Crews worked through the night to restore power to approximately 12,900 customers. While crews worked to restore power to an earlier outage, four circuit breakers relayed offline causing a cascading effect and a small substation fire. The sequence of events led to a larger outage. Affected areas in parts of Ballard, Magnolia, and Queen Anne were returned to power by 6:15 a.m. this morning, Saturday, January 20. The cause of the original outage is still being investigated.
Seattle City Light crews are working to restore power to about 12,900 customers in parts of Ballard, Magnolia, and Queen Anne. While working to restore power to an earlier outage, four circuit breakers relayed offline causing a cascading effect and a larger outage. The Seattle Fire Department is responding to a small fire that resulted in the Broad Street Substation. An early estimate for restoration is later this morning, Saturday, January 20. Customers can get updated outage information at www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat.
Beginning in January 2018, Seattle City Light will be piloting a program to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by installing LED streetlight fixtures in Pioneer Square. Two manufacturers have been selected and customer comments are needed to decide which fixtures will light Pioneer Square. The new fixtures will be evaluated for appearance, historical integrity and light levels. The fixtures must meet City Light standards and Seattle Department of Transportation minimum light level and uniformity guidelines.
The new LED streetlights will make arterial streets safer by increasing their visibility at night.
Maintenance power outages are not planned for this work. Customers can expect some traffic impacts during the removal of existing streetlight fixtures and the installation of new LED fixtures. Parking may be impacted within the immediate work area.
Starting on February 12, 2018, customers can provide feedback on the pilot LED fixtures through our online survey: surveymonkey.com/r/PSFixtures.
Feedback is due by February 26, 2018.
Project Timeline (Beginning January 2018):
Stage 1: Light readings of existing fixtures
Stage 2: Installation of test fixtures
Stage 3: LED light analysis (survey feedback due by February 26, 2018)
Stage 4: Seattle City Light will present its findings to the Pioneer Square Preservation Board
If the test fixtures are not approved, they will be scheduled for immediate removal following the board decision. If the fixtures are approved, an order will be placed to convert the Pioneer Square neighborhood to the new fixtures in 2018.
Customers can contact Kevin Gorman, Project Manager at (206) 615-0650 or email@example.com.
Visit City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website for additional information on the pilot project.
It’s that time of the year in Seattle. You know, when dreary clouds outstay their welcome and cold rain reliably pelts your face every time you venture outdoors.
While our facilities in Seattle have stayed soggy for most of the season, our other facilities are dealing with a different (and some would argue more pleasant) kind of precipitation: snow! Our hydroelectric projects in the North Cascades and in northeastern Washington have had enough snow to make Jack Frost jealous.
City Light employees from across the state sent us these frosty photos to show what the weather is like in their neck of the woods. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, wrap up in your favorite blanket and browse through these delightful snowscapes.
A special thanks to all of those who submitted photos!
Contracted crews recently completed their work to replace aging utility poles in parts of Seattle City Light’s south end of the service territory. Crews replaced a total of 274 poles from March 2017 to December 2017.
Utility pole replacements are needed for several reasons. In many cases, poles need to be upgraded to add space for other third-party utilities (such as power, cable TV, phone service, etc.). Poles are also replaced if they are structurally unstable. This can be affected by the age of the pole, weather conditions, wildlife and even vehicle-pole collisions.
Completion of this work supports improvements in enhancing electrical reliability for customers.
Seattle City Light thanks its customers for their patience during the successful completion of this work.
Learn more about this project and others by visiting Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website.
Seattle City Light crews recently completed a project in late December 2017 to replace aging electrical infrastructure in the SODO neighborhood. The work included the replacement of aging utility poles, overhead wire and equipment to help upgrade the existing electrical system.
This work was part of a second phase to upgrade the electrical system in the Chinatown-International District, Yesler Terrace and SODO neighborhoods.
Previous work in the Chinatown-International District area was completed in June 2017. Upgrades to these three neighborhoods will support redevelopment projects and increased electrical reliability, flexibility and capacity.
City Light thanks its customers for their patience during the successful completion of this project.
For more information on this project and others in your area, please visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website.
This past December, a Seattle City Light contractor completed the final repair work on several existing electrical conduits along 42nd Avenue South in Tukwila, WA. The project also included the installation of new vaults to enhance reliability for electrical service.
Contracted crews started this three-month project in late October 2017. City Light thanks the residents of Tukwila for their patience during the successful completion of this project.
Learn about this project and others by visiting Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website.
Senior Safety Specialist Christian Wong has worked at the utility for two years. As part of the Safety, Health and Wellness team, Christian specializes in Industrial Hygiene and Programs. “I assist the administration and help with the standards writing,” Christian explained. “I also help to implement, update and reconfigure our programs processes as well as manage our data migration.”
Born in Canada, Christian grew up in Kent and graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) where he studied Safety and Health Management. “My immediate family lives in Kent; it’s nice to be a few minutes from my parents,” Christian shared. “We just returned from our annual winter trip to Whistler. It’s a fun tradition we have as a family.”
In this week’s (spot)Light, Christian talks about his family, his role and how he got started in the field.
“I like to paint and play guitar. I love music; I can’t stop listening to it. You’ll most likely catch me humming and whistling around the halls. In high school, I went to every possible concert I could. I even joined a band. I thought it was so awesome. I was on the tail end of growing up in the grunge area which was a big influence on my life especially living in Seattle. My mom and dad are both music fans. I’d have to say that Fleetwood Mac is the one band we can all listen to together and just rock out.”
“My dad is a contractor; he actually built my house! I used to help my dad on various projects and because I was familiar with the field, I originally studied construction management in college. As part of CWU’s construction program, we helped build houses in Ellensburg. I was on-site one day, and the instructor asked me to climb up a ladder and go onto the roof. There was no other equipment to assist me—no cleats, no tie-offs, no safety precautions. It really irked me because he was risking my safety to complete a job. I complained to the program director who suggested I check out the safety program. I instantly had a passion and affinity for it, so, I enrolled in the program and finished my studies in that field.”
“At the utility, we’re required to follow the safety programs of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Many of these rules and regulations require a lot of administrative rule in the process as well as making sure that we’re compliant. A good example of this is our hearing protection program. We’re required to offer annual hearing tests and audiograms to employees who are exposed to a certain decibel level. I coordinate all the program testers and ensure we’re following regulations and are properly notifying our employees.”
“Overall, I like the fact that I can send someone home without them being injured or hurt. To know that our employees can go home and watch TV or lift their kid is amazing to me. And any protection that I can help provide is completely satisfying. I relate to my dad in that way. He works with the principle ‘If everything is OK with you, then I’m ok.’ It’s something I’ve adopted and applied to my professional life.”
Namura Nkeze began her City Light career four years ago as a senior training and education coordinator in the Workforce Development group. She is now the division administrator for Facilities, Security and Emergency Management, a role she’s held the past six months. “I assist with the day-to-day operations for our division which includes supporting our leadership team and employees,” Namura explained.
Namura grew up in the Rainier Beach area, but later moved to Bellingham with her family. She studied English at Western Washington University and earned a master’s in education from the University of Washington (UW). She lives in Rainier Beach with her husband of 24 years, Emmanuel. They have two kids, Izahna and Joseph. “We’re very involved with our kids,” Namura shared. “I’m a room parent for my daughter and I participate in the PTO for my son. I’m also heavily involved in the community through a couple of organizations.”
In this week’s (spot)Light, Namura talks about her career path and her love of crafting.
“I love to sew and put things together; just create. I recently started making bottlecap necklaces. I’ve always been crafty. When I was in fourth grade, I was in a school production and they sent us home with material to make a dress. I ended up sewing the whole dress myself, by hand. I went to school and was so proud of my creation. My teachers were so impressed they used my dress as a pattern for the other students. I enjoy crafts because there is a beginning and an end. Maybe someday, I’ll open a site on Etsy or Amazon Handmade.”
“I worked at UW for 13 years. Before that, I worked at North Seattle Community College. After 20 years in education, I wanted a change. I started thinking about my interests and what got me excited about work. My guiding question was, ‘How do you get the right people in the right position to meet the needs of the organization and the individual?’ That led me to human resources, so, I completed the Human Resources Management Certificate at Bellevue College. By the time I finished, I had quit my job at UW and began looking for a position in my new field.”
“I heard about City Light from a friend. I applied for three positions before receiving an interview and an offer. And now here I am! Before I started working for the utility, I knew NOTHING about the work that was done here. Working in Workforce Development taught me a lot about the utility.”
“I am proud to work at City Light! Every time I flip on a switch at home, I’m thankful for the work that my co-workers do each day to afford me this privilege. I also love the people at the utility. We have folks who have been here as long as 40 years! That’s dedication and it shows! I believe you would be hard pressed to find that family feel and sense of community in any other organization. I‘m happy to have a second career at City Light.”
Rick Haggard has been in fleet management and transportation for 35 years. His career includes ten years with the City of Seattle and his current position as fleet manager for City Light, a role he’s held the past seven years. “I’m responsible for the utility’s fleet assets,” Rick explained. “From downtown to our remote facilities, we have about 1,000 pieces of equipment. We want to be the safest fleet; we want to prevent injury by being the most ergonomic fleet; and we want to do it efficiently and effectively to make sure everyone returns home for ‘The Other 16.’ ”
A native Washingtonian (“I’m one of the originals,” he joked), Rick grew up in Grapeview and attended Olympic College where he studied automotive technology. “It was always my goal to achieve a maintenance management position,” Rick said. “I’ve taken every class that’s been offered and have been involved in everything from conferences and education sessions to fleet management 101 and front line leadership. I’ve taken advantage of it all.”
Rick lives in Smokey Point with his wife Joenel. “We love to travel to warm weather destinations—St. Lucia, Jamaica, Hawaii,” Rick shared. “This year, we’re planning a trip to Mexico.” He also keeps busy as the vice-chair for the North American chapter of the National Affiliation of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) safety advisory committee and serves as the local safety chair for NAFA’s Puget Sound chapter. He’s also a NAFA Certified Automotive Fleet Manager.
In this week’s (spot)Light, Rick talks about his work and life in the Northwest.
“I love the natural beauty of the Northwest and feel fortunate to have grown up here. I’m a boater so I like being close to the water. We like to cruise the San Juan Islands; my favorite is Sucia Island. Many Canadians also visit which creates a feeling of comradery on the water. As the seasons come, we go fishing and crabbing. I also like to scuba dive and hunt.”
“I’ve always been fascinated with equipment and vehicles. I started working in a garage when I was 15—sweeping floors, pumping fuel, etc. Soon after, I started doing tires and preventive maintenance and became a full-fledged Master Mechanic. This line of work just came natural to me. I can look at something and fix it.”
“I started City Light’s fleet maintenance department with two people. We now have a full, robust program. Our teams design equipment and meet with our employees to determine their needs and areas of improvement. We also offer ergonomic and emission reduction solutions. In fact, we were just named the 13th greenest fleet in North America by Green Fleet Magazine. I have a great team of people who are focused, dedicated and very proud of what they do. My team has been nominated and awarded the Light Power and Pride award every year for the past five years. It’s hard work to accomplish what we have.”
“I like the diversity and comradery of the utility. The diversity in the City is astonishing. There are so many different cultures, different people, different opinions, different stories. Every year, our group organizes a car show which is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. The event attracts people from all over the utility, but has expanded with people from different City departments participating. It’s a testament to the wide variety of people who work here.”