Thursday, October 30, 2014

Energy News Digest for October 30, 2014


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

British Columbia Energy Projects Face New Legal Hurdles (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Weather: Below-Average Snowfall Expected across Inland Northwest (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions of Gallons of Water Lost (National Public Radio)

Portland General Electric Status Report: Earnings Are Up, New Rates Are in the Offing & Three New Power Stations Are in the Pipeline (Portland Business Journal, OR)

California: Bay Area Solar Firms Take Dim View of Arizona Utility’s Move (SF Chronicle)


NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. British Columbia Energy Projects Face New Legal Hurdles
  2. Portland General Electric Status Report: Earnings Are Up, New Rates Are in the Offing & Three New Power Stations Are in the Pipeline
  3. Oregon: Springfield Utility Board Asks for Power, Water Rate Increases
  4. Op/Ed: Steve Wright - It’s Time to Plan Projects
  5. PacifiCorp Employee Claims Retaliation after Refusing to Meet with Boss’ Daughter, Who Sold Knives Door-to-Door
  6. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Resumes Plant Licensing
  7. OSHA Final Rule on Derricks Delayed
  8. Eleven Utilities Are Winners in APPA Annual Report Contest
  9. Oregon: Rescue Nets Thousands of Deschutes River Fish
  10. Watchdog Group Finds Shrimp Mislabeled Nationwide, with Less Fraud in Portland
  11. As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions of Gallons of Water Lost
  12. California: Bay Area Solar Firms Take Dim View of Arizona Utility’s Move
  13. Researchers Turning Wood Waste into Energy, Agricultural Resource
  14. Montana: Bridger Bowl Receives Grant to Install Biomass Burner
  15. Canada: Report Says Wind Turbines Blowing Ontario Taxpayers’ Money
  16. Fukushima Sets Off Green Boom & Glut as Utilities Choke on Cost, Hope for Return of Nuclear
  17. This Diagram Will Help You Visualize How Opower’s Software Platform Operates
  18. Washington State Governor Inslee’s Consultant: Clean-Fuel Standard Might Raise Gas Prices Two Cents by 2020
  19. Fires & Floods: North Cascades Federal Lands Prepare for Climate Change
  20. Are Environmental Regulations Causing U-S Utility Bills to Surge?
  21. APPA Applauds Recognition by Broadband Agency of Safety Role Played by Electric Utilities
  22. Some Connecticut Residents Say Frontier/AT&T Switchover Left Them without Service
  23. Op/Ed: Who is Winning the Broadband Race?
  24. Seven Big Stats from Facebook’s Third Quarter Earnings Report - Ad Sales Continue to Drive Growth
  25. Lysol Buys Ad around Google Searches for ‘Ebola’ Exploiting Public Fear?
  26. Why Did Taco Bell Just Wipe Out Its Social Media Accounts? An Unorthodox Approach to Launching an App
  27. Senate Republicans Call for Formal Investigations into Mailers Targeting Sen. Sheldon
  28. Weather: Below-Average Snowfall Expected across Inland Northwest
  29. Transportation Officials Say 3,000 Rail Crossings in Washington Go Un-Inspected
  30. Oregon, Alaska Now Ground Zero in Legal Marijuana Fight
  31. Pot Legalization Measure Divides Marijuana Producers in Southwest Oregon
WORD OF THE DAY

Colloquial • \cull-LOW-kwee-ull\ • Adjective - 1: of or relating to conversation: conversational 2a: used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation; also: unacceptably informal b: using conversational style

Amber stumbled from her first meeting with her utility’s energy experts in a daze. Acronyms and specialized concepts rolled out the door behind her, somewhat like “Fibber McGee’s Closet.” The colloquial onset was dulled somewhat by a quick “break” at the nearby pub, where a pint of ale replaced her mental confusion with more of a physical one.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

British Columbia Energy Projects Face New Legal Hurdles (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Portland General Electric Status Report: Earnings Are Up, New Rates Are in the Offing & Three New Power Stations Are in the Pipeline (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Oregon: Springfield Utility Board Asks for Power, Water Rate Increases - Rising BPA costs & the loss of two big customers hurt the utility (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

Clallam PUD to Conduct Customer Survey (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Op/Ed: Steve Wright - It’s Time to Plan Projects (Wenatchee World, WA)

PacifiCorp Employee Claims Retaliation after Refusing to Meet with Boss’ Daughter, Who Sold Knives Door-to-Door (Oregonian, Portland)

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Resumes Plant Licensing (Utility Dive)

OSHA Final Rule on Derricks Delayed (Electric Co-op Today)

Eleven Utilities Are Winners in APPA Annual Report Contest (American Public Power Association)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Oregon: Rescue Nets Thousands of Deschutes River Fish (Bend Bulletin, OR)

Watchdog Group Finds Shrimp Mislabeled Nationwide, with Less Fraud in Portland (Oregonian, Portland)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions of Gallons of Water Lost (National Public Radio)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

California: Bay Area Solar Firms Take Dim View of Arizona Utility’s Move (SF Chronicle)

Researchers Turning Wood Waste into Energy, Agricultural Resource (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

Montana: Bridger Bowl Receives Grant to Install Biomass Burner (Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT)

Canada: Report Says Wind Turbines Blowing Ontario Taxpayers’ Money (Sun News, Canada)

Fukushima Sets Off Green Boom & Glut as Utilities Choke on Cost, Hope for Return of Nuclear (Associated Press)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

This Diagram Will Help You Visualize How Opower’s Software Platform Operates (The Energy Collective)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Washington State Governor Inslee’s Consultant: Clean-Fuel Standard Might Raise Gas Prices Two Cents by 2020 (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Fires & Floods: North Cascades Federal Lands Prepare for Climate Change (UW Today, Seattle, WA)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Are Environmental Regulations Causing U-S Utility Bills to Surge? (Renewable Energy World)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

APPA Applauds Recognition by Broadband Agency of Safety Role Played by Electric Utilities (American Public Power Association)

Some Connecticut Residents Say Frontier/AT&T Switchover Left Them without Service (New Haven Register-Citizen, CT)

Op/Ed: Who is Winning the Broadband Race? (Detroit News, MI)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Seven Big Stats from Facebook’s Third Quarter Earnings Report - Ad Sales Continue to Drive Growth (AdWeek)

Lysol Buys Ad around Google Searches for ‘Ebola’ Exploiting Public Fear? (AdWeek)

Why Did Taco Bell Just Wipe Out Its Social Media Accounts? An Unorthodox Approach to Launching an App (AdWeek)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Senate Republicans Call for Formal Investigations into Mailers Targeting Sen. Sheldon (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

Weather: Below-Average Snowfall Expected across Inland Northwest (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Transportation Officials Say 3,000 Rail Crossings in Washington Go Un-Inspected (Northwest Public Radio)

Oregon, Alaska Now Ground Zero in Legal Marijuana Fight (Associated Press)

Pot Legalization Measure Divides Marijuana Producers in Southwest Oregon (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

DIVERSIONS

Once & for All: Is It Duck Tape or Duct Tape?

Man’s Own Dog Helps Police Bust Him on Drug Charge

Man Who Vanished from Denver NFL Game Said He ‘Had His Fill of Football’

Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer. In October - All-Christmas Radio Is an Enduring, & Profitable, Tradition

SONG OF THE DAY

Genesis - Follow You Follow Me

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hot Shots Edition - Energy News Digest for October 28, 2014

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

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Trying to Raise Profile of Climate Change for Washington Voters (NY Times)

City of McCleary Owes Ratepayers $400,000, State Auditor Says “…the city improperly relied on its dedicated light and power fund in order to keep the city’s general fund afloat…” (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

Benton PUD Utility Rate Increases Possible (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

Upgraded Priest Rapids Fish Hatchery Opens (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Frontier Communications Brings Gigabit Speeds to Beaverton as Portland-Area Fiber Wars, and Rhetoric, Heat Up “…Frontier…derided Google's prospective Portland service as "hype" in a visit to Oregon last summer…” (Oregonian, Portland)

Should the Feds Reclassify Marijuana? U-S Judge Holds Hearing (Christian Science Monitor)

October 28 is National Chocolate Day! (KATU TV, Portland, OR)

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Energy News Digest for October 24, 2014

Programming Note: The Energy News Digest will be communing with communications connoisseurs next week. The Hot Shots mode may be in effect. Be aware!



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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Climatologist Says Yakima Basin Needs More Water Storage (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

British Columbia Energy Minister Says U-S Has a Good Deal in Columbia River Treaty (Northwest Public Radio)

Electricity Restored - Kamilche Area Outage Affects About 600 Customers (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

REC Silicon Wants Grant County to Rescind Tax Bill (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

WA Ranked Eighth for Energy Efficiency (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. British Columbia Energy Minister Says U-S Has a Good Deal in Columbia River Treaty
  2. Electricity Restored - Kamilche Area Outage Affects About 600 Customers
  3. Businesses Targeted by Scammers Claiming to be Franklin PUD
  4. Montana: Flathead Electric Co-op Hit by Off-Shore Scammers
  5. Fitch Rates Grant PUD’s Electric System Bonds ‘AA’
  6. Editorial: Clean, Compact Energy? We Can Dream, Can’t We?
  7. So You Think We’re Reducing the Use of Coal? -- Think Again
  8. Massachusetts: Electrical Fires Are Common Cause of Deadly Residential Blazes
  9. Online Game Helps Ontario Residents Spot Electrical Hazards Lurking in Their Homes
  10. Final Lower Columbia Commercial Salmon Fishing Periods Set
  11. Grant PUD: Recently Renovated Hatchery Helping Salmon Runs Break Records
  12. Climatologist Says Yakima Basin Needs More Water Storage
  13. REC Silicon Wants Grant County to Rescind Tax Bill
  14. Jonesing for the Sun: Why Do People Put Solar on Their Roofs? Because Other People Put Solar on Their Roofs
  15. Op/Ed: Feds Should Pitch In on PUD Tidal Project
  16. How Sacramento Municipal Utility District Turned a Landfill Site into a $4 Million Solar-Power Plant
  17. Vermont’s Largest Municipal Utility Goes 100 Percent Renewable – With a Little Help from Hydro
  18. How Renewable Energy Could Leave You Mired in Blackouts
  19. WA Ranked Eighth for Energy Efficiency
  20. Detergent Companies Are Unhappy With Our Efficient Washing Machines
  21. Are You Using Your Thermostat Incorrectly? Five Home Heating Errors Pushing Up Energy Bills
  22. Study: Less Than 30% of Energy Consumers Highly Engaged With Smart Grid
  23. European Leaders Agree on Targets to Fight Climate Change
  24. Comcast Shedding Cable Subscribers - Broadband Growth More Than Compensates
  25. More Cities Call for Control of Their Broadband Destiny, as FCC Looks at States’ Power to Overrule Them
  26. Here’s The Latest Bit of Astroturfing from the Cable Industry about Broadband Speeds – Hey Look, Washington State is the 14th Fastest Internet Country!
  27. Netflix to Close Hillsboro Office in June 2015
  28. Cloud Business Lifts Microsoft’s Quarterly Results
  29. Please Do Not Leave a Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail
  30. Six CEOs Who Have More Twitter Followers than Their Companies
  31. The Queen Just Sent Her First Tweet
  32. Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  33. Tornado Damages Parts Of Longview, Kelso
  34. Mason Transit Offers First Glimpse of Cutting-Edge Transit Community Center
  35. Feds: Cowlitz Tribe Could Get Casino Land as Soon as January
  36. Legal Pot Store Owner to Defy Goldendale Ban
  37. Will a Big Solar Storm Mess with Our GPS?
WORD OF THE DAY

Pandemonium • \pan-duh-MONE-ee-um\ • noun –1: the capital of Hell in Milton’s Paradise Lost 2: the infernal regions: hell 3: not capitalized: a wild uproar: tumult
(From the Greek: pan + the Latin: daemonium or demon)

Early release from school resulted in a joyous pandemonium on the front lawn of the local high school. Streamers of two-ply toilet paper soared through the air. The only thought going through the mind of the school’s budget analyst was that two rolls of one-ply would be more cost-effective.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

British Columbia Energy Minister Says U-S Has a Good Deal in Columbia River Treaty (Northwest Public Radio)

Electricity Restored - Kamilche Area Outage Affects About 600 Customers (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Businesses Targeted by Scammers Claiming to be Franklin PUD (KNDO/KNDU-TV, Tri Cities, WA)

Montana: Flathead Electric Co-op Hit by Off-Shore Scammers (Electric Co-op Today)

Fitch Rates Grant PUD’s Electric System Bonds ‘AA’ (BusinessWire)

Editorial: Clean, Compact Energy? We Can Dream, Can’t We? (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

So You Think We’re Reducing the Use of Coal? -- Think Again (Forbes)

Massachusetts: Electrical Fires Are Common Cause of Deadly Residential Blazes (Boston Globe, MA)

Online Game Helps Ontario Residents Spot Electrical Hazards Lurking in Their Homes (Electric Energy Online)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Final Lower Columbia Commercial Salmon Fishing Periods Set (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Grant PUD: Recently Renovated Hatchery Helping Salmon Runs Break Records (KULR TV, Billings, MT)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Climatologist Says Yakima Basin Needs More Water Storage (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

REC Silicon Wants Grant County to Rescind Tax Bill (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Jonesing for the Sun: Why Do People Put Solar on Their Roofs? Because Other People Put Solar on Their Roofs (Washington Post)

Op/Ed: Feds Should Pitch In on PUD Tidal Project (Everett Herald, WA)

How Sacramento Municipal Utility District Turned a Landfill Site into a $4 Million Solar-Power Plant (Sacramento Business Journal)

Vermont’s Largest Municipal Utility Goes 100 Percent Renewable – With a Little Help from Hydro (GreenBiz)

How Renewable Energy Could Leave You Mired in Blackouts (Motley Fool)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

WA Ranked Eighth for Energy Efficiency (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Detergent Companies Are Unhappy With Our Efficient Washing Machines (Consumerist)

Are You Using Your Thermostat Incorrectly? Five Home Heating Errors Pushing Up Energy Bills (The Telegraph, UK)

Study: Less Than 30% of Energy Consumers Highly Engaged With Smart Grid (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

European Leaders Agree on Targets to Fight Climate Change (NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Comcast Shedding Cable Subscribers - Broadband Growth More Than Compensates (Oregonian, Portland)

More Cities Call for Control of Their Broadband Destiny, as FCC Looks at States’ Power to Overrule Them (GigaOM)

Here’s The Latest Bit of Astroturfing from the Cable Industry about Broadband Speeds – Hey Look, Washington State is the 14th Fastest Internet Country! (Consumerist)

Netflix to Close Hillsboro Office in June 2015 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Cloud Business Lifts Microsoft’s Quarterly Results (Associated Press)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Please Do Not Leave a Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail (National Public Radio)

Six CEOs Who Have More Twitter Followers than Their Companies (AdWeek)

The Queen Just Sent Her First Tweet (Gizmodo)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

GENERAL NEWS

Tornado Damages Parts Of Longview, Kelso (Longview Daily News, WA)

Mason Transit Offers First Glimpse of Cutting-Edge Transit Community Center (Thurston Talks, Olympia, WA)

Feds: Cowlitz Tribe Could Get Casino Land as Soon as January (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Legal Pot Store Owner to Defy Goldendale Ban (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Will a Big Solar Storm Mess with Our GPS? (Christian Science Monitor)

DIVERSIONS

Do You Have The Guts To Celebrate World Tripe Day? (Ha Ha Ha Ha!)

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Excuses for Skipping Work

Seahawks Uniforms Ranked among National Football League’s Ugliest

Man’s Ashes to be Scattered in Fireworks Display

SONG OF THE DAY

ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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

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