Monday, January 26, 2015

Energy News Digest for January 26, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for January 26, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Record High Temperatures Sunday across Western Washington State (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

After Two-Year Fight, Tacoma Releases Records Confirming Huge Fee Hikes by Broadcasters (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Worry for Solar Projects after End of Tax Credits (NY Times)

Jefferson County Commissioners Anticipate Large, Active Turnout for Pot Business Moratorium Hearing Today (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

California: Pacific Gas & Electric Fined $530,000 by Regulator for Safety Violations (Sacramento Business Journal, CA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. California: Pacific Gas & Electric Fined $530,000 by Regulator for Safety Violations
  2. Olympic Peninsula: Power Restored to Forks, West End after Widespread Outage
  3. U-S Nuclear Plants Post Record Efficiency in 2014
  4. Natural Gas’ Green Friends Are Gone
  5. Energy Quote of the Day: ‘Grid Operators are Now Seeing Over-Generation’
  6. Lena Wittler named Clark Public Utilities Director of Communications
  7. How a Co-op Got Members to Agree to a Rate Hike
  8. Worry for Solar Projects after End of Tax Credits
  9. Inside the Coming Showdown over Rooftop Solar in Indiana
  10. Massachusetts: More Doubt Cast on Cape Wind Plan - Developer Drops Two Land Contracts
  11. Wind Power Sets Off Revolt in Michigan's Thumb
  12. Washington Utility Adopts Novel Modular Energy Storage Design
  13. NewsWhiz – Save Net Metering & a Thriving Rooftop Solar Industry in Washington State!
  14. Photo-Essay: A Day in the Life of a Wind Farm Operator
  15. Smarter Cities Could Start with a Simple Light Bulb
  16. New Hampshire Co-op Helps Water & Sewer District Save
  17. Infographic: Can Your Dishwasher Spy on You?
  18. Jefferson County Commissioners Anticipate Large, Active Turnout for Pot Business Moratorium Hearing Today
  19. Pot-Related Calls to Poison Control Centers Spike in Washington, Colorado after Legal Sales
  20. Yakima’s Pot-Testing Lab Takes Its Work Seriously
  21. Colorado Governor: Legalizing Pot Was Bad Idea
  22. How Low Gas Prices Could Spike Obama’s Climate Plan
  23. Oregon Becomes Dumping Ground for California's Old, Polluting Diesel Big Rigs
  24. Tri-Cities Startup Seeks to Distill Solar-Powered Alcohol
  25. Toyota Seeks More Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars for U-S
  26. After Two-Year Fight, Tacoma Releases Records Confirming Huge Fee Hikes by Broadcasters
  27. Google Fiber Appears Ready to Go in North Carolina; No Word on Portland
  28. City Wi-Fi: Fast, Cheap, and No You Can't Have It
  29. Cablevision to Introduce Wi-Fi-Based Phone Plan
  30. The Sorry State of In-Flight Wi-Fi
  31. Op/Ed: Senator Maria Cantwell Can Lead on Communications Reform in 2015
  32. Selling Advertisers on Reader Attention, Not Clicks
  33. California: Elk Grove Resident Transforms Instagram Success into a Business
  34. Twitter Explodes with Tributes to Skymall
  35. Report: Sports Illustrated Lays Off All Staff Photographers
  36. Obama Proposal to Tax College Accounts Worries GET Director
  37. Record High Temperatures Sunday across Western Washington State
  38. Humongous Winter Storm Poised to Strike Northeast U-S
  39. Investigators Rule Fatal Shooting by Mason County Officer Justified
  40. Olympia Mother Arrested; Three Children Suffer Neck Wounds
  41. Layoffs at Weyerhaeuser Could Start Next Week
  42. 'Drone' Found on White House Grounds by Secret Service Agents
  43. Bill Nye Weighs In On 'Deflate-Gate,' Calls Out Belichick
WORD OF THE DAY

Ambivalent • \am-BIV-uh-lunt\ • adjective 1: simultaneously holding contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward someone or something 2a: continually fluctuating (as between one thing and its opposite) b: uncertain as to which approach to follow.

“I’m ambivalent about Horace’s looks,” frumped Juliette. “On one hand, he’s one of the most handsome men I’ve ever met. But on the other hand, the large, hairy wart on the very tip of his beautifully formed nose absolutely repulses me.”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

California: Pacific Gas & Electric Fined $530,000 by Regulator for Safety Violations (Sacramento Business Journal, CA)

Olympic Peninsula: Power Restored to Forks, West End after Widespread Outage (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

U-S Nuclear Plants Post Record Efficiency in 2014 (Utility Dive)

Natural Gas’ Green Friends Are Gone (The Morning Consult)

Energy Quote of the Day: ‘Grid Operators are Now Seeing Over-Generation’ “…Four times this past spring, California’s grid operator had to shut off wind and solar power when it exceeded demand…”

Lena Wittler named Clark Public Utilities Director of Communications (Washington PUD Association, Olympia, WA)

How a Co-op Got Members to Agree to a Rate Hike (Electric Co-op Today)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Worry for Solar Projects after End of Tax Credits (NY Times)

Inside the Coming Showdown over Rooftop Solar in Indiana - The Green Tea Coalition is contemplating action in the state (Utility Dive)

Massachusetts: More Doubt Cast on Cape Wind Plan - Developer Drops Two Land Contracts (Boston Globe, MA)

Wind Power Sets Off Revolt in Michigan's Thumb (Detroit News, MI)

Washington Utility Adopts Novel Modular Energy Storage Design (Utility Dive)

NewsWhiz – Save Net Metering & a Thriving Rooftop Solar Industry in Washington State! (Action Alliance for Solar Choice – Astroturf?)

Photo-Essay: A Day in the Life of a Wind Farm Operator (Renewable Energy World)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Smarter Cities Could Start with a Simple Light Bulb Swap (GigaOM)

New Hampshire Co-op Helps Water & Sewer District Save (Electric Co-op Today)

Infographic: Can Your Dishwasher Spy on You? (Breaking Energy)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Jefferson County Commissioners Anticipate Large, Active Turnout for Pot Business Moratorium Hearing Today (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Pot-Related Calls to Poison Control Centers Spike in Washington, Colorado after Legal Sales (Associated Press)

Yakima’s Pot-Testing Lab Takes Its Work Seriously (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

Colorado Governor: Legalizing Pot Was Bad Idea (The Hill, Washington, DC)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

How Low Gas Prices Could Spike Obama’s Climate Plan (National Journal)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Oregon Becomes Dumping Ground for California's Old, Polluting Diesel Big Rigs (Oregonian, Portland)

Tri-Cities Startup Seeks to Distill Solar-Powered Alcohol (Northwest Public Radio)

Toyota Seeks More Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars for U-S (USA Today)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

After Two-Year Fight, Tacoma Releases Records Confirming Huge Fee Hikes by Broadcasters (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Google Fiber Appears Ready to Go in North Carolina; No Word on Portland (Oregonian, Portland)

City Wi-Fi: Fast, Cheap, and No You Can't Have It - Because enjoying cute cat videos while sitting in your local park is socialism (Mother Jones)

Cablevision to Introduce Wi-Fi-Based Phone Plan (NY Times)

The Sorry State of In-Flight Wi-Fi (NY Times)

Op/Ed: Senator Maria Cantwell Can Lead on Communications Reform in 2015 (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Selling Advertisers on Reader Attention, Not Clicks (USA Today)

California: Elk Grove Resident Transforms Instagram Success into a Business (Sacramento Bee, CA)

Twitter Explodes with Tributes to Skymall (Christian Science Monitor)

Report: Sports Illustrated Lays Off All Staff Photographers (Mashable)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Obama Proposal to Tax College Accounts Worries GET Director (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

Record High Temperatures Sunday across Western Washington State (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Humongous Winter Storm Poised to Strike Northeast U-S (Associated Press)

Investigators Rule Fatal Shooting by Mason County Officer Justified (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Olympia Mother Arrested; Three Children Suffer Neck Wounds (Associated Press)

Layoffs at Weyerhaeuser Could Start Next Week (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

'Drone' Found on White House Grounds by Secret Service Agents (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Bill Nye Weighs In On 'Deflate-Gate,' Calls Out Belichick (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Matt Damon to Wear Russell Wilson Jersey if Seahawks Win Super Bowl

The Rise & Fall (and Rise) of the Ukulele

Burger King Customer Gets Bag Filled with $2,631 Instead of Chicken Sandwich, Returns It

How the Piano Was Invented

SONG OF THE DAY

Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata (Piano Sonata 14)

Billy Joel - Piano Man

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Energy News Digest for January 23, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for January 23, 2015
The rain could be heavy at times. New precipitation amounts between three quarters & one inch possible.

Small Craft Advisory in Effect from Noon Today to 6 PM Saturday

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Oregon Fishery Officials Hatch Desperate Measures - Compromised Leaburg Dam stresses two local hatcheries (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

In Win for SolarWorld, Trade Commission Affirms Tariffs on Chinese, Taiwanese Solar Products (Oregonian, Portland)

Pacific Power’s $1.8 Million Looks to Bolster Northwest Solar Projects “…PacifiCorp depends on coal for 60.37% of its total energy load. Gas accounts for 12%…” (Portland Business Journal, OR)

A Tiny Oregon City Has Already Built Its Own Gigabit Internet (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Activists Turn Out in Olympia as Lawmakers Weigh Medical Marijuana (Associated Press)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. FERC Files Supreme Court Challenge to Demand Response Decision
  2. Fired Emerald People’s Utility District Chief Rehired – Board decides not to fight the release of recorded conversations
  3. Rock Slide Closes Road to Hells Canyon Dam
  4. Three Keys to Ensuring Clark County Economic Growth - These steps vital to solid development
  5. British Columbia: Fake BC Hydro Scam Surfaces in Coquitlam
  6. Awards Celebrate the Behind-The-Scenes Work of Managing Federal Columbia River Power System Dams
  7. Oregon Fishery Officials Hatch Desperate Measures - Compromised Leaburg Dam stresses two local hatcheries
  8. California Sea Lions Take Over Astoria Docks
  9. New Study Suggests Rain Gardens Can Save Salmon
  10. In Win for SolarWorld, Trade Commission Affirms Tariffs on Chinese, Taiwanese Solar Products
  11. Pacific Power’s $1.8 Million Looks to Bolster Northwest Solar Projects
  12. What Would Be Your Return on Investment in Solar? Washington County Software Gives Answers
  13. ‘Sexy’ No Longer, Solar May See More Consolidation
  14. Op/Ed: Will Falling Oil Prices Kill Wind & Solar Power?
  15. California Landfill Taps Methane for Electricity
  16. IRS Specifies Performance & Quality Standards for Small Wind Turbines
  17. U-S Senate Passes Energy Efficiency Promotion Amendment by a Vote of 94-5
  18. Salt River Project Launches Smart Thermostat, Variable Rate Pilot
  19. Thermos-Like Passive Homes Aggressively Save Energy
  20. Activists Turn Out in Olympia as Lawmakers Weigh Medical Marijuana
  21. Clallam Planners Focus on Marijuana Zoning Ordinance
  22. Spokane Pot Shop Uses Billboard to Attract Business
  23. The Massive Scale of California’s Drought. How It Informs the Climate Change Debate
  24. Biodiesel Plants Must Get Smart to Survive Market Highs & Lows, WSU Economist Says
  25. BMW, VW Team Up to Build Fast-Charging Electric Car Stations in U-S
  26. Official: U-S Will Not Meet One Million Electric Vehicle Goal in 2015
  27. A Tiny Oregon City Has Already Built Its Own Gigabit Internet
  28. Editorial: Three U-S Senate Democrats Join Obama in Backing Municipal Broadband
  29. Editorial: Taking the Risk to Offer Broadband Should Be a Local Call
  30. Did Congress, The Media & the FCC All Misunderstand What Verizon Said on Net Neutrality? Verizon Thinks So
  31. Microsoft Readies ‘Spartan’ as Successor to Internet Explorer
  32. We’re Still Using Dumb Passwords. Not Nearly as Much as Before
  33. Bitcoin Backers Seek to Create ‘Regulated’ Exchange
  34. Tweet Translation with Bing Translator
  35. This Heartbreaking Puppy GIF Is the Perfect Teaser for Budweiser’s Super Bowl Ad
  36. The New Sonos Logo Looks Like Pulsing Sound as You Scroll It
  37. Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  38. Oil Prices Jump as Saudi King’s Death Feeds Market Uncertainty
  39. Doesn’t Anyone Want to Take Credit for Low Gas Prices?
  40. Kitsap County Teen Pleads Guilty to Three Vehicular Homicide Counts
  41. Washington Adds 7,600 Jobs in December - Unemployment Lingers Above 6%
  42. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Joins Innovative Patient Care Consortium
  43. Congressman Kilmer Urging Renewal of Federal Payment Plan to Local Governments
  44. Historic Kalakala Ferry Makes Last Voyage
WORD OF THE DAY

Williwaw • \WILL-ih-waw\ • noun – *1a: a sudden violent gust of cold land air common along mountainous coasts of high latitudes b: a sudden violent wind 2: a violent commotion

“One more williwaw like that and I’ll be cracking up,” cursed the tense utility dispatcher. The fall and winter storm season had barely begun, and two windstorms had already blustered their way across the region.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

FERC Files Supreme Court Challenge to Demand Response Decision (The Energy Collective)

Fired Emerald People’s Utility District Chief Rehired – Board decides not to fight the release of recorded conversations (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

Rock Slide Closes Road to Hells Canyon Dam (Baker City Herald, OR)

Three Keys to Ensuring Clark County Economic Growth - These steps vital to solid development “…low cost of power in Southwest Washington is a huge asset for businesses…” (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

British Columbia: Fake BC Hydro Scam Surfaces in Coquitlam (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Awards Celebrate the Behind-The-Scenes Work of Managing Federal Columbia River Power System Dams (Bonneville Power Administration)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Oregon Fishery Officials Hatch Desperate Measures - Compromised Leaburg Dam stresses two local hatcheries (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

California Sea Lions Take Over Astoria Docks (Associated Press)

New Study Suggests Rain Gardens Can Save Salmon (KPLU Radio, Seattle, WA)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

In Win for SolarWorld, Trade Commission Affirms Tariffs on Chinese, Taiwanese Solar Products (Oregonian, Portland)

Pacific Power’s $1.8 Million Looks to Bolster Northwest Solar Projects “…PacifiCorp depends on coal for 60.37% of its total energy load. Gas accounts for 12%…” (Portland Business Journal, OR)

What Would Be Your Return on Investment in Solar? Washington County Software Gives Answers (Oregonian, Portland)

‘Sexy’ No Longer, Solar May See More Consolidation (Bloomberg News)

Op/Ed: Will Falling Oil Prices Kill Wind & Solar Power? (Scientific American)

California Landfill Taps Methane for Electricity (Associated Press)

IRS Specifies Performance & Quality Standards for Small Wind Turbines (Breaking Energy)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

U-S Senate Passes Energy Efficiency Promotion Amendment by a Vote of 94-5 (American Public Power Association)

Salt River Project Launches Smart Thermostat, Variable Rate Pilot (Utility Dive)

Thermos-Like Passive Homes Aggressively Save Energy (National Geographic Magazine)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Activists Turn Out in Olympia as Lawmakers Weigh Medical Marijuana (Associated Press)

Clallam Planners Focus on Marijuana Zoning Ordinance (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Spokane Pot Shop Uses Billboard to Attract Business (KXLY-TV, Spokane, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

The Massive Scale of California’s Drought. How It Informs the Climate Change Debate (Washington Post)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Biodiesel Plants Must Get Smart to Survive Market Highs & Lows, WSU Economist Says (Tri-City Herald, WA)

BMW, VW Team Up to Build Fast-Charging Electric Car Stations in U-S (Christian Science Monitor)

Official: U-S Will Not Meet One Million Electric Vehicle Goal in 2015 (Detroit News, MI)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

A Tiny Oregon City Has Already Built Its Own Gigabit Internet (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Editorial: Three U-S Senate Democrats Join Obama in Backing Municipal Broadband (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Editorial: Taking the Risk to Offer Broadband Should Be a Local Call (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Did Congress, The Media & the FCC All Misunderstand What Verizon Said on Net Neutrality? Verizon Thinks So (Washington Post)

Microsoft Readies ‘Spartan’ as Successor to Internet Explorer (Oregonian, Portland)

We’re Still Using Dumb Passwords. Not Nearly as Much as Before (Washington Post)

Bitcoin Backers Seek to Create ‘Regulated’ Exchange (British Broadcasting Corporation)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Tweet Translation with Bing Translator (Twitter)

This Heartbreaking Puppy GIF Is the Perfect Teaser for Budweiser’s Super Bowl Ad (AdWeek)

The New Sonos Logo Looks Like Pulsing Sound as You Scroll It (Gizmodo)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Oil Prices Jump as Saudi King’s Death Feeds Market Uncertainty (Reuters)

Doesn’t Anyone Want to Take Credit for Low Gas Prices? (National Journal)

GENERAL NEWS

Kitsap County Teen Pleads Guilty to Three Vehicular Homicide Counts (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Washington Adds 7,600 Jobs in December - Unemployment Lingers Above 6% (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Joins Innovative Patient Care Consortium (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Congressman Kilmer Urging Renewal of Federal Payment Plan to Local Governments (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Historic Kalakala Ferry Makes Last Voyage (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Guy Who Bought Lottery Tickets to Break $100 Bill Wins $10 Million

How a $12 Million Monet Was Repaired After Some Idiot Punched It

Old Phone Unveiled 100 Years after First Coast-To-Coast Call

Oregon Water Treatment Company Wants to Turn Sewer Water into Beer

SONG OF THE DAY

Blondie – Call Me

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Energy News Digest for January 22, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for January 22, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

NuScale Targets 2016 to Apply for NRC Approval for Its Nuclear Power System (Portland Business Journal, OR)

U-S Senate Says Climate Change Is ‘Real,’ Won’t Admit Humans Cause It (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Will 'Carbon Capture' Technology Boost Demand for Longview's Coal Project? (Longview Daily News, WA)

Commercial Fishermen Unhappy with Columbia River Reforms (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Energy Efficiency Is Biggest Housing Concern in New Residential Survey (Utility Dive)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. NuScale Targets 2016 to Apply for NRC Approval for Its Nuclear Power System
  2. Will 'Carbon Capture' Technology Boost Demand for Longview's Coal Project?
  3. PenLight to Keep Rates Steady
  4. BC Hydro Chief Vows Contentious Peace River Dam Will Be Built
  5. Natural Gas to Unseat Coal as Generation King by 2035
  6. Remote Disconnect: Flip Of a Switch Could Cut Power for Ohio Utility’s Customers
  7. Ohio Power Plant Subsidy: FirstEnergy Rate Plan Pummeled During PUCO Hearing as 80 Demand to Testify
  8. Northern Maine Considers Options to Gain Direct Access to New England Electric Grid
  9. Grid Modernization: Smart Start for Public Power
  10. Top Ten Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2015
  11. Commercial Fishermen Unhappy with Columbia River Reforms
  12. Oklahoma & Utah: Google Opens 2015 with Two Big Renewable Energy Investments
  13. Bipartisan Coalition Pushes to Expand Net Metering in Montana
  14. Why Utilities across the Nation Are Embracing Community Solar
  15. Nebraska Senators Propose State Wind Tax Credit to Replace Federal Tax Break
  16. Energy Efficiency Is Biggest Housing Concern in New Residential Survey
  17. Kittitas County Opposition Rises against Cannabis Grow
  18. After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies
  19. Washington State Senator Brian Hatfield’s Industrial Hemp Bill Clears Senate Committee
  20. Tribal Marijuana Businesses May Hurt Existing Cannabis Companies, Help Others
  21. U-S Senate Says Climate Change Is ‘Real,’ Won’t Admit Humans Cause It
  22. Goldendale Observatory Supporter Pleased with Courthouse Light Fix
  23. Video: New Group Pushes for Municipal Broadband in Seattle
  24. U-S Senator Cory Booker Introducing a Bill to Help Cities Build Their Own, Public Internet Services
  25. Obama Just Lumped the Internet in with Trains, Bridges & Keystone XL. Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal.
  26. City of Port Angeles Wants New Input on Cable Franchise
  27. Reports: Google Planning To Sell Wireless Phone Plans
  28. Canada: Yellow Pages Still Relevant, Says Company
  29. Selfies: Faux Surprise Face Is the New Duckface
  30. Washington State Representative Dan Griffey on KMAS, Shelton – Hydropower & Initiative 937 at 7:26 Mark
  31. President Obama Says Innovation Happening at Boise State Requires Public Investment
  32. State Lawmakers Could See Eleven Percent Raises
  33. University of Oregon Unlawfully Releases 22,000 Pages with Confidential Faculty, Staff & Student Records
  34. Respect Thy Neighbors: Privacy Invasion by Hobby Drones Targeted in Olympia
  35. Shelton Man Arrested as Suspect in Armed Robbery Spree
  36. Port Angeles Quarantined after Flock Found with Avian Flu
  37. Grays Harbor County Commissioners Terminate Clerk of the Board after She Refuses to Work with One
  38. Eight Earthquakes in 24 Hours Rattle Southern Oregon; Strongest at 4.5 Magnitude
  39. Old Oyster House Will Be Moved to Port of Allyn’s Waterfront Lot
  40. Oregon: Ex-Postal Worker ‘Got Lazy,’ Failed to Deliver Mail
  41. Dan Marino Says Improbable Rally Gives Seattle Edge in Super Bowl
  42. Seahawks Fans' 'Dance Quake' Now King Of Shakes at CenturyLink Field
WORD OF THE DAY

Réchauffé • \ray-shoh-FAY\ • Noun - 1: something presented in a new form without change of substance: rehash 2: a warmed-over dish of food.

“Oh look,” groaned Francis to his cellmate, “Sunday Surprise casserole.” Francis was a wayward four-star chef who was serving a prison sentence for serving farm raised Atlantic salmon as “Wild-Caught Chinook” in his tony Seattle restaurant. He, above all others knew what the “surprise” was in the casserole: a réchauffé of all the leftover main courses from the week, ranging from two-day old spaghetti to a topping of Friday’s starchy, stiff mashed potatoes.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

NuScale Targets 2016 to Apply for NRC Approval for Its Nuclear Power System (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Will 'Carbon Capture' Technology Boost Demand for Longview's Coal Project? (Longview Daily News, WA)

PenLight to Keep Rates Steady (Gig Harbor Gateway, WA)

BC Hydro Chief Vows Contentious Peace River Dam Will Be Built (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Natural Gas to Unseat Coal as Generation King by 2035 (Wyoming Business Report)

Remote Disconnect: Flip Of a Switch Could Cut Power for Ohio Utility’s Customers (Midwest Energy News)

Ohio Power Plant Subsidy: FirstEnergy Rate Plan Pummeled During PUCO Hearing as 80 Demand to Testify (Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH)

Northern Maine Considers Options to Gain Direct Access to New England Electric Grid (U-S Energy Information Administration)

Grid Modernization: Smart Start for Public Power (American Public Power Association)

Top Ten Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2015 (The Energy Collective)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Commercial Fishermen Unhappy with Columbia River Reforms (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Oklahoma & Utah: Google Opens 2015 with Two Big Renewable Energy Investments (Utility Dive)

Bipartisan Coalition Pushes to Expand Net Metering in Montana (Utility Dive)

Why Utilities across the Nation Are Embracing Community Solar (Utility Dive)

Nebraska Senators Propose State Wind Tax Credit to Replace Federal Tax Break (Utility Dive)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Energy Efficiency Is Biggest Housing Concern in New Residential Survey (Utility Dive)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Kittitas County Opposition Rises against Cannabis Grow (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies (National Public Radio)

Washington State Senator Brian Hatfield’s Industrial Hemp Bill Clears Senate Committee (KBKW Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Tribal Marijuana Businesses May Hurt Existing Cannabis Companies, Help Others (Marijuana Business Daily)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

U-S Senate Says Climate Change Is ‘Real,’ Won’t Admit Humans Cause It (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Goldendale Observatory Supporter Pleased with Courthouse Light Fix (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Video: New Group Pushes for Municipal Broadband in Seattle (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

U-S Senator Cory Booker Introducing a Bill to Help Cities Build Their Own, Public Internet Services (Washington Post)

Obama Just Lumped the Internet in with Trains, Bridges & Keystone XL. Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal. (Washington Post)

City of Port Angeles Wants New Input on Cable Franchise (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Reports: Google Planning To Sell Wireless Phone Plans (Associated Press)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Canada: Yellow Pages Still Relevant, Says Company (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Selfies: Faux Surprise Face Is the New Duckface (Mashable)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Washington State Representative Dan Griffey on KMAS, Shelton – Hydropower & Initiative 937 at 7:26 Mark (WA State House Republicans, Olympia)

President Obama Says Innovation Happening at Boise State Requires Public Investment (Northwest Public Radio)

State Lawmakers Could See Eleven Percent Raises (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

University of Oregon Unlawfully Releases 22,000 Pages with Confidential Faculty, Staff & Student Records (Oregonian, Portland)

Respect Thy Neighbors: Privacy Invasion by Hobby Drones Targeted in Olympia (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

Shelton Man Arrested as Suspect in Armed Robbery Spree (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Port Angeles Quarantined after Flock Found with Avian Flu (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Grays Harbor County Commissioners Terminate Clerk of the Board after She Refuses to Work with One (KBKW Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Eight Earthquakes in 24 Hours Rattle Southern Oregon; Strongest at 4.5 Magnitude (Oregonian, Portland)

Old Oyster House Will Be Moved to Port of Allyn’s Waterfront Lot (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Oregon: Ex-Postal Worker ‘Got Lazy,’ Failed to Deliver Mail (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Dan Marino Says Improbable Rally Gives Seattle Edge in Super Bowl (Reuters)

Seahawks Fans' 'Dance Quake' Now King Of Shakes at CenturyLink Field (Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Consumer Reports: The Latest Food Craze – Bugs?

King Tut's Beard Snaps Off, Is Hastily Glued Back On

109-Year-Old Woman Says Avoiding Men Is Key to Her Long Life

Singapore Smoker Fined $15,000 for Throwing Butts Out of Window

SONG OF THE DAY

Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid

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