Friday, March 27, 2015

Energy News Digest for March 27, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for March 27, 2015

Small Craft Advisory for Puget Sound & Hood Canal

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

TransAlta Tax Break Bill Heard in Committee (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Oregon Clean Energy Advocates Want Salem to Put Sunset on Coal (Portland Business Journal, OR)

North-Central Oregon Wind Farm Dies – Application withdraw for project in Wasco & Sherman counties (Bend Bulletin, OR)

At Nearly $1 Billion, California Cap-&-Trade Revenues Last Year Blew Past Predictions (Sacramento Business Journal, CA)

Video: More Than 2,300 Sea Lions on Astoria Docks (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. TransAlta Tax Break Bill Heard in Committee
  2. Oregon Clean Energy Advocates Want Salem to Put Sunset on Coal
  3. Washington State Nuclear Power Measures Face Questions
  4. California PUC Head: Pacific Gas & Electric Used Pipeline Safety Money for Exec Raises before San Bruno Explosion
  5. ‘Cost of Service’ Workshop Set by Grant PUD Commissioners
  6. Testing Error Causes Short Grays Harbor Power Outage
  7. Pacific Power: Be on the Lookout for Phony Employees on ATVs
  8. Illinois Senate Energy & Public Utilities Committee Passes Bill Supporting Nuclear Energy Plants
  9. ‘Cat Litter Mix’ Closed U-S Nuclear Waste Repository
  10. Federal Agencies Renew Commitment to Hydropower
  11. Video: More Than 2,300 Sea Lions on Astoria Docks
  12. Milestone Reached in 2001 Klamath Water Lawsuits
  13. Oregon: Warrenton Dam Will Go, But How?
  14. North-Central Oregon Wind Farm Dies – Application withdraw for project in Wasco & Sherman counties
  15. Are Solar-Powered Homes Jacking Up Everyone Else’s Electric Bills?
  16. EIA: Sun Rises on Solar – Coal Takes its Lumps
  17. Texas Small Hydro Project Loses Exemption
  18. Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy
  19. Landscaping for Energy Conservation
  20. Maui plans to replace streetlights with LED lighting
  21. Slow Cooker Uses Less Electricity than Oven
  22. Oregon’s State Marijuana Chief Tom Burns Fired
  23. Pot Seed Giveaway Attracts Huge Crowd, No Cops, in Washington, D-C
  24. At Nearly $1 Billion, California Cap-&-Trade Revenues Last Year Blew Past Predictions
  25. Big Shelves of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought
  26. Florida Democrat Hits Home-State Governor over Climate Gag Rule
  27. Washington State Patrol Makes Switch to Greener Power Source for Radio Towers
  28. Vancouver, WA Mayor Promises Broadband Internet, Fully Staffed Police Department
  29. Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in U-S Broadband Infrastructure
  30. Periscope & Meerkat Competition Heats Up
  31. Twitter’s Periscope Launch Is an Unintentional PR Coup for an Agency Called Periscope
  32. One Secret Facebook Doesn’t Want You to Know
  33. From New Logos to New Coke: When Corporations Make Mistakes
  34. Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  35. Attorney: Washington State Auditor, Troy Kelley Knew of Federal Inquiry nearly Two Years Ago
  36. Nevada’s Harry Reid to Retire from U-S Senate in 2016
  37. Slashed Letter Found in Dust Bin Declared Germanwings Co-Pilot ‘Unfit to Work’
  38. Oregon Joins Texas, 21 Other States in Effort to Keep Radio Shack from Selling Customer Data
  39. Shelton Police: Two Arrested, One Hospitalized in Overnight Pine Tree Inn Bar-Fight
  40. Huffing Laughing Gas – Man Accused of Hitting Flagger: ‘Sorry Doesn’t Begin to Cover It’
  41. Kingdome Kash – Stadium’s Debts Paid Off—15 Years after Implosion
WORD OF THE DAY

Prelapsarian • \pree-lap-SAIR-ee-un\ • Adjective - Characteristic of or belonging to the time or state before the biblical fall of humankind

Amber and Bert walked hand in hand through the green and fragrant tunnel of vines and creepers in the verdant rain forest. Each was lost in thought. Amber in particular thought that the environment could have been like a prelapsarian Eden, heavy in romance and primitive love. Bert could only think of one thing, “Did I leave the iron on?”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

TransAlta Tax Break Bill Heard in Committee (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Oregon Clean Energy Advocates Want Salem to Put Sunset on Coal (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Washington State Nuclear Power Measures Face Questions (Crosscut Seattle)

California PUC Head: Pacific Gas & Electric Used Pipeline Safety Money for Exec Raises before San Bruno Explosion (Utility Dive)

‘Cost of Service’ Workshop Set by Grant PUD Commissioners (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Testing Error Causes Short Grays Harbor Power Outage (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Pacific Power: Be on the Lookout for Phony Employees on ATVs (Medford Mail Tribune, OR)

Illinois Senate Energy & Public Utilities Committee Passes Bill Supporting Nuclear Energy Plants (Clinton Herald, IL)

‘Cat Litter Mix’ Closed U-S Nuclear Waste Repository (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Federal Agencies Renew Commitment to Hydropower (Fierce Energy)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Video: More Than 2,300 Sea Lions on Astoria Docks (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Milestone Reached in 2001 Klamath Water Lawsuits (Klamath Falls Herald & News, OR)

Oregon: Warrenton Dam Will Go, But How? (Daily Astorian, OR)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

North-Central Oregon Wind Farm Dies – Application withdraw for project in Wasco & Sherman counties (Bend Bulletin, OR)

Are Solar-Powered Homes Jacking Up Everyone Else’s Electric Bills? (Mother Jones)

EIA: Sun Rises on Solar – Coal Takes its Lumps (U-S News & World Report)

Texas Small Hydro Project Loses Exemption (JD Supra)

Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy (The Independent, UK)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Landscaping for Energy Conservation (High Plains Journal, Dodge City, KS)

Maui plans to replace streetlights with LED lighting (Pacific Business Journal, HI)

Slow Cooker Uses Less Electricity than Oven (Cincinnati Enquirer OH)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Oregon’s State Marijuana Chief Tom Burns Fired (Oregonian, Portland)

Pot Seed Giveaway Attracts Huge Crowd, No Cops, in Washington, D-C (U-S News & World Report)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

At Nearly $1 Billion, California Cap-&-Trade Revenues Last Year Blew Past Predictions (Sacramento Business Journal, CA)

Big Shelves of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought (National Public Radio)

Florida Democrat Hits Home-State Governor over Climate Gag Rule (National Journal)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Washington State Patrol Makes Switch to Greener Power Source for Radio Towers (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, WA)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Vancouver, WA Mayor Promises Broadband Internet, Fully Staffed Police Department (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in U-S Broadband Infrastructure (Associated Press)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Periscope & Meerkat Competition Heats Up (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

Twitter’s Periscope Launch Is an Unintentional PR Coup for an Agency Called Periscope (AdWeek)

One Secret Facebook Doesn’t Want You to Know (USA Today)

From New Logos to New Coke: When Corporations Make Mistakes (Associated Press)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Attorney: Washington State Auditor, Troy Kelley Knew of Federal Inquiry nearly Two Years Ago (Northwest Public Radio)

Nevada’s Harry Reid to Retire from U-S Senate in 2016 (NY Times)

GENERAL NEWS

Slashed Letter Found in Dust Bin Declared Germanwings Co-Pilot ‘Unfit to Work’ (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

Oregon Joins Texas, 21 Other States in Effort to Keep Radio Shack from Selling Customer Data (Oregonian, Portland)

Shelton Police: Two Arrested, One Hospitalized in Overnight Pine Tree Inn Bar-Fight (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Huffing Laughing Gas – Man Accused of Hitting Flagger: ‘Sorry Doesn’t Begin to Cover It’ (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)

Kingdome Kash – Stadium’s Debts Paid Off—15 Years after Implosion (USA Today)

DIVERSIONS

Richard III’s Tomb Unveiled at Leicester Cathedral

Someone Stole More Than 200 Hens That Lay Pastel-Colored Eggs

Tough Jam: Cubs Pitcher Winds Up at Wrong Park, Misses Start

Feel-Good Tale: Man Gets $7M Lottery Ticket in Get-Well Card

SONG OF THE DAY

Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Energy News Digest for March 26, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for March 26, 2015

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

California: Pacific Gas & Electric Executives Reap Pay Raises despite Scandal, Indictment (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

Congressman Kilmer to Canadians: Get Off the Pot on Victoria Sewage (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Once-Starving Seals, Sea Lions Swarm Columbia River for Smelt, Salmon Runs (Oregonian, Portland)

Bill Would Allow Klickitat PUD to Sell Landfill Energy (Goldendale Sentinel, WA)

Washington State Environmentalists, Utilities at Odds over (State-Mandated) Green Power (Crosscut Seattle)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. California: Pacific Gas & Electric Executives Reap Pay Raises despite Scandal, Indictment
  2. Pacific Power Rates Go Up Three Percent Next Month
  3. Obama’s Clean Energy Order Boosts NuScale’s Nuclear Profile
  4. As World Expands Nuclear Power, U-S Grapples with Decades of Waste
  5. $7.2 Million Grand Coulee Contract Awarded
  6. Five Charts That Explain U-S Electricity Prices
  7. Once-Starving Seals, Sea Lions Swarm Columbia River for Smelt, Salmon Runs
  8. Video: Controversial Plan Would Kill Cormorants to Save Salmon
  9. Congressman Kilmer to Canadians: Get Off the Pot on Victoria Sewage
  10. Chelan PUD: Snowpack’s Low But Lake-Level Targets Should Be Hit
  11. Drained Lake Tapps Exposes Underwater Forests, Lost Items
  12. Op/Ed: Montana – Water Compact Damaging to State, Similar to Electrical Dereg
  13. Bill Would Allow Klickitat PUD to Sell Landfill Energy
  14. Washington State Environmentalists, Utilities at Odds over (State-Mandated) Green Power
  15. Lifting State Limits on Local Power
  16. Illinois Seizing Clean-Energy Funds to Balance Budget
  17. Sacramento’s Greenleaf Power Announces Deal to Acquire Connecticut Biomass Facility
  18. Geothermal Firm Sued under False Claims Act
  19. Cities & Towns Choose Renewables to Save Money
  20. PDF File Link – Governor Jay Inslee Honors Washington Industrial Energy Leaders
  21. A Bright Idea: How Oregon’s Rural Schools Are Taming Power Bills
  22. Ten Energy Saving Tips for Spring
  23. Why You Can’t Call Marijuana ‘Organic’
  24. U-S Supreme Court Appears Divided over MATS Rule
  25. Editorial: Rocky Barker – Harder for Us in the West to Ignore This Climate
  26. Clean Cars, Dirty Energy: Canada’s Electric Car Dilemma
  27. Smartphones Make Up 75 Percent of Mobile Market
  28. Op/Ed: National Broadband Plan & the Uncertain Future of the Internet
  29. Facebook’s Messenger App to Mix Business with More Pleasure
  30. Washington State Auditor Doesn’t Have Much Choice: Tough It Out or Quit
  31. Troy Kelley: A Man of Mystery, Even to His Staff
  32. Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane, Prosecutor Says
  33. Lawsuit Filed Against Shelton Schools over Pool Closure
  34. Community Kitchen in Shelton Forced to Close Its Doors
  35. City of Shelton, & Chamber of Commerce Partnering for Downtown Vision Plan
  36. Damage Caused by City Trees Rarely Covered by City’s Insurance
  37. Bend among Nation’s Fastest-Growing Metros, Census Bureau Reports
WORD OF THE DAY

Verdigris • \VER-duh-grease\ • Noun – A green or bluish deposit formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces.

Look, cheap jewelry
Green on your skin, verdigris
Verdigris, lookit!

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

California: Pacific Gas & Electric Executives Reap Pay Raises despite Scandal, Indictment (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

Pacific Power Rates Go Up Three Percent Next Month (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Obama’s Clean Energy Order Boosts NuScale’s Nuclear Profile (Portland Business Journal, OR)

As World Expands Nuclear Power, U-S Grapples with Decades of Waste (Christian Science Monitor)

$7.2 Million Grand Coulee Contract Awarded (Star of the Grand Coulee, WA)

Five Charts That Explain U-S Electricity Prices (Utility Dive)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Once-Starving Seals, Sea Lions Swarm Columbia River for Smelt, Salmon Runs (Oregonian, Portland)

Video: Controversial Plan Would Kill Cormorants to Save Salmon (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Congressman Kilmer to Canadians: Get Off the Pot on Victoria Sewage (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Chelan PUD: Snowpack’s Low But Lake-Level Targets Should Be Hit (RenewablesBiz)

Drained Lake Tapps Exposes Underwater Forests, Lost Items (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Op/Ed: Montana – Water Compact Damaging to State, Similar to Electrical Dereg (Montana Standard, Butte)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Bill Would Allow Klickitat PUD to Sell Landfill Energy (Goldendale Sentinel, WA)

Washington State Environmentalists, Utilities at Odds over (State-Mandated) Green Power (Crosscut Seattle)

Lifting State Limits on Local Power (Renewable Energy World)

Illinois Seizing Clean-Energy Funds to Balance Budget (Crain’s Chicago Business, IL)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150325/NEWS11/150329881/illinois-seizing-clean-energy-funds-to-balance-budget

Sacramento’s Greenleaf Power Announces Deal to Acquire Connecticut Biomass Facility (Sacramento Bee, CA)

Geothermal Firm Sued under False Claims Act (Courthouse News Service)

Cities & Towns Choose Renewables to Save Money “…it’s becoming more common to see wind, solar, hydropower & biomass use…” (Scientific American)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

PDF File Link – Governor Jay Inslee Honors Washington Industrial Energy Leaders (Washington State University, Bonneville Power Administration)

A Bright Idea: How Oregon’s Rural Schools Are Taming Power Bills (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Ten Energy Saving Tips for Spring (Breaking Energy)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Why You Can’t Call Marijuana ‘Organic’ (Portland Business Journal, OR)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

U-S Supreme Court Appears Divided over MATS Rule (Utility Dive)

Editorial: Rocky Barker – Harder for Us in the West to Ignore This Climate (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Clean Cars, Dirty Energy: Canada’s Electric Car Dilemma (Triple Pundit)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Smartphones Make Up 75 Percent of Mobile Market (SF Chronicle)

Op/Ed: National Broadband Plan & the Uncertain Future of the Internet (The Hill)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook’s Messenger App to Mix Business with More Pleasure (Associated Press)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Washington State Auditor Doesn’t Have Much Choice: Tough It Out or Quit (Everett Herald, WA)

Troy Kelley: A Man of Mystery, Even to His Staff (Northwest Public Radio)

GENERAL NEWS

Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane, Prosecutor Says (NY Times)

Lawsuit Filed Against Shelton Schools over Pool Closure (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Community Kitchen in Shelton Forced to Close Its Doors (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

City of Shelton, & Chamber of Commerce Partnering for Downtown Vision Plan (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Damage Caused by City Trees Rarely Covered by City’s Insurance (Longview Daily News, WA)

Bend among Nation’s Fastest-Growing Metros, Census Bureau Reports (Oregonian, Portland)

DIVERSIONS

USPS Driver Shows Off Athleticism by Throwing Package, Running Lap around Delivery Van

How Floating Soap Was Invented

NASA Wants to Orbit a Small Asteroid around the Moon

Mysterious Bags of Smelly Goo Stump Officials on Bainbridge Island

SONG OF THE DAY

Nigel Olsson - Little Bit of Soap

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Energy News Digest for March 25, 2015

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS

Weather Forecast for March 25, 2015

Small Craft Advisory for Puget Sound & Hood Canal

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Video: Bracing for a Big Power Grid Attack: ‘One Is Too Many’ (USA Today)

Video: Tacoma Power Explains Alarming Stats about Grid Attacks (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Benton PUD to Build the First Local Community Solar (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

Map: The State of Broadband in the States (Washington Post)

Power Companies Seek to End Losing Streak on EPA at Top U-S Court (Bloomberg News)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. Video: Bracing for a Big Power Grid Attack: ‘One Is Too Many’
  2. Video: Tacoma Power Explains Alarming Stats about Grid Attacks
  3. Cowlitz PUD Approves Three-Year Union Contract
  4. Oregon’s Nuclear Startup Adds Execs to Prepare for Regulatory Push
  5. Tentative agreement in Crescent Bar, Grant PUD dispute
  6. Oregon State PIRG Students Are Pushing Oregon to Go Solar
  7. Radioactive Politics: Inside the Renewed Push to Site Nuclear Waste at Yucca Mountain
  8. Price for Refusing American Electric Power’s Smart Meters Negotiated Down to $24/Month
  9. Part I: How Do You Teach Customers Algebra if They Don’t Know How to Multiply?
  10. Part II: How Do You Teach Customers Algebra if They Don’t Know How to Multiply?
  11. When Road Salt Seeps, Sometimes Manhole Covers Fly
  12. Herring Harvest Continues to be Controversial on British Columbia Coast
  13. Are Slaves Catching the Fish You Buy?
  14. Committee on Natural Resources: Chairman’s Opening Statement at the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans Oversight Hearing
  15. Benton PUD to Build the First Local Community Solar
  16. California: Birds Die as East Bay Wind Turbine Replacement Lags
  17. Texas Weighs Bill to End Renewable Energy Incentives for Utilities
  18. Which States Have The Cheapest Electricity? Those with the Most Renewable Energy
  19. Editorial: Renewable Energy Isn’t Boosting Colorado Electric Bills Study Contends
  20. Co-Ops Plead with Congress to Save Water Heaters Used for Demand Response
  21. Bill Would Let Tribes Work with Washington State on Pot
  22. Six Ways Companion Marijuana Bills in Congress Could Change America
  23. Power Companies Seek to End Losing Streak on EPA at Top U-S Court
  24. U-S Senator Rob Portman Bucks Global-Warming Rule – Wants State Exemptions from EPA’s Pending Requirements
  25. Washington State: Four Charts Show Carbon Pollution Accountability Act is Still Awesome
  26. Florida’s Unspeakable Issue Leaves Climate Change Official Tongue-Tied
  27. The Weird Reason Why We Recycle Flat But Not Crumpled Up Paper
  28. Map: The State of Broadband in the States
  29. See How Fast Your State’s Broadband Is with This Interactive Map
  30. Kitsap County: New Homeowner Has to Sell House Because of Comcast’s Incompetence, Lack of Competition
  31. Google Fiber Adds Salt Lake City - Portland Still Pending
  32. Switchboard: Google Has Averaged a White House Visit per Week during Obama’s Presidency
  33. I Used a 56K Modem for a Week & It Was Hell on Earth
  34. Google Wants Websites to be Mobile-Friendly – Plans to Punish Those That Aren’t
  35. Media World Challenge: People Love News, But Won’t Pay for It
  36. Republicans Renewing Calls for Washington State Auditor to Take Leave
  37. Editorial: Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley Must Come Clean
  38. Washington State Lawmakers Eye Pension Changes for New Public Sector Workers
  39. Multistate Investigation Announced into Premera Cyberattack
  40. Mason County Unemployment Down Slightly
  41. Montesano Has a New City Council Member – It’s Ian Cope!
  42. Massachusetts: Electrician Finds Home Wired to Explode During Inspection
  43. Olympia Car Dealer Issues Apology after Consumers Complain about Ad
WORD OF THE DAY

Ulterior • \ult-TEER-ee-ur\ • Adjective – 1a: lying farther away: more remote b: situated on the farther side 2: going beyond what is openly said or shown.

Plush, soft upholstery
Encounter ulterior
Snores at TV sports

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Video: Bracing for a Big Power Grid Attack: ‘One Is Too Many’ (USA Today)

Video: Tacoma Power Explains Alarming Stats about Grid Attacks (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Cowlitz PUD Approves Three-Year Union Contract (Longview Daily News, WA)

Oregon’s Nuclear Startup Adds Execs to Prepare for Regulatory Push (Big News Network)

Tentative agreement in Crescent Bar, Grant PUD dispute (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Oregon State PIRG Students Are Pushing Oregon to Go Solar (Daily Emerald, Eugene, OR)

Radioactive Politics: Inside the Renewed Push to Site Nuclear Waste at Yucca Mountain (Utility Dive)

Price for Refusing American Electric Power’s Smart Meters Negotiated Down to $24/Month (Columbus Business First, OH)

Part I: How Do You Teach Customers Algebra if They Don’t Know How to Multiply? (Utility Dive)

Part II: How Do You Teach Customers Algebra if They Don’t Know How to Multiply? (Utility Dive)

When Road Salt Seeps, Sometimes Manhole Covers Fly (Associated Press)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Herring Harvest Continues to be Controversial on British Columbia Coast – First Nations Say Stocks Are Fragile & Fishing Threatens Recovery (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Are Slaves Catching the Fish You Buy? (Associated Press)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Committee on Natural Resources: Chairman’s Opening Statement at the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans Oversight Hearing (U-S House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Benton PUD to Build the First Local Community Solar (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

California: Birds Die as East Bay Wind Turbine Replacement Lags (SF Chronicle)

Texas Weighs Bill to End Renewable Energy Incentives for Utilities (Utility Dive)

Which States Have The Cheapest Electricity? Those with the Most Renewable Energy (Sustainable Business – Doesn’t qualify the mix in Washington State, but we ALL know which renewable keeps our rates low!)

Editorial: Renewable Energy Isn’t Boosting Colorado Electric Bills Study Contends (Denver Post, CO)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Co-Ops Plead with Congress to Save Water Heaters Used for Demand Response (Utility Dive)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Bill Would Let Tribes Work with Washington State on Pot – Cowlitz have no plans to enter marijuana market (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Six Ways Companion Marijuana Bills in Congress Could Change America (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Power Companies Seek to End Losing Streak on EPA at Top U-S Court (Bloomberg News)

U-S Senator Rob Portman Bucks Global-Warming Rule – Wants State Exemptions from EPA’s Pending Requirements (Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH)

Washington State: Four Charts Show Carbon Pollution Accountability Act is Still Awesome (Sightline Daily)

Florida’s Unspeakable Issue Leaves Climate Change Official Tongue-Tied (The Guardian, UK)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/23/climate-change-florida-official

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

The Weird Reason Why We Recycle Flat But Not Crumpled Up Paper (Washington Post)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Map: The State of Broadband in the States (Washington Post)

See How Fast Your State’s Broadband Is With This Interactive Map (Gizmodo)

Kitsap County: New Homeowner Has to Sell House Because of Comcast’s Incompetence, Lack of Competition (Consumerist)

Google Fiber Adds Salt Lake City - Portland Still Pending (Oregonian, Portland)

Switchboard: Google Has Averaged a White House Visit per Week during Obama’s Presidency (Washington Post)

I Used a 56K Modem for a Week & It Was Hell on Earth (Gizmodo)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Google Wants Websites to be Mobile-Friendly – Plans to Punish Those That Aren’t (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Media World Challenge: People Love News, But Won’t Pay for It (USA Today)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Republicans Renewing Calls for Washington State Auditor to Take Leave (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Editorial: Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley Must Come Clean (Seattle Times, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Washington State Lawmakers Eye Pension Changes for New Public Sector Workers (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

Multistate Investigation Announced into Premera Cyberattack (Associated Press)

Mason County Unemployment Down Slightly (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Montesano Has a New City Council Member – It’s Ian Cope! (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Massachusetts: Electrician Finds Home Wired to Explode During Inspection (Associated Press)

Olympia Car Dealer Issues Apology after Consumers Complain about Ad (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Driver Ticketed in Fife for ‘Most Interesting Man’ HOV Violation

These Sidewalk Games Only Appear When It Rains

ISIS is Keeping Tourists from ‘Tatooine’

NASA’s Opportunity Rover Completes First-Ever Mars Marathon

SONG OF THE DAY

The Temptations - I Wish It Would Rain

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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