Light Reading: Sep./Oct. 2019

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City Light Opens “World’s Coolest Substation”
This year, Seattle City Light opened its first new substation in over 30 years—Denny Substation—in the South Lake Union area. On Saturday, July 20, nearly 1,000 community members gathered at the site in the bustling Cascade neighborhood to celebrate Denny Substation and its public amenities with the community. Attendees enjoyed food trucks, music and ice cream while exploring some of the substation’s public benefits: art installations, an elevated walkway, a dog off-leash area and community spaces.

Denny Substation at night
Photo Credit: Benjamin Benschneider

Dubbed “the world’s coolest substation” by Fast Company, Denny Substation is a unique example of innovative infrastructure built in the middle of an ever-evolving, dense and diverse neighborhood. City Light worked with the community to design the new substation to fit the neighborhood’s character, provide community amenities and serve as a model for environmental sustainability.

Denny Substation Celebration with “Transforest” art installation

Energized in May 2018, Denny Substation is a long-term asset for City Light’s entire system and will provide reliability and flexibility to adjacent substations. The new substation was designed to last 50-100 years with the capacity to accommodate future needs in this neighborhood and beyond. Be sure to check it out the next time you’re in South Lake Union!

Click here for a full recap of the Denny Substation Celebration event!

Join the Utility Discount Program
The Utility Discount Program supports income-qualified customers with a discount of 60% off electricity and 50% off water, sewer and garbage costs. The average participant saves $1,200 a year!

For eligibility guidelines, personalized assistance and more information, call (206) 684-0268. This information is also available online at seattle.gov/light/discount.

Green Up
Make an impact by contributing to a greener, more resilient energy future by joining the City Light Green Up program. Simply add $3, $6 or $12 to your bill per month. Learn more by visiting seattle.gov/light/greenup or call (206) 684-3800.

When Outages Occur, Be in the Know
In the Pacific Northwest, fall wind storms are common and often cause power outages. When an outage occurs, stay up to date with City Light’s outage map for information on the restoration work and timeframe. Go to seattle.gov/light/outage to view our outage map.

Affordability Programs Available for You
Did you know that Seattle residents have over 100 programs dedicated to helping eligible participants? You can see them all at seattle.gov/affordable.
Not a Seattle resident? We can still help out on your utility bill if you meet income qualifications. Get details on our Utility Discount Program and other assistance programs for City Light ratepayers at seattle.gov/light/assistance/.

“Generators can be effective during a power outage, but they need to be used with care. Always use portable generators outside in well-ventilated areas and away from your home.”

Hernann Ambion

Sr. Public Relations Specialist

Seattle City Light crews are in these neighborhoods, working to provide reliable service:

  • Arroyo/South Arbor Heights: installing underground conduits, vaults and streetlights to replace aging infrastructure;
  • Downtown Seattle: converting historic globe streetlights to LEDs;
  • Montlake: installing underground conduits and new LED streetlights;
  • Pioneer Square/SODO: increasing electrical reliability by installing underground conduits;
  • SODO/Industrial District: installing publicly accessible EV chargers at the utility’s South Service Center;
  • South Lake Union: installing an underground electrical vault near Fairview Avenue North and Republican Street.

This is a partial list. For details go to seattle.gov/light/atwork to access our map and learn about individual projects.


Questions, comments or suggestions? Call (206) 684-3000.
Editor: Nathan MacDonald, nathan.macdonald@seattle.gov