Friday, June 5, 2020

The Energy News Digest for June 5, 2020


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Yakima Basin Water Supply for Irrigators Holds Steady for June (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

Congressman Kilmer Comments on Snake River Dams (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, Wa)

Copper River Fishery Improves but Levels Remain Below Normal (Associated Press)

Oregon’s PacWave Aims to Jump-Start US Marine Energy Market (GreenTech Media

Heat-Trapping Carbon Dioxide in Air Hits New Record High (Associated Press)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.      Congressman Kilmer Comments on Snake River Dams
2.      Spokane Fire, Avista Crews Investigating Vault Fire Leading to Power Outages in Downtown Spokane Buildings
3.      Jefferson PUD Approves Routine Telecommuting Policy
4.      Fight Over New Mexico Nuke Waste Plan Lands in DC Circuit
5.      Massachusetts Attorney General Urges State Examine Shift from Natural Gas Heating
6.      Copper River Fishery Improves but Levels Remain Below Normal
7.      Death of the Giants: Forests Getting Shorter, Younger, in Northwest & Elsewhere
8.      British Columbia Vastly Overestimates Size of Its Old-Growth Forest, Independent Researchers Say
9.      Yakima Basin Water Supply for Irrigators Holds Steady for June
10.   Oregon’s PacWave Aims to Jump-Start US Marine Energy Market
11.   Salt River Project Seeking Information on Projects for Up to 500 MW of Wind Power
12.   Glare Study? – Omaha Utility’s Solar Plan Collides with Suburban Development Aspirations
13.   Small ISP Cancels Data Caps Permanently After Reviewing Pandemic Usage
14.   5G Conspiracy Idiots Now Threatening Telecom Workers That Don’t Even Work in Wireless
15.   Op/Ed: Congress Must Make Access to Affordable, Reliable Broadband a Priority
16.   Heat-Trapping Carbon Dioxide in Air Hits New Record High
17.   WA Gov. Inslee’s Emergency Orders within His Authority, Court Commissioner Says
18.   Washington State Gets Back $333 Million in Stolen Unemployment Benefits - With More to Recover
19.   Washington State Reports 245 New COVID-19 Cases & Three Deaths Thursday
20.   U.S. Unemployment Drops Unexpectedly to a Still-High 13.3%
21.   Alcoa Begins Laying Off Workers at Its Ferndale Aluminum Plant Ahead of Schedule

WORD OF THE DAY

Banshee • \BAN-shee\ • Noun - A female spirit in Gaelic folklore whose appearance or wailing warns a family that one of them will soon die

The small-town newspaper’s music editor faced a dilemma. He wanted to be truthful, but he also did not want to alienate the 1,000 readers of the broadsheet. Therefore, he crumpled the typewritten first draft of his story titled “Local Band Named ‘The Banshees’ Appropriately Named: You Will Want to Die.” His new draft bore the headline “Unique Sounds from Local Band.”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Congressman Kilmer Comments on Snake River Dams (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, Wa)

2.      Spokane Fire, Avista Crews Investigating Vault Fire Leading to Power Outages in Downtown Spokane Buildings (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

3.      Jefferson PUD Approves Routine Telecommuting Policy (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

4.      Fight Over New Mexico Nuke Waste Plan Lands in DC Circuit (Courthouse News Service)

5.      Massachusetts Attorney General Urges State Examine Shift from Natural Gas Heating (Utility Dive)

FISH & WILDLIFE


ENVIRONMENTAL AFFLATUS – CLEAN UP ON AISLE THREE

7.      Death of the Giants: Forests Getting Shorter, Younger, in Northwest & Elsewhere (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

8.      British Columbia Vastly Overestimates Size of Its Old-Growth Forest, Independent Researchers Say (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

WATER, WATER, ANYWHERE?

9.      Yakima Basin Water Supply for Irrigators Holds Steady for June (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

10.   Oregon’s PacWave Aims to Jump-Start US Marine Energy Market (GreenTech Media

11.   Salt River Project Seeking Information on Projects for Up to 500 MW of Wind Power (American Public Power Association)

12.   Glare Study? – Omaha Utility’s Solar Plan Collides with Suburban Development Aspirations (Energy News Network)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

13.   Small ISP Cancels Data Caps Permanently After Reviewing Pandemic Usage (Ars Technica)

14.   5G Conspiracy Idiots Now Threatening Telecom Workers That Don’t Even Work in Wireless (TechDirt)

15.   Op/Ed: Congress Must Make Access to Affordable, Reliable Broadband a Priority (The Hill, Washington, DC)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

16.   Heat-Trapping Carbon Dioxide in Air Hits New Record High (Associated Press)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

17.   WA Gov. Inslee’s Emergency Orders within His Authority, Court Commissioner Says (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

18.   Washington State Gets Back $333 Million in Stolen Unemployment Benefits - With More to Recover (Associated Press)

SICKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

19.   Washington State Reports 245 New COVID-19 Cases & Three Deaths Thursday (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

20.   U.S. Unemployment Drops Unexpectedly to a Still-High 13.3% (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

21.   Alcoa Begins Laying Off Workers at Its Ferndale Aluminum Plant Ahead of Schedule (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

D.C. Mayor Bowser Has ‘Black Lives Matter’ Painted on Street Leading to White House

Giant Asteroid to Zip Toward Earth This Weekend. But Don’t Freak Out.

On Sad Anniversary, Few to Mourn the D-Day Dead in Normandy

Masks Blossom Among Roses at French Perfume Capital

SONG OF THE DAY

Jim Reeves - Roses Are Red My Love

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Energy News Digest for June 4, 2020



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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Port Angeles City Council Co-Signs Snake River Dam Letter Supporting Breaching (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Bonneville Power Administration Releases Comprehensive Wildfire Mitigation Plan (Bonneville Power Administration)

Energy-Efficiency Industry Group Presses for Tax Credits (Roll Call)

Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Will Be Large This Summer, Scientists Predict (NY Times)

Frontier Users Must Pay “Rental” Fee for Equipment They Own Until December (Ars Technica)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.        Port Angeles City Council Co-Signs Snake River Dam Letter Supporting Breaching
2.        Bonneville Power Administration Releases Comprehensive Wildfire Mitigation Plan
3.        June 13 Planned Outage – Mason PUD 1 & PUD 3 Customers to be Affected by Bonneville Power Administration Maintenance Work
4.        Idaho: Fall River Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meeting Goes Virtual
5.        Op/Ed: Ferndale’s Smelter Workers Deserve Federal Aid
6.        Public Power Utilities Are Being Thoughtful, Deliberate in Pandemic Re-Entry: Waterhouse
7.        Over Six Tons of Carp Removed from Moses Lake
8.        Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Will Be Large This Summer, Scientists Predict
9.        Epidemic of Wipes & Masks Plague Sewers, Storm Drains
10.     Utilities Stay Silent on Proposal to Federalize Net Metering as States Call It a ‘Threat’ to Solar Policy
11.     Energy-Efficiency Industry Group Presses for Tax Credits
12.     Frontier Users Must Pay “Rental” Fee for Equipment They Own Until December
13.     Local Broadband is the Solution to Paucity of Access in United States, Say Panelists at Merit Network Webinar
14.     Why Does the FCC Support Data Caps?
15.     Clark County’s Cannabis Industry Starts Growing Like a Weed
16.     Six Counties Apply to Move to Phase 3 of COVID-19 Recovery
17.     Washington’s Smallest Counties Will Lead Way into Next Phase of Reopening Economy
18.     Seattle Fishing Trawler Docked After 85 Crew Members Test Positive for COVID-10
19.     Washington State Lawsuit Alleges Price-Fixing by StarKist & Rival Tuna Conglomerates
20.     The Coast Is Clear-ing: Tourist Lodgings Reopening Along Oregon & Washington State Shores

WORD OF THE DAY

Draconian \drack-CONE-ee-un\ Adjective - of, relating to, or characteristic of Draco or the severe code of laws held to have been framed by him 2: cruel; also: severe

“I know that you’re upset about thefts from the lunchroom ‘fridge,” whined the CEO’s assistant. “I think that blood tests and retina scans to get into the icebox are a little draconian.”

Draco was the first legislator of ancient Athens, Greece, 7th century BC. He replaced the prevailing system of oral law & blood feud by a written code to be enforced only by a court. Because of its harshness, this code also gave rise to the term “draconian”.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Port Angeles City Council Co-Signs Snake River Dam Letter Supporting Breaching (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

2.      Bonneville Power Administration Releases Comprehensive Wildfire Mitigation Plan (Bonneville Power Administration)

3.      June 13 Planned Outage – Mason PUD 1 & PUD 3 Customers to be Affected by Bonneville Power Administration Maintenance Work (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

4.      Idaho: Fall River Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meeting Goes Virtual (Teton Valley News, Driggs, ID)

5.      Op/Ed: Ferndale’s Smelter Workers Deserve Federal Aid (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

6.      Public Power Utilities Are Being Thoughtful, Deliberate in Pandemic Re-Entry: Waterhouse (American Public Power Association)

FISH & WILDLIFE

7.      Over Six Tons of Carp Removed from Moses Lake (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFLATUS – CLEAN UP ON AISLE THREE

8.      Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Will Be Large This Summer, Scientists Predict (NY Times)

9.      Epidemic of Wipes & Masks Plague Sewers, Storm Drains (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

10.   Utilities Stay Silent on Proposal to Federalize Net Metering as States Call It a ‘Threat’ to Solar Policy (Utility Dive)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

11.   Energy-Efficiency Industry Group Presses for Tax Credits (Roll Call)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

12.   Frontier Users Must Pay “Rental” Fee for Equipment They Own Until December (Ars Technica)

13.   Local Broadband is the Solution to Paucity of Access in United States, Say Panelists at Merit Network Webinar (Broadband Breakfast)

14.   Why Does the FCC Support Data Caps? (Pots & Pans)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

15.   Clark County’s Cannabis Industry Starts Growing Like a Weed (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

SICKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

16.   Six Counties Apply to Move to Phase 3 of COVID-19 Recovery (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

17.   Washington’s Smallest Counties Will Lead Way into Next Phase of Reopening Economy (Northwest News Network)

18.   Seattle Fishing Trawler Docked After 85 Crew Members Test Positive for COVID-10 (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

19.   Washington State Lawsuit Alleges Price-Fixing by StarKist & Rival Tuna Conglomerates (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

20.   The Coast Is Clear-ing: Tourist Lodgings Reopening Along Oregon & Washington State Shores (Northwest News Network)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Looters Drive Off With $90,000 Muscle Cars in San Leandro Over Weekend, Police Say

Police: Man Faked Wife’s Disappearance So She’d Avoid Prison

Banana, Bean Cake & Fertilizer Stunts in Hong Kong’s Legislature

Ring Found in Package of Beans Returned to Grocery Store Worker

SONG OF THE DAY

The Beach Boys – 409

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Energy News Digest for June 3, 2020


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Planned Umatilla Electric Cooperative Transmission Line Draws Opposition (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

Google Faces $5 Billion Lawsuit in U.S. for Tracking 'Private' Internet Use (Reuters)

Puget Sound Energy Moves Quickly to Implement Clean Energy Law – Thanks To BPA Hydro & PUD Renewable Gas (The Lens)

For the Yakama Nation, Saving a River Means Saving the Sturgeon (NY Times)

Washington Eviction Moratorium Extended Until August 1 (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.        Planned Umatilla Electric Cooperative Transmission Line Draws Opposition
2.        Puget Sound Energy Moves Quickly to Implement Clean Energy Law – Thanks To BPA Hydro & PUD Renewable Gas
3.        Grant PUD Refinances Some Debt
4.        The 3 Key Challenges to Expanding the West's Real-Time Energy Market to Day-Ahead Trading
5.        Oregon: Canby Then Shines Light on City’s Electric History
6.        Op/Ed: The New Reality – Don’t Ignore the Black Swan Events
7.        For the Yakama Nation, Saving a River Means Saving the Sturgeon
8.        Warming Waters Could Put Rare, Fragile Glass Sponge Reefs at Risk, UBC Researcher Says
9.        The Air Inside Your Home May Be More Polluted Than You Think
10.     U.S. Residential Energy Storage Posts Record Quarter – COVID-19 Threat Looms: Report
11.     The Future of Solar Is Double-Sided Panels that Follow the Sun
12.     As Utility Solar Costs Drop 82%, US Renewable Leaders Target Majority Generation Share by 2030
13.     Chelan PUD and LocalTel Offer Lower Cost Internet Option
14.     Congressional Leaders: Invest in Broadband, Domestic Supply Chains to Restore Economy
15.     Google Faces $5 Billion Lawsuit in U.S. for Tracking 'Private' Internet Use
16.     Zoom Booms as Pandemic Drives Millions to Its Video Service
17.     House Democrats Roll Out $500B Green Transportation Infrastructure Bill
18.     Study: Climate Change, Industry Harming Old-Growth Forests
19.     How The Internet Transformed Climate Activism
20.     Washington Eviction Moratorium Extended Until August 1
21.     Governors Warn Congressional Leaders of Billion-Dollar Shortfalls Due to Coronavirus
22.     Mason County Looking at Phase 3 for COVID-19 Recovery
23.     Health Officials Worried About New Cases Of COVID-19 Due to Protests
24.     County Extending Building Permits Due to COVID-19
25.     Harrison Medical Center No Longer: Hospital Changes Its Name to St. Michael
26.     Climate Prediction Center – Latest Summer Weather Outlook

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES


2.      Puget Sound Energy Moves Quickly to Implement Clean Energy Law – Thanks To BPA Hydro & PUD Renewable Gas (The Lens)

3.      Grant PUD Refinances Some Debt (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

4.      The 3 Key Challenges to Expanding the West's Real-Time Energy Market to Day-Ahead Trading (Utility Dive)

5.      Oregon: Canby Then Shines Light on City’s Electric History (Canby Now, OR)

6.      Op/Ed: The New Reality – Don’t Ignore the Black Swan Events (Power Magazine)

FISH & WILDLIFE

7.      For the Yakama Nation, Saving a River Means Saving the Sturgeon (NY Times)

8.      Warming Waters Could Put Rare, Fragile Glass Sponge Reefs at Risk, UBC Researcher Says (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFLATUS – CLEAN UP ON AISLE THREE

9.      The Air Inside Your Home May Be More Polluted Than You Think (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

10.   U.S. Residential Energy Storage Posts Record Quarter – COVID-19 Threat Looms: Report (Utility Dive)

11.   The Future of Solar Is Double-Sided Panels that Follow the Sun (Gizmodo)

12.   As Utility Solar Costs Drop 82%, US Renewable Leaders Target Majority Generation Share by 2030 (Utility Dive)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS


14.   Congressional Leaders: Invest in Broadband, Domestic Supply Chains to Restore Economy (USA Today)

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

15.   Google Faces $5 Billion Lawsuit in U.S. for Tracking 'Private' Internet Use (Reuters)

16.   Zoom Booms as Pandemic Drives Millions to Its Video Service (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

17.   House Democrats Roll Out $500B Green Transportation Infrastructure Bill (The Hill, Washington, DC)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

18.   Study: Climate Change, Industry Harming Old-Growth Forests (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

19.   How The Internet Transformed Climate Activism (Grist Online)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

20.   Washington Eviction Moratorium Extended Until August 1 (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

21.   Governors Warn Congressional Leaders of Billion-Dollar Shortfalls Due to Coronavirus (Los Angeles Times, CA)

SICKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

22.   Mason County Looking at Phase 3 for COVID-19 Recovery (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

23.   Health Officials Worried About New Cases Of COVID-19 Due to Protests (KIRO News, Seattle, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

24.   County Extending Building Permits Due to COVID-19 (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

25.   Harrison Medical Center No Longer: Hospital Changes Its Name to St. Michael (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

26.   Climate Prediction Center – Latest Summer Weather Outlook (The Everett Post, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Foe of ‘Tiger King’ Zookeeper Granted Oklahoma Property

Scientists Learn How Tiny Critters Make Ocean 'Snot Palaces'

Looters Burned Her Business, Then a Complete Stranger Stepped in to Help

Lost Monument of Early Maya Civilization Discovered in Mexico

SONG OF THE DAY

George Harrison – Crackerbox Palace

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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