by mid-September.

Historic Gorge Inn gets much needed rehabilitation

The newly renovated Gorge Inn reopened its doors for the first time on May 23, 2014 after nearly four decades of neglect. Located on old Main Street in Newhalem, the dining facility was well known back in the 1930’s as the place for tourists to enjoy a famous “chicken dinner.” Visitors traveled from Seattle by car, bus and train to learn about, admire and marvel at the Skagit Hydroelectric Project, a series of three hydroelectric dams built to supply clean, affordable and environmentally conscious energy to the City of Seattle.

As part of the Skagit six year renovation plan, 15 historic homes, the general store and the Ross Lodge were retrofitted and rehabilitated to meet modern safety, conservation and building codes. The historic Gorge Inn will return to its original function of supplying meals for City Light crew members who must travel to the Skagit Project to do maintenance and operate the facilities. The Ross Lodge work recently received the Valerie Sivinski Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation and will provide much needed conference rooms.