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Skagit River Hydro Project Relicensing Update

Seattle City Light continues working toward preparing to submit an application for the relicensing of the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. Even as we move forward through the relicensing process and start the field studies that will help us be good stewards of the natural and cultural resources of the Skagit… [ Keep reading ]

Extreme Heat Wave: Seattle City Light’s System Capability and Response

As our region grapples with a historic heat wave, Seattle City Light is carefully monitoring external conditions and our systems to maintain reliable power to our customers in Seattle and our surrounding communities. We have brought in extra crews to respond to unplanned outages and we have postponed planned outages… [ Keep reading ]

Boundary Dam achieves significant milestone in Unit 51 overhaul with new rotor installation

At Boundary Dam, all eyes have been on Unit 51, one of six generators at the hydroelectric plant that together provide 28.6% of City Light’s power generation portfolio. Unit 51 is being refreshed and upgraded to provide carbon-free, reliable power for the next 40-plus years. Last week, the Boundary project team reached a… [ Keep reading ]

33 Studies to Provide Wealth of Environmental and Cultural Knowledge about Skagit Valley

Seattle City Light is spending over $20 million on studies about the Skagit Valley Watershed—home to the three dams that provide 20 percent of City Light’s renewable energy SEATTLE—More than 30 studies will help Seattle City Light and government agencies, Tribes and other regional partners understand the effects of the utility’s dams and opportunities to improve the watershed. Most of the studies will be included in… [ Keep reading ]

Despite pandemic, City Light meets 2020 pole replacement goals

Today marks the second anniversary of the East Marginal Way South incident, where 26 utility poles came down during a storm event with high winds and rain. As a result of this incident, Seattle City Light established the Accelerated Pole Replacement Program in 2019 to reduce the backlog of wood poles requiring replacement. City Light partnered with SDOT to establish… [ Keep reading ]

Shake, Rattle and Volt: Protecting our Electrical Facilities Following the Nisqually Earthquake

Do you remember where you were on February 28, 2001? If you lived in the Puget Sound, it’s most likely a day that you remember well. Robert Cochran does. He was on the 35th floor in the Second and Seneca Building in downtown Seattle, preparing to present to the American Institute of Architects about, of all things,… [ Keep reading ]

Temporary Revised Timelines for New Service Connections

Seattle City Light remains committed to providing affordable and reliable electric service while prioritizing the safety of our customers and crews. As an essential service provider, we recognize our role in meeting the needs of our communities and we also understand the need for consistency and predictability in meeting service… [ Keep reading ]

Pend Oreille County, Seattle City Light Reach 10-Year Agreement

Seattle City Light’s Boundary Hydroelectric Project in Pend Oreille County is a vital source of hydroelectricity, powering the utility’s service area for more than 50 years. As a steward of the resources the utility relies on in this northeastern Washington county, City Light strives to maintain a positive relationship with local residents, governing entities and tribes. This fall, City Light continued this partnership as… [ Keep reading ]

Boundary Hydroelectric Project Receives National Historic Recognition

For more than 50 years, the Boundary Hydroelectric Project has powered Seattle with its clean hydropower. At 340 feet tall, the concrete double-curvature arch of Boundary Dam cuts an imposing figure on the Pend Oreille River in northeastern Washington. In January, City Light submitted an application to the Washington Department of… [ Keep reading ]