February Snow Storm

Last night’s snow and ice storm caused outages around our service area, and our crews have been working all day to assess the damage and restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We’ve made great progress, restoring power to over 91% of affected customers. The majority of customers still without power are in Thurston County and Kitsap County, where the most significant storm damage occurred.

The National Weather Service forecasts a wind advisory for the east Puget Sound lowlands, starting on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 a.m. until Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. Depending on the wind conditions, our service area may experience more power outages tomorrow, and impact current estimated times of restoration.

Our crews—along with additional crews from neighboring utilities—are out in force. Many of the remaining outages impact small pockets of customers. Crews are going neighborhood by neighborhood to restore distribution electric service, which gets restored in much smaller numbers, such as to 5, 10 or 20 customers at a time.


Safety first. Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.

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Hydro Licensing

What is Hydro licensing?

Two of Puget Sound Energy's hydroelectric projects, Baker River and Snoqualmie Falls, are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

According to the Federal Power Act of 1920, FERC has exclusive authority to license all non-federal hydroelectric projects located on navigable waterways or federal lands. New licenses are normally issued for a period of 30 to 50 years.

Baker River Dam

Baker River licensing

PSE received a new 50-year FERC license for the Baker River Project in October 2008.

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls licensing

PSE received a new 40-year FERC license for the Snoqualmie Falls Project in June 2004.