City of Kenmore expresses concern about chronic PSE power outages

Monday, September 26, 2016

The City of Kenmore has expressed its concerns about chronic electrical power outages in its neighborhoods.

What seems to be more than our share of outages has been an ongoing issue for many years, with the latest major outage on a warm, sunny day.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE), a for-profit corporation, is the electric utility provider for Kenmore as well as neighboring cities of Bothell, Kirkland, and Woodinville.

In recent years the City has taken steps to more aggressively push for improved electric reliability in Kenmore. As a result, PSE has proposed future capital projects in Kenmore that will presumably improve electric reliability in some parts of the city.

PSE’s proposed improvements are a step in the right direction; however, we are not convinced that they are enough to address Kenmore’s ongoing reliability problems. We have data that shows that eight of Kenmore’s 10 neighborhood circuits are performing below PSE’s average for reliability.

The City of Kenmore says that it has and will continue to voice concerns about electric power reliability to PSE, and citizens and businesses are encouraged to do the same. You can do so by calling PSE at 425-424-6446 or by emailing PSE at

In addition, PSE customers can also contact the Utilities and Trade Commission to voice their concerns. Fill out the Online Complaint Form,  or call toll-free 1-888-333-WUTC (9882).


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