Thursday, May 14, 2015

Energy News Digest for May 14, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES
New Electrical Meters Coming to Grant PUD Customers (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Cowlitz River Dams Built to Withstand Most Earthquakes (The Chronicle, Centralia, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Mason PUD 3 Fiber – Fast Internet Coming to a Home near You (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

British Columbia: Victoria Releases Potential Sites for Sewage Treatment Plant (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Former Washington State Auditor Says Kelley Should Be Impeached (Northwest Public Radio)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • New Electrical Meters Coming to Grant PUD Customers
  • Cowlitz River Dams Built to Withstand Most Earthquakes
  • NRC Orders more Research on Earthquake Risk at Nuclear Power Plants
  • Portland Environmental Groups Call on Port to Drop $500 Million Propane Facility Support
  • Okanogan PUD Warns of Scam
  • 'Spectacular, Bizarre' Crash Injures Two, Knocks Out Power in Oregon
  • Idaho: Weiser’s in Power – Rates Stay Low for Consumers in City That Manages Own Electricity
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District: Time-of-Use Is the Future of Rate Design
  • California ISO Says Power Supply Adequate for Summer
  • With Air Standards in Effect, Coal Unit Retirements to Hit Peak in 2015
  • Regulators: More Delays Possible for Georgia Nuclear Plant
  • As Smart Advanced Meters Spread, Alternative Rate Plans Gain Traction
  • Minnesota: Judge Orders New Power Lines in Crow Wing Power Stray Voltage Case
  • Op/Ed: Climate Scientists Get Respect, So Why Don't Nuclear Scientists?
  • Asian Demand Turning Puget Sound's Geoducks into Gold
  • Final Two Razor Clam Digs of Season Cancelled
  • British Columbia: Victoria Releases Potential Sites for Sewage Treatment Plant
  • U-S Senator Wyden Introduces Bill to Boost Biomass Production
  • Tesla Powerwall Battery Attracted $800 Million in Reservations in First Week
  • Tesla's New Battery Doesn't Work That Well with Solar Yet
  • What’s in a Name? That Which We Call a Solar Microgrid is by Any Other Name a Solar Installation
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Inks $90 Million Contract with Opower
  • Large Banks Say Cannabis Business Risks Still Outweigh Benefits
  • Good News! Climate Change Could Make Weed More Potent
  • U.K. Company Cultivates Controversy in British Columbia Interior
  • Climate Forecasters: El Niño Is Here to Stay
  • In Clean Fuels Fight, Oregon Republicans Say They Haven't Wavered
  • SolaRoad Performs Better Than Expected, Remains Pointless
  • Mason PUD 3 Fiber – Fast Internet Coming to a Home near You
  • Mason PUD 3 Broadband Expo: Learn About Your Connection Options
  • Municipal Broadband in Seattle? New Group Lobbies City for Public Internet
  • Samsung Announces New Push into Internet-Connected Gadgets
  • The Internet of Things: Game Changer or Hype?
  • For Most Countries, a Nationwide Internet Outage is a Big Deal – For North Korea, It’s Routine
  • Op/Ed: Obama's Broadband Legacy
  • KitKat Changes Its Name to 'YouTube Break' on 600,000 Candy Wrappers
  • Former Washington State Auditor Says Kelley Should Be Impeached
  • Fed Up, Nikki Haley Turns Her Web Site into a Wall of Shame for Nearly Every Lawmaker in Her State
  • Fifteen “Now” Advocates Disrupt Thurston Chamber Meeting over Minimum Wage
  • Woman Fired after Disabling GPS on Work Phone
WORD OF THE DAY

Procrustean • \pruh-KRUSS-tee-un\ • adjective – 1: of, relating to, or typical of Procrustes *2: marked by arbitrary often ruthless disregard of individual differences or special circumstances

Amber was insistent with the nosy store clerk that the dress foisted upon her did NOT fit. In her best procrustean manner, the clerk urged Amber to suck in her gut, wiggle into the dress and “accept it for the size it is.” “After all, sniffed the snooty clerk, fashion knows no size.” “Tell that to Tyra Banks,” muttered the irritated Amber.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

New Electrical Meters Coming to Grant PUD Customers (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Cowlitz River Dams Built to Withstand Most Earthquakes (The Chronicle, Centralia, WA – Paywall Advisory)

NRC Orders more Research on Earthquake Risk at Nuclear Power Plants (KNDO/KNDU-TV, Tri Cities, WA)

Portland Environmental Groups Call on Port to Drop $500 Million Propane Facility Support (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Okanogan PUD Warns of Scam (Omak Chronicle, WA)

'Spectacular, Bizarre' Crash Injures Two, Knocks Out Power in Oregon (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Idaho: Weiser’s in Power – Rates Stay Low for Consumers in City That Manages Own Electricity (Ontario Argus Observer, OR)

Sacramento Municipal Utility District: Time-of-Use Is the Future of Rate Design – After a pilot, the utility determined such rates should be the default for all customers (Utility Dive)

California ISO Says Power Supply Adequate for Summer (Sacramento Bee, CA)

With Air Standards in Effect, Coal Unit Retirements to Hit Peak in 2015 (SNL Financial)

Regulators: More Delays Possible for Georgia Nuclear Plant (Associated Press)

As Smart Advanced Meters Spread, Alternative Rate Plans Gain Traction (Utility Dive)

Minnesota: Judge Orders New Power Lines in Crow Wing Power Stray Voltage Case (Brainerd Dispatch, MN)

Op/Ed: Climate Scientists Get Respect, So Why Don't Nuclear Scientists? (Forbes Magazine)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Asian Demand Turning Puget Sound's Geoducks into Gold (Associated Press)

Final Two Razor Clam Digs of Season Cancelled (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

British Columbia: Victoria Releases Potential Sites for Sewage Treatment Plant (Globe & Mail, Canada)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

U-S Senator Wyden Introduces Bill to Boost Biomass Production (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

Tesla Powerwall Battery Attracted $800 Million in Reservations in First Week (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

Tesla's New Battery Doesn't Work That Well with Solar Yet (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

What’s in a Name? That Which We Call a Solar Microgrid is by Any Other Name a Solar Installation (Renewable Energy World)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Pacific Gas & Electric Inks $90 Million Contract with Opower (Utility Dive)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Large Banks Say Cannabis Business Risks Still Outweigh Benefits (Marijuana Business Daily)

Good News! Climate Change Could Make Weed More Potent (Grist Online)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

U.K. Company Cultivates Controversy in British Columbia Interior – Plan to offset carbon emissions by planting trees on farmland has locals worried (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Climate Forecasters: El Niño Is Here to Stay (Mashable)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

In Clean Fuels Fight, Oregon Republicans Say They Haven't Wavered (Portland Business Journal, OR)

SolaRoad Performs Better Than Expected, Remains Pointless (Breaking Energy)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Mason PUD 3 Fiber – Fast Internet Coming to a Home near You (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Mason PUD 3 Broadband Expo: Learn About Your Connection Options (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Municipal Broadband in Seattle? New Group Lobbies City for Public Internet (Geekwire)

Samsung Announces New Push into Internet-Connected Gadgets (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

The Internet of Things: Game Changer or Hype? (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

For Most Countries, a Nationwide Internet Outage is a Big Deal – For North Korea, It’s Routine (Washington Post)

Op/Ed: Obama's Broadband Legacy (Huffington Post)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

KitKat Changes Its Name to 'YouTube Break' on 600,000 Candy Wrappers (AdWeek)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Former Washington State Auditor Says Kelley Should Be Impeached (Northwest Public Radio)

Fed Up, Nikki Haley Turns Her Web Site into a Wall of Shame for Nearly Every Lawmaker in Her State (Washington Post)

GENERAL NEWS

Fifteen “Now” Advocates Disrupt Thurston Chamber Meeting over Minimum Wage (South Sound Business Examiner)

Woman Fired after Disabling GPS on Work Phone (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Please Don't Drunkenly Chase the Bears, Massachusetts Police Urge

Jets Fans on Patriots Quarterback: Just Call Him 'Tom Shady'

Police: Man Pitched a Condiment-Throwing Fit over Rest Stop’s Lack of Macaroni & Cheese, Potatoes

Oops! Billboard Mistakenly Claims Pot Sold at Real Estate Office

SONG OF THE DAY

Elton John - Bennie and the Jets

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Energy News Digest for May 13, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for May 13, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Despite Drought, ‘Blob,’ Enough Hydro in Northwest (Electric Co-op Today)

Video: Massive Network Outage Disrupts Services at State Agencies (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

BPA Closes Out the 2015 Integrated Program Review Process – Decides to Move Energy Efficiency Capital Program to Expense in 2016 (Bonneville Power Administration)

BC Hydro to Test Fish for Mercury after First Nations Voice Concerns (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Editorial: Pull Electric Cars, Plug-In Hybrids into the Road-Tax Fold (Oregonian, Portland)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Despite Drought, ‘Blob,’ Enough Hydro in Northwest
  • BPA Closes Out the 2015 Integrated Program Review Process
  • Editorial: Jefferson PUD – Public Power Two Years Later
  • Snohomish PUD Customers Moving to Monthly Billing
  • Look, There’s Avista – Association of Washington Business Announce Environmental Excellence Award Winners
  • Why Multi-Purpose Networks Are a Must for Today’s Smart Meter Winners
  • Why DOE Says Hydropower is Poised for a Comeback
  • Moeller Will Leave FERC after Nine Years with Commission: Report
  • FERC: Key Senate Aide Likely to Replace Departing Commissioner
  • Dan Poneman: Former Energy Department Official Wins Huge Pay Raise after Moving to Firm with Deep Ties to DOE
  • BC Hydro to Test Fish for Mercury after First Nations Voice Concerns
  • Let the Hype Begin: Move Over, Alaska Air Cargo. Salty’s on alki Beach Is Angling for First Copper River Salmon of 2015
  • Where Are All the Bees?
  • U-S House Votes to Block EPA Regulation of Streams, Wetlands
  • Final Environmental Study Ready on Raising Lake Cle Elum Reservoir
  • For a Second Time, San Francisco Tries New Way to Fund Home Solar
  • Kansas Renewable Energy Bill More about Ideology than Environment
  • Renewable Energy Transmission: Giving Landowners the Power
  • Can High-Tech Companies Compete With Mainline Utilities for Energy Customers?
  • Could This Be the World’s Most Efficient Solar Electricity System?
  • Philips & the Future of LED Lighting
  • Marijuana Grower Sparks a Buzz in Rural Rochester Neighborhood
  • Hello Brinnon: First Annual Cannabis Olympics – June
  • Need Some Weed? Oregon Offers the Best Buzz for Your Buck
  • Paper Finds a Surprising Link between Warmer Temperatures & Math Test Scores
  • Editorial: Pull Electric Cars, Plug-In Hybrids into the Road-Tax Fold
  • CenturyLink Launches Cable TV in Portland, Challenging Comcast
  • Microsoft Joins Plan to Build Undersea Cable from Hillsboro to Asia
  • Energy Quote of the Day: Greenpeace Says Apple is the Internet’s Green Leader
  • Here’s How Much Energy We Waste on Cat GIFs & Twitterbooks
  • Report Says Southern Utilities Stand in the Way of Making the Internet Greener
  • AT&T Repeatedly Fails to Meet Broadband Deployment Promises
  • Facebook Begins Testing Instant Articles from News Publishers
  • Facebook hires former FCC Chairman
  • Pinterest Set to Surge in 2016: New Research
  • Here’s Why AOL Is Poised to Take on Facebook & Google
  • T-Mobile’s CEO has more Twitter followers than the Seattle Seahawks. Here’s how he does it
  • Are Your Subject Lines Strong Enough?
  • News Release: Representatives MacEwen & Stokesbary File Resolution to Begin Drafting Articles of Impeachment against Troy Kelley, Washington State Auditor
  • Video: Massive Network Outage Disrupts Services at State Agencies
  • Internet Disruption Affects Schools, County
  • Online Filing Hampered by Statewide Network Outage
  • Day 2 of Mason County Election Filing
  • ‘We’re Going To … Put The Furnace In!’: Aggressive Phone Calls Target Elderly in Heat & AC Scam
WORD OF THE DAY

Askance • \us-SKANSE\ • Adverb – 1: with a side-glance: obliquely 2: with disapproval or distrust: scornfully.

Frankie Pentangeli looked askance at Carmine Rosato’s welcoming gift in the menacing, mid-day silence of the bar meeting. “I don’t like this C-note, Rosato. I take that as an insult.”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Despite Drought, ‘Blob,’ Enough Hydro in Northwest (Electric Co-op Today)

BPA Closes Out the 2015 Integrated Program Review Process – Decides to Move Energy Efficiency Capital Program to Expense in 2016 (Bonneville Power Administration)

Editorial: Jefferson PUD – Public Power Two Years Later (Port Townsend Leader, WA)

Snohomish PUD Customers Moving to Monthly Billing (My Everett News, WA)

Look, There’s Avista – Association of Washington Business Announce Environmental Excellence Award Winners (KNDO/KNDU-TV, Tri Cities, WA)

Why Multi-Purpose Networks Are a Must for Today’s Smart Meter Winners (The Energy Collective)

Why DOE Says Hydropower is Poised for a Comeback – New technology & the world’s pressing need for it could heat up the sector again (Utility Dive)

Moeller Will Leave FERC after Nine Years with Commission: Report (Utility Dive)

FERC: Key Senate Aide Likely to Replace Departing Commissioner (E&E Publishing)

Dan Poneman: Former Energy Department Official Wins Huge Pay Raise after Moving to Firm with Deep Ties to DOE (Center for Public Integrity)

FISH & WILDLIFE

BC Hydro to Test Fish for Mercury after First Nations Voice Concerns (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Let the Hype Begin: Move Over, Alaska Air Cargo. Salty’s on alki Beach Is Angling for First Copper River Salmon of 2015 (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Where Are All the Bees? (Associated Press)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

U-S House Votes to Block EPA Regulation of Streams, Wetlands (Associated Press)

Final Environmental Study Ready on Raising Lake Cle Elum Reservoir (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

For a Second Time, San Francisco Tries New Way to Fund Home Solar (SF Chronicle)

Kansas Renewable Energy Bill More about Ideology than Environment (Lawrence Journal-World, KS)

Renewable Energy Transmission: Giving Landowners the Power (Breaking Energy)

Can High-Tech Companies Compete With Mainline Utilities for Energy Customers? (Forbes Magazine)

Could This Be the World’s Most Efficient Solar Electricity System? (The Guardian, UK)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/13/could-this-be-the-worlds-most-efficient-solar-electricity-system

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Philips & the Future of LED Lighting (Forbes Magazine)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Marijuana Grower Sparks a Buzz in Rural Rochester Neighborhood (Olympian - Paywall Advisory – Ha! Sparks a “Buzz.” Drug humor is funny?)

Hello Brinnon: First Annual Cannabis Olympics – June (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Need Some Weed? Oregon Offers the Best Buzz for Your Buck (Portland Business Journal, OR)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Paper Finds a Surprising Link between Warmer Temperatures & Math Test Scores (Washington Post)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Editorial: Pull Electric Cars, Plug-In Hybrids into the Road-Tax Fold (Oregonian, Portland)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

CenturyLink Launches Cable TV in Portland, Challenging Comcast (Oregonian, Portland – Man, this stock photo is becoming “CenturyLink” Story tradition)

Microsoft Joins Plan to Build Undersea Cable from Hillsboro to Asia (Oregonian, Portland)

Energy Quote of the Day: Greenpeace Says Apple is the Internet’s Green Leader (Breaking Energy)

Here’s How Much Energy We Waste on Cat GIFs & Twitterbooks (Gizmodo)

Report Says Southern Utilities Stand in the Way of Making the Internet Greener (E&E Publishing)

AT&T Repeatedly Fails to Meet Broadband Deployment Promises (Broadband Reports)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook Begins Testing Instant Articles from News Publishers (NY Times)

Facebook hires former FCC Chairman (Washington Post)

Pinterest Set to Surge in 2016: New Research (Social Media Examiner)

Here’s Why AOL Is Poised to Take on Facebook & Google (AdWeek)

T-Mobile’s CEO has more Twitter followers than the Seattle Seahawks. Here’s how he does it (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Are Your Subject Lines Strong Enough? (Mashable)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

News Release: Representatives MacEwen & Stokesbary File Resolution to Begin Drafting Articles of Impeachment against Troy Kelley, Washington State Auditor (Washington State House Republicans)

GENERAL NEWS

Video: Massive Network Outage Disrupts Services at State Agencies (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Internet Disruption Affects Schools, County (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Online Filing Hampered by Statewide Network Outage (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Day 2 of Mason County Election Filing (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

‘We’re Going To … Put The Furnace In!’: Aggressive Phone Calls Target Elderly in Heat & AC Scam (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

DIVERSIONS

$250,000 Bail for Wife Accused of Shooting at Husband over Chores

Can We Reverse-Engineer Dinosaurs Out of Chickens?

Missing Cat in Australia Found 49 Days Later in Shipping Container

Song Stuck in Your Head? Chew Gum – Researchers Say Repetitive Jaw Motion Helps Get Rid of Earworms

SONG OF THE DAY

Billy Joel – The Stranger

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Energy News Digest for May 12, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for May 12, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

See Columbia Generating Station – When Should a Nuclear Power Plant Be Refueled? (Forbes Magazine)

B-C Hydro’s Peace River Dam Motion Strikes Out in Court (Victoria Times Colonist, BC)

Council Asks BPA to Fund ‘Emerging Priorities,’ Identify Savings in Current Budget (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Germany’s Powerhouse Feels Pinch of Shift to Renewables (Bloomberg News)

More Pacific Northwest Mountains Are Snow-Free Already as Drought Deepens (Northwest Public Radio)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • See Columbia Generating Station – When Should a Nuclear Power Plant Be Refueled?
  • B-C Hydro’s Peace River Dam Motion Strikes Out in Court
  • Council Asks BPA to Fund ‘Emerging Priorities,’ Identify Savings in Current Budget
  • Alaska: Matanuska Electric Association Flips Switch on Co-Op’s First Power Plant
  • Fitch Rates Cowlitz PUD’s Revenue Bonds ‘A’
  • Op/Ed: Clean, Not Coal, for Energy Future in Washington State
  • U-S Senate Will Consider 22 Energy Proposals in Hearings This Week
  • FERC Adjusts Meeting Schedule to Avoid Protests
  • Projected Electric Capacity Additions Are Below Recent Historical Levels
  • Touchstone Energy Co-ops Lead in Satisfaction
  • The Fantasy of Electric Rates: Time to Educate Ratepayers
  • Floating Firebombs: Thousands Learn the Dangers of Sky Lanterns
  • What’s Killing Off British Columbia’s Young Salmon?
  • British Columbia: First Nations Bring Contaminated Fish to Legislature to Protest Peace River Dam Project
  • Opinion: Is It Fair to Kill 10,000 Birds to Keep Our Delicious Salmon Safe?
  • More Pacific Northwest Mountains Are Snow-Free Already as Drought Deepens
  • Drought Forces Large Group of Yakima Valley Farmers to Turn Off the Spigot
  • Recycled Drinking Water: Getting Past the Yuck Factor
  • Germany’s Powerhouse Feels Pinch of Shift to Renewables
  • California: Family Sues Over Unauthorized Demolition of Vacation Home for Wind Power Farm
  • California Environmental Permitting Still Favors Natural Gas
  • Sony’s New LED Bulb Is Also a Bluetooth Speaker
  • Second Challenge Filed against Kittitas County Marijuana Farm
  • Oregon: Dispute over Local Control Drives Pot Committee to Impasse
  • The Green Sheet for May 11, 2015 — Is Washington State’s Cap-&-Trade Bill Back?
  • Going Green Gets Easier for Sacramento Businesses
  • Should I Source My Home Power from Renewable Energy?
  • Verizon Barges into Online Video, Buying AOL for $4.4 Billion
  • Verizon, Sprint to Pay $158 Million to Settle Wireless Bill-Cramming Allegations
  • Op/Ed: FCC Contemplates Subsidized Broadband Services
  • Google Acknowledges Eleven Accidents with Its Self-Driving Cars
  • NBC Pulls Facebook Post after Sneaking in an Ad for Subway
  • Internet Essentials Program – Comcast Hires SS+K to Help Bridge the Digital Divide
  • ‘It’s On:’ Battle Brews as Patriots Change Profile Pictures to Brady’s Jersey
  • How to Create Social Media Images That Connect with Your Audience
  • Court Rules Washington State Auditor Recall Can’t Proceed
  • Thousands of Washington State Teachers Expected to Walk Out of Class Wednesday
  • Beginning May 18 – Five-Day Long Closure of SR 3 South of Shelton
  • Mason County Election Filing Gets Underway
  • Another Large-Scale Earthquake Hits Nepal, Death Toll Rises
  • Drought Help
  • Washington Ranks as #1 Bike-Friendly State
WORD OF THE DAY

Ingurgitate • \inn-GRR-juh-tait\ • verb – To swallow greedily or in large quantities: guzzle.

The “Ingurgitated Bunkhouse Buffet’s” week-long run was an infamous period in Carlsbad’s history. All you can eat shrimp was its claim…except that one, scrawny shrimp was the offering each day at 9:00 AM. “It truly was all they could eat,” claimed the former owner, meaningfully twirling the end of his impressive handlebar moustache.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

See Columbia Generating Station – When Should a Nuclear Power Plant Be Refueled? (Forbes Magazine)

B-C Hydro’s Peace River Dam Motion Strikes Out in Court (Victoria Times Colonist, BC)

Council Asks BPA to Fund ‘Emerging Priorities,’ Identify Savings in Current Budget (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Alaska: Matanuska Electric Association Flips Switch on Co-Op’s First Power Plant (Anchorage Daily News, AK)

Fitch Rates Cowlitz PUD’s Revenue Bonds ‘A’ (Yahoo! Finance)

Op/Ed: Clean, Not Coal, for Energy Future in Washington State (Bellingham Herald, WA)

U-S Senate Will Consider 22 Energy Proposals in Hearings This Week (Utility Dive)

FERC Adjusts Meeting Schedule to Avoid Protests (Utility Dive)

Projected Electric Capacity Additions Are Below Recent Historical Levels (U-S Energy Information Administration)

Touchstone Energy Co-ops Lead in Satisfaction (Electric Co-op Today)

The Fantasy of Electric Rates: Time to Educate Ratepayers (Renewable Energy World)

Floating Firebombs: Thousands Learn the Dangers of Sky Lanterns (Safety Source)

FISH & WILDLIFE

What’s Killing Off British Columbia’s Young Salmon? (Globe & Mail, Canada)

British Columbia: First Nations Bring Contaminated Fish to Legislature to Protest Peace River Dam Project (Victoria Times Colonist, BC)

Opinion: Is It Fair to Kill 10,000 Birds to Keep Our Delicious Salmon Safe? (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

More Pacific Northwest Mountains Are Snow-Free Already as Drought Deepens (Northwest Public Radio)

Drought Forces Large Group of Yakima Valley Farmers to Turn Off the Spigot (Northwest Public Radio)

Recycled Drinking Water: Getting Past the Yuck Factor (NY Times)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Germany’s Powerhouse Feels Pinch of Shift to Renewables (Bloomberg News)

California: Family Sues Over Unauthorized Demolition of Vacation Home for Wind Power Farm (Bakersfield Californian)

California Environmental Permitting Still Favors Natural Gas (Renewable Energy World)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Sony’s New LED Bulb Is Also a Bluetooth Speaker (Gizmodo)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Second Challenge Filed against Kittitas County Marijuana Farm (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

Oregon: Dispute over Local Control Drives Pot Committee to Impasse (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

The Green Sheet for May 11, 2015 — Is Washington State’s Cap-&-Trade Bill Back? (Washington State Wire, Olympia)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Going Green Gets Easier for Sacramento Businesses (Sacramento Business Journal, CA)

Should I Source My Home Power from Renewable Energy? (Grist Online – Or, you could just move to a public power community in Washington State)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Verizon Barges into Online Video, Buying AOL for $4.4 Billion (Associated Press)

Verizon, Sprint to Pay $158 Million to Settle Wireless Bill-Cramming Allegations (Consumerist)

Op/Ed: FCC Contemplates Subsidized Broadband Services (Forbes Magazine)

Google Acknowledges Eleven Accidents with Its Self-Driving Cars (Sacramento Bee, CA)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

NBC Pulls Facebook Post after Sneaking in an Ad for Subway (AdWeek)

Internet Essentials Program – Comcast Hires SS+K to Help Bridge the Digital Divide (AdWeek)

‘It’s On:’ Battle Brews as Patriots Change Profile Pictures to Brady’s Jersey (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

How to Create Social Media Images That Connect with Your Audience (Social Media Examiner)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Court Rules Washington State Auditor Recall Can’t Proceed (Northwest Public Radio)

GENERAL NEWS

Thousands of Washington State Teachers Expected to Walk Out of Class Wednesday (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)

Beginning May 18 – Five-Day Long Closure of SR 3 South of Shelton (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Mason County Election Filing Gets Underway (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Another Large-Scale Earthquake Hits Nepal, Death Toll Rises (Associated Press)

Drought Help (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

Washington Ranks as #1 Bike-Friendly State (KNDO/KNDU-TV, Tri Cities, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Rescue Puppy Grows Up Before Your Eyes in an Inspiring Timelapse

UK Man Sneezes Out Toy Dart 44 Years after It Was Lodged in His Nose

Woman Who Didn’t Know She Was Pregnant Gives Birth on Flight

Sea Lion Pup Snores & Sneezes, Startling Sailor on Yacht

SONG OF THE DAY

Paul Anka - (You’re) Having My Baby

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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