Report calls Kenmore's power grid among "least reliable"

KING 5's John Langeler reports.

KENMORE, Wash. -- An independent report into Kenmore's electricity service from Puget Sound Energy determined the city's system is among the "least reliable" of all communities served by the utility.

The study, due to be presented to the city council on Tuesday, reaffirms the frustration many here have felt after years of storm, and non-storm related power outages that frequently take longer to repair than other urban areas.

According to the report, the duration and frequency of outages in Kenmore is more than what other PSE customers experience, and has been for the last two years.

"There are lot of frustrated folks around here," said Hans Lienesch, who started a Kenmore Power Outage Facebook page a few years ago, "They have good reason to be frustrated."

Sunday, PSE acknowledged Kenmore's power grid is "unique" for an urban setting, and that plans were being crafted to upgrade and enhance the outdated system.  Public meetings are being planned for before the end of the year.

Kenmore Mayor David Baker praised PSE for realizing the problem.  The city is currently negotiating a new contract with PSE, and Baker hinted Kenmore could have left for another provider.

"Kenmore's goal is, instead of being the least reliable, become the most reliable," said Baker.

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