Friday, May 26, 2017

Energy News Digest for May 26, 2017

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Bonneville Power Administration’s Transmission Divestiture Would Drive Up Rates (Idaho Falls Post-Register, ID)

Oregon, California Governors Seek Klamath Salmon Disaster Aid after Second Bad Year (Associated Press)

SolarWorld Joins Trade Case Alleging Chinese Abuses (Oregonian, Portland)

Experts: 84% Chance of Pacific Northwest Quake in Next 50 Years (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Douglas County PUD GM Bill Dobbins Retires, Gary Ivory to Step in (NCW Life, East Wenatchee, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

  • Bonneville Power Administration’s Transmission Divestiture Would Drive Up Rates
  • Trump Proposal to Sell-Off Bonneville Power Assets Could Impact Intalco, Raise Rates
  • Op/Ed: President Trump’s Budget Targets Affordable, Reliable Power
  • Douglas County PUD GM Bill Dobbins Retires, Gary Ivory to Step in
  • Where to Park Wall Street’s Infrastructure Billions
  • Cowlitz PUD Earns National Safety Award
  • Murkowski Urges Democrats Not to Blame Energy Nominees for Trump’s Budget
  • U-S Senators Defend State Energy Policies in Confirmation Hearing for FERC, DOE Nominees
  • Lisa Murkowski Looks to Resurrect Energy Bill This Year
  • Florida Firm Sends Angola a $45 Million Electric Bill
  • Oregon, California Governors Seek Klamath Salmon Disaster Aid after Second Bad Year
  • A Third of the Nation’s Honeybee Colonies Died Last Year. Why You Should Care
  • Whale on Grays Harbor Beach Will Be Left to Rot
  • New Restaurant Hit with $300K Water Bill Before Doors Even Opened
  • SolarWorld Joins Trade Case Alleging Chinese Abuses
  • Lights Out! Eclipse to Cut Solar Power in California
  • Utility Rebates, Programs Drive Satisfaction - But Few Customers Participate, J.D. Power Finds
  • Efficiency Exchange 2017 Delivers Inspiration & Information
  • Is a Dishwasher More Efficient Than Washing by Hand?
  • Report: EPA Has Early Draft of Clean Power Plan Rollback
  • Probe Spots Massive Cyclones at the Poles of Jupiter
  • After 16-Year Fiber Expansion, Grant PUD Discusses How – or Whether – to Continue
  • Cordcutting Hits All-Time High as Cable TV Reaches New Lows in Popularity
  • Why It Took So Long for Data Centers to Discover New Mexico
  • Another Social Media Marketing Campaign Just Went Horribly Wrong
  • Local Social Media Marketing with Facebook & Instagram
  • Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  • WA State Senator Ericksen Is Out of the EPA – Says Work Done There Will Benefit His Constituents
  • Greg Gianforte, Montana Republican, Captures House Seat Despite Assault Charge
  • Appeals Court Will Not Reinstate President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban
  • Experts: 84% Chance of Pacific Northwest Quake in Next 50 Years
  • Leavenworth: Washington State Fire at Tourism Spot Mostly Contained
  • Washington State Agency Awards City of Shelton $50,000 for Emergency Road Repairs
  • Customer Service Reorganization at Shelton Civic Center
  • Oregon: New Population Estimates Put Bend among Nation’s Fastest-Growing Cities
  • Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Expected to Be Busy
  • Why Richard Sherman Can’t Let Go of Seattle’s Super Bowl Loss
WORD OF THE DAY

Lyceum • \LYE-see-um\ • noun – 1: a hall for public lectures or discussions 2: an association providing public lectures, concerts, and entertainments

Mortimer was aquiver with anticipation. His first meeting with the Edgar Rice Burroughs Lyceum Society was to cover all 26 Tarzan books written by the prolific author in 24 hours. The tedium of the recycled story lines was only moderated by the lurid and turgid prose generated by one of the best pulp adventure fiction writers in history.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Bonneville Power Administration’s Transmission Divestiture Would Drive Up Rates (Idaho Falls Post-Register, ID)

Trump Proposal to Sell-Off Bonneville Power Assets Could Impact Intalco, Raise Rates (Bellingham Herald, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Op/Ed: President Trump’s Budget Targets Affordable, Reliable Power (The Hill, Washington, DC)

Douglas County PUD GM Bill Dobbins Retires, Gary Ivory to Step in (NCW Life, East Wenatchee, WA)

Where to Park Wall Street’s Infrastructure Billions (Bloomberg News)

Cowlitz PUD Earns National Safety Award (Longview Daily News, WA)

Murkowski Urges Democrats Not to Blame Energy Nominees for Trump’s Budget (Washington Examiner)

U-S Senators Defend State Energy Policies in Confirmation Hearing for FERC, DOE Nominees (Utility Dive)

Lisa Murkowski Looks to Resurrect Energy Bill This Year (Washington Examiner)

Florida Firm Sends Angola a $45 Million Electric Bill (Courthouse News Service)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Oregon, California Governors Seek Klamath Salmon Disaster Aid after Second Bad Year (Associated Press)

A Third of the Nation’s Honeybee Colonies Died Last Year. Why You Should Care (USA Today)

Whale on Grays Harbor Beach Will Be Left to Rot (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

New Restaurant Hit with $300K Water Bill Before Doors Even Opened (Consumerist)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

SolarWorld Joins Trade Case Alleging Chinese Abuses (Oregonian, Portland)

Lights Out! Eclipse to Cut Solar Power in California (SF Chronicle)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Utility Rebates, Programs Drive Satisfaction - But Few Customers Participate, J.D. Power Finds (Electric Energy Online)

Efficiency Exchange 2017 Delivers Inspiration & Information (Bonneville Power Administration)

Is a Dishwasher More Efficient Than Washing by Hand? (USA Today)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Report: EPA Has Early Draft of Clean Power Plan Rollback (Utility Dive)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – DRIVING ON SUNSHINE

Probe Spots Massive Cyclones at the Poles of Jupiter (Christian Science Monitor)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

After 16-Year Fiber Expansion, Grant PUD Discusses How – or Whether – to Continue (Government Technology)

Cordcutting Hits All-Time High as Cable TV Reaches New Lows in Popularity (Gizmodo)

Why It Took So Long for Data Centers to Discover New Mexico (Albuquerque Business First, NM)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Another Social Media Marketing Campaign Just Went Horribly Wrong (Mashable)

Local Social Media Marketing with Facebook & Instagram (Social Media Examiner)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

WA State Senator Ericksen Is Out of the EPA – Says Work Done There Will Benefit His Constituents (Bellingham Herald, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Greg Gianforte, Montana Republican, Captures House Seat Despite Assault Charge (NY Times)

Appeals Court Will Not Reinstate President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban (NY Times)

GENERAL NEWS

Experts: 84% Chance of Pacific Northwest Quake in Next 50 Years (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Leavenworth: Washington State Fire at Tourism Spot Mostly Contained (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Washington State Agency Awards City of Shelton $50,000 for Emergency Road Repairs (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Customer Service Reorganization at Shelton Civic Center (Mason Web-TV, Shelton, WA)

Oregon: New Population Estimates Put Bend among Nation’s Fastest-Growing Cities (Oregonian, Portland)

Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Expected to Be Busy (NY Times)

Why Richard Sherman Can’t Let Go of Seattle’s Super Bowl Loss (ESPN)

BEARS IN THE BAKERY – DIVERSIONS

Bear Who Ripped Bumper Off Doughnut Delivery Car Is All of Us

Woman Sues Jelly Belly Because She Thought Her Jelly Beans Were Sugar-Free

Longview: Installation of Squirrel Span Delayed

Remembering Miles Davis on His Birthday

SONG OF THE DAY

Miles Davis – Blue in Green

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Energy News Digest for May 25, 2017

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Editorial: Bonneville Power Administration Back on the Block – This Time, Sale of Transmission System Is Proposed (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

Industry Group Tries to Drop Out of Children’s Climate Lawsuit (Washington Post)

Residential Solar Industry in the United States Stumbles (Breaking Energy)

Fun at Grant PUD – Solar Cars Take to the Track (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Montana Republican Greg Gianforte, Charged with Assault, Awaits Fate in Vote (NY Times)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Editorial: Bonneville Power Administration Back on the Block – This Time, Sale of Transmission System Is Proposed
  • Trump Budget Proposal Would Sell Federal Transmission Assets
  • Power Hit in Downtown Portland Affected Operations in Southwest Washington
  • Natural Gas Boom, Cyber Threats Drive FERC's Need for Budget Boost
  • Oregon: Timber Company Plans Lawsuit Over Elliott Forest
  • Finances, Costs, Expansion – Mason County Commission Briefed on Belfair Sewer
  • Where NestlĂ© Guzzles Water, Michigan Neighbors Take Exception
  • Residential Solar Industry in the United States Stumbles
  • Nevada Assembly Clear Bill Boosting Renewables Mandate to 80% by 2040
  • Wine & Weed? Oregon Vineyards Try Pot Farming
  • Industry Group Tries to Drop Out of Children’s Climate Lawsuit
  • Looking for Trump’s Climate Policy? Try the Energy Department
  • Fun at Grant PUD – Solar Cars Take to the Track
  • Someone Impersonated Them to Slam the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules. Now They Want Answers
  • Before Twitter & Facebook, There Was Morse Code – Remembering Social Media’s True Inventor
  • Montana Republican Greg Gianforte, Charged with Assault, Awaits Fate in Vote
  • Tacoma: She Runs This Town Now. So Who Is Elizabeth Pauli?
  • Voters in Washington State Hated Trump & Clinton More Than in Any Other State
  • Taxing Muni Bonds: Excuses, Excuses, and More Excuses
  • Woman Dies after Fall from I-5 Overpass Onto Vehicle
  • Authorities Stress Water Safety during Sweltering, Sunny Memorial Day Weekend
  • Man Survives 1,000-Foot Fall into Oregon’s Crater Lake Caldera
  • Shelton City Leaders OK $30,000 for Peewee Reese League Baseball World Series
WORD OF THE DAY – HORRIBLE HAIKU EDITION

Conundrum • \kuh-NUN-drum\ • Noun - 1: a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun 2a: a question or problems having only a conjectural answer b: an intricate and difficult problem.

Cut, borrow, or tax
Congressional conundrum
The best we can do?


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Editorial: Bonneville Power Administration Back on the Block – This Time, Sale of Transmission System Is Proposed (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

Trump Budget Proposal Would Sell Federal Transmission Assets (American Public Power Association)

Power Hit in Downtown Portland Affected Operations in Southwest Washington (KATU-TV, Portland, OR

Natural Gas Boom, Cyber Threats Drive FERC's Need for Budget Boost (Washington Examiner)

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOT LOCKER

Oregon: Timber Company Plans Lawsuit Over Elliott Forest (Associated Press)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Finances, Costs, Expansion – Mason County Commission Briefed on Belfair Sewer (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Where Nestlé Guzzles Water, Michigan Neighbors Take Exception (NY Times)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Residential Solar Industry in the United States Stumbles (Breaking Energy)

Nevada Assembly Clear Bill Boosting Renewables Mandate to 80% by 2040 (Utility Dive)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Wine & Weed? Oregon Vineyards Try Pot Farming (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Industry Group Tries to Drop Out of Children’s Climate Lawsuit (Washington Post)

Looking for Trump’s Climate Policy? Try the Energy Department (NY Times)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – DRIVING ON SUNSHINE

Fun at Grant PUD – Solar Cars Take to the Track (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Someone Impersonated Them to Slam the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules. Now They Want Answers (Washington Post)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Before Twitter & Facebook, There Was Morse Code – Remembering Social Media’s True Inventor (Washington Post)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Montana Republican Greg Gianforte, Charged with Assault, Awaits Fate in Vote (NY Times)

Tacoma: She Runs This Town Now. So Who Is Elizabeth Pauli? (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Voters in Washington State Hated Trump & Clinton More Than in Any Other State (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Taxing Muni Bonds: Excuses, Excuses, and More Excuses (American Public Power Association)

GENERAL NEWS

Woman Dies after Fall from I-5 Overpass Onto Vehicle (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Authorities Stress Water Safety during Sweltering, Sunny Memorial Day Weekend (Oregonian, Portland)

Man Survives 1,000-Foot Fall into Oregon’s Crater Lake Caldera (Associated Press)

Shelton City Leaders OK $30,000 for Peewee Reese League Baseball World Series (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

HOGS (TO) HEAVEN – DIVERSIONS

Red Nose Day Is Today: What Exactly Is It?

'Spoon Bandit' Bathes in 1,500 Spoons He 'Stole' from School

Neil Armstrong’s Moon Bag Could Fetch $4 Million at Auction

Texas Wants You to Hunt Feral Hogs from Hot Air Balloons

SONG OF THE DAY

The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Energy News Digest for May 24, 2017

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

President Trump’s Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs (NY Times)

Puget Sound Energy Flames Bainbridge Public Power Study (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Faulty Part on Puget Sound Energy Power Pole Caused Everett Man's March Death (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

California: Solar Company Manipulated Sales Data, Former Managers Say (BizWomen)

Washington State Senate Majority Leader Optimistic, Confident about Second Special Session (Washington State Wire)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • President Trump’s Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs
  • President Trump Proposes Selling off the Pacific Northwest’s Transmission Grid
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Cautions Administration on Budget Cuts to Rural, Energy Programs
  • Puget Sound Energy Flames Bainbridge Public Power Study
  • Faulty Part on Puget Sound Energy Power Pole Caused Everett Man's March Death
  • Cause of Downtown Portland Electrical Vault Fire Unknown
  • Seattle City Light Under Fire for Smart Meter Cuts
  • Illinois: City of Naperville’s Use of Smart Meters Is Reasonable, Groups Tell Appeals Court
  • `Gas Apocalypse’ Looms Amid Power Plant Construction Boom
  • President Trump’s Regulator Picks Could Support Coos Bay LNG Project
  • Administrators take new positions at Columbia REA
  • Tennessee Valley Authority, America's Biggest Government Utility Slims Down
  • Snowpack Levels Allow WAPA to Supply Additional Hydropower
  • Comments Sought on Shelton Harbor Cleanup; Public Meeting June 1st
  • Community Gathers for Airway Heights Water Meeting
  • Parasite Levels in Portland's Drinking Water Surpass State Limits, Will Cost City at Least $90 Million
  • California: Solar Company Manipulated Sales Data, Former Managers Say
  • Is ‘Big Wind’ Making People Sick?
  • Benton PUD Unveils New App, Offers Tips to Keep Cooling Costs Low
  • You Can Soon Control Ikea Smart Lights with Your Voice
  • Medical Marijuana Sales in Oregon Plummeting as Recreational Sales Increase
  • Brattle: Wider Electrification Key to Averting Climate Change & Utility Death Spira
  • Comcast Threatens Legal Action against Net Neutrality Advocates over Comcastroturf.com
  • Target to Pay $18.5 Million to 47 States in Security Breach Settlement
  • U-S Senate Racing to Make Its Websites Hack-Proof
  • Twitter Considers Subscription Model
  • Washington State Senate Majority Leader Optimistic, Confident about Second Special Session
  • Gusty Winds Bring Down Trees, Cause Power Outages in North Puget Sound
  • Wildfire Forces Evacuations at Leavenworth, Washington State Tourism Spot
  • Shelton City Manager: Traffic Markers on Railroad Avenue Provide ‘Creative Solution’
  • Mason County Unemployment Rate Drops Again
  • Landslide on California Highway Part of $1 Billion in Damage
WORD OF THE DAY

Bravura • \bruh-VUR-uh\ • Noun - 1: a musical passage requiring exceptional agility and technical skill in execution 2: a florid brilliant style 3: a show of daring or brilliance.

“WOW” exclaimed the corporate administrative assistant to her seatmate at the local production of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” “I knew that Montague was a theater nut, but I had no idea that he would play ‘Frank-N-Furter’ so broadly, with so much bravura,” she said.

Monty would never be seen in the same light again, as he daily wheeled the mail cart through the cubicles…the “gophers” rolling their chairs out to watch him stroll by.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

President Trump’s Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs (NY Times)

President Trump Proposes Selling off the Pacific Northwest’s Transmission Grid (Oregonian, Portland)

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Cautions Administration on Budget Cuts to Rural, Energy Programs (Electric Energy Online)

Puget Sound Energy Flames Bainbridge Public Power Study (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Faulty Part on Puget Sound Energy Power Pole Caused Everett Man's March Death (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Cause of Downtown Portland Electrical Vault Fire Unknown (Oregonian, Portland)

Seattle City Light Under Fire for Smart Meter Cuts (Crosscut Seattle)

Illinois: City of Naperville’s Use of Smart Meters Is Reasonable, Groups Tell Appeals Court (American Public Power Association)

`Gas Apocalypse’ Looms Amid Power Plant Construction Boom (Bloomberg News)

President Trump’s Regulator Picks Could Support Coos Bay LNG Project (Oregonian, Portland)

Administrators take new positions at Columbia REA (Walla Walla Union Bulletin, WA)

Tennessee Valley Authority, America's Biggest Government Utility Slims Down (Chattanooga Times Free Press, TN)
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Snowpack Levels Allow WAPA to Supply Additional Hydropower (American Public Power Association)

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOT LOCKER

Comments Sought on Shelton Harbor Cleanup; Public Meeting June 1st (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Community Gathers for Airway Heights Water Meeting (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

Parasite Levels in Portland's Drinking Water Surpass State Limits, Will Cost City at Least $90 Million (Oregonian, Portland)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

California: Solar Company Manipulated Sales Data, Former Managers Say (BizWomen)

Is ‘Big Wind’ Making People Sick? (The Hill, Washington, DC)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Benton PUD Unveils New App, Offers Tips to Keep Cooling Costs Low (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

You Can Soon Control Ikea Smart Lights with Your Voice (USA Today)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Medical Marijuana Sales in Oregon Plummeting as Recreational Sales Increase (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – DRIVING ON SUNSHINE

Brattle: Wider Electrification Key to Averting Climate Change & Utility Death Spiral (Utility Dive)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Comcast Threatens Legal Action against Net Neutrality Advocates over Comcastroturf.com (Consumerist)

Target to Pay $18.5 Million to 47 States in Security Breach Settlement (NY Times)

U-S Senate Racing to Make Its Websites Hack-Proof (Washington Examiner)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Twitter Considers Subscription Model (Triad Business Journal, NC)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Washington State Senate Majority Leader Optimistic, Confident about Second Special Session (Washington State Wire)

GENERAL NEWS

Gusty Winds Bring Down Trees, Cause Power Outages in North Puget Sound (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Wildfire Forces Evacuations at Leavenworth, Washington State Tourism Spot (Associated Press)

Shelton City Manager: Traffic Markers on Railroad Avenue Provide ‘Creative Solution’ (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Mason County Unemployment Rate Drops Again (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Landslide on California Highway Part of $1 Billion in Damage (Associated Press)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

This Tesla Coil Guitar Amp Would Make Spinal Tap Weep with Envy

Charcoal or Gas? Depends on What You’re Grilling

Minnesota's Gordy the Goat Rescued from Kidnappers

Police: Woman Caused $350K in Damage at Ex-Husband's Home

SONG OF THE DAY

The Pretenders - Thin Line Between Love and Hate

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