Friday, September 20, 2019

Energy News Digest for September 20, 2019


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds, Scientists Say (National Public Radio)

‘Save Our Future’: Students Hit Streets to Demand Global Climate Action

Seattle Slows Proposed Ban on New Natural-Gas Buildings; Heating-Oil Tax Advances (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Natural Gas & Wind Forecast to be Fastest Growing Sources of U.S. Electricity Generation (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Governors Team Up with Utilities to Promote Electric Vehicles (Daily Energy Insider)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Seattle Slows Proposed Ban on New Natural-Gas Buildings; Heating-Oil Tax Advances
2.      Natural Gas & Wind Forecast to be Fastest Growing Sources of U.S. Electricity Generation
3.      Eight Years after Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, Japanese Court Acquits Trio of Negligence over Meltdown
4.      Chelan PUD Hears Public Feedback on Strategic Plan Ahead of Next Month’s Possible Adoption
5.      Tax on Government Grants Spells Trouble for Electric Co-Ops
6.      Brazil Dam Disaster Firms to Face Criminal Charges
7.      North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds, Scientists Say
8.      Invasive & Voracious, Northern Pike Are Inching Closer to Salmon Habitat – Washington State Plans to Fight the Threat
9.      News Release: Return of Deadly Marine Heat Wave Underscores Critical Role of Carbon-Free Hydropower Energy
10.   Boat & 26 Chinook Seized Amid Allegations of Overfishing Off British Columbia’s Coast
11.   Members of Idaho Governor’s Salmon Working Group Say Actual Solutions Are Still Many Meetings Away
12.   Southern Resident Orcas, Including Newest Baby, Visit Puget Sound
13.   Officials Say Derelict Vessels Contaminate Washington State Water System
14.   Concrete Jungle: The Quest to Make the LA River Wild Again
15.   FERC Proposal Would ‘Gut’ PURPA, Could Lower Rates Utilities Pay to Solar Developers
16.   In Some Parts of the World, Cheap Solar & Wind Power Is Outgrowing Subsidies
17.   How Does Affordable Energy & Broadband Affect Community Health?
18.   The Little Law That Made the Internet a Free for All
19.   Markey Leads Countercharge Against Universal Service Fund Cap
20.   Governors Team Up with Utilities to Promote Electric Vehicles
21.   Amazon Buys 100,000 Electric Vans as Part of Net Zero Carbon Goals
22.   ‘Save Our Future’: Students Hit Streets to Demand Global Climate Action
23.   A Q&A with the Policy Wonks Who Wrote Jay Inslee’s Climate Plans
24.   Hidden Marijuana Grows Are Spiking. Drug Teams Are Using a New Tool to Find Them
25.   YouTube Is About to Demote a Wide Swath of Its Creators
26.   Washington Police Arrest College Place Teen Planning Columbine-Like Attack
27.   Washington State Sues the President Over Transfer of $89 Million from Puget Sound Navy Base to Border Wall
28.   Scientists Look to the Shaky Future by Probing Lakes to Learn from Great Quakes of the Past
29.   Loose Ladder Strikes School Bus in North Mason
30.   How Many Self-Driving Cars Are Being Tested on Washington Roads? State Doesn’t Know

WORD OF THE DAY

Eternize • \it-TER-nyze\ • verb - 1a: to make eternal b: to prolong indefinitely 2: immortalize

“I’m not sure this will eternize you,” stuttered the plastic extrusion engineer to the towering, imposing customer with the oversized thumb. “If you want immortality by embedding your ashes into tiddlywinks disks when you die, that’s up to you. I just think it’s kinda creepy…that’s all”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Seattle Slows Proposed Ban on New Natural-Gas Buildings; Heating-Oil Tax Advances (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

2.    Natural Gas & Wind Forecast to be Fastest Growing Sources of U.S. Electricity Generation (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

3.    Eight Years after Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, Japanese Court Acquits Trio of Negligence over Meltdown (Washington Post)

4.    Chelan PUD Hears Public Feedback on Strategic Plan Ahead of Next Month’s Possible Adoption (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

5.    Tax on Government Grants Spells Trouble for Electric Co-Ops (Disqus)

6.    Brazil Dam Disaster Firms to Face Criminal Charges (British Broadcasting Corporation)

FISH & WILDLIFE

7.    North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds, Scientists Say (National Public Radio)

8.    Invasive & Voracious, Northern Pike Are Inching Closer to Salmon Habitat – Washington State Plans to Fight the Threat (The Inlander, Spokane, WA

9.    News Release: Return of Deadly Marine Heat Wave Underscores Critical Role of Carbon-Free Hydropower Energy (Northwest River Partners)

10. Boat & 26 Chinook Seized Amid Allegations of Overfishing Off British Columbia’s Coast (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

11. Members of Idaho Governor’s Salmon Working Group Say Actual Solutions Are Still Many Meetings Away (Lewiston Tribune, ID)

12. Southern Resident Orcas, Including Newest Baby, Visit Puget Sound (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

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

13. Officials Say Derelict Vessels Contaminate Washington State Water System (Associated Press)

14. Concrete Jungle: The Quest to Make the LA River Wild Again (Courthouse News Service)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

15. FERC Proposal Would ‘Gut’ PURPA, Could Lower Rates Utilities Pay to Solar Developers (Utility Dive)

16. In Some Parts of the World, Cheap Solar & Wind Power Is Outgrowing Subsidies (Los Angeles Times, CA)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

17. How Does Affordable Energy & Broadband Affect Community Health? (Alaska Public Media)

18. The Little Law That Made the Internet a Free for All (Washington Post)

19. Markey Leads Countercharge Against Universal Service Fund Cap – Democrats say it threats progress on broadband deployment (Multichannel News)

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

20. Governors Team Up with Utilities to Promote Electric Vehicles (Daily Energy Insider)

21. Amazon Buys 100,000 Electric Vans as Part of Net Zero Carbon Goals (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

22. ‘Save Our Future’: Students Hit Streets to Demand Global Climate Action (Reuters)

23. A Q&A with the Policy Wonks Who Wrote Jay Inslee’s Climate Plans (Grist Online)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

24. Hidden Marijuana Grows Are Spiking. Drug Teams Are Using a New Tool to Find Them (Tri-City Herald, WA)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

25. YouTube Is About to Demote a Wide Swath of Its Creators (NY Times)

GENERAL NEWS

26. Washington Police Arrest College Place Teen Planning Columbine-Like Attack (KHQ TV, Spokane, WA)

27. Washington State Sues the President Over Transfer of $89 Million from Puget Sound Navy Base to Border Wall (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

28. Scientists Look to the Shaky Future by Probing Lakes to Learn from Great Quakes of the Past (Northwest Public Radio)

29. Loose Ladder Strikes School Bus in North Mason (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton – Paywall Advisory)

30. How Many Self-Driving Cars Are Being Tested on Washington Roads? State Doesn’t Know (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Woman Burning Love Letters Sparks Nebraska Apartment Fire

New Zealand Worker Feared He Might Lose His Job, So He Brought an Emotional-Support Clown to Work

She Dreamed She Swallowed Her Engagement Ring. She Woke to Find That She Had.

Photos: Earthlings Descend on Area 51 for Aliens, Parties

SONG OF THE DAY

Love & Kisses - Thank God It’s Friday

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Energy News Digest for September 19, 2019


The Hot Shots edition of the Energy News Digest is available on Facebook, and on Twitter.

To subscribe to the Energy News Digest, email jmyer@masonpud3.org.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Feds Seek Expanded Habitat Protection as Salmon, Orcas Battle Climate Change, Habitat Degradation (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Corps Mission: Trying to Fix a Broken Lock – Repairs Ongoing to Let Columbia River Traffic Resume Passing Bonneville Dam (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Teachers Warn of "Homework Gap" Stemming from Lack of Broadband Access (Axios)

As Battery Fires Spark Ongoing Concerns, National Fire Protection Association Releases Standards to Address Risks (Utility Dive)

Seattle Schools Not Excusing Students for Friday Climate Change Walkout (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Corps Mission: Trying to Fix a Broken Lock – Repairs Ongoing to Let Columbia River Traffic Resume Passing Bonneville Dam
2.      Latest Round of Columbia River Treaty Talks Wrap Up in Cranbrook
3.      Alaska Remote Diesel Generators Win Exemption from Pollution Rule
4.      Pacific Gas & Electric to Raise Average Monthly Bill Nearly $5 Next Month
5.      Lewis County PUD Passes Trimmed-Down 2020 Budget Including Rate Hike
6.      Grant PUD Finances in Strong Position
7.      Snohomish PUD Gets Ready for Storm Season
8.      Northwest Public Power Association Announces 26th Annual Excellence in Communication Winners
9.      Florida: Jacksonville Electric Authority Bid Negotiations Will Be Tight-Lipped
10.   Feds Seek Expanded Habitat Protection as Salmon, Orcas Battle Climate Change, Habitat Degradation
11.   Endangered Orca May Soon Have More Protected Habitat
12.   Canada: Drone Footage Documents Work to Free Salmon at Fraser River’s Big Bar Landslide
13.   Chelan PUD Goes on Record Opposing Removal of Snake River Dams
14.   Op/Ed: Can’t We Seek Common Ground on Dam/Fish Divide?
15.   Bald Eagles Have Found Themselves a New Home: Suburbia
16.   Skokomish River Restoration Project Partnership Signed
17.   As Hood Canal Pollution Program Progresses, Leaders Look for Sustainable Funding
18.   As Battery Fires Spark Ongoing Concerns, National Fire Protection Association Releases Standards to Address Risks
19.   Okanogan County PUD Looking at Shared Community Solar Project
20.   Idaho: New Solar Panels Being Installed in Sandpoint Town Square
21.   Many Wind Turbines Are Slated to Come Online in the United States in 2019 & 2020
22.   Teachers Warn of "Homework Gap" Stemming from Lack of Broadband Access
23.   Solving America's Digital Divide: Study Says 90% of U.S. Homes Will Have FIBER Internet by 2029
24.   Most Isolated Tribe in Continental U.S. Gets Broadband
25.   Cities, Not Rural Areas, Are the Real Internet Deserts
26.   Buying Pacific Gas & Electric’s Distribution Network Could Also Make Municipal Broadband Possible
27.   Thousands of Vulnerabilities in City of Seattle's IT Network Attributed to Siloed Approach to Cybersecurity
28.   Seattle Schools Not Excusing Students for Friday Climate Change Walkout
29.   Oregon Climate Group Targets Boeing In Hard-Hitting Cap & Trade Ad
30.   Youth Activists Plead with Congress to Take Action on Climate Change
31.   Marijuana Banking Bill Might Have Easier Time Passing U.S. Senate with These New Hemp Rules
32.   Illinois Marijuana Growers Will Face Energy Efficiency & Reporting Rules
33.   U.S. Cities Are Losing 36 Million Trees a Year
34.   Experts: President Trump Faces Tough Legal Road to Kill California Emissions Waiver
35.   Washingtonians Likely to Feel Pain at the Pump After Saudi Attack
36.   Citing Homeless Encampment, Frightened Neighbors Ask Shelton City Council for Help
37.   Washington State Investigating Vancouver Woman's Death after Root Canal
38.   The Weather Outlook for the Rest of the Fall & Winter

WORD OF THE DAY

Indian Summer • \INN-dee-un SUM-mer\ • noun - 1: a period of warm or mild weather in late autumn or early winter 2: a happy or flourishing period occurring toward the end of something

No sentence of the day for this one, but for you “gee whiz factoid” fans, I thought you’d find this rundown from The “Old Farmer’s Almanac:”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Corps Mission: Trying to Fix a Broken Lock – Repairs Ongoing to Let Columbia River Traffic Resume Passing Bonneville Dam (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

2.    Latest Round of Columbia River Treaty Talks Wrap Up in Cranbrook – Federal, provincial, U.S. and Indigenous representatives recently met for eight rounds of discussions (The Columbia Valley Pioneer, BC)

3.    Alaska Remote Diesel Generators Win Exemption from Pollution Rule (Alaska Public Media)

4.    Pacific Gas & Electric to Raise Average Monthly Bill Nearly $5 Next Month (SF Chronicle, CA)

5.    Lewis County PUD Passes Trimmed-Down 2020 Budget Including Rate Hike (The Chronicle, Centralia, WA)

6.    Grant PUD Finances in Strong Position (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

7.    Snohomish PUD Gets Ready for Storm Season (My Everett News, WA)

8.    Northwest Public Power Association Announces 26th Annual Excellence in Communication Winners (Northwest Public Power Association, Vancouver, WA)

9.    Florida: Jacksonville Electric Authority Bid Negotiations Will Be Tight-Lipped (Jacksonville Business Journal, FL)

FISH & WILDLIFE

10. Feds Seek Expanded Habitat Protection as Salmon, Orcas Battle Climate Change, Habitat Degradation (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)


11. Endangered Orca May Soon Have More Protected Habitat (Courthouse News Service)

12. Canada: Drone Footage Documents Work to Free Salmon at Fraser River’s Big Bar Landslide (Columbia Valley Pioneer, BC)

13. Chelan PUD Goes on Record Opposing Removal of Snake River Dams (NCW Life News, East Wenatchee, WA)

14. Op/Ed: Can’t We Seek Common Ground on Dam/Fish Divide? (Lewiston Tribune, ID)

15. Bald Eagles Have Found Themselves a New Home: Suburbia (Los Angeles Times, CA)

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

16. Skokomish River Restoration Project Partnership Signed (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

17. As Hood Canal Pollution Program Progresses, Leaders Look for Sustainable Funding (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton – Paywall Advisory)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

18. As Battery Fires Spark Ongoing Concerns, National Fire Protection Association Releases Standards to Address Risks (Utility Dive)

19. Okanogan County PUD Looking at Shared Community Solar Project (Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, Oroville, WA)

20. Idaho: New Solar Panels Being Installed in Sandpoint Town Square (KHQ TV, Spokane, WA)

21. Many Wind Turbines Are Slated to Come Online in the United States in 2019 & 2020 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

22. Teachers Warn of "Homework Gap" Stemming from Lack of Broadband Access (Axios)

23. Solving America's Digital Divide: Study Says 90% of U.S. Homes Will Have FIBER Internet by 2029 (iFiberOne News, Ephrata, WA)

24. Most Isolated Tribe in Continental U.S. Gets Broadband (National Public Radio)

25. Cities, Not Rural Areas, Are the Real Internet Deserts (Washington Post)

26. Buying Pacific Gas & Electric’s Distribution Network Could Also Make Municipal Broadband Possible (San Francisco Examiner, CA)

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

27. Thousands of Vulnerabilities in City of Seattle's IT Network Attributed to Siloed Approach to Cybersecurity (Crosscut Seattle)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

28. Seattle Schools Not Excusing Students for Friday Climate Change Walkout (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

29. Oregon Climate Group Targets Boeing In Hard-Hitting Cap & Trade Ad (Portland Business Journal, OR)

30. Youth Activists Plead with Congress to Take Action on Climate Change (Courthouse News Service)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

31. Marijuana Banking Bill Might Have Easier Time Passing U.S. Senate with These New Hemp Rules (McClatchy, DC Bureau)

32. Illinois Marijuana Growers Will Face Energy Efficiency & Reporting Rules (Energy News Network)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

33. U.S. Cities Are Losing 36 Million Trees a Year (CNN Wire)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

34. Experts: President Trump Faces Tough Legal Road to Kill California Emissions Waiver (Courthouse News Service)

GENERAL NEWS

35. Washingtonians Likely to Feel Pain at the Pump After Saudi Attack (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

36. Citing Homeless Encampment, Frightened Neighbors Ask Shelton City Council for Help (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

37. Washington State Investigating Vancouver Woman's Death after Root Canal (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

38. The Weather Outlook for the Rest of the Fall & Winter (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Meet the Artisanal Toilet-Paper Startups Taking On Big Tissue

Pigeon Poops on Lawmaker Discussing Pigeon Poop Problem

UK Makes Second Arrest in Golden Toilet Theft

Idea of a Princess Bride Remake Has People Crying ‘Inconceivable!’
“There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world,” Elwes wrote in a Tweet. “It would be a pity to damage this one.”

SONG OF THE DAY

Mark Knopfler/Willy DeVille - Storybook Love (Princess Bride Soundtrack)

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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