City Light CEO, Denny Substation on Tap for Tuesday's SLU Community Council Meeting

SOUTH LAKE UNION -- Seattle City Light’s Denny Substation, which is under development and will come on-line mid 2018, is one of many success stories of the broader South Lake Union community working hand-in-hand with the City of Seattle. 

Through a community led process, South Lake Union and Cascade residents worked closely with Seattle City Light to envision and implement a state-of-the-art substation project that resulted in an innovative facility that delivers 21st century electrical grid infrastructure while providing important public amenities to benefit the local neighborhood.

Joining the South Lake Union Community Council for its February meeting is City Light’s General Manager and CEO Larry Weis, who brings some 35 years in the electric power and water utility industries including 26 years leading those organizations.

The South Lake Union Community Council will also hear from Steven Shain of the Seattle Office of Planning Community Development discussing the disposition of the city-owned megablock site in South Lake Union and Eric Tweit of SDOT, who will discuss the progress of the interim SLU mobility strategy leading up to the implementation of One Center City.  Advocacy for affordable housing in SLU and support of the Washington Tourism Alliance statewide tourism program #TourismWorksForWA are also on the agenda.

In his Denny Substation presentation, Mr. Weis will talk about the importance of the community-city relationship that has shaped the substation project along with the public benefits that the substation will bring to the broader community.  His talk will also focus on the importance of Seattle's holistic approach to modernizing its electricity grid.

Mr. Weis is known for his operational knowledge of the distribution and transmission business and the successful deployment of new technologies in the utilities industry. In his leadership roles, he has transitioned public utilities to diversify their generation using renewable energy resources; leveraging his expertise in risk management and fuel supply strategies.

He is a Seattle native that studied Engineering and Technology at Western Washington University where he was a team member of the school’s highly regarded Vehicle Research Institute before joining the Boeing company early in his career.

Mr. Weis’ utilities industry experience spans four decades including stops with the Snohomish PUD before taking on leadership roles in across the state in Pend Oreille County, Turlock, Calif. and most recently Austin, Tex. before being nominated by Mayor Ed Murray and confirmed by the City Council in 2016 to head Seattle City Light.

The SLU Community Council meeting gets underway Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. at 415 Westlake Ave in the heart of South Lake Union.

 WHAT:  South Lake Union Community Council February Meeting

WHEN:  Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 (4 p.m.)

WHERE:  415 Westlake (Kakao Coffee) in the heart of South Lake Union

WHY:  Meet your neighbors, play a role in the leadership of your SLU Community

GETTING THERE:  Take the Seattle Streetcar, walk, bike or drive. 415 Westlake is across from Firestone.