Posts categorized under Nathan MacDonald, Author at Powerlines

How to stay safe, cool and energy-efficient during the heat wave.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Monday night with temperatures reaching the 90s in some areas. While the heat may be a welcomed change for some, it can also turn from uncomfortable to dangerous in a matter of minutes. We have a list of tips to… [ Keep reading ]

Scammers are preying on our region. Here’s what you need to know.   

Each year, scammers take deceitful and aggressive measures to target our customers. They are even taking advantage of the heightened stress caused by the pandemic to demand financial and personal information in addition to threatening to shut off your power. Here are a few tips to help you spot a… Filed Under: In the Community, News, PowerlinesTagged With:

Keep Mylar Balloons from Crashing the Party

Parties call for all kinds of fun decorations, like mylar balloons! But sometimes these festive, floating objects come at a cost. Each year, stray mylar balloons fly into City Light’s power lines, leading to their fiery demise and potential power outages. For our crews, this can become a problem. “Mylar… [ Keep reading ]

National Electrical Safety Month: Power Lines on Trees

Before you break out the shears, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind when trimming your trees and shrubs!

Light Reading: May-June 2022

Skagit Tours is calling your name  Whether it’s your first time or you haven’t visited in a while, an excursion with Skagit Tours should be on your summer travel list.  Just a scenic drive away from Seattle, Skagit Tours offers morning and afternoon boat tours aboard the Alice Ross IV on… [ Keep reading ]

Energy-saving tips for spring! 

From flowers blooming to longer days, it’s hard to beat springtime in the Pacific Northwest. With summer on the horizon, now is a good time to prepare your home for the heat of the summer. We have a list of tips to help keep your family cool while conserving energy…. Filed Under: Environment, News, Powerlines, Residential Customers

How City Light and other utilities and agencies are addressing invasive species

From small lakes to large rivers and reservoirs, Washington state boasts some of the world’s most beautiful and pristine waterways. But below the surface, there can be a menagerie of invasive plants, fish and mussels (to name a few) that threaten our waterways and fragile ecosystems. Some aquatic invasive species,… [ Keep reading ]

Light Reading: March/April 2022

Does your yard need a spring cleaning? We have tips to keep you safe. It’s hard to believe that spring is here again! Our Vegetation Management team has a few tips to keep you safe before you put your green thumb to good use in your yard. When working with… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle City (spot)Light: John Owen, Engineering Supervisor

The Basics How long have you been at City Light? My first day at City Light was Feb. 1, 1995.  I’m retiring March 1, so that will make a total of 27 years and one month. Division: Electrification and Strategic Technology Tell us about your role: I supervise the Strategic Technology Transfer team. We’re on the front… [ Keep reading ]

Move the line: How City Light relocated a transmission line with international implications

Last fall, Seattle City Light and its partners took on the monumental task of relocating nearly half a mile of 115kV transmission line along Seattle’s waterfront. While relocating a transmission line is nothing new to City Light, the potential impacts of this line were more challenging than others. This specific line is a vital part… [ Keep reading ]