Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Energy News Digest for October 21, 2014 – Hot Shots Edition




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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Feds Accept Bonneville Power Administration Approach to High Wind, High Water (Electric Co-op Today)

PacifiCorp, California Venture Promises to Boost Profile of Renewable Energy (Sustainable Business Oregon)

City Of Port Angeles to Take Up Settlement for Smart Meter Program (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Best-Ever Operating Results at Washington State's Sole Nuclear Power Plant (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Washington State to Reduce Coho Numbers at Kalama Falls Hatchery (Longview Daily News, WA)

Kitsap Peninsula Hatchery Collects Returning Salmon, Gives Them Away (Associated Press)

Work Begins on New Clallam PUD Headquarters in Carlsborg (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Washington State OFM Says another Week Needed for Low-Carbon Fuels Analysis (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Energy News Digest for October 17, 2014


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Hot Shots – Today’s Top Five Stories

Peace River Dam: Is Victoria All-In on Site C? No, Energy Minister Bennett Insists (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Los Angeles Sued By Two Companies over Rejection of Solar Array Plan (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Texas Plant to Capture, and Then Reuse, Carbon (NY Times)

Cable Blackouts Could Someday Be Broadband Blackouts, Too (Washington Post)

This Video about Dropping a Brick Is Worth a Few Laughs & 67 Million Gallons of Water (AdWeek)

News Highlights (Details Below)
  1. Peace River Dam: Is Victoria All-In on Site C? No, Energy Minister Bennett Insists
  2. Industry Group Urges British Columbia to Invest in 'Clean Energy' Instead of New Peace River Dam
  3. British Columbia: A Massive Dam - And a Massive Legal Test
  4. Ultralight Plane Crashes into Stanwood-Area Power Lines; Pilot Up, Walking
  5. Homeowners Billed for Utility’s Faulty Equipment
  6. California: PUC Judge & Commissioner Propose Sanctions against PG&E for Judge Shopping
  7. Calls to Use Yucca Mountain as a Nuclear Waste Site, Now Deemed Safe
  8. Job Opening: Political Scapegoat for New England's Out of Control Energy Prices
  9. Methow Valley Irrigation Gets Overhaul for Fish
  10. Beavers with Parachutes in Idaho?
  11. This Video about Dropping a Brick Is Worth a Few Laughs & 67 Million Gallons of Water
  12. Los Angeles Sued By Two Companies over Rejection of Solar Array Plan
  13. Proposed San Francisco Law Would Put a Solar Panel on Nearly Every Roof
  14. California: Group Seeks Protection That Could Block Wind Project
  15. Alaska: Electrical Blowout Stops Turbine at Nome Wind Farm
  16. Wind Blows Away Fossil Power in the Nordics, the Baltics Next
  17. Arlington Man Competes in Insulation Competition
  18. Texas Plant to Capture, and Then Reuse, Carbon
  19. Oregon Won't Get into Yale (or Harvard) with These Grades
  20. Biofuel Companies Look Beyond the Gas Tank
  21. Cable Blackouts Could Someday Be Broadband Blackouts, Too
  22. City of Seattle’s Exploration of Municipal Broadband Is Far-Reaching
  23. Another City Wants To Stop Comcast from Taking over Cable Service
  24. More Americans Using Mobile Devices to Access Internet
  25. Starbucks to Test Smartphone 'Pay Ahead' Option in Portland
  26. Google Shares Fall as Ad Growth Slows
  27. How the BBC Is Using WhatsApp to Combat Ebola in West Africa
  28. Candy Maker Sweet on Vine, Instagram after Facebook Reach Drops 73%
  29. Shelton Prison Inmate Found Dead in Cell
  30. Washington State Regulators Put Pot Sales Information, Enforcement Reports Online to Help Banks
  31. Oregon Economist: Pot Benefits Outweigh Societal Costs
  32. Feds: Don't Expect Winter to Be Polar Vortex Redux
  33. Charge: Pair Stole $45,000 in Luggage from Sea-Tac Baggage Claim
  34. Cleaning Supply Sales Are Up as Americans Freak Out over Ebola
  35. FCC: Half of Wireless 911 Calls Are Butt-Dials
Word of the Day

Ideate • \EYE-dee-ate\ • verb – To form an idea or conception of - to form an idea

Ideate a Plan
Put it into Motion Now
Seemed Right at the Time

Energy & Utility Issues

Peace River Dam: Is Victoria All-In on Site C? No, Energy Minister Bennett Insists (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Industry Group Urges British Columbia to Invest in 'Clean Energy' Instead of New Peace River Dam (Globe & Mail, Canada)

British Columbia: A Massive Dam - And a Massive Legal Test (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Ultralight Plane Crashes into Stanwood-Area Power Lines; Pilot Up, Walking (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Homeowners Billed for Utility’s Faulty Equipment (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

California: PUC Judge & Commissioner Propose Sanctions against PG&E for Judge Shopping (Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA)

Calls to Use Yucca Mountain as a Nuclear Waste Site, Now Deemed Safe (NY Times)

Job Opening: Political Scapegoat for New England's Out of Control Energy Prices (Forbes Magazine)

Fish & Wildlife

Methow Valley Irrigation Gets Overhaul for Fish (Northwest Public Radio)

Beavers with Parachutes in Idaho? (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

Water & Environment

This Video about Dropping a Brick Is Worth a Few Laughs & 67 Million Gallons of Water (AdWeek)

Renewable/Alternative Energy

Los Angeles Sued By Two Companies over Rejection of Solar Array Plan (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Proposed San Francisco Law Would Put a Solar Panel on Nearly Every Roof (SF Chronicle)

California: Group Seeks Protection That Could Block Wind Project (Victorville Daily Press, CA)

Alaska: Electrical Blowout Stops Turbine at Nome Wind Farm (KNOM Radio, Nome, AK)

Wind Blows Away Fossil Power in the Nordics, the Baltics Next “…helping to meet demand when hydropower production…falls due to dry weather…” (Reuters)

Conservation & Efficiency

Arlington Man Competes in Insulation Competition (Everett Herald, WA)

Climate Change Sequestration Vault

Texas Plant to Capture, and Then Reuse, Carbon (NY Times)

Barrel O’ Green Potpourri

Oregon Won't Get into Yale (or Harvard) with These Grades “…is far behind…in establishing a way to curb carbon emissions through taxes & fees…” (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Biofuel Companies Look Beyond the Gas Tank (NY Times)

Technology & Telecommunications

Cable Blackouts Could Someday Be Broadband Blackouts, Too (Washington Post)

City of Seattle’s Exploration of Municipal Broadband Is Far-Reaching (International Examiner)

Another City Wants To Stop Comcast from Taking over Cable Service (Consumerist)

More Americans Using Mobile Devices to Access Internet (USA Today)

Social Media & Marketing

Starbucks to Test Smartphone 'Pay Ahead' Option in Portland (Oregonian, Portland)

Google Shares Fall as Ad Growth Slows (USA Today)

How the BBC Is Using WhatsApp to Combat Ebola in West Africa (Christian Science Monitor)

Candy Maker Sweet on Vine, Instagram after Facebook Reach Drops 73% (AdWeek)

General News

Shelton Prison Inmate Found Dead in Cell (Associated Press)

Washington State Regulators Put Pot Sales Information, Enforcement Reports Online to Help Banks (Associated Press)

Oregon Economist: Pot Benefits Outweigh Societal Costs (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Feds: Don't Expect Winter to Be Polar Vortex Redux (Associated Press)

Charge: Pair Stole $45,000 in Luggage from Sea-Tac Baggage Claim (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Cleaning Supply Sales Are Up as Americans Freak Out over Ebola (Consumerist)

FCC: Half of Wireless 911 Calls Are Butt-Dials (Mashable)

Diversions

Once in Million Years: Comet Buzzing Mars on Sunday, Robotic Explorers Have Best Seats in the House

Turbo the Chihuahua Finally Meets the Man Who 3D Printed His Wheelchair

Bigfoot Sighted Chasing Cars in Aberdeen

Australian Returns Home from Holiday with Spider in Stomach

Song of the Day

Gene Krupa - Big Noise from Winnetka

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Energy News Digest for October 16, 2014


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Hot Shots – Today’s Top Five Stories

Speculative Report Fuels Avista Trading “…speculative report…that the Spokane-based utility could be courting buyers…” (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Historic Coho Fishing Season Starts Friday on the Clearwater River (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

Official in Pacific Gas & Electric Judge-Shopping Case Won’t Vote on Blast Penalty (SF Chronicle)

Washington State’s Unemployment Rate Inched Up in September – Mason 7.4 Percent (Washington State Employment Security)

Google Fiber Will Launch in Austin in December (GigaOM)

News Highlights (Details Below)
  1. Speculative Sale Report Fuels Avista Trading
  2. Official in Pacific Gas & Electric Judge-Shopping Case Won’t Vote on Blast Penalty
  3. Oregon: Public Electric Utility Debated at Millersburg Meeting
  4. Grand Coulee Dam: Third Power Plant Work Will Rebuild 3,000 Tons of Precision
  5. Clallam PUD Keeps High Bond Rating
  6. Utilities Reach Out to Customers
  7. Spokane Man Arrested on Suspicion of Mooching Neighbor’s Electricity
  8. Natural Gas’s Green Image Could Be Hot Air, Say Scientists
  9. As Communities Block Nuclear Restart, Japan’s 48 Operable Reactors Idle
  10. Nuclear Fusion Energy in a Decade? Lockheed Martin Is Betting On It
  11. Smart Meters Can Be Hacked to Cut Power Bills
  12. Historic Coho Fishing Season Starts Friday on the Clearwater River
  13. Pacific Northwest Salmon Numbers Surge to Highest Level since 1930’s
  14. Op/Ed: Pacific Northwest Must Preserve Salmon & Hydro Dams
  15. Interior Secretary Announces Sage Grouse Deal, Praises Wyoming Conservation Efforts
  16. EPA Fines Hanford for Stagnating Radioactive Waste near Columbia River
  17. Seven Underwater Surprises Exposed in Dried Out California Lakes
  18. Battery Backup System in Glacier May Help in Power Failures
  19. SolarCity Bonds – A New Way to Invest in Solar
  20. Wisconsin: The Latest Solar Energy Battleground
  21. In Defense of LEDs: Why the Rebound Effect for Solid-State Lighting May Be Overblown
  22. The Worst Drought of the Last 1,000 Years Was in 1934
  23. German Clean-Energy Costs Drop for First Time
  24. Google Fiber Will Launch in Austin in December
  25. Google Looks into Offering New Ultra-Fast Wireless Service
  26. Streaming Services: HBO is Taking on Netflix Like Never Before. They’ll Share the Same Headaches, Too
  27. CBS to Offer Stand-Alone Web Subscription Service
  28. Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Tells Friends You’re OK in a Natural Disaster
  29. Thanksgiving Will Top Black Friday for the Best Deals This Year
  30. BINGO! Four Innovation Buzzwords You Need to Know
  31. Washington State’s Unemployment Rate Inched Up in September
  32. Lewis County Won’t Allow Vader Marijuana Facility Access to Water Supply
  33. Pot-Growing Acreage Could Quadruple
  34. Backlash against Retail Pot Sales is Vast
  35. Teen Describes Dramatic Ocean Rescue on Oregon Coast
  36. Seattle Seahawks Now America’s Sixth Most Popular Team
Word of the Day

Fealty • \FEE-ul-tee\ • noun - 1a: the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lord b: the obligation of such fidelity *2: intense fidelity

Sadly, the aging Elvis impersonator had to admit that his gray locks and increasing paunch had prematurely ousted him from the job which had placed ramen noodles in his bowl for many years. Regardless, his fealty to the Elvis skydiving team remained undiminished.

Energy & Utility Issues

Speculative Report Fuels Avista Trading “…speculative report…that the Spokane-based utility could be courting buyers…” (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Official in Pacific Gas & Electric Judge-Shopping Case Won’t Vote on Blast Penalty (SF Chronicle)

Oregon: Public Electric Utility Debated at Millersburg Meeting (Albany Democrat-Herald, OR)

Grand Coulee Dam: Third Power Plant Work Will Rebuild 3,000 Tons of Precision (Star of the Grand Coulee, Grand Coulee, WA)

Clallam PUD Keeps High Bond Rating (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Utilities Reach Out to Customers (Umpqua Post, Coos Bay, OR)

Spokane Man Arrested on Suspicion of Mooching Neighbor’s Electricity (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Natural Gas’s Green Image Could Be Hot Air, Say Scientists (Christian Science Monitor)

As Communities Block Nuclear Restart, Japan’s 48 Operable Reactors Idle (Forbes Magazine)

Nuclear Fusion Energy in a Decade? Lockheed Martin Is Betting On It (Washington Post)

Smart Meters Can Be Hacked to Cut Power Bills (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Fish & Wildlife

Historic Coho Fishing Season Starts Friday on the Clearwater River (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

Pacific Northwest Salmon Numbers Surge to Highest Level since 1930’s (KREM-TV, Spokane, WA)

Op/Ed: Pacific Northwest Must Preserve Salmon & Hydro Dams (Oregonian, Portland)

Interior Secretary Announces Sage Grouse Deal, Praises Wyoming Conservation Efforts (Casper Star-Tribune, WY)

Water & Environment

EPA Fines Hanford for Stagnating Radioactive Waste near Columbia River (Northwest Public Radio)

Seven Underwater Surprises Exposed in Dried Out California Lakes (Mashable)

Renewable/Alternative Energy

Battery Backup System in Glacier May Help in Power Failures (Bellingham Herald, WA)

SolarCity Bonds – A New Way to Invest in Solar (SF Chronicle)

Wisconsin: The Latest Solar Energy Battleground (The Energy Collective)

Conservation & Efficiency

​In Defense of LEDs: Why the Rebound Effect for Solid-State Lighting May Be Overblown (The Energy Collective)

Climate Change Sequestration Vault

The Worst Drought of the Last 1,000 Years Was in 1934 (Gizmodo)

Barrel O’ Green Potpourri

German Clean-Energy Costs Drop for First Time (Bloomberg News)

Technology & Telecommunications

Google Fiber Will Launch in Austin in December (GigaOM)

Google Looks into Offering New Ultra-Fast Wireless Service (Kansas City Business Journal, MO)

Streaming Services: HBO is Taking on Netflix Like Never Before. They’ll Share the Same Headaches, Too (Washington Post)

CBS to Offer Stand-Alone Web Subscription Service (NY Times)

Social Media & Marketing

Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Tells Friends You’re OK in a Natural Disaster (Mashable)

Thanksgiving Will Top Black Friday for the Best Deals This Year (Christian Science Monitor)

BINGO! Four Innovation Buzzwords You Need to Know (Washington Post)

General News

Washington State’s Unemployment Rate Inched Up in September – Mason 7.4 Percent (Washington State Employment Security)

Lewis County Won’t Allow Vader Marijuana Facility Access to Water Supply (Longview Daily News, WA)

Pot-Growing Acreage Could Quadruple (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Backlash against Retail Pot Sales is Vast “…while plenty of Washington residents embraced the idea of a legal marijuana trade…plenty now shudder at the thought of it transacting anywhere near them…” (Everett Herald, WA)

Teen Describes Dramatic Ocean Rescue on Oregon Coast (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Seattle Seahawks Now America’s Sixth Most Popular Team (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Diversions

Rats in the Toilet Aren’t an Urban Legend: Oregon Rains Can Force Rodents into Your Home

Finnish Authorities Ban Whisky from Expo Name

Chocolate-Covered Bugs Served Up at Insect Museum

Cops: Woman Stole $520 from Jury on Another Trial

Song of the Day

Walter Egan - Magnet & Steel

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Energy News Digest for October 15, 2014


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Hot Shots – Today’s Top Five Stories

Snow Forecast in Cascades High Country (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

Pacific County PUD Sets Policy on New Large-Load Customers as Pot Farms Take Root (Chinook Observer, Long Beach, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Idaho Power’s Vital Boardman-To-Hemingway Transmission Line Wrestles with Permitting (Utility Dive)

The Risks of Cheap Water (NY Times)

Study: Recent Sea Level Rise is Highest in 6,000 Years (USA Today)

News Highlights (Details Below)
  1. Pacific County PUD Sets Policy on New Large-Load Customers as Pot Farms Take Root
  2. Idaho Power’s Vital Boardman-To-Hemingway Transmission Line Wrestles with Permitting
  3. Power Outage Leads to Chlorine Dioxide Leak, Evacuation at Wauna Mill
  4. Tacoma Utility Increases Proposed at City Budget Meeting
  5. Peace River: British Columbia Gives Environmental Green Light to $7.9-Billion Site C Dam Project
  6. Mason PUD 3 Commission Report – October 14, 2014 Business Meeting
  7. Snohomish PUD Low-Income & Senior Energy Assistance
  8. Skagit PUD Receives Clean Audit for 2013
  9. Preserving Tax-Exempt Status of Municipal Bonds is Vital to the Utility Sector, APPA & Others Tell DOE
  10. What Congress Should Know about EPA’s Control over Electric Power
  11. Acing Your Bucket Truck Inspection
  12. The Risks of Cheap Water
  13. OneEnergy Renewables Raises $5 Million in Funding
  14. Is Solar Power About to Go through the Roof?
  15. Study: Recent Sea Level Rise is Highest in 6,000 Years
  16. Infographic on EPA Regulation Matrix
  17. Washington State Computer Network Goes on Blink, Stopping Email & Other Service at Agencies for Nearly Four Hours
  18. Idaho Broadband Case Remains Unsettled
  19. Google Earnings Will Depend on Wringing More from Mobile Advertisers
  20. Virgin America’s Six Hour Preroll Ad Is Creepy, Warholian & Sort of Brilliant
  21. Watch Shelton-Mason County Chamber Candidates’ Forum
  22. Former Seattle Mayor’s Office Press Secretary Files Discrimination Claim against City
  23. Snow Forecast in Cascades High Country
  24. FCC Approves Sale of KGY AM to Catholic Broadcasting Group
  25. ‘Word Gap’ Chasm for Kids: 30 Million Words
Word of the Day

Hoodwink • \HOOD-wink\ • verb – to deceive by false appearance: dupe

(Use hoodwink in your own sample sentence: it’s fun! Insert your very own cynical comment about government, energy trading shenanigans, pet peeves and other issues here)

A now-obsolete sense of the word “wink” is “to close one’s eyes,” and “hoodwink” once meant to cover the eyes of someone, such as a prisoner, with a hood or blindfold. (“Hoodwink” was also once a name for the game of blindman’s buff.) This 16th-century term soon came to be used figuratively for veiling the truth.

Energy & Utility Issues

Pacific County PUD Sets Policy on New Large-Load Customers as Pot Farms Take Root (Chinook Observer, Long Beach, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Idaho Power’s Vital Boardman-To-Hemingway Transmission Line Wrestles with Permitting (Utility Dive)

Power Outage Leads to Chlorine Dioxide Leak, Evacuation at Wauna Mill (Longview Daily News, WA)

Tacoma Utility Increases Proposed at City Budget Meeting (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Peace River: British Columbia Gives Environmental Green Light to $7.9-Billion Site C Dam Project (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Mason PUD 3 Commission Report – October 14, 2014 Business Meeting (Mason County PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Snohomish PUD Low-Income & Senior Energy Assistance (Snohomish Times, WA)

Skagit PUD Receives Clean Audit for 2013 (Skagit Valley Herald, Mt Vernon, WA)

Preserving Tax-Exempt Status of Municipal Bonds is Vital to the Utility Sector, APPA & Others Tell DOE (American Public Power Association)

What Congress Should Know about EPA’s Control over Electric Power (Roll Call, Washington, DC)

Acing Your Bucket Truck Inspection (ADT Trucking Info)

Water & Environment

The Risks of Cheap Water (NY Times)

Renewable/Alternative Energy

OneEnergy Renewables Raises $5 Million in Funding (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Is Solar Power About to Go through the Roof? (Electric Co-op Today)

Climate Change Sequestration Vault

Study: Recent Sea Level Rise is Highest in 6,000 Years (USA Today)

Infographic on EPA Regulation Matrix (Action.Coop)

Technology & Telecommunications

Washington State Computer Network Goes on Blink, Stopping Email & Other Service at Agencies for Nearly Four Hours (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

Idaho Broadband Case Remains Unsettled (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

Social Media & Marketing

Google Earnings Will Depend on Wringing More from Mobile Advertisers (NY Times)

Virgin America’s Six Hour Preroll Ad Is Creepy, Warholian & Sort of Brilliant (AdWeek)

Politics & Governance

Watch Shelton-Mason County Chamber Candidates’ Forum (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Former Seattle Mayor’s Office Press Secretary Files Discrimination Claim against City (Crosscut Seattle)

General News

Snow Forecast in Cascades High Country (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

FCC Approves Sale of KGY AM to Catholic Broadcasting Group (Olympian - Paywall Advisory)

‘Word Gap’ Chasm for Kids: 30 Million Words (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Diversions

Renton High School Student Sues over ‘F’ Grade

Woman Sent to Jail over Overgrown Yard

New Florida Million-Dollar Home Has Nice View, But Built on Wrong Lot

Drunken Santa Zombie Enters St. Paul Home

Song of the Day

Dr. John - Right Place, Wrong Time

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