Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Energy News Digest for September 22, 2020

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Utah Lawmakers Seek Details on Planned Nuclear Plant in Idaho (Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT)

https://www.deseret.com/utah/2020/9/19/21438026/news-nuclear-plant-in-idaho-lawmakers-seek-details-on-planned-nuscale-uamps

‘No More Wind.’ WA State Utility Questions Efficacy of Wind Farms for Power Generation (Tri-City Herald, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article245808810.html

Montana Coal Production Down 21% from Last Year (KPVI-TV, Idaho Falls, ID)

https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/montana-coal-production-down-21-from-last-year/article_268909e9-dff0-51d6-8b23-817332ceccb6.html

Fish in Oregon Hatcheries Die, Released Early as Fires Rage (Associated Press)

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oregon/articles/2020-09-17/fish-in-oregon-hatcheries-die-released-early-as-fires-rage

Water Shortages in U.S. West Likelier Than Previously Thought (Associated Press)

https://apnews.com/be04e1fa0008d0dbcd537148dd7f2ab0

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Utah Lawmakers Seek Details on Planned Nuclear Plant in Idaho

2.      Editorial: City Council Should Remain Committed to Small Modular Reactor Project

3.      Montana Coal Production Down 21% from Last Year

4.      GE Throws in the Towel on Coal-Fired Power

5.      Tree on Power Line Apparent Start for Washington State Fire

6.      California Is Burning: Here’s What It Means for Utilities

7.      Lewis County PUD Proposes 3.8 Percent Rate Increase to Balance 2020-21 Budget

8.      Cascade Natural Gas Rates May See Short-Term Decrease, Boost in 2021

9.      Bullying, Spying & Harassment Revealed in Montana Public Service Commission Documents

10.   Two Workers Struck by Electricity at Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Site

11.   FERC Investigates Risk of Foreign Adversary-Supplied Bulk Power Equipment, With Focus on Huawei, ZTE

12.   ‘No More Wind.’ WA State Utility Questions Efficacy of Wind Farms for Power Generation

13.   FERC Approves Final Rule Enabling DERs to Compete in Regional Electric Markets

14.   Fish in Oregon Hatcheries Die, Released Early as Fires Rage

15.   Pikeminnow Program Extended on Columbia, Snake Rivers

16.   Open-Ocean Fish Farm Proposed Off San Diego Coast Could Be First in Federal Waters

17.   Researchers Attach Cameras to Pacific Northwest Orcas, Revealing a Marvelous Underwater World

18.   Pend Oreille PUD Receives Results of CNS Fiber Feasibility Study

19.   The U.S. Needs a Broadband Reboot

20.   Water Shortages in U.S. West Likelier Than Previously Thought

21.   Oregon Democrats Won't Try to Pass Cap & Trade in '21: Report

22.   Norway to Build $3 Billion ‘Longship’ Carbon Dioxide Capture Project

23.   Founder of GM Electric Truck Partner Quits Amid Allegations

24.   Puget Sound Energy Rolls Out First of Several Public EV Charging Stations

WORD OF THE DAY

Provocateur • \pro-vock-uh-TER\ • Noun - One who incites or stimulates another to action

After a five minute reprieve, the six year old provocateur kicking the federal marshal’s seat in economy class learned the meaning of a fully reclined airliner seat…spending the remaining three hours and 55 minutes immobilized under the back of a seat, whose magazine bin contained old “Skymall” catalogs, crumpled peanut snack bags, and what appeared to be slightly used air travel “discomfort” bags.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Utah Lawmakers Seek Details on Planned Nuclear Plant in Idaho (Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT)

https://www.deseret.com/utah/2020/9/19/21438026/news-nuclear-plant-in-idaho-lawmakers-seek-details-on-planned-nuscale-uamps

2.      Editorial: City Council Should Remain Committed to Small Modular Reactor Project (Idaho Falls Post-Register, ID)

https://www.postregister.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-city-council-should-remain-committed-to-smr-project/article_c803c516-47f4-509a-ba00-552823c8affd.html

3.      Montana Coal Production Down 21% from Last Year (KPVI-TV, Idaho Falls, ID)

https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/montana-coal-production-down-21-from-last-year/article_268909e9-dff0-51d6-8b23-817332ceccb6.html

4.      GE Throws in the Towel on Coal-Fired Power (Power Magazine)

https://www.powermag.com/ge-throws-in-the-towel-on-coal-fired-power/

5.      Tree on Power Line Apparent Start for Washington State Fire (Associated Press)

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/washington/articles/2020-09-20/tree-on-power-line-apparent-start-for-washington-state-fire

6.      California Is Burning: Here’s What It Means for Utilities (Forbes Magazine)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2020/09/17/california-is-burning-heres-what-it-means-for-utilities/#6b00944c6bb5

7.      Lewis County PUD Proposes 3.8 Percent Rate Increase to Balance 2020-21 Budget (The Chronicle, Centralia, WA)

http://www.chronline.com/news/lewis-county-pud-proposes-3-8-percent-rate-increase-to-balance-2020-21-budget/article_b5135468-f9fd-11ea-9467-afbe710b91ba.html

8.      Cascade Natural Gas Rates May See Short-Term Decrease, Boost in 2021 (Longview Daily News, WA)

https://tdn.com/news/local/cascade-natural-gas-rates-may-see-short-term-decrease-boost-in-2021/article_5413d43c-8086-501f-8350-2e0672249cf3.html

9.      Bullying, Spying & Harassment Revealed in Montana Public Service Commission Documents (Montana Standard)

https://mtstandard.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/bullying-spying-and-harassment-revealed-in-montana-psc-documents/article_28918174-84e8-51ba-94bf-124bb9256174.html

10.   Two Workers Struck by Electricity at Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Site (KSNV-TV, Las Vegas, NV)

https://news3lv.com/news/local/two-workers-electrocuted-at-las-vegas-convention-center-expansion-site

11.   FERC Investigates Risk of Foreign Adversary-Supplied Bulk Power Equipment, With Focus on Huawei, ZTE (Utility Dive)

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/ferc-investigates-risk-of-foreign-adversary-supplied-bulk-power-equipment/585562/

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

12.   ‘No More Wind.’ WA State Utility Questions Efficacy of Wind Farms for Power Generation (Tri-City Herald, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article245808810.html

13.   FERC Approves Final Rule Enabling DERs to Compete in Regional Electric Markets (Daily Energy Insider)

https://dailyenergyinsider.com/news/27222-ferc-approves-final-rule-enabling-ders-to-compete-in-regional-electric-markets/?amp

FISH & WILDLIFE

14.   Fish in Oregon Hatcheries Die, Released Early as Fires Rage (Associated Press)

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oregon/articles/2020-09-17/fish-in-oregon-hatcheries-die-released-early-as-fires-rage

15.   Pikeminnow Program Extended on Columbia, Snake Rivers (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

https://www.columbian.com/news/2020/sep/18/pikeminnow-program-extended-on-columbia-snake-rivers/

16.   Open-Ocean Fish Farm Proposed Off San Diego Coast Could Be First in Federal Waters (Los Angeles Times, CA)

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-20/open-ocean-fish-farm-proposed-off-san-diego-coast-could-be-first-in-federal-waters

17.   Researchers Attach Cameras to Pacific Northwest Orcas, Revealing a Marvelous Underwater World (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/researchers-attach-cameras-to-pacific-northwest-orcas-revealing-a-marvelous-underwater-world/

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

18.   Pend Oreille PUD Receives Results of CNS Fiber Feasibility Study (Pend Oreille PUD, Newport, WA)

https://energynewsdigest.blogspot.com/2020/09/pend-oreille-pud-receives-results-of.html

19.   The U.S. Needs a Broadband Reboot (The Hill, Washington, DC)

https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/517299-the-us-needs-a-broadband-reboot

“CLEAN UP ON AISLE THREE” – WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

20.   Water Shortages in U.S. West Likelier Than Previously Thought (Associated Press)

https://apnews.com/be04e1fa0008d0dbcd537148dd7f2ab0

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

21.   Oregon Democrats Won't Try to Pass Cap & Trade in '21: Report (Portland Business Journal, OR)

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2020/09/18/cap-and-trade-in-oregon-2021.html

22.   Norway to Build $3 Billion ‘Longship’ Carbon Dioxide Capture Project (Forbes Magazine)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nilsrokke/2020/09/21/norways-18-billion-ccs-proposal-is-great-news-for-the-climate/#7e29d9f0179e

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

23.   Founder of GM Electric Truck Partner Quits Amid Allegations (Victoria Times Colonist)

https://www.timescolonist.com/founder-of-gm-electric-truck-partner-quits-amid-allegations-1.24206551

24.   Puget Sound Energy Rolls Out First of Several Public EV Charging Stations (Thurston Talks, Olympia, WA)

https://www.thurstontalk.com/2020/09/17/pse-rolls-out-first-of-several-public-ev-charging-stations/

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Thailand Officials Mail Litter Left in Parks Back to Litterers

https://thehill.com/homenews/news/517371-thailand-officials-mail-litter-left-in-parks-back-to-litterers

As Demand Outstrips US Toilet Paper Supply, Imports Roll In

https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2020/0918/As-demand-outstrips-US-toilet-paper-supply-imports-roll-in?icid=rss

Inslee Brings Maggot-Infested Apples to Washington State Wildfire Zone, Breaking State Law

https://www.seattlepi.com/local/seattlenews/article/Inslee-brings-maggot-infested-apples-to-wildfire-15574937.php

Illinois Man Has Kept Richard Nixon's Unfinished Sandwich for 60 Years

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/09/22/Illinois-man-has-kept-Richard-Nixons-unfinished-sandwich-for-60-years/7931600792813/

SONG OF THE DAY

The Osmonds – One Bad Apple

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30Cxl5bVmVU

Pend Oreille PUD Receives Results of CNS Fiber Feasibility Study

(NEWPORT, WA) – Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County (PUD) received two $50,000 grants last year from the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Community Economic Revitalization Board and the Washington State Public Works Board to conduct a Community Network System (CNS) feasibility study in northern Pend Oreille County. The goal of the feasibility study was to determine the cost and infrastructure needs to extend broadband fiber services to the residents of the north-end of Pend Oreille County. The study, conducted by CCG Consulting (CCG), began in February with the majority of the surveys to support the study being conducted throughout the month of March. The results of the study became available recently and revealed that it will cost an estimated $20 million to extend broadband fiber to all residents of the north-end. Research was also conducted to determine the cost to extend to only the residents in the cities, towns, and densely populated areas, that cost came in at an estimated $7 million.

CCG said that the number of survey responses they received resulted in some of the best participation they had ever seen when studying rural areas across the country. CCG also stated that “the northern county has some of the worst broadband they have ever seen”. The statistical results of the residential survey are interesting and are outlined below:

  • The survey resulted in 848 residential responses (25% of all potential customers).
  • 84% of respondents favored the idea of expanding fiber into the northern county. Most of the rest said they needed more information.
  • 58% of homes have a broadband connection of some type today (50% RTI, 18% fixed wireless, 17% satellite, 13% use cellular).
  • The results released low satisfaction with current Retail Service Providers (RSPs) (only 15% happy with download speeds, 33% happy with customer service, and 14% happy with the value they get compared to the price they pay).
  • Customers buying stand-alone broadband pay an average of $105 per month. That’s one of the highest numbers CCG has ever seen.
  • 64% of respondents work at home at least part time. 59% would work from home more with better broadband.
  • 25% of respondents have school age children. 69% of them said the broadband was inadequate for doing schoolwork from home.
  • 61% of households said they would switch to fiber and pay the same fees they pay today.
  • 42% of respondents said they would pay the connection fee to get added to the network.

The PUD’s next steps are to explore potential grant funding to determine what extent fiber could be extended to the northern county. “The PUD maintains a goal of providing greater connectivity opportunities to the north-end of the county and is excited about moving forward and exploring options to make this happen,” said Sarah Holderman, the PUD’s Director of Treasury, Broadband and Strategic Planning. “The results of the study are extremely helpful - we thank and appreciate all those who took the time to participate in the survey.” 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Energy News Digest for September 17, 2020

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Bonneville Power Administration Says It Has Not Been Linked to Starting Any Wildfires (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)

https://katu.com/news/local/bonneville-power-administration-says-it-has-not-been-linked-to-starting-any-wildfires

California Fires Are Emitting Record Amounts of Carbon Dioxide (Bloomberg News)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-16/california-fires-are-emitting-record-amounts-of-carbon-dioxide

Water Shortages in US West Likelier Than Previously Thought (Associated Press)

https://tucson.com/news/state-and-regional/water-shortages-in-us-west-likelier-than-previously-thought/article_b996351b-f8ca-57eb-95ad-d228e1331e2f.html

Cable Company Apologizes After Charging Oregon Wildfire Victims for Burned, Lost Equipment (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/wildfire/cable-company-charges-equipment-burned-oregon-wildfires/283-9a5371b7-7e73-4105-9fc3-b70b95f8e584

Wyoming Lawmakers Surprise Public with Proposal to Repeal Three-Year Electricity Tax Exemptions for Wind Energy (Casper Star-Tribune, WY)

https://trib.com/business/energy/wyoming-lawmakers-surprise-public-with-proposal-to-repeal-three-year-electricity-tax-exemptions-for-wind/article_4e7beb1d-d0b6-5c77-b68d-5c22c1761428.html

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.      Bonneville Power Administration Says It Has Not Been Linked to Starting Any Wildfires

2.      The Latest: Downed Power Lines Sparked 13 Oregon Fires

3.      Explosion, Sparks from Power Line Preceded Oregon’s Holiday Farm Fire, Area Residents Say

4.      Central WA - Pearl Hill Fire Destroys 300 Power Poles

5.      The West’s Power Grid Fails as Wildfires Hit Utah, Oregon & California

6.      Smoke from the U.S. West Coast Wildfires Has Reached Europe

7.      Pacific Gas & Electric Error at Power Plant May Help Explain California’s Rolling Blackouts

8.      California Congressman Huffman to Warren Buffett: ‘Do the Right Thing’ on Klamath Dams

9.      Arizona Public Service Extends Disconnection Moratorium

10.   Jacksonville Energy Authority Narrows CEO Search to Six Semifinalists, List Includes Bonneville Power Administration Exec

11.   PCI Interview Series: The Importance of Hydro Power in Providing Resource Adequacy in a Renewable World

12.   Wyoming Lawmakers Surprise Public with Proposal to Repeal Three-Year Electricity Tax Exemptions for Wind Energy

13.   Average U.S. Construction Costs for Solar & Wind Generation Continue to Fall

14.   Kansas Utility Continues to Collect Fee on Solar Customers Despite Court Ruling

15.   Something’s Up with Solar Panels, Hydropower, & Energy Storage, Too

16.   Chelan PUD Offers Virtual Home Energy Audits (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

17.   Water Shortages in US West Likelier Than Previously Thought

18.   California Fires Are Emitting Record Amounts of Carbon Dioxide

19.   Cable Company Apologizes After Charging Oregon Wildfire Victims for Burned, Lost Equipment

20.   Defining “Public Use” for Broadband

21.   AT&T Received $283M to Expand Broadband in Rural Mississippi. Now Subpoena Seeks Proof of Service

WORD OF THE DAY

Uncanny • \un-KANN-nee\ • Adjective - 1a: seeming to have a supernatural character or origin: eerie, mysterious b: being beyond what is normal or expected: suggesting superhuman or supernatural powers 2: chiefly Scottish: severe, punishing

An eerie, uncanny feeling of dread came over Alfred as the cobweb encrusted door slowly opened, its hinges protesting like enraged banshees. He knew that entering the ancient fruit cellar could be his last act on this plane of existence, but the siren’s song of canned peaches, preserved in 1910, was too strong. “Food poisoning be damned,” he muttered to himself.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Bonneville Power Administration Says It Has Not Been Linked to Starting Any Wildfires (KATU-TV, Portland, OR)

https://katu.com/news/local/bonneville-power-administration-says-it-has-not-been-linked-to-starting-any-wildfires

2.      The Latest: Downed Power Lines Sparked 13 Oregon Fires (Associated Press)

https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/northwest/article245777875.html

3.      Explosion, Sparks from Power Line Preceded Oregon’s Holiday Farm Fire, Area Residents Say (Oregonian, Portland, OR)

https://www.oregonlive.com/wildfires/2020/09/explosion-sparks-from-power-line-preceded-oregons-holiday-farm-fire-area-residents-say.html

4.      Central WA - Pearl Hill Fire Destroys 300 Power Poles (Wenatchee World, WA)

https://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/local/pearl-hill-fire-destroys-300-power-poles/article_20f6e476-f759-11ea-8906-137d726536f8.html

5.      The West’s Power Grid Fails as Wildfires Hit Utah, Oregon & California (Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT)

https://www.deseret.com/indepth/2020/9/15/21429720/utah-hurricane-winds-electricity-grid-power-outage-wildfire-west-states-solar-infrastructure

6.      Smoke from the U.S. West Coast Wildfires Has Reached Europe (Cable News Network)

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/weather/us-wildfires-smoke-europe-copernicus-intl/index.html

7.      Pacific Gas & Electric Error at Power Plant May Help Explain California’s Rolling Blackouts (San Francisco Chronicle, CA)

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/PG-E-error-at-power-plant-may-help-explain-15567028.php

8.      California Congressman Huffman to Warren Buffett: ‘Do the Right Thing’ on Klamath Dams (North Coast Journal, Eureka, CA)

https://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2020/09/11/huffman-to-warren-buffett-do-the-right-thing-on-klamath-dams

9.      Arizona Public Service Extends Disconnection Moratorium (Phoenix Business Journal, AZ)

https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2020/09/15/aps-extends-disconnection-moratorium.html

10.   Jacksonville Energy Authority Narrows CEO Search to Six Semifinalists, List Includes Bonneville Power Administration Exec (Jacksonville Daily Record, FL)

https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/photo-gallery/jea-narrows-ceo-search-to-six-semifinalists

11.   PCI Interview Series: The Importance of Hydro Power in Providing Resource Adequacy in a Renewable World (Power Costs, Inc.)

https://vimeo.com/456053473

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

12.   Wyoming Lawmakers Surprise Public with Proposal to Repeal Three-Year Electricity Tax Exemptions for Wind Energy (Casper Star-Tribune, WY)

https://trib.com/business/energy/wyoming-lawmakers-surprise-public-with-proposal-to-repeal-three-year-electricity-tax-exemptions-for-wind/article_4e7beb1d-d0b6-5c77-b68d-5c22c1761428.html

13.   Average U.S. Construction Costs for Solar & Wind Generation Continue to Fall (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=45136

14.   Kansas Utility Continues to Collect Fee on Solar Customers Despite Court Ruling (Energy News Network)

https://energynews.us/2020/09/16/midwest/kansas-utility-continues-to-collect-fee-on-solar-customers-despite-court-ruling/

15.   Something’s Up with Solar Panels, Hydropower, & Energy Storage, Too (Clean Technica)

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/09/14/somethings-up-with-solar-panels-hydropower-energy-storage-too/amp/

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

16.   Chelan PUD Offers Virtual Home Energy Audits (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

https://www.kpq.com/chelan-pud-offers-virtual-home-energy-audits/

WATER, WATER, ANYWHERE?

17.   Water Shortages in US West Likelier Than Previously Thought (Associated Press)

https://tucson.com/news/state-and-regional/water-shortages-in-us-west-likelier-than-previously-thought/article_b996351b-f8ca-57eb-95ad-d228e1331e2f.html

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

18.   California Fires Are Emitting Record Amounts of Carbon Dioxide (Bloomberg News)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-16/california-fires-are-emitting-record-amounts-of-carbon-dioxide

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

19.   Cable Company Apologizes After Charging Oregon Wildfire Victims for Burned, Lost Equipment (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/wildfire/cable-company-charges-equipment-burned-oregon-wildfires/283-9a5371b7-7e73-4105-9fc3-b70b95f8e584

20.   Defining “Public Use” for Broadband (The Business Institute of Washington)

https://thelens.news/2020/09/14/defining-public-use-for-broadband/

21.   AT&T Received $283M to Expand Broadband in Rural Mississippi. Now Subpoena Seeks Proof of Service (Mississippi Clarion-Ledger)

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2020/09/15/att-under-fire-mississippi-rural-internet/3463300001/

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Woman Stranded with Flat Tire Discovers She Won $100,000

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/09/17/Woman-stranded-with-flat-tire-discovers-she-won-100000/7791600373970/

Florida City’s New ‘Welcome’ Sign Erected in the Wrong City

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/09/17/Watch-Florida-citys-new-welcome-sign-erected-in-the-wrong-city/4211600366503/

T. rex skeleton expected to fetch up to $8M at New York auction

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/09/16/Watch-T-rex-skeleton-expected-to-fetch-up-to-8M-at-New-York-auction/2561600282960/

New Jersey Diner Regulars Tip Favorite Waitress with a Car

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/09/16/New-Jersey-diner-regulars-tip-favorite-waitress-with-a-car/6851600281474/

SONG OF THE DAY

Five Man Electrical Band – Signs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxrsVV5N06I

Monday, September 14, 2020

The Energy News Digest for September 14, 2020

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Wildfire Smoke to Linger as Hopes for Wind & Rain Dissipate Monday (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/wildfire-smoke-to-linger-as-hopes-for-wind-and-rain-dissipate-monday/

Wildfires Live Updates: Gusty Winds Could Whip Up Blazes (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/14/us/wildfires-live-updates.html

Fires Raise Fight Over Climate Change Before President Trump’s California Visit (Associated Press)

https://apnews.com/49d872e449c66aa7a0a9c047a00a738f

Wildfire Smoke Decreases California Solar Energy Output (KQED Radio, San Francisco, WA)

https://www.kqed.org/news/11837543/wildfire-smoke-decreases-california-solar-energy-output

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.        Wildfires Live Updates: Gusty Winds Could Whip Up Blazes

2.        Portland General Electric Utility Falls 16% After Unconfirmed Reports It Sparked Wildfires in Oregon

3.        NV Energy Ordered to Pay Back $60 Million to Southern Nevada Customers After Over-Collection, About $53 Per Household

4.        Groups File Legal Action on Eastern Oregon Transmission Line

5.        Report: Black Households Spend Almost 50 Percent More on Utilities Than White Households

6.        Customers Vent About High Electricity Rates in Connecticut

7.        Electric Bills, Gas Bills & Other Energy Costs are Highest & Lowest in These States

8.        Utah Residential Electricity Usage Shot Up During Pandemic

9.        Electricity Use Will Drop 2.4 Percent This Year, Government Says

10.     EIA Expects U.S. Hydroelectric Generation to Increase in 2020 Despite Drought Conditions

11.     Nuclear Energy Among the Least Popular Sources of Power in the U.S., Polling Shows

12.     Public Power Leaders See Lasting Effects from 2020 Disruptions with New Approaches to Resilience, Equity

13.     Wildfire Smoke Decreases California Solar Energy Output

14.     Arizona: Boeing, Salt River Project Sign Renewable Energy Agreement for Mesa Site

15.     FERC Reverses 40 Years of PURPA Precedent in Ruling on Small Solar Definition, Punts on Storage Question

16.     Idaho: Changes to Natural Gas Prices & Net Metering for Commercial Customers Proposed

17.     $10 Million from British Columbia for 10 Hydrogen Fueling Stations

18.     Next Google Nest Thermostat Might Support Motion Gestures, Just Like the Pixel 4

19.     Anger Growing Among British Columbia Salmon Anglers Shut Out of Public Fishery

20.     Researchers Puzzled by Group of ‘Crazy’ Killer Whales Attacking Boats Near Spain

21.     Wildfire Smoke to Linger as Hopes for Wind & Rain Dissipate Monday

22.     10 Years After Salish Sea Is Named, Experts Say United Front on Conservation Still Distant

23.     Fires Raise Fight Over Climate Change Before President Trump’s California Visit

24.     Dismay as Huge Chunk of Greenland’s Ice Cap Breaks Off

25.     To Save the Planet, We’ll Have to Plug More Things In

26.     These States Have Seen the Biggest Decreases in Internet Speed During COVID-19

27.     Give Everybody the Internet

28.     ByteDance Picks Oracle Over Microsoft as Partner to Try to save TikTok U.S.

29.     Tesla Supercharger Glitch Gives Free Charge to All Electric Vehicles in Europe

30.     La Nina May Bring More Atlantic Storms, Western Drought

31.     Why Is the Sky Changing Colors? The Science Behind Oregon Wildfires’ Apocalyptic Sky

32.     Is There Life Floating in the Clouds of Venus?

WORD OF THE DAY

Putative • \PYOO-tuh-tive\ • Adjective - 1: commonly accepted or supposed 2: assumed to exist or to have existed

“The putative Arthurian legend obviously supports the ‘Camelot’ story in this sprawling musical production,” sniffed the entertainment editor at the snooty, big city newspaper. “But the musical is ‘Spamalot’ sir,” prompted the fresh-faced intern.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Wildfires Live Updates: Gusty Winds Could Whip Up Blazes (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/14/us/wildfires-live-updates.html

2.      Portland General Electric Utility Falls 16% After Unconfirmed Reports It Sparked Wildfires in Oregon (Business Insider)

https://www.businessinsider.in/stock-market/news/utility-company-falls-16-after-unconfirmed-reports-it-sparked-wildfires-in-oregon/articleshow/78046668.cms

3.      NV Energy Ordered to Pay Back $60 Million to Southern Nevada Customers After Over-Collection, About $53 Per Household (Nevada Independent)

https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/nv-energy-ordered-to-pay-back-60-million-to-southern-nevada-customers-after-over-collection-about-53-per-household

4.      Groups File Legal Action on Eastern Oregon Transmission Line (Ontario Argus-Observer, OR)

https://www.argusobserver.com/news/groups-file-legal-action-on-transmission-line/article_3694cc8c-f43c-11ea-a52a-63f368679c14.html

5.      Report: Black Households Spend Almost 50 Percent More on Utilities Than White Households (Grist Online)

https://grist.org/justice/report-black-households-spend-almost-50-percent-more-on-utilities-than-white-households/

6.      Customers Vent About High Electricity Rates in Connecticut (Washington Times)

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/sep/10/customers-vent-about-high-electricity-rates-in-con/

7.      Electric Bills, Gas Bills & Other Energy Costs are Highest & Lowest in These States (Yahoo News)

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/electric-bills-gas-bills-other-131105465.html

8.      Utah Residential Electricity Usage Shot Up During Pandemic (KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, UT)

https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/utah-residential-electricity-usage-shot-up-during-pandemic

9.      Electricity Use Will Drop 2.4 Percent This Year, Government Says (Houston Chronicle, TX)

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Electricity-use-will-drop-2-4-percent-this-year-15554675.php

10.   EIA Expects U.S. Hydroelectric Generation to Increase in 2020 Despite Drought Conditions (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=45077

11.   Nuclear Energy Among the Least Popular Sources of Power in the U.S., Polling Shows (Morning Consult)

https://morningconsult.com/2020/09/09/nuclear-energy-polling/

12.   Public Power Leaders See Lasting Effects from 2020 Disruptions with New Approaches to Resilience, Equity (Utility Dive)

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/public-power-leaders-see-lasting-effects-from-2020-disruptions-with-new-app/585005/

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

13.   Wildfire Smoke Decreases California Solar Energy Output (KQED Radio, San Francisco, WA)

https://www.kqed.org/news/11837543/wildfire-smoke-decreases-california-solar-energy-output

14.   Arizona: Boeing, Salt River Project Sign Renewable Energy Agreement for Mesa Site (iConnect007)

http://milaero.iconnect007.com/index.php/article/124425/boeing-salt-river-project-sign-renewable-energy-agreement-for-mesa-site/124428/

15.   FERC Reverses 40 Years of PURPA Precedent in Ruling on Small Solar Definition, Punts on Storage Question (Utility Dive)

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/ferc-reverses-40-years-of-purpa-precedent-in-ruling-on-small-solar-definiti/585104/

16.   Idaho: Changes to Natural Gas Prices & Net Metering for Commercial Customers Proposed (Idaho Press)

https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/changes-to-natural-gas-prices-and-net-metering-for-commercial-customers-proposed/article_b09217e8-1a2c-5946-a134-2c3fdba301d1.html

17.   $10 Million from British Columbia for 10 Hydrogen Fueling Stations (Victoria Times-Colonist, BC)

https://www.timescolonist.com/business/10-million-from-province-for-10-hydrogen-fueling-stations-1.24201344

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

18.   Next Google Nest Thermostat Might Support Motion Gestures, Just Like the Pixel 4 (Mashable)

https://mashable.com/article/google-nest-thermostat-motion-controls/

FISH & WILDLIFE

19.   Anger Growing Among British Columbia Salmon Anglers Shut Out of Public Fishery (Coast Mountain News, BC)

https://www.coastmountainnews.com/news/anger-growing-among-b-c-salmon-anglers-shut-out-of-public-fishery/

20.   Researchers Puzzled by Group of ‘Crazy’ Killer Whales Attacking Boats Near Spain (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/researchers-puzzled-by-group-of-crazy-killer-whales-attacking-boats-near-spain/

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFLATUS – CLEAN UP ON AISLE THREE

21.   Wildfire Smoke to Linger as Hopes for Wind & Rain Dissipate Monday (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/wildfire-smoke-to-linger-as-hopes-for-wind-and-rain-dissipate-monday/

22.   10 Years After Salish Sea Is Named, Experts Say United Front on Conservation Still Distant (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/salish-sea-10-years-1.5719577?cmp=rss

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

23.   Fires Raise Fight Over Climate Change Before President Trump’s California Visit (Associated Press)

https://apnews.com/49d872e449c66aa7a0a9c047a00a738f

24.   Dismay as Huge Chunk of Greenland’s Ice Cap Breaks Off (Associated Press)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-09-14/dismay-as-huge-chunk-of-greenlands-ice-cap-breaks-off

25.   To Save the Planet, We’ll Have to Plug More Things In (Bloomberg News)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-13/to-save-the-planet-we-ll-have-to-plug-more-things-in-quicktake

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

26.   These States Have Seen the Biggest Decreases in Internet Speed During COVID-19 (PC Magazine)

https://uk.pcmag.com/why-axis/128574/these-states-have-seen-the-biggest-decreases-in-internet-speed-during-covid-19

27.   Give Everybody the Internet (VOX)

https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/9/10/21426810/internet-access-covid-19-chattanooga-municipal-broadband-fcc

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

28.   ByteDance Picks Oracle Over Microsoft as Partner to Try to save TikTok U.S. (Reuters)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-bytedance-tiktok-oracle/bytedance-picks-oracle-as-partner-to-try-to-save-tiktok-u-s-sources-idUSKBN265000

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

29.   Tesla Supercharger Glitch Gives Free Charge to All Electric Vehicles in Europe (Mashable)

https://mashable.com/article/tesla-supercharging-glitch-ev/

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

30.   La Nina May Bring More Atlantic Storms, Western Drought (Associated Press)

https://tucson.com/news/state-and-regional/q-a-la-nina-may-bring-more-atlantic-storms-western-drought/article_0f8567a0-c487-5855-9c45-8e8456a3202b.html

31.   Why Is the Sky Changing Colors? The Science Behind Oregon Wildfires’ Apocalyptic Sky (USA Today)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/09/13/oregon-wildfire-sky-color-changes-beachie-creek-santiam/5788760002/

32.   Is There Life Floating in the Clouds of Venus? (British Broadcasting Corporation)

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54133538

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Grandson of President Harding & Lover Wants President’s Body Exhumed

https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/weird_news/grandson-of-harding-and-lover-wants-presidents-body-exhumed/article_858d3937-e07b-5c6d-bbec-4e4d8dfb4ae0.html

Florida City Repeals 13-Year Ban on Saggy Pants

https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/weird_news/florida-city-repeals-13-year-ban-on-saggy-pants/article_d5c40024-5f1d-5f5c-b890-f6df70b0cc49.html

Harshmallow: Virus Prompts Pause for Peeps Holiday Treats

https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/business/national/harshmallow-virus-prompts-pause-for-peeps-holiday-treats/article_bb3ee938-bc26-53f4-b5d5-fdd92bb527c0.html

Vinyl Record Sales Outpace CDs For the First Time Since The ‘80s Amid the Pandemic

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/09/12/vinyl-records-outsold-cds-first-time-since-80-s/5781302002/

SONG OF THE DAY

Hank Williams - Your Cheatin` Heart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg2oR91_r5I