Major repair work has been completed on two 200′ steel latttice towers holding high-voltage cables spanning the Ship Canal – one on Queen Anne side (Warren Ave. N.) and one on Fremont side (Phinney Ave. N.). Workers will return in the spring to pull new cables, bringing reliable backup power from Ballard Substation to Queen Anne and Magnolia.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mike Eagan
Feb. 1, 2010 phone: 206/615-1691
POWER OUTAGE NEARLY RESTORED IN SHORELINE AND LAKE FOREST PARK AREA
SEATTLE — Power has been restored to 97% of the 3,783 City Light customers Estimated time of complete restoration is within the hour.
The general boundaries of the outage were NE 205th on the North, NE 165th Street on the South, Burke Ave. N. on the West and 55th Avenue NE on the East. Not all homes and businesses within those general boundaries were affected.
Seattle City Light is the ninth largest public electric utility in the United States. It has 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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mike Eagan
Jan. 11, 2010 phone: 206/615-1691
PHIL WEST HEADS CUSTOMER SERVICE AND ENERGY DELIVERY FOR CITY LIGHT
New Officer comes from Sacramento Municipal Utility District to Seattle
SEATTLE — Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco announces the arrival of a new Customer Service and Energy Delivery Officer at City Light. Phil West started with the utility on January 4.
“Phil West brings extensive customer service and operations experience that will benefit City Light and its customer-owners as we strive to offer the best customer service experience of any utility in the nation,” Carrasco said. “In fact, during his tenure at Sacramento Municipal Utility (SMUD), they achieved the number one ranking for utilities by J.D. Power, Inc. I am delighted to have Phil join our team.”
West came to City Light from the Utility District where he served as director of customer services. Among his duties at City Light, he will be responsible for leading the many infrastructure improvement projects, implementing the outage management system which is scheduled to go live prior to the 2010 winter storm season, continuing the utility’s work on asset management, and improving the utility’s streetlight repair response time, as well as transitioning streetlights to LED technology.
“It is a great opportunity for me to join Seattle City Light and its long history of innovation, environmental stewardship, and energy conservation,” West said. “Electric utilities across the country face many challenges in today’s carbon-constrained world, and I look forward to helping City Light continue to achieve its goals of providing reliable, low-cost environmentally sensitive power for our customers.”
West joined SMUD in 1998 and managed various functions including asset management and work method improvements, outage management implementation, technology improvements to enhance operations, customer service and field services, and network system design.
Recently, West was responsible for managing the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of SMUD’s electrical distribution center. He oversaw an operations and maintenance budget of $66 million, a capital budget of $100 million, and managed 700 employees.
Previously, West was with Pacific Bell/Southwestern Bell, where he had responsibility in market development, account services, and strategic business planning. West has a master’s degree in finance and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from California State University.
Seattle City Light is the ninth largest public electric utility in the United States. It has the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly one million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.
Approximately 3,023 homes and businesses lost power in Seattle’s northend at about 1:50 p.m. today, affecting people primarily in the Loyal Heights, Crown Hill and Blue Ridge areas.
A repair crew was immediately dispatched to identify the problem and make repairs. An estimate for when power might be restored is 4 p.m.
The general boundaries of the outage were NW 113th St. on the north, NW 65th Street on the south, Greenwood Ave. N. on the east, and Earl Ave. N. on the west.
Early tomorrow morning, Saturday, Sept. 26th, power will be shut off at Seattle Center and in an area around it until approximately 7 a.m. for emergency repairs to City Light’s electrical distribution system. The approximate area of the outage is from Denny Way to Mercer St., from Queen Anne Ave. N. to Taylor Ave. N.; not everyone within these boundaries will be affected. Only those who have received written notification directly from City Light will be affected.
Seattle City Light has been able to move up its work to repair a 200-foot steel lattice tower on the north side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. During the work, the Burke Gilman Trail must be closed intermittently for safety reasons while workers are on the tower.
The closures will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Wednesday, July 8, and should be completed by Friday, July 17. Work will not be done on weekends and the trail will be open and unaffected during non-working times.
The trail will be closed between Fremont Ave. N. and Phinney Ave. N.
For westbound pedestrians and bicyclists, it will be easiest to avoid the closed area by using N. 34th St. from Stone Way N.
City Light began this four to five-month project earlier this month to replace old wooden power poles with stronger steel ones on both sides of the Ship Canal and to upgrade the high voltage power lines that cross over it between two 200-foot towers. The trail was closed for several days to move overhead wires and do preparatory work on the towers. The final closing of the trail for this project will occur in August, but it will be shortened significantly by the work beginning July 8.
For more information, contact Mike Eagan, City Light Communications & Public Affairs at (206) 615-1691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.