Friday, September 19, 2014

Energy News Digest for September 19, 2014


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Fate of Aluminum Subsidy Warrants Explanation from Bonneville Power Administration, Court Says (Courthouse News Service)

Pacific Power Wants 9.5% Residential Rate Increase (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

Columbia River Fall Salmon Surge, But Endangered Chinook & Sockeye Runs Are Still Struggling (Oregonian, Portland)

Oregon: Wind Project Planners Consider Golden Eagles - A count of the birds is ongoing near proposed wind farm close to John Day River (Bend Bulletin, OR)

Simpson Lumber Company: Mill Sale Rumors? (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Fate of Aluminum Subsidy Warrants Explanation from Bonneville Power Administration, Court Says
  • ICNU vs Bonneville Power Administration
  • Pacific Power Wants 9.5% Residential Rate Increase
  • Canadian Company Shelves Similkameen Dam Plan
  • Energy Northwest Picked for Bonneville Power Administration Pilot Project
  • California's Chief Energy Regulator Recuses Himself from Critical Utility Proceeding
  • Woman Gets $2,000 Power Bill from Seattle City Light
  • Tennessee: First American Nuke Plant in 21st Century to Open Soon
  • FERC Moves to Clarify Role for Public Power in Order 1000 Transmission Planning
  • U-S Senate Confirms Obama's Pick for No. 2 at Department of Energy
  • Maryland:  Chevy Chase Woman Refuses to Pay Pepco to Opt Out of Smart Meters
  • Twelve Tips to Prepare for Power Outages #NatlPrep
  • Columbia River Fall Salmon Surge, But Endangered Chinook & Sockeye Runs Are Still Struggling
  • Columbia River Spawning Salmon Ready for Their Close Up
  • Building Bridges for Fish
  • Judge Tosses Lawsuit over Washington State Fish Consumption Rates
  • Shellfish Tell Puget Sound's Polluted Tale
  • Oregon: Wind Project Planners Consider Golden Eagles
  • U-S to Train Veterans to Install Solar Panels
  • When the Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep the Lights On
  • Heating a Skyscraper with a Data Center: Amazon's One-Of-A-Kind Solution
  • New Refrigerator Efficiency Standards Mean Your Next Fridge Will Cost More But Sip Electricity, Says U-S DOE & Industry
  • Antarctic Ice at Record-High Growth, Arctic Continues to Lose
  • Canada Set to Fuel U-S. Emission Reduction Efforts
  • Local Group Shows It's Simple to Drive Electric During National Drive Electric Week
  • Op/Ed: Is an All-Green Energy Strategy Worth the Cost?
  • Use Your Dead Pet to Power The Grid. It’s What Miss Toots Would Have Wanted
  • Wheeler: We Shouldn't Subsidize Broadband Slower than 10 Mbps
  • World Wide Web Inventor Slams Internet Fast Lanes: ‘It’s Bribery.’
  • Net Neutrality Comments to FCC Overwhelmingly One-Sided, Study Says
  • Adventures in Press Restrictions in the Olympic Wilderness
  • Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Surface Fresher Content
  • Microsoft-NFL Tablet Deal Confuses TV Announcers
  • Retailer Forgets to Check the News, Sends Email Welcoming an Independent Scotland
  • ‘Happy in Tehran’ Dancers Are Given Suspended Sentences
  • Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  • Internal Review Shows University of Washington’s GEAR UP Program Misused $50K in Expenses
  • Simpson Lumber Company: Mill Sale Rumors?
  • Microsoft Cutting 2,100 Jobs in Second Round of Layoffs
  • Marijuana Money Boosts Washington’s Budget
  • Hundreds of People Expected at Washington State’s First Cannabis Job Fair
  • Scots Spurn Independence in Historic Vote, Nationalist Leader Resigns
  • Fall is Just Around the Corner
WORD OF THE DAY

Unctuous • \UNK-choo-uss\ • adjective - 1. Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy 2. Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals. 3. Insincerely or excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.

After spending four excruciating hours listening to the unctuous sales pitch from a “no money down” real estate shyster, Ambrose left the meeting with three things: a headache crying out for the strongest remedy he could find; a cheap combination flashlight, radio, can opener, espresso maker; and a strong desire for a long, hot shower with plenty of soap.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Fate of Aluminum Subsidy Warrants Explanation from Bonneville Power Administration, Court Says (Courthouse News Service)

ICNU vs Bonneville Power Administration (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals)

Pacific Power Wants 9.5% Residential Rate Increase (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

Canadian Company Shelves Similkameen Dam Plan - Proposed 541 Foot Dam Is Not Financially Viable, Says Fortis Inc. (Oroville Gazette-Tribune, WA)

Energy Northwest Picked for Bonneville Power Administration Pilot Project (Tri-City Herald, WA)

California's Chief Energy Regulator Recuses Himself from Critical Utility Proceeding (Forbes Magazine)

Woman Gets $2,000 Power Bill from Seattle City Light (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Tennessee: First American Nuke Plant in 21st Century to Open Soon “…“an investment in that [low-carbon] demand for at least 40 years to come…” (Forbes Magazine)

FERC Moves to Clarify Role for Public Power in Order 1000 Transmission Planning (American Public Power Association)

U-S Senate Confirms Obama's Pick for No. 2 at Department of Energy (Politico)

Maryland:  Chevy Chase Woman Refuses to Pay Pepco to Opt Out of Smart Meters (Gaithersburg Gazette, MD)

Twelve Tips to Prepare for Power Outages #NatlPrep (American Public Power Association)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Columbia River Fall Salmon Surge, But Endangered Chinook & Sockeye Runs Are Still Struggling (Oregonian, Portland)

Columbia River Spawning Salmon Ready for Their Close Up (Oregon Public Braodcasting)

Building Bridges for Fish (Bonneville Power Administration)

Judge Tosses Lawsuit over Washington State Fish Consumption Rates (Associated Press)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Shellfish Tell Puget Sound's Polluted Tale (Northwest Public Radio)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Oregon: Wind Project Planners Consider Golden Eagles - A count of the birds is ongoing near proposed wind farm close to John Day River (Bend Bulletin, OR)

U-S to Train Veterans to Install Solar Panels (Associated Press)

When the Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep the Lights On (National Public Radio)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Heating a Skyscraper with a Data Center: Amazon's One-Of-A-Kind Solution (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

New Refrigerator Efficiency Standards Mean Your Next Fridge Will Cost More But Sip Electricity, Says U-S DOE & Industry (Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Antarctic Ice at Record-High Growth, Arctic Continues to Lose (Christian Science Monitor)

Canada Set to Fuel U-S. Emission Reduction Efforts (Globe & Mail, Canada)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Local Group Shows It's Simple to Drive Electric During National Drive Electric Week (KNDO/KNDU-TV, Tri Cities, WA)

Op/Ed: Is an All-Green Energy Strategy Worth the Cost? (Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal)

Use Your Dead Pet to Power The Grid. It’s What Miss Toots Would Have Wanted (Grist Online)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Wheeler: We Shouldn't Subsidize Broadband Slower than 10 Mbps (Broadband Reports)

World Wide Web Inventor Slams Internet Fast Lanes: ‘It’s Bribery.’ (Washington Post)

Net Neutrality Comments to FCC Overwhelmingly One-Sided, Study Says (NY Times)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Adventures in Press Restrictions in the Olympic Wilderness (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA)

Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Surface Fresher Content (Mashable)

Microsoft-NFL Tablet Deal Confuses TV Announcers (Everett Herald, WA)

Retailer Forgets to Check the News, Sends Email Welcoming an Independent Scotland (Consumerist)

‘Happy in Tehran’ Dancers Are Given Suspended Sentences (NY Times)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Internal Review Shows University of Washington’s GEAR UP Program Misused $50K in Expenses (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

Simpson Lumber Company: Mill Sale Rumors? (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Microsoft Cutting 2,100 Jobs in Second Round of Layoffs (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Marijuana Money Boosts Washington’s Budget (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Hundreds of People Expected at Washington State’s First Cannabis Job Fair (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Scots Spurn Independence in Historic Vote, Nationalist Leader Resigns (Reuters)

Fall is Just Around the Corner (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

DIVERSIONS

From Bugs Bunny to Wile E. Coyote: The Animation Genius of Chuck Jones

September 19 - International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Dude, Your Armpit is on Fire - Prankster's Caper Led to Idaho Car Crash

First Person to Buy an iPhone 6 Drops It on Live TV

SONG OF THE DAY

Warner Brothers - What’s Opera Doc

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Energy News Digest for September 18, 2014 - Hot Shots Edition


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Broad Outlines of a New Carbon Tax in Oregon Get Positive Response from Legislative Committee (Oregonian, Portland)

Study: Washington, Oregon Invest in Fossil Fuel Projects (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Bonneville Power Administration Hiring Scandal Fallout Continues - Agency Facing More Lawsuits Alleging Discrimination & Retaliation (Oregonian, Portland)

Ruling Against FERC Order Could Cost U-S Demand Response Market $4.4 Billion in Revenue (GreenTech Grid)

Port Angeles City Council Rejects Utility Rate Hikes - Will Reconsider Issue at Tuesday Meeting (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Clallam PUD Adopts New Electric & Water Meter Policy (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Fitch Affirms Pend Oreille PUD's Revenue Bonds at 'A-'; Outlook Stable (Yahoo! Finance)

T5 Data Centers Starts Construction of Hillsboro Server Farms (Oregonian, Portland)

Washington State Says Dozens of Pot Shop Applications in Jeopardy (Associated Press)

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Hot Shots Edition - Energy News Digest for September 15, 2014




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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Fire Chiefs Seek Probe of 'Smart' Meters in Nevada (Associated Press)

Sockeye Run Tops Modern Record (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

Fraser River Sockeye Run Still Avoiding U-S Waters, Frustrating Whatcom County Fishermen (Bellingham Herald, WA)

Avista Proposes Rate Increase for Natural Gas & Decrease in Electricity (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

FCC Subpoenas Idaho over Broadband Contract (Associated Press)

In Vermont, a Milestone in Green-Energy Efforts (Associated Press)

At Least 150 Major Companies Prep for Carbon Prices (USA Today)

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Energy News Digest for September 12, 2014

Programming Note: The energy news digest will be communing with communicators from throughout the Pacific Northwest next week. Prepare thyself for the “Hot Shots” format!


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Energy News Digest Word Cloud for September 12, 2014

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Shelton-Area Brush Fire Temporarily Shut Down Hwy 101 (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Fire Danger: Mason County Red Flag Warning Remains in Effect through 9:00 Tonight (National Weather Service, Seattle)

Columbia River: Adult Fall Chinook Returns Shatter Single-Day Record Set Just One Year Ago (Bonneville Power Administration)

Puget Sound Energy Ordered to Share Gain with Ratepayers (South Sound Business Examiner)

Google’s Studied Silence on Net Neutrality Has Finally Broken (Washington Post)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Puget Sound Energy Ordered to Share Gain with Ratepayers
  • Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp Likely to Get Rate Increases
  • County, Cities, Okanogan PUD Working with FEMA on Funds for Fire-Related Damage Repairs
  • Substation Failure Causes Port Townsend Power Outage
  • Mason PUD 3 Commission Report - August 9, 2014 Business Meeting
  • Areva’s Richland Plant to Fabricate Nuclear Fuel for Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Is it Really Necessary to Have a Deep Geologic Repository for Used Nuclear Fuel?
  • Op/Ed: Nuclear Power - A Risky Wager for the Northwest
  • Authorities Warn Businesses about Scammers Posing as Cowlitz PUD Representatives
  • The Smallest Losers Win: RP3 Program Supports Efficient Operations
  • Latest Round in PURPA Wars: Fifth Circuit Upholds Texas Rule Limiting PURPA Rights of Wind Generators
  • Video: Solar Storm Heading for Earth
  • New York Energy Company Teams Up with School District to Groom Future Recruits
  • Columbia River: Adult Fall Chinook Returns Shatter Single-Day Record Set Just One Year Ago
  • Fish Rap: Fall Chinook Run Should Pour in Next Week
  • New Fishing Rule Protects Endangered Seabird
  • House Passes Bill That Would Block Proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule
  • Portland Energy Advocates Provide Solar Power That’ll Warm Oregon Vets
  • The Straight Dope: Marijuana Cultivation Uses a Lot of Electricity
  • Sea-Tac Only Airport in North America to Win Award for Reducing Carbon Emissions
  • Air Pollution: Judge Bars Former EPA Official from Testifying in Enforcement Suit
  • Nevada Lawmakers Approve Tesla Tax Breaks
  • Players Help Power the Lights on This Soccer Field Just by Running
  • Google’s Studied Silence on Net Neutrality Has Finally Broken
  • The Switchboard: U-S Threatened Yahoo with $250,000 per Day Fine to Force Release of Data
  • Three Things That Can Devour Your Data Plan
  • Facebook Apologizes for Banning 2-Month-Old Heart Patient’s ‘Gory’ Photo
  • 74% of Packers-Seahawks Google Searches Came Via Smartphone
  • Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  • Washington State Supreme Court Holds Legislature in Contempt over School Funding
  • Appeals Court: Public Business Conducted on Prosecutor’s Private Phone Is Still Public
  • PAC Refunds $225,000 to another PAC in 35th District Race Pitting Senator Sheldon, Challenger Irene Bowling
  • Shelton-Area Brush Fire Temporarily Shut Down Hwy 101
  • Fire Danger: Mason County Red Flag Warning Remains in Effect through 9:00 Tonight
  • Two Wildfires Burning in Western Washington State
  • High Winds, Downed Power Lines Lead to Numerous Grass Fires around Portland Metropolitan Area
  • Shelton School Superintendent Replaced
  • Reminder: Drivers Strongly Urged to Avoid I-5 in Olympia Over Next Two Weekends
  • A Very Warm Autumn & Winter Ahead?
  • After a Two-Year Trek, NASA’s Mars Rover Reaches Its Mountain Lab
WORD OF THE DAY

Exacerbate • \igg-ZASS-err-bayt\ • Verb - to make more violent, bitter, or severe

Sisyphus’ long task
Exacerbated by slope
No brake (or break) for the guy!

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Puget Sound Energy Ordered to Share Gain with Ratepayers (South Sound Business Examiner)

Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp Likely to Get Rate Increases (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

County, Cities, Okanogan PUD Working with FEMA on Funds for Fire-Related Damage Repairs (Methow Valley News, Twisp, WA)

Substation Failure Causes Port Townsend Power Outage (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Mason PUD 3 Commission Report - August 9, 2014 Business Meeting (Mason County PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Areva’s Richland Plant to Fabricate Nuclear Fuel for Tennessee Valley Authority (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Is it Really Necessary to Have a Deep Geologic Repository for Used Nuclear Fuel? (The Energy Collective)

Op/Ed: Nuclear Power - A Risky Wager for the Northwest (Crosscut Seattle)

Authorities Warn Businesses about Scammers Posing as Cowlitz PUD Representatives (Longview Daily News, WA)

The Smallest Losers Win: RP3 Program Supports Efficient Operations (American Public Power Association)

Latest Round in PURPA Wars: Fifth Circuit Upholds Texas Rule Limiting PURPA Rights of Wind Generators (GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog)

Video: Solar Storm Heading for Earth (USA Today)

New York Energy Company Teams Up with School District to Groom Future Recruits (Albany Business Review, NY)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Columbia River: Adult Fall Chinook Returns Shatter Single-Day Record Set Just One Year Ago (Bonneville Power Administration)

Fish Rap: Fall Chinook Run Should Pour in Next Week (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

New Fishing Rule Protects Endangered Seabird (Longview Daily News, WA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

House Passes Bill That Would Block Proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule (American Public Power Association)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Portland Energy Advocates Provide Solar Power That’ll Warm Oregon Vets (Sustainable Business Oregon)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

The Straight Dope: Marijuana Cultivation Uses a Lot of Electricity (Forbes Magazine – Love the wrap up paragraph)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Sea-Tac Only Airport in North America to Win Award for Reducing Carbon Emissions (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Air Pollution: Judge Bars Former EPA Official from Testifying in Enforcement Suit (E&E Publishing)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Nevada Lawmakers Approve Tesla Tax Breaks (USA Today)

Players Help Power the Lights on This Soccer Field Just by Running (Gizmodo)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Google’s Studied Silence on Net Neutrality Has Finally Broken (Washington Post)

The Switchboard: U-S Threatened Yahoo with $250,000 per Day Fine to Force Release of Data (Washington Post)

Three Things That Can Devour Your Data Plan (USA Today)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook Apologizes for Banning 2-Month-Old Heart Patient’s ‘Gory’ Photo (Yahoo! News)

74% of Packers-Seahawks Google Searches Came Via Smartphone - Game-Day Data Underscores Mobile’s Emergence (AdWeek)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Washington State Supreme Court Holds Legislature in Contempt over School Funding (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Appeals Court: Public Business Conducted on Prosecutor’s Private Phone Is Still Public (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

PAC Refunds $225,000 to another PAC in 35th District Race Pitting Senator Sheldon, Challenger Irene Bowling (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

Shelton-Area Brush Fire Temporarily Shut Down Hwy 101 (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Fire Danger: Mason County Red Flag Warning Remains in Effect through 9:00 Tonight (National Weather Service, Seattle)

Two Wildfires Burning in Western Washington State (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

High Winds, Downed Power Lines Lead to Numerous Grass Fires around Portland Metropolitan Area (Oregonian, Portland)

Shelton School Superintendent Replaced (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Reminder: Drivers Strongly Urged to Avoid I-5 in Olympia Over Next Two Weekends (KBKW Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

A Very Warm Autumn & Winter Ahead? (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

After a Two-Year Trek, NASA’s Mars Rover Reaches Its Mountain Lab (NY Times)

DIVERSIONS

Stolen Seahawks Garden Gnome Returns Home to Tumwater - With a Twist

Burke Museum: Here’s the Mask That Likely Inspired the Seattle Seahawks’ Logo

Northern Lights Could Dazzle Seattle Sky This Weekend

San Diego Cabbies Cry Foul over Body Odor Test

SONG OF THE DAY

NFL Films, Sam Spence - The Over the Hill Gang, Autumn Thunder

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