Friday, October 20, 2017

Energy News Digest for October 20, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS



What This Coming Winter Has in Store for the United States (Gizmodo)

HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Turning Broadband Access into a Social Movement – Solutions to the digital divide won’t come from Washington but from our own backyards (The Nation)

Briefs Filed Opposing Irrigators’ Request for Juvenile Salmon Transportation/Spill Hearing (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Are Farm-Raised Salmon a ‘Pollutant’? (Crosscut Seattle)

Company from Whitefish, Montana, helping put Puerto Rican power grid back on line (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

EPA Scrubs Climate Change Website of ‘Climate Change’ (NY Times)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Company from Whitefish, Montana, Helping Put Puerto Rican Power Grid Back On Line
  • Puerto Ricans Ask: When Will the Lights Come Back On?
  • Customers Are Owed $1 Billion over Failed South Carolina Nuke Project, Ratepayer Advocate Says
  • Seattle City Light CEO May Lose His Bonus for Good
  • Op/Ed: Failure to Adequately Regulate California Utilities Helped Fuel Wildfires
  • Bird’s Nest May Have Sparked Outage in Peshastin
  • Grays Harbor PUD Reminder: Stay Away from Downed Power Lines
  • Photo: Northern Wasco PUD Getting Electrical Grid Ready for Winter
  • Leave BPA? Berken Challenges Schiller for McCleary’s Top Seat
  • Ravalli Electric Co-Op Observes National Co-Op Month
  • Utilities Celebrate Public Power Week through a Variety of Activities
  • FERC Sets Rules to Protect Grid from Malware Spread through Laptops
  • Winter Reliability Strong, Regional Transmission Organizations Tell FERC – Undermining DOE NOPR Justification
  • Briefs Filed Opposing Irrigators’ Request for Juvenile Salmon Transportation/Spill Hearing
  • Are Farm-Raised Salmon a ‘Pollutant’?
  • South Fork Flathead Westslope Cutthroat Project Receives Award of Excellence
  • Backyard Bird Feeders May Be Altering the Course of Evolution
  • 23,000 Gallons of Stormwater, Sewage Flow into Willamette River
  • LED Lighting Boosts Northwest Energy Savings in 2016
  • Report: Less Than 1/3 of Utility Customers Enroll in Energy Management Programs
  • EPA Scrubs Climate Change Website of ‘Climate Change’
  • EPA Abandons Changes to U-S Biofuel Program after Lawmaker Pressure
  • Rocket Tests & Wind Farms – Jeff Bezos Had More on His Mind Today Than Just Who Wants to Host an Amazon HQ
  • Turning Broadband Access into a Social Movement
  • Seattle Reconsiders Municipal Broadband, & Comcast is Nervous
  • FCC to Unveil Net Neutrality Killing Plan on Thanksgiving
  • FERC to Consider NERC’s Proposed Cybersecurity Standards
  • Patent Trolls, Big Pharma Try to Use Native Tribes to Skirt Patent Review
  • Video: Meet the Young Woman Behind the ‘Chinstagram’ Trend
  • Six Steps for Organizing Your Messy Photo Library
  • Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  • Forests Most Likely to Burn Would Be Thinned under Cantwell Proposal That’s Backed by Idaho’s Senators
  • Washington State Public Lands Commissioner to Unveil 20-Year Wildfire Prevention Plan
  • 35th District Rep. MacEwen Named To Joint Committee on Veterans’ & Military Affairs
  • You Survived Rounds 1 & 2 of Rain. Ready for Round 3?
  • Third Round of Heavy Rain Raises Potential for Mudslides
  • Flood Watch Issued for Weekend
  • Columbia River Gorge: Charges Filed against 15-Year-Old Boy in Eagle Creek Fire
  • Boeing Weighs Urgent Plans to Double 767 Production for a Big Buyer – Is It United Airlines?
WORD OF THE DAY

Succinct • \suk-SINKT\ • Adjective – Marked by compact precise expression without wasted words.

“I AM KIROK,” howled James T. Kirk. Can’t get much more succinct than that.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Company from Whitefish, Montana, Helping Put Puerto Rican Power Grid Back On Line (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Puerto Ricans Ask: When Will the Lights Come Back On? (NY Times)

Customers Are Owed $1 Billion over Failed South Carolina Nuke Project, Ratepayer Advocate Says (Utility Dive)

Seattle City Light CEO May Lose His Bonus for Good (Crosscut Seattle)

Op/Ed: Failure to Adequately Regulate California Utilities Helped Fuel Wildfires (SF Chronicle)

Bird’s Nest May Have Sparked Outage in Peshastin (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

Grays Harbor PUD Reminder: Stay Away from Downed Power Lines (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Photo: Northern Wasco PUD Getting Electrical Grid Ready for Winter (The Dalles Chronicle, OR)

Leave BPA? Berken Challenges Schiller for McCleary’s Top Seat (Montesano Vidette, WA)

Ravalli Electric Co-Op Observes National Co-Op Month (Ravalli Republic, MT)

Utilities Celebrate Public Power Week through a Variety of Activities (American Public Power Association)

FERC Sets Rules to Protect Grid from Malware Spread through Laptops (Washington Examiner)

Winter Reliability Strong, Regional Transmission Organizations Tell FERC – Undermining DOE NOPR Justification (Utility Dive)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Briefs Filed Opposing Irrigators’ Request for Juvenile Salmon Transportation/Spill Hearing (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Are Farm-Raised Salmon a ‘Pollutant’? (Crosscut Seattle)

South Fork Flathead Westslope Cutthroat Project Receives Award of Excellence (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Backyard Bird Feeders May Be Altering the Course of Evolution (Gizmodo)

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOT LOCKER

23,000 Gallons of Stormwater, Sewage Flow into Willamette River (Oregonian, Portland)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

LED Lighting Boosts Northwest Energy Savings in 2016 (Northwest Power & Conservation Council)

Report: Less Than 1/3 of Utility Customers Enroll in Energy Management Programs (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

EPA Scrubs Climate Change Website of ‘Climate Change’ (NY Times)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

EPA Abandons Changes to U-S Biofuel Program after Lawmaker Pressure (Reuters)

Rocket Tests & Wind Farms – Jeff Bezos Had More on His Mind Today Than Just Who Wants to Host an Amazon HQ (Washington Post)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Turning Broadband Access into a Social Movement – Solutions to the digital divide won’t come from Washington but from our own backyards (The Nation)

Seattle Reconsiders Municipal Broadband, & Comcast is Nervous (Broadband Reports)

FCC to Unveil Net Neutrality Killing Plan on Thanksgiving (Broadband Reports)

FERC to Consider NERC’s Proposed Cybersecurity Standards (Utility Dive)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

Patent Trolls, Big Pharma Try to Use Native Tribes to Skirt Patent Review (Consumerist)

Video: Meet the Young Woman Behind the ‘Chinstagram’ Trend (Mashable)

Six Steps for Organizing Your Messy Photo Library (USA Today)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Forests Most Likely to Burn Would Be Thinned under Cantwell Proposal That’s Backed by Idaho’s Senators (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Washington State Public Lands Commissioner to Unveil 20-Year Wildfire Prevention Plan (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

35th District Rep. MacEwen Named To Joint Committee on Veterans’ & Military Affairs (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

You Survived Rounds 1 & 2 of Rain. Ready for Round 3? (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Third Round of Heavy Rain Raises Potential for Mudslides (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Flood Watch Issued for Weekend (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Columbia River Gorge: Charges Filed against 15-Year-Old Boy in Eagle Creek Fire (Oregonian, Portland)

Boeing Weighs Urgent Plans to Double 767 Production for a Big Buyer – Is It United Airlines? (Chicago Business Journal, IL)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Houston High School Apologizes for Poorly Photoshopping Homecoming Queen’s Purple Hair

Here’s a (Crazy?) Plan to Bribe Crows to Clean Up Cigarette Butts

Here’s How the Dog Who Protected Goats & Deer during Fire Is Faring

Couple Discovers Message-In-A-Bottle Written in 1988

SONG OF THE DAY

Love & Kisses - Thank God It’s Friday

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Energy News Digest for October 19, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS



HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Wednesday Storm Leaves Thousands in Western Washington State without Electricity (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

Pacific Gas & Electric Faces First Lawsuit over Wine Country Wildfires (Courthouse News Service)

Report Shows 5,000 Homes Would Be Underwater Across Puget Sound If Sea Levels Rise Six Feet (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Washington State Unemployment Rate Unchanged in September (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Shelton Mayor May Have Violated Public Disclosure Law With Comments Opposing Prop. 1 (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Wednesday Storm Leaves Thousands in Western Washington State without Electricity
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Faces First Lawsuit over Wine Country Wildfires
  • Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative Plans $4 Rate Increase in November
  • Western Energy Imbalance Market Accrues $40 Million in Benefits for Members in Q3, Says California Grid Operator
  • Bipartisan Group of Former FERC Commissioners Reject Energy Secretary’s Bid to Help Coal Plants
  • Sierra Club: DOE Cost Recovery Rule Could Cost Consumers Billions in Higher Bills
  • The Storm(s) After the Calm
  • Bill Would Void Court Order on Pacific Northwest Salmon Recovery
  • Big Solar Wants to Help Fix California `Duck Curve’ Dilemma
  • Video: Wind Turbine Technician Is the Fastest-Growing Job in America
  • Report Shows 5,000 Homes Would Be Underwater Across Puget Sound If Sea Levels Rise Six Feet
  • The Race to Save Coffee
  • U-S Senator Schumer Says Broadband Downgrade Would Be a Detriment
  • Cable Providers Hiking Cost of Broadband in Face of Cord-Cutting
  • Acquired Frontier Customers Say They’re Still Being Overcharged
  • Facebook Bug Puts Pittsburgh Users in Philadelphia for a Day
  • Three YouTube Video Optimization Tips for Marketers
  • Washington State Senate Race Breaks Spending Record
  • Google Will Testify Before Congress with Facebook & Twitter, Too
  • Washington State Unemployment Rate Unchanged in September
  • Shelton Mayor May Have Violated Public Disclosure Law With Comments Opposing Prop. 1
  • Domestic Violence Shelter Working for North Mason Location
  • Another Warm Winter Forecast for Swath of the U-S, Colder in the Pacific Northwest
WORD OF THE DAY

Antebellum • \ANT-i-bell-um\ • adjective – Existing before a war; especially: existing before the American Civil War. Etymology: Latin ante bellum before the war

Sitting on the front porch of the antebellum mansion in Mississippi, Beauregard thought dreamily of his old home in the far north of Saskatchewan. “Somewhere near Uranium City,” he mused, “a small child is being carried away by a hungry mosquito. Here, the bugs are so laid back that they just expect you to offer a meaty arm or well-turned ankle for their consideration.”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Wednesday Storm Leaves Thousands in Western Washington State without Electricity (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

Pacific Gas & Electric Faces First Lawsuit over Wine Country Wildfires (Courthouse News Service)

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative Plans $4 Rate Increase in November (Blue Mountain Eagle, John Day, OR)

Western Energy Imbalance Market Accrues $40 Million in Benefits for Members in Q3, Says California Grid Operator (Utility Dive)

Bipartisan Group of Former FERC Commissioners Reject Energy Secretary’s Bid to Help Coal Plants (Washington Post)

Sierra Club: DOE Cost Recovery Rule Could Cost Consumers Billions in Higher Bills (Utility Dive)

The Storm(s) After the Calm (American Public Power Association)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Bill Would Void Court Order on Pacific Northwest Salmon Recovery (Idaho Mountain Express, Ketchum, ID)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Big Solar Wants to Help Fix California `Duck Curve’ Dilemma (Bloomberg News)

Video: Wind Turbine Technician Is the Fastest-Growing Job in America (USA Today)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Report Shows 5,000 Homes Would Be Underwater Across Puget Sound If Sea Levels Rise Six Feet (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

The Race to Save Coffee (Washington Post)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

U-S Senator Schumer Says Broadband Downgrade Would Be a Detriment (Herkimer Times-Telegraph, NY)

Cable Providers Hiking Cost of Broadband in Face of Cord-Cutting (Consumerist)

Acquired Frontier Customers Say They’re Still Being Overcharged (Broadband Reports)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

Facebook Bug Puts Pittsburgh Users in Philadelphia for a Day (Associated Press)

Three YouTube Video Optimization Tips for Marketers (Social Media Examiner)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Washington State Senate Race Breaks Spending Record (Northwest Public Radio)

Google Will Testify Before Congress with Facebook & Twitter, Too (Mashable)

GENERAL NEWS

Washington State Unemployment Rate Unchanged in September (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Shelton Mayor May Have Violated Public Disclosure Law With Comments Opposing Prop. 1 (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Domestic Violence Shelter Working for North Mason Location (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Another Warm Winter Forecast for Swath of the U-S, Colder in the Pacific Northwest (Associated Press)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Sheriff’s Cadet Uses Dad’s Patrol Car to Pull Over His Ex

Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Painting Soviet Monuments to Look Like American Superheroes

Da Vinci Portrait of Christ Expected to Fetch $100 Million at Auction

Sweet Surrender: Detroit-Area Man Arrested with Doughnuts

SONG OF THE DAY

Al Stewart – Roads to Moscow

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Energy News Digest for October 18, 2017

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Wind Advisory for Puget Sound, High Wind Warning for Everett North (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Thousands without Power as Windstorm Batters British Columbia (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Power Lines & Electrical Equipment a Leading Cause of California Wildfires (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Stormwater Pollution in Puget Sound Streams Killing Coho Before They Can Spawn (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

E-Rate: Verizon to Pay $17.7 Million to Resolve School Broadband Probe (NASDAQ)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Thousands without Power as Windstorm Batters British Columbia
  • Power Lines & Electrical Equipment a Leading Cause of California Wildfires
  • Coal Company, Railroads Line Up against Spokane Measure
  • Overtime Bumps Seattle City Light Workers to Top of Highest Paid City Employee List
  • New Pacific PUD Boss Starts with Rate Hike
  • Company to Retire Texas Coal-Fired Plants, Cites Market Conditions
  • A Move from Natural Gas to Electricity for Homes
  • How Leading Utilities Cut Costs While Investing in the Future
  • Defending Against Outages: Squirrel Tracker
  • Stormwater Pollution in Puget Sound Streams Killing Coho Before They Can Spawn
  • Video: Scotland to Unveil World’s First Floating Wind Farm
  • Op/Ed: Energy Efficiency as a Resource: The Power of Getting More from Less
  • Who’s Buying What When It Comes to Marijuana in Washington State
  • Volvo Unveils a Whole New Brand for High-Performance Electric Vehicles
  • E-Rate: Verizon to Pay $17.7 Million to Resolve School Broadband Probe
  • Google Fiber Is Lighting Up Its First Louisville Neighborhoods Today
  • Small Cable Companies Blame Comcast for Their High Prices
  • ISP Lobbyists Fight Plan to Improve Broadband Availability Maps
  • Twitter Vows New Crackdown on Hateful, Abusive Tweets
  • Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites
  • Trade Talks with Canada & Mexico Dissolve in Harsh Words
  • President Reverses Course, Rejects Alexander-Murray Deal on Health Care Subsidies
  • Wind Advisory for Puget Sound, High Wind Warning for Everett North
  • Shelton Police Arrest Convicted Sex Offender after Child Molestation Investigation
  • Search for Missing Bremerton Woman in Mason County Called Off
  • How Amazon’s Boom Brought Growing Pains to Seattle
WORD OF THE DAY

Jitney • \JIT-nee\ • Noun – 1: bus; especially: a small bus that carries passengers over a regular route on a flexible schedule 2: an unlicensed taxicab

The decrepit, overloaded jitney huffed and puffed as it made its way up the “Going to the Sun Highway”

ORIGIN STORY: The original jitneys weren’t worth a dime—just a nickel. In the early 1900s, “jitney” was slang for “nickel”, but it wasn’t long before the term was applied to a new mode of public transportation that only cost a nickel.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Thousands without Power as Windstorm Batters British Columbia (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Power Lines & Electrical Equipment a Leading Cause of California Wildfires (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Coal Company, Railroads Line Up against Spokane Measure (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

Overtime Bumps Seattle City Light Workers to Top of Highest Paid City Employee List (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

New Pacific PUD Boss Starts with Rate Hike (Chinook Observer, Long Beach, WA)

Company to Retire Texas Coal-Fired Plants, Cites Market Conditions (American Public Power Association)

A Move from Natural Gas to Electricity for Homes (Marketplace)

How Leading Utilities Cut Costs While Investing in the Future (Forbes Magazine)

Defending Against Outages: Squirrel Tracker (American Public Power Association)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Stormwater Pollution in Puget Sound Streams Killing Coho Before They Can Spawn (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Video: Scotland to Unveil World’s First Floating Wind Farm (Mashable)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Op/Ed: Energy Efficiency as a Resource: The Power of Getting More from Less (Utility Dive)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Who’s Buying What When It Comes to Marijuana in Washington State (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

Volvo Unveils a Whole New Brand for High-Performance Electric Vehicles (Mashable)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

E-Rate: Verizon to Pay $17.7 Million to Resolve School Broadband Probe (NASDAQ)

Google Fiber Is Lighting Up Its First Louisville Neighborhoods Today (Louisville Business First, KY)

Small Cable Companies Blame Comcast for Their High Prices (Consumerist)

ISP Lobbyists Fight Plan to Improve Broadband Availability Maps (Broadband Reports)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

Twitter Vows New Crackdown on Hateful, Abusive Tweets (Associated Press)

Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites (NY Times)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Trade Talks with Canada & Mexico Dissolve in Harsh Words (Washington Post)

President Reverses Course, Rejects Alexander-Murray Deal on Health Care Subsidies (USA Today)

GENERAL NEWS

Wind Advisory for Puget Sound, High Wind Warning for Everett North (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Shelton Police Arrest Convicted Sex Offender after Child Molestation Investigation (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Search for Missing Bremerton Woman in Mason County Called Off (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

How Amazon’s Boom Brought Growing Pains to Seattle (Christian Science Monitor)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Man Vows He’s Penniless in Court; Deputies Find $4K on Him

World’s Strongest Man Casually Bends Frying Pan, Lifts BBC Presenter over His Head

Baltimore Getting Aggressive in Fight against Fatberg Clogging City Sewer

‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant from Lacey Wins with Just $1

SONG OF THE DAY

Bing Crosby – Brother Can You Spare a Dime

George Michael – Brother Can You Spare a Dime

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