Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Energy News Digest for December 17, 2014

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Inslee: Make Big Polluters Pay for Transportation Projects (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

British Columbia Approves $8.8-Billion Site for Peace River Hydroelectric Dam (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Chelan PUD Imposes Moratorium amid Boom in Power Requests for Data Centers (Wenatchee World, WA)

$2 Million in Taxpayer Dollars at Risk in Snake River Dredging Showdown (Northwest Public Radio)

PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Reportedly Participating in $75 Million Round for Seattle Marijuana Investment Company (Geekwire)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. British Columbia Approves $8.8-Billion Site for Peace River Hydroelectric Dam
  2. British Columbia: Peace River Dam Site – How We Got Here & What You Need to Know
  3. Chelan PUD Imposes Moratorium amid Boom in Power Requests for Data Centers
  4. Shocked Portland General Electric Worker on Long Road to Recovery
  5. Probe Continues in Clallam County Public Utility District Copper Theft
  6. U-S Senate Passes Short-Term Wind Tax Break, Confirms FERC Nominee
  7. Phone Scam Targets Port Angeles Businesses
  8. Residential Customers Sought for Cowlitz PUD Rate Advisory Panel
  9. Grays Harbor PUD Renews Commitment to Relay for Life, Looks for New Projects
  10. Pacific Gas & Electric Says Smart Grid Helped Speed Storm Recovery
  11. DOE Says Smart Grid Projects Have Helped Utilities Reduce the Impact of Outages after Storms
  12. $2 Million in Taxpayer Dollars at Risk in Snake River Dredging Showdown
  13. 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed – Will California Rains Set Back Water Conservation?
  14. President Obama Indefinitely Bans Drilling in Alaskan Bay
  15. U-S Imposes Steep Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels
  16. Boeing’s Renton 737 Factory to Move to Clean Energy
  17. Rural Co-Ops Promise Net Metering, But Don’t Always Deliver
  18. Report Shows Which States Excel & Lag in Promoting Solar Energy
  19. Warren Buffett’s Smart-Grid Idea Takes Over Your Washing Machine
  20. PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Reportedly Participating in $75 Million Round for Seattle Marijuana Investment Company
  21. Oregon Hires Top Marijuana Regulator
  22. Seattle Pot Grower Offering Public Tours of Gardens, Facility
  23. Medical Marijuana Suddenly a Whole Lot Less Illegal Nationwide
  24. Tommy Chong Wants to Create Cannabis Business Brand
  25. Inslee: Make Big Polluters Pay for Transportation Projects
  26. Washington State Governor Proposes Transportation Plan with Carbon Tax
  27. Which Spin? Polling Shows Some Public Support for Taxing Carbon Pollution in Washington State
  28. Stream Away: Comcast Doubles Internet Speeds Across Washington State
  29. Sweeping Searches - Google’s Detractors Take Their Fight to the States
  30. How Cord-Cutting Is Changing the Kinds of TVs We Buy
  31. Nordstrom Employee Loses Job after Incendiary Facebook Comment about Killing Cops
  32. Twitter Debates Whether to Hit Autoplay on Videos to Compete With Facebook
  33. To Avoid Embarrassing Hacks, Don’t Send Embarrassing E-Mails
  34. Another Whistleblower Claim Filed Against Nampa – Claims Utility Billing Improprieties
  35. Shelton Area Man, 80, Fatally Shoots Younger Man
  36. Increased Code Enforcement Powers Sought by City of Shelton Officials
  37. Mt. Hood Snowpack at Lowest Level Since 1981
  38. How the Grinch Stole the Pacific Northwest’s Christmas Snow
  39. Methane on Mars? Curiosity Discovery Boosts Case for Martian Life
  40. Premiere Cancelled, Theater Chain Drops ‘The Interview’ Following Threats
WORD OF THE DAY

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

Frederic’s refrigerator was a smorgasbord of leftover meals; Chinese, Italian, Thai, Mexican, and other indescribable containers of dead and mutating foodstuffs. He rarely converted any of his collection into his evening repast, arguing that using them as a stewing réchauffé could lead to the extinction of new mold and bacteria species.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

British Columbia Approves $8.8-Billion Site for Peace River Hydroelectric Dam (Globe & Mail, Canada)

British Columbia: Peace River Dam Site – How We Got Here & What You Need to Know (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Chelan PUD Imposes Moratorium amid Boom in Power Requests for Data Centers (Wenatchee World, WA)

Shocked Portland General Electric Worker on Long Road to Recovery - Nate Sweet shocked while cleaning up from last week’s storm (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Probe Continues in Clallam County Public Utility District Copper Theft (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

U-S Senate Passes Short-Term Wind Tax Break, Confirms FERC Nominee (Utility Dive)

Phone Scam Targets Port Angeles Businesses (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Residential Customers Sought for Cowlitz PUD Rate Advisory Panel (Longview Daily News, WA)

Grays Harbor PUD Renews Commitment to Relay for Life, Looks for New Projects (Grays Harbor Talk)

Pacific Gas & Electric Says Smart Grid Helped Speed Storm Recovery (Utility Dive)

DOE Says Smart Grid Projects Have Helped Utilities Reduce the Impact of Outages after Storms (American Public Power Association)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

$2 Million in Taxpayer Dollars at Risk in Snake River Dredging Showdown (Northwest Public Radio)

11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed – Will California Rains Set Back Water Conservation? (Christian Science Monitor)

President Obama Indefinitely Bans Drilling in Alaskan Bay (NY Times)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

U-S Imposes Steep Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels (NY Times)

Boeing’s Renton 737 Factory to Move to Clean Energy (Associated Press)

Rural Co-Ops Promise Net Metering, But Don’t Always Deliver (Midwest Energy News)

Report Shows Which States Excel & Lag in Promoting Solar Energy (Renewable Energy World)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Warren Buffett’s Smart-Grid Idea Takes Over Your Washing Machine (Bloomberg News)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Reportedly Participating in $75 Million Round for Seattle Marijuana Investment Company (Geekwire)

Oregon Hires Top Marijuana Regulator (Northwest Public Radio)

Seattle Pot Grower Offering Public Tours of Gardens, Facility (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Medical Marijuana Suddenly a Whole Lot Less Illegal Nationwide (Consumerist)

Tommy Chong Wants to Create Cannabis Business Brand (Marijuana Business Daily)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Inslee: Make Big Polluters Pay for Transportation Projects (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Washington State Governor Proposes Transportation Plan with Carbon Tax (Everett Herald, WA)

Which Spin? Polling Shows Some Public Support for Taxing Carbon Pollution in Washington State (Olympian - Paywall Advisory)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Stream Away: Comcast Doubles Internet Speeds Across Washington State (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Sweeping Searches - Google’s Detractors Take Their Fight to the States (NY Times)

How Cord-Cutting Is Changing the Kinds of TVs We Buy (Washington Post)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Nordstrom Employee Loses Job after Incendiary Facebook Comment about Killing Cops (Oregonian, Portland)

Twitter Debates Whether to Hit Autoplay on Videos to Compete With Facebook (AdWeek)

To Avoid Embarrassing Hacks, Don’t Send Embarrassing E-Mails (SF Chronicle)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Another Whistleblower Claim Filed Against Nampa – Claims Utility Billing Improprieties (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

GENERAL NEWS

Shelton Area Man, 80, Fatally Shoots Younger Man (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Increased Code Enforcement Powers Sought by City of Shelton Officials (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Mt. Hood Snowpack at Lowest Level Since 1981 (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

How the Grinch Stole Northwest’s Christmas Snow (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

Methane on Mars? Curiosity Discovery Boosts Case for Martian Life (Christian Science Monitor)

Premiere Cancelled, Theater Chain Drops ‘The Interview’ Following Threats (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Qatar Pays Migrant Workers $1 an Hour to Be Fake Sports Fans

Have a Very Marie Curie Christmas with These Nobel Physicist Snowflake Decorations

More Proof That Mondays Are Terrible: It’s the Most Common Day for Workplace Injuries

The Mesmerizing View of Christmas Lights from Space

SONG OF THE DAY

Journey – Lights

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Energy News Digest for December 16, 2014

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Weather Forecast for December 16, 2014

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

British Columbia Expected to Make Peace River Dam Site Announcement Tuesday in Victoria (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Betting on the Need, Scientists Work on Lighter, Cleaner Nuclear Energy (NY Times)

Clallam Sheriff’s Office Looking for Suspect with Burns after Copper Theft – Caused Power Outage West of Port Angeles (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Portland General Electric’s Washington Wind Farm Brings Its Energy to Portland (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Study: Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green (Associated Press)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. British Columbia Expected to Make Peace River Dam Site Announcement Tuesday in Victoria
  2. Betting on the Need, Scientists Work on Lighter, Cleaner Nuclear Energy
  3. Why Climate Change is Forcing Some Environmentalists to Back Nuclear Power
  4. Clallam Sheriff’s Office Looking for Suspect with Burns after Copper Theft
  5. Most Lights Back on in Jefferson County Following Major Storm-Related Outages
  6. Power Outage Starts When Woman Shears Power Pole with Pickup
  7. A Year Later, No Oregon Electric Co-Ops Using Federal Loan Program
  8. Berkshire Hathaway Energy Subsidiaries Must Respond to FERC Order Tied to Market-Based Rates
  9. Bonneville Power Administration Annual Report Recognizes Progress in 2014
  10. Nez Perce Member Tapped to Oversee Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s Fishery Science Department
  11. Oyster Herpes’ Killer Virus Threatens $4 Billion Industry
  12. Portland General Electric’s Washington Wind Farm Brings Its Energy to Portland
  13. The Race is on for Solar Companies to Woo Utilities
  14. Idaho Power Decides to Stay with Regional Energy Efficiency Provider
  15. Christmas Light Displays Switch to LED for Savings
  16. Kittitas Council Extends Marijuana Moratorium
  17. Video: Skagit County Neighbors Try to Eradicate Weed (sic) Growers
  18. Washington State Lottery Do-Over Might Raise Caps on Marijuana Stores
  19. Colorado Resort Towns Worry over Pot Perception
  20. Scientists Are Worried Greenland Might Melt Even Faster than Expected
  21. Greenpeace Apologizes for Wrecking Nazca Lines as Peru Prepares Criminal Charges
  22. Study: Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green
  23. NBC Will Stream Network Shows Online as They Air
  24. Comcast, Charter & Time Warner Cable All Say Obama’s Net Neutrality Plan Shouldn’t Worry Investors
  25. SurveyMonkey Raises $250 Million, Valuing Company at $2 Billion
  26. These Ten Toy Brands Are Winning Social Media for the Holidays
  27. This Chart Shows What Marketers Talked About Most in 2014
  28. Washington State Republicans Begin Remaking Senate
  29. Elizabeth Warren, GOP Rookies Set Up Energy Panel for Pyrotechnics
  30. Victim Identified in Sydney Siege Studied at Washington State University
  31. Thieves Sack Bridgeport High School
  32. Audit: Washington State Agency Cybersecurity Must Improve
  33. Where’s the Snow? We’re on Pace to Obliterate Record for Warmest December
  34. Goldendale Needs Dark Skies for Public Observatory
WORD OF THE DAY

Incommensurable • \in-kuh-MENSE-suh-ruh-bull \ • Adjective - Not commensurable; broadly: lacking a basis of comparison in respect to a quality normally subject to comparison.

“As a comfort food,” Alberto mused, “a well-made macaroni and cheese casserole’s ability to make you feel wonderful is incommensurable with a market-priced lobster dinner.” His monologue trailed off noticeably as he slowly dropped into a carbohydrate-induced torpor.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

British Columbia Expected to Make Peace River Dam Site Announcement Tuesday in Victoria (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Betting on the Need, Scientists Work on Lighter, Cleaner Nuclear Energy (NY Times)

Why Climate Change is Forcing Some Environmentalists to Back Nuclear Power (Washington Post)

Clallam Sheriff’s Office Looking for Suspect with Burns after Copper Theft – Caused Power Outage West of Port Angeles (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Most Lights Back on in Jefferson County Following Major Storm-Related Outages (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Power Outage Starts When Woman Shears Power Pole with Pickup (iFIBER One News, Ephrata, WA)

A Year Later, No Oregon Electric Co-Ops Using Federal Loan Program (Bend Bulletin, OR)

Berkshire Hathaway Energy Subsidiaries Must Respond to FERC Order Tied to Market-Based Rates (American Public Power Association)

Bonneville Power Administration Annual Report Recognizes Progress in 2014 (Bonneville Power Administration)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Nez Perce Member Tapped to Oversee Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s Fishery Science Department (Indian Country Today)

Oyster Herpes’ Killer Virus Threatens $4 Billion Industry (Everett Herald, WA)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Portland General Electric’s Washington Wind Farm Brings Its Energy to Portland (Portland Business Journal, OR)

The Race is on for Solar Companies to Woo Utilities (Forbes Magazine)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Idaho Power Decides to Stay with Regional Energy Efficiency Provider (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

Christmas Light Displays Switch to LED for Savings (South Sound Business Examiner)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Kittitas Council Extends Marijuana Moratorium (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

Video: Skagit County Neighbors Try to Eradicate Weed (sic) Growers (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Washington State Lottery Do-Over Might Raise Caps on Marijuana Stores (Olympian - Paywall Advisory)

Colorado Resort Towns Worry over Pot Perception (Associated Press)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Scientists Are Worried Greenland Might Melt Even Faster than Expected (Washington Post)

Greenpeace Apologizes for Wrecking Nazca Lines as Peru Prepares Criminal Charges (Indian Country Today)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Study: Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green (Associated Press)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

NBC Will Stream Network Shows Online as They Air (Gizmodo)

Comcast, Charter & Time Warner Cable All Say Obama’s Net Neutrality Plan Shouldn’t Worry Investors (Washington Post)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

SurveyMonkey Raises $250 Million, Valuing Company at $2 Billion (Oregonian, Portland)

These Ten Toy Brands Are Winning Social Media for the Holidays (AdWeek)

This Chart Shows What Marketers Talked About Most in 2014 (AdWeek)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Washington State Republicans Begin Remaking Senate (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Elizabeth Warren, GOP Rookies Set Up Energy Panel for Pyrotechnics (National Journal)

GENERAL NEWS

Victim Identified in Sydney Siege Studied at Washington State University (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Thieves Sack Bridgeport High School - Damage, estimated at approximately $50k, forces school closure (KXLY-TV, Spokane, WA)

Audit: Washington State Agency Cybersecurity Must Improve (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Where’s the Snow? We’re on Pace to Obliterate Record for Warmest December (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Goldendale Needs Dark Skies for Public Observatory (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Watch People Get Slow-mo Smacked in the Face with Snowballs

Burt Reynolds’ ‘Smokey’ Trans AM Goes for $450,000

What Were People Thinking in 2014? Google’s Global List

McDonald’s Japan Rations Fries as U-S West Coast Port Dispute Drags On

SONG OF THE DAY

Jerry Reed - West Bound & Down “Smokey & the Bandit” Soundtrack

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Energy News Digest for December 15, 2014

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Weather Forecast for December 15, 2014

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Puget Sound Energy Faces Opposition over Options for Eastside Power-Line Route (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Columbia Generating Station: Washington State’s Only Nuclear Power Plant Turns 30 Years Old (Associated Press)

Oregon: Biogas Power Plant near Junction City Mired in Legal Disputes (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

From Carbon to Kids: Inslee Wants Climate Policy to Fund Schools (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

Columbia River Salmon Anglers in 2014 Set Record Catch; Forecast Projects More Good Runs in 2015 (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. Puget Sound Energy Faces Opposition over Options for Eastside Power-Line Route
  2. Columbia Generating Station: Washington State’s Only Nuclear Power Plant Turns 30 Years Old
  3. Leads Prove Elusive as Clallam Sheriff’s Office Investigates Theft of Copper, Power Outage West of Port Angeles
  4. California: Tiny Water District to Seize Pacific Gas & Electric Power Lines, Transformers
  5. Even Before Long Winter Begins, Energy Bills Send Shivers in New England
  6. In Navajo Country, Coal Gives Life - And Takes It, Some Say
  7. Fitch: Utility Sector Well Positioned to Manage Near-Term Risks
  8. Advanced Meter Fee Scam Hits South Carolina Co-op
  9. Columbia River Salmon Anglers in 2014 Set Record Catch; Forecast Projects More Good Runs in 2015
  10. Canada: Salmon Farmers to Spend $1.5 Million on Wild Fish Study
  11. Beavers’ Eagerness Is the Problem above Douglas PUD’s Wells Dam
  12. Op/Ed: Congress’s Hostile Takeover of Endangered Species Efforts
  13. Skagit County Water Fight Ruling Won’t Mean Battle Ends
  14. Scientist Prepare for another Wave of Tsunami Debris along PNW Coast, & More Invasive Species
  15. Oregon: Biogas Power Plant near Junction City Mired in Legal Disputes
  16. The Economist Explains: What Has Gone Wrong with Germany’s Energy Policy
  17. Eggnog & Efficiency: How the Holiday Season Affects Utilities
  18. West Richland Getting New LED Lights
  19. Marijuana Growers Sprout on Wall Street as Pot Goes Public
  20. La Center Mulls Marijuana Ban
  21. From Carbon to Kids: Inslee Wants Climate Policy to Fund Schools
  22. Pacific Gas & Electric CEO: A Price on Carbon Can Be Good for Utilities
  23. Arctic Sea Ice Volume Holds Up in 2014
  24. Northwest Environmental Conference: Sustainability Directors in Unlikely Places
  25. Capturing Carbon as a Byproduct of Running a Fuel Cell
  26. FCC Boosts Rural Broadband Speed Requirements to 10 Mbps
  27. Facebook Discards Microsoft Bing for Search
  28. Google among Major U-S Companies Researching Use of Color in Business Initiatives
  29. The Governor Unplugged: Inslee Warns Of ‘Malarkey’ & ‘Assault by Polluting Industries’
  30. Alpine Lakes, Manhattan Project National Park Pass U-S Senate
  31. In Final Spending Bill, Salty Food & Belching Cows Are Winners
  32. Mason County Shellfish Contamination Prompts Recall
  33. Judge’s Ruling Favors Cowlitz Tribe in Casino Case
WORD OF THE DAY

Nabob • \NAY-bob \ • Noun - A person of great wealth or importance.

Spiro T’s lament
Nattering nabobs no good
See you in prison.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Puget Sound Energy Faces Opposition over Options for Eastside Power-Line Route (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Columbia Generating Station: Washington State’s Only Nuclear Power Plant Turns 30 Years Old (Associated Press)

Leads Prove Elusive as Clallam Sheriff’s Office Investigates Theft of Copper, Power Outage West of Port Angeles (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

California: Tiny Water District to Seize Pacific Gas & Electric Power Lines, Transformers (SF Chronicle)

Even Before Long Winter Begins, Energy Bills Send Shivers in New England (NY Times)

In Navajo Country, Coal Gives Life - And Takes It, Some Say (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Fitch: Utility Sector Well Positioned to Manage Near-Term Risks (Utility Dive)

Advanced Meter Fee Scam Hits South Carolina Co-op (Electric Co-op Today)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Columbia River Salmon Anglers in 2014 Set Record Catch; Forecast Projects More Good Runs in 2015 (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Canada: Salmon Farmers to Spend $1.5 Million on Wild Fish Study - Industry will appoint independent researchers to look at disease transmission, migration routes (Victoria Times Colonist, BC)

Beavers’ Eagerness Is the Problem above Douglas PUD’s Wells Dam (Wenatchee World, WA)

Op/Ed: Congress’s Hostile Takeover of Endangered Species Efforts (The Hill, Washington, DC)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Skagit County Water Fight Ruling Won’t Mean Battle Ends (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, WA)

Scientist Prepare for another Wave of Tsunami Debris along PNW Coast, & More Invasive Species (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Oregon: Biogas Power Plant near Junction City Mired in Legal Disputes (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

The Economist Explains: What Has Gone Wrong with Germany’s Energy Policy (The Economist Magazine)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Eggnog & Efficiency: How the Holiday Season Affects Utilities (Utility Dive)

West Richland Getting New LED Lights (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Marijuana Growers Sprout on Wall Street as Pot Goes Public (Mashable)

La Center Mulls Marijuana Ban - Pot businesses could be allowed in some areas or banned altogether (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

From Carbon to Kids: Inslee Wants Climate Policy to Fund Schools (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

Pacific Gas & Electric CEO: A Price on Carbon Can Be Good for Utilities (Utility Dive)

Arctic Sea Ice Volume Holds Up in 2014 (British Broadcasting Corporation)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Northwest Environmental Conference: Sustainability Directors in Unlikely Places (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Capturing Carbon as a Byproduct of Running a Fuel Cell (NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

FCC Boosts Rural Broadband Speed Requirements to 10 Mbps (eWeek)

Facebook Discards Microsoft Bing for Search (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Google among Major U-S Companies Researching Use of Color in Business Initiatives (Associated Press)

All Google has to do is hire the characters Jane Lynch & John Michael Higgins played in the movie “A Mighty Wind.”

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

The Governor Unplugged: Inslee Warns Of ‘Malarkey’ & ‘Assault by Polluting Industries’ (Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA)

Alpine Lakes, Manhattan Project National Park Pass U-S Senate (Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA)

In Final Spending Bill, Salty Food & Belching Cows Are Winners “…requires the EPA to withdraw a new rule defining how the Clean Water Act applies to certain agricultural conservation practices…” (NY Times)

GENERAL NEWS

Mason County Shellfish Contamination Prompts Recall (South Sound Business Examiner)

Judge’s Ruling Favors Cowlitz Tribe in Casino Case (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)

DIVERSIONS

Job Title Not Convoluted Enough? Try This ‘Badass Advertising Job Titles’ Generator

Bunch of Grinches Take $2,000 in Christmas Trees from Cut-Your-Own Farm without Paying

The Hottest Gift You Aren’t Getting: Selfie Sticks (I’m sure there’s something Freudian about this!)

It’s ‘Culture.’ Merriam-Webster Unveils Its Word of the Year

SONG OF THE DAY

Boston – Long Time/Foreplay

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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