March Windstorm Rolls into Seattle

High winds knocked out power to Seattle residents and other outlying neighborhoods this morning.

Seattle City Light crews restored power to 6,000 customers and approximately 9,000 still remain without power. The impacted areas include: Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, North Seattle and Seattle’s Capitol Hill and Montlake neighborhood.

Seattle City Light wants you to be safe. Below are some tips on how to be safe and stay warm during an outage:

  • Use generators with care during a power outage. Never plug them in to your home circuitry. Instead, plug in appliances directly into the outlets on the generator. Most importantly, never use a portable generator indoors.
  • Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you come across any downed lines, stay at least 30 feet away and do not approach or touch anything in contact with the wire as it could be live.
  • If you experience a prolonged outage, be sure to turn off electrical appliances to prevent fires and equipment damage.
  • Try to retain as much heat as possible. Close windows, curtains, unused fireplace dampers, and dress in layers to conserve body heat.
  • Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to 6 hours; a full freezer up to 2 days.

To report a power outage, call 206.684.3000 or 206.684.7400. For outage updates, please check the City Light outage map and follow City Light’s posts on Twitter and Facebook.

Earth Hour Worldwide: The Lights-Off Event

Seattle City Light invites you to join us and millions around the world in celebrating a commitment to the planet during Earth Hour on March 28 at 8:30 p.m. local time

Seattle City Light invites you to join us and millions of people across the world in celebrating a commitment to the planet during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m.

For one hour between 8:30-9:30 pm, friends, families and work communities are invited to turn off all non-essential lights, focus on conservation commitments for the rest of the year, and engage in conversations regarding environmental stewardship and the health of our planet.Earth Hour was started by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, and has since grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide.

Seattle City Light will turn off the neon sign at its South Service Center in recognition of Earth Hour to build awarness for climate change and conserving resources.

Seattle City Light is participating by turning off our iconic neon sign at the South Service Center.

Tips to save energy:

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Change out your incandexcent bulbs for energy efficient and cost-saving LEDs

Traffic Impacts for Final Phase of H-Frame System Upgrades

Drivers using I-5 and State Route 900 near Boeing Field should plan for delays and prepare to use alternate routes as Seattle City Light crews work to replace overhead utilities that span the busy highways on Fri., Oct. 24 to Sat., Oct. 25. To complete this work, City Light’s traffic control contractor will close both directions of I-5 between SR 599 and Boeing Access Road, and MLK Way (SR 900) between S 129th St and Boeing Access Road. The highway closures will provide crews with the space they need to safely replace an overhead communication and lightning protection cable.

(Traffic Impact Map for Fri., Oct. 24- Sat., Oct 25)

Closure details

Fri., Oct. 24 to Sat., Oct. 25  

  • Traffic closures on both directions of I-5 between SR 599 and Boeing Access Road and SR 900 (MLK Way). The first lane will close at 9 p.m.  All lanes will be closed by midnight and reopen by 6 a.m.
  • Both directions of MLK Way (SR 900) will be closed between S 129th St and Boeing Access Road from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. 
  • The Interurban Avenue on-ramp to northbound I-5 and the Corson Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will also be closed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.    

 Signed detour routes will be provided. Drivers are advised to carefully follow traffic detour routes and consider using alternate routes during construction.

City Light is working to increase the electrical capacity and reliability to the Duwamish Valley with the H-Frame Replacement and Feeder Installation Project. This is the final phase of construction to replace eight outdated H-Frame structures and cables that transmit electricity on high voltage lines across I-5 due to their age and increasing electricity demand. The project will improve system safety and increase electrical reliability for customers. For more information about this project and other City Light construction projects, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/.

City Light System Reliability Work Will Impact Traffic on Highway 99

Fiber Optic Upgrade Project Will Cause Rolling Slowdowns Near Boeing Field; Alternate Routes Encouraged

City Light will be enhancing electrical system reliability by upgrading the communication link between two south end substations and the utility’s system control center. The work requires pulling fiber optic communications cable across State Route 99 (SR 99) near Boeing Field. The work is being done in coordination with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and City Light’s H-Frame/Feeder installation project currently underway in the same area.

The project is planned for October 11, 2014, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Rolling slowdowns on SR 99 and traffic escorts through the construction zone for this project are necessary for motorist and worker safety. There will be up to six 15-minute rolling slowdowns during the five-hour period. Drivers are advised to carefully abide by traffic restrictions and consider using alternate routes during construction. Normal traffic flow will follow once the project is complete.

Beyond enhancing communication capabilities by keeping the system control center in touch with substations, the new fiber optics are required to monitor lights on newly placed towers near I-5.

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

About Seattle City Light
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.

Keeping the Lights ON in the View Ridge Neighborhood — Public Meeting to Discuss Electric Service Reliability Improvement Project

Seattle City Light crews will begin work Oct. 13 to upgrade the underground electrical system in a southern section of the View Ridge neighborhood in order to improve the system’s reliability and better serve customers.  The boundaries for the project are approximately: NE 65th Street on the north, NE 55th Street on the south, 33rd Avenue NE on the east, and 45th Avenue NE on the west. The project is projected to last through April 2015, and will employ methods that both mitigate cost and minimize disruption to the surrounding neighborhood.

Initial construction will involve the installation of new underground conduit, which crews will pull cable through at a later date. This work marks the next step in a series of efforts taken by Seattle City Light to improve the system’s electric reliability. Previously, City Light crews tested the vitality of cables in the area in order to identify sections that needed replacing.

During the construction period, crews will use a small-diameter boring method called horizontal directional drilling (HDD), a more cost-efficient and less intrusive alternative to open trenching. All work will be kept within city ordinances and standards, however customers should expect some noise, traffic, and dust during construction. While power outages will be required to ensure safety, all affected customers will be notified in advance of the date and time, as well as expected duration of the outages.

City Light will be hosting a community meeting to explain the details of the project on Oct. 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Magnuson Park, The Brig (6344 NE 74th St.), Seattle, WA 98115.

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

About Seattle City Light
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 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.