City Light Employees Participate in 3rd Annual Car Show, Raise Money for Heart Walk

City Light employees participate in the 3rd Annual Rockin’ BBQ & Car Show

City Light employees raised about $1,700 for the 2015 Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk with their third annual car show and barbecue Aug. 20.

The Heart Walk encourages all individuals to live healthier lifestyles and raises money for cardiovascular research and initiatives.

The event brought 37 cars and motorcycles from employees and retirees, including the utility’s SMART Decision driving simulator trailer and a fuel-efficient line truck. City Light’s Fleet division helped sponsor the event, and was ont hand to display the utility’s electric vehicles. Attendees also were treated to a delicious barbecue lunch, with all proceeds going to the Heart Walk.

City Light employee, Jeff Pricco poses next to his Chevrolet El Camino at the 3rd Annual Rockin’ BBQ & Car Show.

“This is good medicine. The car show keeps us from losing connections with retirees and contributes to Heart Walk,” said Jeff Pricco, City Light crew chief and car enthusiast. “Like Family Day, it reflects City Light’s family values.”

Employees enjoyed the diverse cars that were on display at the car show.

Visit the 2015 Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk website for more information on how you can get involved.

City Light Continues Arterial LED Streetlight Installations

Seattle City Light is continuing to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by converting streetlights on arterial roadways from high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights to energy-efficient LEDs. The new LED lights will make arterial streets safer by increasing visibility at night.

City Light installed about 40,000 LED streetlights throughout residential neighborhoods in the utility’s service territory. The utility’s work is now focused on converting the remaining arterial streetlights to LED fixtures. By the end of 2015, the utility expects to convert about 12,000 HPS lights to LED fixtures and save about 9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year – enough energy to power more than 1,000 homes for a year. It will also save over $1.8 million dollars for the City of Seattle and the utility’s suburban franchise cities.

 

The City of Seattle sets regulations based on national standards for how much light should be provided on roadways to maintain safe driving conditions and ensure pedestrian safety. City Light has a responsibility to follow those standards. As a result, arterial classified roadways require a higher wattage LED than residential street lighting.

 

Arterial conversion work began in late March 2015. City Light’s contractor, Potelco, is working on Seattle’s arterial roadways between Denny Way and 65th Street. Working hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays. Minimal traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work area. Depending on the progress, this phase of work may extend north to 145th Street. See the included map for more details. It is expected that all City of Seattle arterial roadways will be completed within two to three years.

For more information about this project, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/streetlight/led/.

 

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

Arterial conversion work will cover Seattle’s arterial roadways between Denny Way and 65th Street (highlighted in red). Depending on progress, this phase of work may extend north to 145th Street (highlighted in green).

 

City Light Testing Distribution System in Shoreline & Lake Forest Park

Distribution Automation Area Map

Seattle City Light will continue testing automated switching technology in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park that is designed to speed the restoration of service when a power line is damaged.

This technology, also known as distribution automation, gives City Light the ability to actively monitor and manage its system in real time. When outages occur, the system will isolate the affected circuit and re-route power to restore service to the unaffected areas. It will speed the utility’s response to outages and incidents, saving time and money while improving customer service.

In April, crews installed advanced power line switches, electronic controls and fiber optic cable along two major power lines in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. From June 1-5, crews will program and test the equipment to ensure that the distribution system is functional. Delivery of electricity will not be interrupted by the work.

Daily work hours are planned Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Crews may be working beyond these hours, if necessary.

This project is expected to be completed by early July.  During field testing, customers and businesses should expect some noise as well as some minor traffic and parking impacts in the immediate work area.

For more information about this project and other City Light construction projects, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.