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Updated: Sourdough Fire Likely to Burn for Many More Weeks

UPDATED: State Route 20 North Cascades Highway is open between Newhalem (milepost 120) and Silver Star campground (milepost 171). From 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., a pilot car will escort travelers along a 4-mile stretch of highway from Rainy Pass (milepost 158) to the Blue Lake trailhead parking lot (milepost… [ Keep reading ]

Updated: Sourdough Fire Continues to Burn Near City Light’s Skagit Hydroelectric Project

UPDATE: State Route 20 is closed, effective immediately, beyond Newhalem between Milepost 120 and Milepost 146 due to fire activity. Real-time alerts on road conditions and open/close status can be found here. The Sourdough Fire is currently 1,710 acres with 0% containment with gradual spread to the north, east and… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle City Light Providing Assistance as Sourdough Wildfire Continues to Grow

Seattle City Light is assisting in efforts to control the spread of the Sourdough wildfire in the North Cascades National Park Complex adjacent to its Skagit Hydroelectric Project near the towns of Diablo and Newhalem. The fire began Saturday, July 29, near the Sourdough Mountain trail as a result of… [ Keep reading ]

Keep cool, save energy and stay safe

Seattle weather seems to have skipped right over spring and decided to go into some unseasonably high temperatures over the next five days. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Monday night with temperatures reaching the mid ’80s and potentially 90 degrees in some areas. While the… [ Keep reading ]

Energized Environmental Vision Set for Skagit Hydropower Project

Seattle is fortunate in that most of our electricity comes from hydropower — the most reliable renewable energy resource now available. But even hydropower impacts the environment, and Seattle City Light works closely with our partners to develop science-based approaches to protecting the watershed and nearby communities. The license we… [ Keep reading ]

Earth-friendly, energy saving tips from City Light staffers

The world will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, 2023, but there is no reason we can’t celebrate Earth Day, every day! As we look for ways to help save the planet and be better environmental stewards, saving energy is great place to start. We asked City Light staff… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle City (spot)Light: John Lee, Electrician Constructor Working Crew Chief – Hydro Operator

BackgroundHometown: I grew up in the Green Lake and Greenwood area of Seattle.​​​​Alma Mater: U.S. NavyDiscipline/Trade of study: Nuclear Power Program, Electrician’s Mate The BasicsYears of service: Seven yearsDivision: Cedar Falls and Tolt GenerationRole: I supervise the Cedar Falls and South Fork Tolt crew in operations and maintenance of the generation, distribution,… Filed Under: Get to Know City Light, PowerlinesTagged With:

Seattle City Light Announces Curbside EV Charging Sites for Pilot Program

The much anticipated announcement of the 31 selected locations for Seattle City Light’s Curbside Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging pilot is finally here! After receiving more than 1,800 requests from eager Seattle area community members and EV enthusiasts last summer, we had our work cut out for us. Luckily, we… [ Keep reading ]

Renewable Energy – The Key to Powering the Future

With increasing concern over climate change and energy consumption expected to grow by nearly 50% by 2050, much emphasis is being placed on renewable energy over fossil fuels. Innovation is driving down renewable technology costs while prices for fossil fuels are going up as they become more scarce. With the… [ Keep reading ]

Heat Pump Basics

Chances are you’ve heard heat pumps mentioned quite a bit lately but it’s more than just a buzz word. These energy efficient, electric wonders are gaining in popularity in the United States due to new incentives via the Inflation Reduction Act and growing concern over the climate crisis. So what… [ Keep reading ]