Shoreline Substation Transformer Replacement Project

Seattle City Light recently completed a transformer replacement project at the Shoreline Substation.

Crews worked tirelessly to remove the old transformer, prepare the pad for the new transformer and then assembled it. The new transformer was installed, tested, commissioned and began serving the Shoreline community in late 2016.

Old equipment being removed from the Shoreline Substation.

 

New transformer installed and operating.

Now that the work is complete, the improvements will maintain reliable power for Shoreline customers for years to come. The substation is located at 2136 N. 163rd St.

To learn more about this project as well as other electrical infrastructure investment projects, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork

Safety Tips to Make Your Holidays a Success

As the holidays approach, Seattle City Light wants all of its customers to celebrate the season in a safe, efficient manner. Here are a few electrical safety tips that you can use to ensure you and your family have a safe and festive holiday season.

  1. Clean your electric oven and stove top before you plan your feast for the holidays. Built up grease or dust on electric and gas stove tops, as well as inside the oven, can become a fire hazard.
  2. Check to see if you have ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in places where water can come in contact with plugs. GFCIs are placed on most bathroom outlets and can detect ground currents or leakage currents that could shock someone. Learn more about these outlets and how to test them here.
  3. Before setting up any holiday lights or outside decor, make sure your extension cords and electric decorations are designed for outdoor use. Devices will be clearly marked for outdoor use, otherwise play it safe and keep them indoors. And again – make sure your outlets are protected by GFCIs.
  4. Even if a cord is designed for outdoor use, keep them out of standing water. Water and electricity are a never a good mix and should always be avoided.
  5. Do not staple or nail electric extension cords. There are many damage-free cord clips that can secure cords to walls and baseboards.
  6. Never leave electrical decorations turned on when you are asleep or away from your home. The lights look beautiful in the night, but it isn’t worth the very real fire risk.
  7. Make sure that your outlets are not overloaded with decor or cooking appliances. Attaching too many devices can cause overheating and lead to an outlet fire.
  8. If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure you water it every day and dispose of it when it dries up. Christmas tree fires cause more than $17 million in damage every year.
  9. As always, be careful of the power lines! Your extravagant decor should always stay far away from any power lines.
  10. The last, but most important tip: HAVE FUN! Holidays are a great time to enjoy with your family and friends.

Remember these important tips as you continue to celebrate the holiday season.

For additional tips and resources, visit Seattle City Light’s Electrical Safety website.

Be Prepared for Windstorm Rolling Into Seattle

Heavy winds and rain will start picking up later this afternoon into the evening through Seattle and other neighboring areas.

Seattle City Light customers could experience power outages due to falling trees, branches, leaves and other foliage on power lines.

If you experience an outage, please report it by calling (206) 684-3000. You can also visit the Seattle City Light Outage Map to follow updates on restoration work.

Below are some tips to stay safe and warm during an outage:

  • Stay Away from Downed Power Lines – Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you come across any downed lines, do not approach or touch anything in contact with the wire as it could be energized and live. If you see a downed power line, call 911 or (206) 684-3000. You can also report downed power lines by sharing it through City Light’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • Be Cautious with Generators and Grills – Use generators with care during a power outage and always use portable generators outside in well-ventilated areas. Never plug a generator into your home circuitry. Instead, plug in appliances directly into the outlets on the generator. When it comes to the grill, do not use barbeques indoors.
  • Keep Warm and Bundle Up – Try to retain as much heat as possible. Close windows, curtains, unused fireplace dampers, and have blankets ready to conserve body heat. Cold weather is especially hard on infants, children and the elderly. Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, covering the head, feet and hands.
  • Have Your Emergency Kit/Plan Ready – Prepare an emergency kit if you haven’t already. Some ideas to include are a working flashlight, glow-in-the-dark stick lights, wind-up clock, portable radio, manual can opener and mylar blanket. During a major storm, have a plan for locating family members in case you are not with them. For more information about emergency kits and plans, please visit: www.takewinterbystorm.org.
  • Use Hot Water Sparingly – Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 to 72 hours.
  • Close Your Refrigerator/Freezer – Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to six to 10 hours; a full freezer up to 2 days. In most cases, food should be safe if refrigerators and freezers remain closed while the power is out. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Unplug Electrical Appliances – If you experience a prolonged outage, be sure to turn off electrical appliances to prevent fires and equipment damage. Some electrical appliances to consider unplugging before a storm hits are computers and televisions.
  • Be Fire Safe – Do not use candles as a light source nor any open flame as a heat source.
  • Have Your Phone Ready – Cordless phones will not work without electricity. Have a corded or cell phone available. If your cell phone is your primary phone, make sure it is charged and you have a phone charger ready.
  • Electric Garage Owners – Know how to use the manual override of your electric garage door if your power goes out.
  • Remember Your Pets – Household pets such as cats, dogs, fish and birds may require special care. Contact your veterinarian for more information.
  • Life-Support Customers – If you rely on electric life-support machines, make sure you have emergency power and know how to operate it. Make sure your system has an alarm to alert you if the power goes out.
  • Report an Outage – If you want to report a power outage, please contact the Seattle City Light Power Outage Hotline at (206) 684-3000. Please remember to give us your name, address, phone number and describe any unusual circumstances that could help us identify the problem.

To stay updated on the storm response, please follow City Light’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Public Power Week — A Message from Larry Weis, Seattle City Light GM & CEO

City Light General Manager and CEO Larry Weis

Public Power Week is an opportunity to celebrate the publicly-owned utilities across the country.

Since 1905, Seattle City Light has provided safe, reliable and affordable power to its customers. City Light has a powerful history and prides itself on its Northwest values – this includes social responsibility, energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

As we celebrate our past, we must also look toward and prepare for the future.

The good news is that City Light is adapting and working to stay ahead. We’re actively and creatively becoming the “Utility of the Future,” an agile organization able to adjust to a changing industry and a changing environment.

Rest assured – one thing that will not change is our unwavering commitment to our customers and providing safe, reliable and affordable power.

Power Companies Intervening in Support of Clean Power Plan Argue Rule is Consistent with EPA’s Legal Authority

Today, our companies argued before the en banc panel at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. We urged the Court to uphold the rule as a lawful application of EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act, as affirmed by the Supreme Court in 2007 and 2011, to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power sector.

As some of the nation’s largest electric utilities and owners of generating units subject to the rule, we argued that the rule is lawful because the standards set by EPA are consistent with existing trends within the power sector and the tools that the electric industry has to reduce its carbon emissions. The rule’s formulation of the best system of emission reduction is reasonable and consistent with the practical realities of how the electricity grid functions today and how companies have complied with prior environmental regulations. The rule provides flexibility to states and companies to achieve its emission performance goals.

Together, the power companies that have intervened in support of the rule own and operate more than 100,000 megawatts of generating capacity—representing nearly 10 percent of the nation’s total—and serve millions of customers in 26 states across the country, both in competitive and vertically-integrated electricity markets. Through investment in low- and zero-emissions generation capacity, our companies have reduced CO2 emission within our generating fleets and portfolios, while continuing to provide reliable and affordable electricity to our customers. We believe our collective experience demonstrates the reasonableness and achievability of the Clean Power Plan’s goals.

Power companies include: Austin Energy, Calpine, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, National Grid, New York Power Authority, Pacific Gas & Electric, Seattle City Light, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Southern California Edison.