Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Energy News Digest for April 22, 2014

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Energy News Digest Word Cloud for April 22, 2014

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Nuclear Debate on Clark Public Utilities Agenda (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Pacific Gas & Electric Pleads Innocent in Criminal Case Connected to Fatal San Bruno Explosion (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

Searching the Planet to Find Power for the Cloud (National Public Radio)

U-S Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers Seeking Re-Election for Sixth Term (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

President Obama to Survey Deadly Mudslide Site, Meet with Survivors (Associated Press)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Nuclear Debate on Clark Public Utilities Agenda (Vancouver Columbian, WA)
  • Energy Northwest Nuclear Power Plant to See Normal Oversight (Tri-City Herald, WA)
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Pleads Innocent in Criminal Case Connected to Fatal San Bruno Explosion (San Jose Mercury News, CA)
  • Snohomish PUD, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Team Up on Cybersecurity (Penn Energy)
  • Grays Harbor PUD Receives Recognition for Reliable Operations (KBKW Radio, Aberdeen, WA)
  • Schaapman Seeks Grant PUD Commission Seat (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)
  • Clackamas County, OR: Sale of Light Poles Could Offset Portland General Electric Rate Increase (Oregonian, Portland)
  • GOP Demands Answers on Federal Electric Grid Security Leak (The Hill, Washington, DC)
  • New Definition for Bulk Electric System (Electric Co-op Today)
  • U-S Energy Chief: New England Energy Issues Vexing (Associated Press)
  • Drones Are Becoming Energy’s New Roustabouts (NY Times)
  • Report: Big Changes Coming for Utilities (Electric Co-op Today)
  • Egyptians Fear Power Outages Could Fuel More Unrest (National Public Radio)
  • California’s American River Flow to Rise for Salmon (Sacramento Bee, CA)
  • Irrigators Seeking Rarely Used Review on Fish Populations (Tri-City Herald, WA)
  • Op/Ed: NIMBY in My Own Backyard (Olean Times-Herald, NY)
  • This Year May Be the Slowest Start to the U-S Tornado Season, Ever (Mashable)
  • Climate Model Shows Pollution in Asia Influences Weather Worldwide (Northwest Public Radio)
  • How Conserving Water, Energy Isn’t Always About a ‘Green’ Lifestyle (Los Angeles Daily News, CA)
  • Searching the Planet to Find Power for the Cloud (National Public Radio)
  • Apple Is Ready For Its Close-Up on Clean Energy (GigaOM)
  • Study Looks At Ways to Get Broadband Internet for Missoula Businesses (Missoulian, MT)
  • AT&T Wants to Add Gigabit Internet Service in 21 Big Cities -- But None in the Pacific Northwest (Oregonian, Portland)
  • The Decades-Old Idea that Could Break the Net Neutrality Logjam (Washington Post)
  • Comcast Reports Strong Earnings as Cable TV Subscribers Hold Steady (NY Times)
  • Netflix Poised to Raise Prices after Strong Quarter (San Jose Mercury News, CA)
  • Average U-S Office Worker Uses 10,000 Sheets of Paper Per Year (Mashable)
  • U-S Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers Seeking Re-Election for Sixth Term (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)
  • Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell travels to Indian Country (Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA)
  • U-S Supreme Court to Consider Political Lies, Future of Broadcasting (National Public Radio)
  • President Obama to Survey Deadly Mudslide Site, Meet with Survivors (Associated Press)
  • Sheriff’s K-9 Helps Apprehend Armed Burglar in Shelton (Mason Web-TV, Shelton, WA)
  • Mason Transit Authority Combines Transportation & Community Services (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)
  • Seattle Tunnel Machine Bertha May Not Dig Again Until Next March (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Thurston County Sheriff Investigating Alleged Cockfighting in Rochester (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Boy Scouts Revoke Seattle Church's Charter over Gay Scout Leader (Reuters)
  • Last of the Port Townsend Redskins: High School Selling Off Old Mascot Gear (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

WORD OF THE DAY

Slake • \SLAYK\ • Verb - 1archaic: subside, abate 2: to become slaked: crumble 3: lessen the force of: moderate 4: satisfy, quench 5: to cause (as lime) to heat and crumble by treatment with water: hydrate.

Gatorade, water, pickle juice or a cold beer.  All may slake your thirst and ward off dehydration (if you discount the alcohol in beer), but let’s face it, a frosty brew after mowing the lawn just seems to hit the spot.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Nuclear Debate on Clark Public Utilities Agenda (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Energy Northwest Nuclear Power Plant to See Normal Oversight (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Pacific Gas & Electric Pleads Innocent in Criminal Case Connected to Fatal San Bruno Explosion (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

Snohomish PUD, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Team Up on Cybersecurity (Penn Energy)

Grays Harbor PUD Receives Recognition for Reliable Operations (KBKW Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Schaapman Seeks Grant PUD Commission Seat (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Clackamas County, OR: Sale of Light Poles Could Offset Portland General Electric Rate Increase (Oregonian, Portland)

GOP Demands Answers on Federal Electric Grid Security Leak (The Hill, Washington, DC)

New Definition for Bulk Electric System (Electric Co-op Today)

U-S Energy Chief: New England Energy Issues Vexing (Associated Press)

Drones Are Becoming Energy’s New Roustabouts (NY Times)

Report: Big Changes Coming for Utilities (Electric Co-op Today)

Egyptians Fear Power Outages Could Fuel More Unrest (National Public Radio)

FISH & WILDLIFE

California’s American River Flow to Rise for Salmon (Sacramento Bee, CA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Irrigators Seeking Rarely Used Review on Fish Populations (Tri-City Herald, WA)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Op/Ed: NIMBY in My Own Backyard (Olean Times-Herald, NY)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

This Year May Be the Slowest Start to the U-S Tornado Season, Ever (Mashable)

Climate Model Shows Pollution in Asia Influences Weather Worldwide (Northwest Public Radio)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

How Conserving Water, Energy Isn’t Always About a ‘Green’ Lifestyle (Los Angeles Daily News, CA)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Searching the Planet to Find Power for the Cloud (National Public Radio)

Apple Is Ready For Its Close-Up on Clean Energy (GigaOM)

Study Looks At Ways to Get Broadband Internet for Missoula Businesses (Missoulian, MT)

AT&T Wants to Add Gigabit Internet Service in 21 Big Cities -- But None in the Pacific Northwest (Oregonian, Portland)

The Decades-Old Idea that Could Break the Net Neutrality Logjam (Washington Post)

Comcast Reports Strong Earnings as Cable TV Subscribers Hold Steady (NY Times)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Netflix Poised to Raise Prices after Strong Quarter (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

Average U-S Office Worker Uses 10,000 Sheets of Paper Per Year (Mashable)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

U-S Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers Seeking Re-Election for Sixth Term (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell travels to Indian Country (Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA)

U-S Supreme Court to Consider Political Lies, Future of Broadcasting (National Public Radio)

GENERAL NEWS

President Obama to Survey Deadly Mudslide Site, Meet with Survivors (Associated Press)

Sheriff’s K-9 Helps Apprehend Armed Burglar in Shelton (Mason Web-TV, Shelton, WA)

Mason Transit Authority Combines Transportation & Community Services (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Seattle Tunnel Machine Bertha May Not Dig Again Until Next March (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Thurston County Sheriff Investigating Alleged Cockfighting in Rochester (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Boy Scouts Revoke Seattle Church's Charter over Gay Scout Leader (Reuters)

Last of the Port Townsend Redskins: High School Selling Off Old Mascot Gear (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

DIVERSIONS

OMG: Airline Calls Baggage Handler Seen Dropping Bags 20 Feet ‘Unacceptable’

That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued

Meet the Winners of the Most Beautiful Bulldog Contest

Woman Attacked by Duck Sues Owner for $275,000

SONG OF THE DAY

Roy Head - Long Drop

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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Energy News Digest for April 21, 2014

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Energy News Digest Word Cloud for April 21, 2014

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Lawmakers Seek Action on Pacific Northwest River Treaty (Electric Co-op Today)

First Nuisance Sea Lions of 2014 Killed at Bonneville Dam (Northwest Public Radio)

First Step of Wanapum Dam Repair Work Begins (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)
Fecal Bacteria Threatens Puget Sound Beaches – Two in Mason County (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Fuels from Corn Waste Not Better than Gas “…worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term…” (Associated Press)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Lawmakers Seek Action on Pacific Northwest River Treaty (Electric Co-op Today)
  • 26 Northwest Lawmakers Highlight the Importance of the Columbia River Treaty - Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Press Obama Administration for Local Input in Treaty’s Future (U-S House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources)
  • First Step of Wanapum Dam Repair Work Begins (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)
  • Front Porch: Snohomish PUD Warns Of Scams (Everett Herald, WA)
  • Commissioners from Pacific County, Chelan County, Wahkiakum County & Lewis County Public Utility Districts Assume Leadership Positions for Statewide Association (KBKW Radio, Aberdeen, WA)
  • Bonneville Power Administration, Oregon BEST Launch New Program to Prep Northwest College Students for Careers in Energy (Bonneville Power Administration)
  • Editorial: Power Grid Shockingly Vulnerable to Cyberterrorism (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)
  • What Can We Expect from the Smart Grid? (The Energy Collective)
  • First Nuisance Sea Lions of 2014 Killed at Bonneville Dam (Northwest Public Radio)
  • Spring Chinook Crossing McNary; Big Numbers of Unclipped Fish Expected to Enter Snake River Basin (Columbia Basin Bulletin)
  • Tulalips, Others Oppose State’s Move to Halt Release of Hatchery Steelhead (Everett Herald, WA)
  • Grand Coulee Fishing Spot Closed Since 9/11 Reopens (Associated Press)
  • Fecal Bacteria Threatens Puget Sound Beaches – Two in Mason County (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Corps Releasing Full Powerhouse Capacity at Libby Dam to Create More Storage Space in Koocanusa (Columbia Basin Bulletin)
  • Locals Give San Bernardino County Earful about Solar Energy Farms (High Desert Star, Yucca Valley, CA)
  • California: Green Desert - Solar Projects Gaining Momentum (The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA)
  • Judge Sides with North Dakota, Finds Part of Minnesota Renewable Energy Law Unconstitutional (Associated Press)
  • You'll Never Guess Which State Has the Most Wind Energy (The Motley Fool)
  • Fuels from Corn Waste Not Better than Gas “…worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term…” (Associated Press)
  • Local Governments Doing Good by Going Green (Thurston Talks, Olympia, WA)
  • Here’s How Washington is Preparing for a Future of Wireless Everything (Washington Post)
  • Microsoft to Build $1.1 Billion Data Center in Iowa (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)
  • Municipal Broadband Support Flaring Up Again as Digital Divide Widens (Fierce Cable)
  • Three Case Studies Examining Impact of Broadband Grants Program on Connecting Libraries (National Telecommunications and Information Administration)
  • Ten Countries with the Fastest Netflix Speeds (Mashable)
  • In the Midst of Heartbleed, A Few Tips on Making a Better Password (Philadelphia Business Journal, PA)
  • General Mills Comes to its Senses, Reverses Legal Policy on "Likes" (Gizmodo)
  • LinkedIn Hits New Milestone – 300 Million Members (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)
  • Rebranding Weed So It's Not Just For Potheads Anymore (Gizmodo)
  • The Man Who Designed Verdana & Georgia Describes a Life Making Fonts (Gizmodo)
  • Newhouse Has Early Fundraising Lead in Washington State’s Fourth District Congressional Race (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)
  • Lower Lena Lake - Log Rolls Over, Kills Washington Boy Scout, 12, During Troop Outing (Associated Press)
  • Landslide Costs Mount to $65 Million a Month after Disaster (Everett Herald, WA)
  • Wyoming, Washington State Landslides: Natural or Human-Caused? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Five Nepalese Guides on Seattle Team Killed in Everest Avalanche (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)
  • April 23 & 24 - Johns Prairie Road Closure (Mason Web-TV, Shelton, WA)
  • April 22 - Lyrid Meteor Shower Coming on Earth Day (USA Today)

WORD OF THE DAY

Cockamamy • \kahk-kuh0MAY-mee\ • Adjective -Ridiculous, incredible.

Really? You think an example sentence is necessary?

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Lawmakers Seek Action on Pacific Northwest River Treaty (Electric Co-op Today)

26 Northwest Lawmakers Highlight the Importance of the Columbia River Treaty - Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Press Obama Administration for Local Input in Treaty’s Future (U-S House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources)

First Step of Wanapum Dam Repair Work Begins (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

Front Porch: Snohomish PUD Warns Of Scams (Everett Herald, WA)

Commissioners from Pacific County, Chelan County, Wahkiakum County & Lewis County Public Utility Districts Assume Leadership Positions for Statewide Association (KBKW Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Bonneville Power Administration, Oregon BEST Launch New Program to Prep Northwest College Students for Careers in Energy (Bonneville Power Administration)

Editorial: Power Grid Shockingly Vulnerable to Cyberterrorism (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

What Can We Expect from the Smart Grid? (The Energy Collective)

FISH & WILDLIFE

First Nuisance Sea Lions of 2014 Killed at Bonneville Dam (Northwest Public Radio)

Spring Chinook Crossing McNary; Big Numbers of Unclipped Fish Expected to Enter Snake River Basin (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Tulalips, Others Oppose State’s Move to Halt Release of Hatchery Steelhead (Everett Herald, WA)

Grand Coulee Fishing Spot Closed Since 9/11 Reopens (Associated Press)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Fecal Bacteria Threatens Puget Sound Beaches – Two in Mason County (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Corps Releasing Full Powerhouse Capacity at Libby Dam to Create More Storage Space in Koocanusa (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Locals Give San Bernardino County Earful about Solar Energy Farms (High Desert Star, Yucca Valley, CA)

California: Green Desert - Solar Projects Gaining Momentum (The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA)

Judge Sides with North Dakota, Finds Part of Minnesota Renewable Energy Law Unconstitutional (Associated Press)

You'll Never Guess Which State Has the Most Wind Energy (The Motley Fool)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Fuels from Corn Waste Not Better than Gas “…worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term…” (Associated Press)

Local Governments Doing Good by Going Green (Thurston Talks, Olympia, WA)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Here’s How Washington is Preparing for a Future of Wireless Everything (Washington Post)

Microsoft to Build $1.1 Billion Data Center in Iowa (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Municipal Broadband Support Flaring Up Again as Digital Divide Widens (Fierce Cable)

Three Case Studies Examining Impact of Broadband Grants Program on Connecting Libraries (National Telecommunications and Information Administration)

Ten Countries with the Fastest Netflix Speeds (Mashable)

In the Midst of Heartbleed, A Few Tips on Making a Better Password (Philadelphia Business Journal, PA)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

General Mills Comes to its Senses, Reverses Legal Policy on "Likes" (Gizmodo)

LinkedIn Hits New Milestone – 300 Million Members (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Rebranding Weed So It's Not Just For Potheads Anymore (Gizmodo)

The Man Who Designed Verdana & Georgia Describes a Life Making Fonts (Gizmodo)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Newhouse Has Early Fundraising Lead in Washington State’s Fourth District Congressional Race (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

Lower Lena Lake - Log Rolls Over, Kills Washington Boy Scout, 12, During Troop Outing (Associated Press)

Landslide Costs Mount to $65 Million a Month after Disaster (Everett Herald, WA)

Wyoming, Washington State Landslides: Natural or Human-Caused? (Christian Science Monitor)

Five Nepalese Guides on Seattle Team Killed in Everest Avalanche (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

April 23 & 24 - Johns Prairie Road Closure (Mason Web-TV, Shelton, WA)

April 22 - Lyrid Meteor Shower Coming on Earth Day (USA Today)

DIVERSIONS

Niners Fans Unhappy about Seahawks Colors on New Bay Area Trains

Teen Stowaway Survives Flight to Hawaii Inside Jet Wheel Well

Iconic Stratocaster Has Helped Guitarists Make Memorable Music for 60 Years

Claim: Loch Ness Monster Spotted on Apple Maps

SONG OF THE DAY

100 Rock & Roll Riffs…on a 1958 Stratocaster

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.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Energy News Digest for April 18, 2018

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Energy News Digest Word Cloud for April 18, 2014

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

U-S Senator Murray, Congressman Hastings Call for Action on Columbia River Treaty (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Pot, Power & Pollution: The Overlooked Impacts of Marijuana Legalization on Utilities & the Environment (GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog)

Klamath Basin Restoration Bill Headed to Congress with Support of Tribes & Ranchers (Northwest Public Radio)

Chelan PUD Wraps Up Work on Rocky Reach Generating Turbines (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband (NY Times)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • U-S Senator Murray, Congressman Hastings Call for Action on Columbia River Treaty (Tri-City Herald, WA)
  • Pot, Power & Pollution: The Overlooked Impacts of Marijuana Legalization on Utilities & the Environment (GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog)
  • Chelan PUD Wraps Up Work on Rocky Reach Generating Turbines (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)
  • Benton PUD to Meet with Public about Electricity Rates (Tri-City Herald, WA)
  • Puget Sound Energy: Energize Eastside Project Sparks Opposition (Bellevue Reporter, WA)
  • Puget Sound Energy Fixing Gas Line Installations that Could Lead to Explosions (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Port Angeles Cat Rescued from Atop Utility Pole (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)
  • Tiny Power Plants Hold Promise for Nuclear Energy (Associated Press)
  • Is Your Home’s Energy Meter Spying on You? (Fox News)
  • Wal-Mart Takes on Money Transfer Companies with New Service (Reuters)
  • Grant PUD Using Hatchery-Raised Fish to Test Ladder (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)
  • Shellfish Areas on Washington State Coast at Risk of Fecal Bacteria (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)
  • EPA Rule to Limit Fish Kills at Power Plants Delayed One Month (Bloomberg News)
  • Klamath Basin Restoration Bill Headed to Congress with Support of Tribes & Ranchers (Northwest Public Radio)
  • California Suffers Astonishingly Fast Snowpack Melt as Drought Intensifies (Mashable)
  • Future Uncertain for Wind Industry Tax Credits – Report cites ‘declining political appetite for wind PTC’ (Free Beacon)
  • Wind Farms Are Less of a Threat to Birds than People Think (Softpedia)
  • Interactive Map: NRECA Cooperatives & Renewable Energy - Electric cooperatives across the country are actively expanding their fuel portfolios to include an array of renewable sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, manure & hydro. (National Electric Cooperative Association)
  • Pull This Cute Portable Radiator around the Room Like a Warm-Bodied Pet (Gizmodo)
  • Study Ties Epic California Drought, ‘Frigid East’ to Manmade Climate Change (The Energy Collective)
  • Rethinking the Climate Change Debate (Bloomberg News)
  • Wall Street Wants to Lend You Money to Fight Climate Change (The Atlantic)
  • European Union EU Green Light for United Kingdom Carbon Capture & Storage Project (British Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Will Utilities Control Behind-The-Meter Solar Batteries? (Midwest Energy News)
  • Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband (NY Times)
  • How Aereo’s Case May Change TV Bills - Broadcasters are challenging the online video service next week in the Supreme Court (U-S News & World Report)
  • Michaels Confirms Extent of Data Breach, Lists Stores Affected (Sacramento Business Journal, CA)
  • Computers Are Lasting Longer: Here’s Why That Is Bad News for Free Geek (Oregonian, Portland)
  • CenturyLink VP: New Mexico Geography Good for Data Centers (Albuquerque Business Journal, NM)
  • Facebook Rolls Out ‘Nearby Friends,’ a Real-Time Friend Tracker (Washington Post)
  • It’s Time to Ditch Facebook & Start Over (Gizmodo)
  • Privacy Concerns? What Google Now Says It Can Do with Your Data (Christian Science Monitor)
  • They May Be Filled with Trolls, But Comments Still Have Value - And They Could Have Even More (GigaOM)
  • Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)
  • High Surf Advisory Issued by NWS Portland - Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington (National Weather Service, Portland, OR)
  • High Wind Event Knocks over Trees at Point Defiance (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Avalanche Sweeps down Everest, Killing at Least 12 (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Those Who Helped Soldier Search Mudslide for His Relatives Shocked at Suicide in Capital Forest (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)
  • Washington State Rejects Fed’s Hanford Proposal (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

WORD OF THE DAY

Defeasance • \dih-FEEZ-sunts\ • Noun - 1: the termination of a property interest in accordance with stipulated conditions (as in a deed) 2: an instrument stating such conditions of limitation b: a rendering null or void 2: defeat, overthrow.

Mason PUD 3 is happy today thanks to the impending defeasance of its requirement for certain registration and reliability standards under the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. Long time coming, man.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

U-S Senator Murray, Congressman Hastings Call for Action on Columbia River Treaty (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Pot, Power & Pollution: The Overlooked Impacts of Marijuana Legalization on Utilities & the Environment (GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog)

Chelan PUD Wraps Up Work on Rocky Reach Generating Turbines (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

Benton PUD to Meet with Public about Electricity Rates (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Puget Sound Energy: Energize Eastside Project Sparks Opposition (Bellevue Reporter, WA)

Puget Sound Energy Fixing Gas Line Installations that Could Lead to Explosions (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Port Angeles Cat Rescued from Atop Utility Pole (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Tiny Power Plants Hold Promise for Nuclear Energy (Associated Press)

Is Your Home’s Energy Meter Spying on You? (Fox News)

Wal-Mart Takes on Money Transfer Companies with New Service (Reuters)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Grant PUD Using Hatchery-Raised Fish to Test Ladder (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Shellfish Areas on Washington State Coast at Risk of Fecal Bacteria (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

EPA Rule to Limit Fish Kills at Power Plants Delayed One Month (Bloomberg News)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Klamath Basin Restoration Bill Headed to Congress with Support of Tribes & Ranchers (Northwest Public Radio)

California Suffers Astonishingly Fast Snowpack Melt as Drought Intensifies (Mashable)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Future Uncertain for Wind Industry Tax Credits – Report cites ‘declining political appetite for wind PTC’ (Free Beacon)

Wind Farms Are Less of a Threat to Birds than People Think (Softpedia)

Interactive Map: NRECA Cooperatives & Renewable Energy - Electric cooperatives across the country are actively expanding their fuel portfolios to include an array of renewable sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, manure & hydro. (National Electric Cooperative Association)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Pull This Cute Portable Radiator around the Room Like a Warm-Bodied Pet (Gizmodo)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Study Ties Epic California Drought, ‘Frigid East’ to Manmade Climate Change (The Energy Collective)

Rethinking the Climate Change Debate (Bloomberg News)

Wall Street Wants to Lend You Money to Fight Climate Change (The Atlantic)

European Union EU Green Light for United Kingdom Carbon Capture & Storage Project (British Broadcasting Corporation)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Will Utilities Control Behind-The-Meter Solar Batteries? (Midwest Energy News)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband (NY Times)

How Aereo’s Case May Change TV Bills - Broadcasters are challenging the online video service next week in the Supreme Court (U-S News & World Report)

Michaels Confirms Extent of Data Breach, Lists Stores Affected (Sacramento Business Journal, CA)

Computers Are Lasting Longer: Here’s Why That Is Bad News for Free Geek (Oregonian, Portland)

CenturyLink VP: New Mexico Geography Good for Data Centers (Albuquerque Business Journal, NM)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook Rolls Out ‘Nearby Friends,’ a Real-Time Friend Tracker (Washington Post)

It’s Time to Ditch Facebook & Start Over (Gizmodo)

Privacy Concerns? What Google Now Says It Can Do with Your Data (Christian Science Monitor)

They May Be Filled with Trolls, But Comments Still Have Value - And They Could Have Even More (GigaOM)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

GENERAL NEWS

High Surf Advisory Issued by NWS Portland - Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington (National Weather Service, Portland, OR)

High Wind Event Knocks over Trees at Point Defiance (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Avalanche Sweeps down Everest, Killing at Least 12 (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Those Who Helped Soldier Search Mudslide for His Relatives Shocked at Suicide in Capital Forest (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

Washington State Rejects Fed’s Hanford Proposal (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Puerto Rico Salsa Great Cheo Feliciano Dies in Car Crash

Newborn Kittens Survive Accidentally Getting Packed in a Box & Shipped 130 Miles

Gabriel García Márquez, Literary Pioneer, Dies at 87

Archaeologists Find Ancient Puppy Paw Prints on Roman Tiles

SONG OF THE DAY

Cheo Feliciano – Anacaona

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.