Thursday, July 30, 2015

Energy News Digest for July 30, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for July 30, 2015

Red Flag Warning for Olympic Mountains

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Mason PUD 3 Analyzing New Bonneville Power Administration Rates; Increase Coming (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Washington State Governor Issues Executive Order to Cap Carbon Emissions (Utility Dive)

Bonneville Power Administration Shares Tips on Coping with Hottest Day of Year (Go Local PDX)

Mason in the Cold – Hot Vs. Cold Housing Markets in Western Washington (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Washington State Drought Provides “Critical Condition” Data for Hydrologists (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Mason PUD 3 Analyzing New Bonneville Power Administration Rates; Increase Coming
  • Seattle City Light Proposes New Substation in South Lake Union
  • Could Next-Gen Reactors Spark Revival in Nuclear Power?
  • Customer Education is Key to Successful Smart Utility Initiatives
  • Nimby Nation: The High Cost to America of Saying No to Everything
  • ‘I Am Trying to Save a Company’: FirstEnergy CEO Calls for Re-Regulation in Ohio
  • Missouri Regulators Looking into Decoupling Utility Revenues & Profits
  • Idaho: First Sockeye Salmon of Year Returns to Redfish Lake Creek
  • British Columbia: First Nations Tribal Council Suspends Okanagan Sockeye Salmon Fishery
  • In Drought, Conflict Emerges Between Fish & Man
  • Washington State Drought Provides “Critical Condition” Data for Hydrologists
  • Residents Fight for North Side of Mt. Hood
  • Port Angeles City Council Decides on Fluoridation Poll by Mail Rather Than Ballot Item
  • If Wind Energy is ‘Strong,’ Why Does It Need Subsidies?
  • California: Wind Farm Signs Deal with Edison
  • Can SolarCity Crack the Code on Small Commercial Solar?
  • Bonneville Power Administration Shares Tips on Coping with Hottest Day of Year
  • Trying to Keep Cool? Tips to Maintain Air Conditioning Units
  • Energy Adviser: Ductless Heat Pumps Are Coolers on Hot Days
  • Estimating Appliance & Home Electronic Energy Use
  • Native American Tribes Set to Begin Marijuana Sales
  • Washington State Governor Issues Executive Order to Cap Carbon Emissions
  • Inslee Says Cap Would Hit Washington State’s Largest Carbon Sources, Including Gas Distributors
  • Critics Say a Washington State Carbon Cap Would Raise Gas, Utility Bills
  • BMW’s Plan to Prevent Electric Cars from Overwhelming the Grid
  • Windows 10 Release May Break Internet Traffic Records
  • Beautiful Video Explains How Light’s Been Harnessed for Communication
  • Facebook is Tech’s It Company: Column
  • PicMonkey Grabs $41 Million Investment
  • Mason in the Cold – Hot Vs. Cold Housing Markets in Western Washington
  • Small Washington State Exporters ‘Kneecapped’ by Loss of Export-Import Bank
  • Greenpeace Protesters Dangle from Portland Bridge
  • Indian Ocean Debris Almost Certainly from Boeing 777: Malaysia
  • Washington State Cranberry Growers Anxious for Fall Rain at Harvest
  • ‘New Yorker’ Magazine Tries to Calm Seattle’s Fears after Terrifying Earthquake Story
WORD OF THE DAY

Conundrum • \kuh-NUN-drum\ • Noun – 1: a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun 2a: a question or problems having only a conjectural answer b: an intricate and difficult problem

Cut, borrow, or tax
Congressional conundrum
The best we can do?

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Mason PUD 3 Analyzing New Bonneville Power Administration Rates; Increase Coming (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Seattle City Light Proposes New Substation in South Lake Union (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Could Next-Gen Reactors Spark Revival in Nuclear Power? (National Geographic)

Customer Education is Key to Successful Smart Utility Initiatives (Breaking Energy)

Nimby Nation: The High Cost to America of Saying No to Everything (Forbes Magazine – CAVE People = Citizens Against Virtually Everything)

‘I Am Trying to Save a Company’: FirstEnergy CEO Calls for Re-Regulation in Ohio (Utility Dive)

Missouri Regulators Looking into Decoupling Utility Revenues & Profits (Midwest Energy News)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Idaho: First Sockeye Salmon of Year Returns to Redfish Lake Creek (Associated Press)

British Columbia: First Nations Tribal Council Suspends Okanagan Sockeye Salmon Fishery (Globe & Mail, Canada)

In Drought, Conflict Emerges Between Fish & Man (Crosscut Seattle)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Washington State Drought Provides “Critical Condition” Data for Hydrologists (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

Residents Fight for North Side of Mt. Hood (Courthouse News Service)

Port Angeles City Council Decides on Fluoridation Poll by Mail Rather Than Ballot Item (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

If Wind Energy is ‘Strong,’ Why Does It Need Subsidies? (Christian Science Monitor)

California: Wind Farm Signs Deal with Edison (San Diego Union-Tribune, CA)

Can SolarCity Crack the Code on Small Commercial Solar? (The Energy Collective)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Bonneville Power Administration Shares Tips on Coping with Hottest Day of Year (Go Local PDX)

Trying to Keep Cool? Tips to Maintain Air Conditioning Units (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Energy Adviser: Ductless Heat Pumps Are Coolers on Hot Days (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Estimating Appliance & Home Electronic Energy Use (Breaking Energy)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Native American Tribes Set to Begin Marijuana Sales (Tri-City Herald, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Washington State Governor Issues Executive Order to Cap Carbon Emissions (Utility Dive)

Inslee Says Cap Would Hit Washington State’s Largest Carbon Sources, Including Gas Distributors (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Critics Say a Washington State Carbon Cap Would Raise Gas, Utility Bills (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

BMW’s Plan to Prevent Electric Cars from Overwhelming the Grid (The Atlantic)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Windows 10 Release May Break Internet Traffic Records (Broadband Reports)

Beautiful Video Explains How Light’s Been Harnessed for Communication (Gizmodo)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook is Tech’s It Company: Column (USA Today)

PicMonkey Grabs $41 Million Investment (TechCrunch)

GENERAL NEWS

Mason in the Cold – Hot Vs. Cold Housing Markets in Western Washington (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Small Washington State Exporters ‘Kneecapped’ by Loss of Export-Import Bank (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Greenpeace Protesters Dangle from Portland Bridge (Northwest Public Radio)

Indian Ocean Debris Almost Certainly from Boeing 777: Malaysia (Reuters)

Washington State Cranberry Growers Anxious for Fall Rain at Harvest (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

‘New Yorker’ Magazine Tries to Calm Seattle’s Fears after Terrifying Earthquake Story (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Waters for Rio de Janiero’s 2016 Olympics Are ‘Basically Raw Sewage’

New Hampshire Baby Receives Lifetime Hunting-Fishing License

Three Sets of Twins Born Same Day at Montana Hospital

Florida Man Wins Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West

SONG OF THE DAY

The Standells – Dirty Water

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Energy News Digest for July 29, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for July 29, 2015

Special Weather Statement for Mason County

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Businesses Wary as Inslee Rolls Out Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Washington State (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Avista Electric Rates Too High, Say Two Washington State Agencies (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

55,000 Streetlights, $1.5 Million in Savings: Portland LED Project Sets a Solid Pace (Portland Business Journal, OR)

British Columbia: Sockeye Face ‘Catastrophic’ Collapse in South Okanagan (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Still Offline: U-S Non-Internet Users Stuck at 15 Percent (Yahoo! Tech)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Avista Electric Rates Too High, Say Two Washington State Agencies
  • Franklin PUD to Increase Rate This Fall
  • Franklin PUD Commission Approves Rate Action
  • BPA Rates, Community Solar – Mason PUD 3 Commission Report – July 28, 2015 Business Meeting
  • Oregon: Columbia County Electric Rates Rise as Water Levels Fall
  • Portland General Electric Earnings Flat, Revenue Up as Company Stays on Track
  • California: Environmental Hurdle Adds a Year to SMUD’s Massive $800 Million Hydroelectric Project
  • Which Countries Have The Most Nuclear Reactors Under Construction?
  • Stealing Electricity to Power Phones is a Crime, But Solution Offered for Homeless Women
  • British Columbia: Sockeye Face ‘Catastrophic’ Collapse in South Okanagan
  • 100,000 Fish Die from Drought at Green River Hatchery
  • Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Salmon Fishery to Open
  • Some Man-Made Rock Dams Being Removed from Area Rivers
  • Oregon Passes Sage Grouse Development Rules
  • Yakima Basin Water Plan Heads for U-S Senate Panel
  • Seattle Running Out of Water Quicker Than We Thought
  • 55,000 Streetlights, $1.5 Million in Savings: Portland LED Project Sets a Solid Pace
  • Businesses Wary as Inslee Rolls Out Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Washington State
  • Inslee: I’ll Use My Authority to Impose Cap on Emissions in Washington State
  • Later Deadline Expected in Obama’s Climate Plan
  • Mayor Details Portland’s Plans to Battle Climate Change Following Vatican Trip
  • New Quick-Charging Station ‘Electric Avenue’ Opens in Portland
  • Still Offline: U-S Non-Internet Users Stuck at 15 Percent
  • Microsoft Launches Windows 10 with an Eye on Mobile Market
  • Twitter Shares Fall as Growth of Monthly Users Slows
  • Facebook’s Ascent Has Investors Betting on More Gains
  • Court Rejects Claim over Goat Goring in Olympic National Park
  • Washington State to Sell Former Island Park to Squaxin Island Tribe
  • Washington State Patrol Considers Larger Academy Class Size
WORD OF THE DAY

Fettle • \FET-tull\ • noun – State or condition of health, fitness, wholeness, spirit, or form.

“You are in fine fettle this morning,” chirped the attentive stenographer to her grumpy supervisor. “The old trout normally stumps in, all hunched over,” mused the rosy-cheeked employee. “Today she looks positively dewey. I wonder if that trip to the casino last night was profitable.”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Avista Electric Rates Too High, Say Two Washington State Agencies (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Franklin PUD to Increase Rate This Fall (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Franklin PUD Commission Approves Rate Action (Franklin PUD, Pasco, WA)

BPA Rates, Community Solar – Mason PUD 3 Commission Report – July 28, 2015 Business Meeting (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Oregon: Columbia County Electric Rates Rise as Water Levels Fall (St Helens Chronicle, OR)

Portland General Electric Earnings Flat, Revenue Up as Company Stays on Track (Portland Business Journal, OR)

California: Environmental Hurdle Adds a Year to SMUD’s Massive $800 Million Hydroelectric Project (Sacramento Business Journal, CA)

Which Countries Have The Most Nuclear Reactors Under Construction? (Forbes Magazine)

Stealing Electricity to Power Phones is a Crime, But Solution Offered for Homeless Women (Oregonian, Portland)

FISH & WILDLIFE

British Columbia: Sockeye Face ‘Catastrophic’ Collapse in South Okanagan (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

100,000 Fish Die from Drought at Green River Hatchery (Longview Daily News, WA)

Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Salmon Fishery to Open (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

Some Man-Made Rock Dams Being Removed from Area Rivers (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Oregon Passes Sage Grouse Development Rules (Northwest Public Radio)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Yakima Basin Water Plan Heads for U-S Senate Panel (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

Seattle Running Out of Water Quicker Than We Thought (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

55,000 Streetlights, $1.5 Million in Savings: Portland LED Project Sets a Solid Pace (Portland Business Journal, OR)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Businesses Wary as Inslee Rolls Out Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Washington State (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Inslee: I’ll Use My Authority to Impose Cap on Emissions in Washington State (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Later Deadline Expected in Obama’s Climate Plan (NY Times)

Mayor Details Portland’s Plans to Battle Climate Change Following Vatican Trip (KUOW Radio, Seattle, WA)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

New Quick-Charging Station ‘Electric Avenue’ Opens in Portland (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Still Offline: U-S Non-Internet Users Stuck at 15 Percent (Yahoo! Tech)

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 with an Eye on Mobile Market (Reuters)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter Shares Fall as Growth of Monthly Users Slows (Reuters)

Facebook’s Ascent Has Investors Betting on More Gains (Reuters)

GENERAL NEWS

Court Rejects Claim over Goat Goring in Olympic National Park (Associated Press)

Washington State to Sell Former Island Park to Squaxin Island Tribe (Olympian - Paywall Advisory)

Washington State Patrol Considers Larger Academy Class Size (Associated Press)

DIVERSIONS

First Blue Moon since 2012 Will Cross Sky on Friday

Seven Incredible Viewpoints & Stops Along Hood Canal

Tom Brady is ‘Very Disappointed’ That NFL Will Uphold Deflategate Ban

Cat Found Alive aboard Sunken Boat Pulled from Lake Havasu

SONG OF THE DAY

Bill Monroe - Blue Moon of Kentucky

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Energy News Digest for July 28, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for July 28, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Google Lays Groundwork for another Data Center in the Dalles (Oregonian, Portland)

Washington Regulators Examine Cost of Closing Puget Sound Coal Facilities (Utility Dive)

Pacific Power’s High-Energy Parent Joins Climate Change Fight (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Will the Pacific Northwest Have a Water Problem This Fall? (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

Inslee Weighs Action on Climate Change against ‘Poison Pill’ In Washington State Transportation Bill (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Washington Regulators Examine Cost of Closing Puget Sound Coal Facilities
  • Green Groups Split with Cantwell on Senate Energy Bill
  • New Study Highlights Impact of Increased Electricity Prices
  • FERC’s 2015 Energy Primer Reflects Changes in Energy Markets
  • Despite Court Setbacks, Michigan Smart-Meter Opponents ‘Not Going Away’
  • Why We Need Nuclear Power
  • Will the Pacific Northwest Have a Water Problem This Fall?
  • Capitol Land Trust Moves Forward on Black River, Goldsborough Creek & Nelson Family Ranch Projects
  • Pacific Northwest Tribal Members Report Early Start to Huckleberry Season
  • Buyer Beware of Solar Sales Pitches
  • Expansion-Minded Sacramento Biomass Company Takes Over Connecticut Plant
  • For Those without Electricity Solar is Shining Brighter
  • Spring & Summer Energy-Saving Tips
  • Let There Be More Light for Surprise Winner
  • Pacific Power’s High-Energy Parent Joins Climate Change Fight
  • Google Lays Groundwork for another Data Center in the Dalles
  • Wired to Fail
  • AT&T Fumes Over $100M FCC Fine for Throttling Unlimited Users
  • Google Pulling Back on Social Network as Key User Gateway
  • LinkedIn, Notorious for Sending Too Many Emails, Cuts Back
  • The Surprising Way Smartphones Are Changing the Way We Shop
  • Inslee Weighs Action on Climate Change against ‘Poison Pill’ In Washington State Transportation Bill
  • Editorial: Inslee: Don’t Forfeit Washington State Green Projects for Fuel Mandate
  • Puget Sound Cities Activate Drought Plans as River Levels Drop
  • City of Shelton, Mason County & EDC Talk Use of Simpson Mill Closure Relief Funds
  • Downtown Shelton Port-A-Potty Pilot Project Proposed
  • Pacific Northwest True Crime Writer Ann Rule Dead at 83
WORD OF THE DAY

Effulgence • \ih-FULL-junss\ • Noun - Radiant splendor: brilliance

The attending flacks stood in awe of their Chief Operating Officer’s dazzling effulgence. The rollout of a new light-emitting diode disco cape was apparently a huge success, with sparking lights from the COO’s clothes sending iridescent reflections off the mirror ball onto the slack-jawed faces of the media elites, whom had been called to witness the event.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Washington Regulators Examine Cost of Closing Puget Sound Coal Facilities (Utility Dive)

Green Groups Split with Cantwell on Senate Energy Bill (National Journal)

New Study Highlights Impact of Increased Electricity Prices (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association)

FERC’s 2015 Energy Primer Reflects Changes in Energy Markets (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)

Despite Court Setbacks, Michigan Smart-Meter Opponents ‘Not Going Away’ (Midwest Energy News)

Why We Need Nuclear Power – Some scientists are calling for 100 percent renewable energy, that’s the wrong approach (Mother Jones)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Will the Pacific Northwest Have a Water Problem This Fall? (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

Capitol Land Trust Moves Forward on Black River, Goldsborough Creek & Nelson Family Ranch Projects (Thurston Talks, Olympia, WA)

Pacific Northwest Tribal Members Report Early Start to Huckleberry Season (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Buyer Beware of Solar Sales Pitches (Electric Co-op Today)

Expansion-Minded Sacramento Biomass Company Takes Over Connecticut Plant (Sacramento Business Journal, CA)

For Those without Electricity Solar is Shining Brighter (Christian Science Monitor)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Spring & Summer Energy-Saving Tips (Breaking Energy)

Let There Be More Light for Surprise Winner (Electric Co-op Today)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Pacific Power’s High-Energy Parent Joins Climate Change Fight (Portland Business Journal, OR)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Google Lays Groundwork for another Data Center in the Dalles (Oregonian, Portland)

Wired to Fail – How a little known agency mishandled several billion dollars of stimulus money trying to expand broadband coverage to rural communities (Politico)

AT&T Fumes Over $100M FCC Fine for Throttling Unlimited Users (Broadband Reports)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Google Pulling Back on Social Network as Key User Gateway (SF Chronicle)

LinkedIn, Notorious for Sending Too Many Emails, Cuts Back (NY Times)

The Surprising Way Smartphones Are Changing the Way We Shop (SF Chronicle)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Inslee Weighs Action on Climate Change against ‘Poison Pill’ In Washington State Transportation Bill (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Editorial: Inslee: Don’t Forfeit Washington State Green Projects for Fuel Mandate (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

Puget Sound Cities Activate Drought Plans as River Levels Drop (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

City of Shelton, Mason County & EDC Talk Use of Simpson Mill Closure Relief Funds (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Downtown Shelton Port-A-Potty Pilot Project Proposed (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Pacific Northwest True Crime Writer Ann Rule Dead at 83 (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)

DIVERSIONS

Man’s Selfie with Rattlesnake Lands Him $150,000 Hospital Bill

Peaches or Plums? Tree Bears 40 Kinds of Fruit

ATM Workers Forget Bag of Cash, Man Drives Off with $150,000

Fugitive’s Role in Horror Film Leads to His Olympia Arrest

SONG OF THE DAY

Somebody That I Used to Know – Walk off the Earth

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Energy News Digest for July 27, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for July 27, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Bonneville Power Administration Announces New Wholesale Rates – New Rates Support Power System Improvements (Bonneville Power Administration)

Half of Columbia River Sockeye Salmon Dying Due to Hot Water (Associated Press)

Oregon Wind Farm Takes on Portland General Electric (Courthouse News Service)

Welcome to Cyber City: Moses Lake Tries Again (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Florida: Utilities Cry Foul over Efforts to End Energy-Efficiency Payments by Big Business (Tampa Bay Times, FL)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Bonneville Power Administration Announces New Wholesale Rates – New Rates Support Power System Improvements
  • Pacific Northwest Co-ops Face 7.1 Percent Wholesale Power Rate Hike
  • Bonneville Power Administration Will Raise Wholesale Power, Transmission Rates
  • Bonneville Power Administration Announces New Wholesale Rates
  • British Columbia: Peace Valley Group Appeals Failed Attempt to Quash Dam Project
  • Fitch Rates Klickitat PUD $80.3 million Bonds ‘A-’; Outlook Stable
  • California Just Learned That Gas Companies Can Deduct Settlement Damages from Their Taxes
  • Brazilian Bribery Claims Splash to Electric Utility
  • Linemen ‘Rodeo’ Helps Raise Money for Oregon Burn Center
  • Half of Columbia River Sockeye Salmon Dying Due to Hot Water
  • Experimental River Operations at Little Goose, Lower Granite Go Into Effect to Aid Sockeye
  • Coho Off-Limits to Anglers in Columbia until August
  • Official July Census of Orcas: 81 Whales, Including Four Baby Orcas Born since Winter
  • Regional Fisheries Manager John Whalen Blended Fishing, Conservation
  • Treaty Water:  Finding Water for Columbia River Fish in a Low Flow Year; Most Comes from Canada Storage Reservoirs
  • NOAA Grant to Help Washington Monitor Toxic Algae Bloom
  • Oregon Wind Farm Takes on Portland General Electric
  • Swaggart Plans 500 MW Wind Power Farm in Oregon
  • Portland Solar Company SoloPower Sold For $220 Million
  • Offshore Wind Power Gets Foothold in U-S with Rhode Island Project
  • Iowa Farmer Says He’ll Remove Solar If Co-Op’s $85 Fixed Charge Stands
  • Arizona Appeals Court OKs Trash-Burning by Utility
  • Florida: Utilities Cry Foul over Efforts to End Energy-Efficiency Payments by Big Business
  • Apple Yanks Google’s Nest Smart Thermostat from Website & Retail Stores
  • Editorial: Conservation – Connecting Water & Watts
  • LEDs Pose Same Threat as Solar & Net Metering for Utility Ratemaking
  • Carbon-Tax Initiative Divides Environmentalists
  • Secret Weapon in Fight against Climate Change: Mayors
  • Obama’s Power Plant Rules Could Cut Your Electricity Bill
  • Welcome to Cyber City: Moses Lake Tries Again
  • Comcast to Begin Testing Super-Fast Cable Broadband This Year
  • City Asks for Fiber Network Help, Five Years after Being Left at Altar by Verizon FiOS
  • Cheaper, More Competitive Broadband: Not Gonna Happen Anytime Soon, Analyst Tells Congress
  • Seattle Police Tweet the Chief’s Torchlight Selfie after Urging Public to Limit Cell Use
  • Jennifer Newman: Working with Rude Customers
  • New Study Shows How Deeply Awful Those ‘Get the App’ Web Pages Are
  • Hillary Clinton Rolls Out Climate Agenda
  • Week Ahead: Senate Kicks Off Energy Bill Review
  • An Energy Bill with Sparks, But No Friction
  • Cigarette Butts Causing Brush Fires
  • Sierra Pacific: Dispelling Rumors about New Shelton Mill
  • What a New Yorker Article Did for Earthquake Prep Sales
  • Squaxin Island First Salmon Ceremony Friday
  • Former Mariners Pitcher Randy Johnson among New Inductees to Hall of Fame
  • Harvard Study Predicts Super Bowl Matchup: Seahawks Vs.... Dolphins?
WORD OF THE DAY

Superfetation • \soop-er-fee-TAY-shun\ • noun – A progressive accumulation or accretion reaching an extreme or excessive degree

Joel’s wife sighed deeply as she watched him furtively leave the music store and stalk towards her waiting car. Despite his best efforts, she saw that he was hiding behind his back yet another addition to his ukulele collection. It all started innocently enough with a purchase at Yenney’s Music. But according to his wife, the obsessive superfetation with the diminutive instrument has reached almost “crack-cocaine” like proportions.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Bonneville Power Administration Announces New Wholesale Rates – New Rates Support Power System Improvements (Bonneville Power Administration)

Pacific Northwest Co-ops Face 7.1 Percent Wholesale Power Rate Hike (Electric Co-op Today)

Bonneville Power Administration Will Raise Wholesale Power, Transmission Rates (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Bonneville Power Administration Announces New Wholesale Rates (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

British Columbia: Peace Valley Group Appeals Failed Attempt to Quash Dam Project (Victoria Times Colonist, BC)

Fitch Rates Klickitat PUD $80.3 million Bonds ‘A-’; Outlook Stable (Digital Journal)

California Just Learned That Gas Companies Can Deduct Settlement Damages from Their Taxes (Breaking Energy)

Brazilian Bribery Claims Splash to Electric Utility (Courthouse News Service)

Linemen ‘Rodeo’ Helps Raise Money for Oregon Burn Center (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Half of Columbia River Sockeye Salmon Dying Due to Hot Water (Associated Press)

Experimental River Operations at Little Goose, Lower Granite Go Into Effect to Aid Sockeye (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Coho Off-Limits to Anglers in Columbia until August (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Official July Census of Orcas: 81 Whales, Including Four Baby Orcas Born since Winter (Associated Press)

Regional Fisheries Manager John Whalen Blended Fishing, Conservation (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Treaty Water:  Finding Water for Columbia River Fish in a Low Flow Year; Most Comes from Canada Storage Reservoirs (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

NOAA Grant to Help Washington Monitor Toxic Algae Bloom (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Oregon Wind Farm Takes on Portland General Electric (Courthouse News Service)

Swaggart Plans 500 MW Wind Power Farm in Oregon (reNews)

Portland Solar Company SoloPower Sold For $220 Million (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Offshore Wind Power Gets Foothold in U-S with Rhode Island Project (Reuters)

Iowa Farmer Says He’ll Remove Solar If Co-Op’s $85 Fixed Charge Stands (Midwest Energy News)

Arizona Appeals Court OKs Trash-Burning by Utility (Arizona Republic, Phoenix)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Florida: Utilities Cry Foul over Efforts to End Energy-Efficiency Payments by Big Business (Tampa Bay Times, FL)

Apple Yanks Google’s Nest Smart Thermostat from Website & Retail Stores (Mashable)

Editorial: Conservation – Connecting Water & Watts (Red Bluff Daily News, CA)

LEDs Pose Same Threat as Solar & Net Metering for Utility Ratemaking (The Energy Collective)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Carbon-Tax Initiative Divides Environmentalists (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Secret Weapon in Fight against Climate Change: Mayors (Christian Science Monitor)

Obama’s Power Plant Rules Could Cut Your Electricity Bill (Grist Online)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Welcome to Cyber City: Moses Lake Tries Again (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Comcast to Begin Testing Super-Fast Cable Broadband This Year (Consumerist)

City Asks for Fiber Network Help, Five Years after Being Left at Altar by Verizon FiOS (Consumerist)

Cheaper, More Competitive Broadband: Not Gonna Happen Anytime Soon, Analyst Tells Congress (Consumerist)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Seattle Police Tweet the Chief’s Torchlight Selfie after Urging Public to Limit Cell Use (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Jennifer Newman: Working with Rude Customers (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

New Study Shows How Deeply Awful Those ‘Get the App’ Web Pages Are (Gizmodo)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Hillary Clinton Rolls Out Climate Agenda – Plan calls for powering every American home with renewable energy within a decade of taking office

Week Ahead: Senate Kicks Off Energy Bill Review (The Hill, Washington, DC)

An Energy Bill with Sparks, But No Friction – Can a big-ticket energy measure pass without the incendiary issues? (National Journal)

GENERAL NEWS

Cigarette Butts Causing Brush Fires (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Sierra Pacific: Dispelling Rumors about New Shelton Mill (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

What a New Yorker Article Did for Earthquake Prep Sales (Northwest Public Radio)

Squaxin Island First Salmon Ceremony Friday (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Former Mariners Pitcher Randy Johnson among New Inductees to Hall of Fame (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Harvard Study Predicts Super Bowl Matchup: Seahawks Vs.... Dolphins? (Yahoo! Sports)

DIVERSIONS

Artist behind ‘Archie’ Comics Dies. What Has Fictional Redheaded Teen Meant to Readers?

Postal Worker Accused of Delivering 22,000 Pieces of Mail Straight to His Garage

Massive Bug Swarm Blankets Iowa, Haunts Your Nightmares

Bureau of Land Management: Pooping Cyclist Started Foothills Fire

SONG OF THE DAY

The Archies – Sugar Sugar

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY


All the links in today’s news digest lead to current stories. Please note that some media organizations update their web sites regularly, which may result in broken links in the future.

Note that as some newspapers migrate to a “paywall” system of access, some articles may not be available without forking over some cold hard credit card cash. However, some sites will allow a certain number of story accesses per month before holding out their hand. Sorry if this is an inconvenience.