Puget Sound Energy reliability project

Kenmore electric system improvements

2019 project updates

In an ongoing effort to deliver safe and reliable energy to you and your neighbors, PSE is planning upgrade projects for the Kenmore electrical system.

  • Reconductoring KNM-23 circuit along NE 175th Street. Work will entail replacing the existing overhead wire with larger wire to accommodate future load growth and reliability.
  • Reconductoring KNM-26 circuit along 55th Avenue NE, and installing tree wire – a specially coated overhead wire that’s designed to prevent an electric short (and subsequent outages) when a tree limb falls into a power line.
  • Replacing five aging segments of underground electric cable in the vicinity of 152nd Pl and 75th Ave NE as part of our Cable Replacement Program.
  • Upgrading aging circuit breakers at Inglewood substation, located on 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, which will improve how outages on the system are identified and managed remotely. Additionally, underground cables at the substation will be upgraded to improve reliability.
  • Complete reconductoring of KNM-26 circuit along NE 197th Street and 61st Place NE (see map). This project is an extension of the work done on this circuit in 2016, relocating the existing power lines from an inaccessible route to NE 198th Street. In the spring through fall of 2019, PSE will acquire easements and permits. Depending on easement and permit timeline, construction is anticipated in 2020.


As part of PSE’s commitment to providing Kenmore customers with safe, dependable electric service we are installing a series of distribution reliability projects.

We continue to strengthen the system by automating distribution circuits though out the city, which are operated remotely, eliminating the need for servicemen to patrol the line for damage. This will greatly reduce outage duration for customers.

2018 electric system improvements

  • Circuit KNM-23: Crews replaced older electric wire with tree wire along NE Arrowhead Dr between Juanita Dr NE and 61st Ave NE. Tree wire is a specially coated, overhead wire that's designed to prevent an outage when a branch falls into a power line.
  • Circuit KNM-26: Crews replaced older electric wire with tree wire and relocated the distribution line away from private property to NE 198th St between 68th Ave NE and 62nd Ave NE.
  • Circuit KNM-27: Crews replaced older electric wire with tree wire along 185th St between 68th Ave NE and 61st Ave NE.

2017 electric system improvements

  1. Circuit KNM-26 has been a low performing circuit for many years. The main issue is much of the distribution line is not on the public right-of-way and very difficult to access for repair. This distribution line was upgraded
  2. Circuit KNM-27 – distribution line along NE 185th St between 68th Ave NE and 61st Ave NE was upgraded to tree wire.
  3. Circuit KNM-23 – distribution line along NE Arrowhead Drive between Juanita Drive NE and 61st Ave NE was upgraded to tree wire.

2016 electric system improvements

  1. PSE is beginning to install automated distribution switches in certain areas of our service area to test the technology. Installed along Juanita Drive NE and north of NE 145th Street to automatically detect damage and restore power to customers within seconds.
  2. New overhead switches were installed on NE 185th Street to allow crews to restore power to customers more quickly.
  3. A new recloser was installed on NE 195th Street. This work will help prevent some customers from experiencing an outage, test the circuit automatically to quickly restore power, and sectionalize the circuit to reduce restoration time.
  4. Another new recloser was installed on NE 169th Street, providing the above benefits to the area.
  5. Distribution line was converted to underground line along State Route 522, east of 83rd Ave NE. This joint project with the City of Bothell will improve reliability for Kenmore residents living downstream of our lines along Bothell Way, near Simonds Road.
  6. The Moorlands-Vitulli transmission line upgrade was also completed in 2016. Crews rebuilt 5-miles of transmission line with a higher-capacity 115 kV line between the Moorlands substation in Kenmore and the Vitulli substation in Bothell. This upgrade will provide more reliable electric service to the Kenmore and Bothell areas.

For more information about completed and future distribution reliability projects:

RaeLynn Asah
Supervisor, Municipal Relations