Friday, November 16, 2018

Energy News Digest for November 16, 2018


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Washington State’s Orca Task Force Finalizes Plan to Save Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales “…No recommendations were made to breach the Lower Snake River dams, considered by some advocates as the only solution left to get enough salmon to the orcas…” (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

Pacific Gas & Electric Shares Surge 40 Percent on Report California Regulator Wants to Avoid Bankruptcy from Wildfire (Reuters)

Sea Lion Murder Mystery Grows in Seattle (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

Op/Ed: With Washington State’s Carbon Fee Defeat, What Next on Climate? (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Facebook Says It Removed a Flood of Hate Speech, Terrorist Propaganda & Fake Accounts from Its Site (Washington Post)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Pacific Gas & Electric Shares Surge 40 Percent on Report California Regulator Wants to Avoid Bankruptcy from Wildfire
2.      Pacific Gas & Electric Asked Last Month to Hike Bills over California Fires
3.      Grant, Chelan, Douglas PUD Commissioners Discuss Joint Transmission Line
4.      British Columbia: More Extreme Weather Causing More Power Outages, BC Hydro Report Says
5.      The Cost of Utilities: Which States Pay the Most
6.      FERC Nominee McNamee Distances Himself from Trump Coal Bailout at Hearing
7.      Power Pole in the Middle of the Street Raises Questions
8.      Washington State’s Orca Task Force Finalizes Plan to Save Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales
9.      Here’s the Southern Resident Orca Task Force Recommendation
10.   Stop Fishing Salmon, Orca Lovers Say. You’re Missing the Point, Skagit Tribe Says
11.   To Whale Watch, We All Must Make Sacrifices
12.   Sea Lion Murder Mystery Grows in Seattle
13.   Oregon Gets OK to Kill Sea Lions at Willamette Falls
14.   For the First Time in Eight Years, Chinook Salmon Return to Spawn in Rehabilitated Thornton Creek
15.   Video: Kennedy Creek Salmon Return for Annual Spawning Ritual
16.   Otter Fans Float Plan to Bring Sea Otters Back to Oregon Coast
17.   Washington State’s Largest Solar Farm Now Online in Lind, Washington
18.   Kittitas County Officials Work on Clarifying Vision after Approving New Solar Regulations
19.   America’s Wind Farms Are Ready to Go It Alone
20.   Got Ideas About Making Tacoma’s Click Network Better? Share Them at Monday Meeting
21.   Japan’s New Head of Cybersecurity Has Never Used a Computer
22.   Leaving the Nest: ‘Bring Your Own’ Efficiency Programs Grow Beyond Thermostats
23.   Op/Ed: With Washington State’s Carbon Fee Defeat, What Next on Climate?
24.   In Yellowstone National Park, Warming Has Brought Rapid Changes.
25.   Facebook Says It Removed a Flood of Hate Speech, Terrorist Propaganda & Fake Accounts from Its Site
26.   ‘Toxic’ Is Oxford’s Word of the Year. No, We’re Not Gaslighting You.
27.   Marijuana Is Getting Cheaper. For Some States, That’s a Problem.
28.   YMCA on Track to Break Ground on First Shelton Site Next Year
29.   Five Finalists for Shelton City Manager – Names Not Released
30.   Five Earthquakes, the Largest a 4.5, Recorded Off Oregon Coast
31.   National Rifle Association Suing to Block Gun Control Initiative 1639
32.   The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend. Here’s How to See It

WORD OF THE DAY – HORRIBLE HAIKU EDITION

Coquetry • \KOE-kut-tree\ • Noun - A flirtatious act or attitude

Fluttering lace fan
Sparking eyes, a hidden smile
Southern coquetry

“Oh captain, I do declare!”


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Pacific Gas & Electric Shares Surge 40 Percent on Report California Regulator Wants to Avoid Bankruptcy from Wildfire (Reuters)

2.    Pacific Gas & Electric Asked Last Month to Hike Bills over California Fires (Associated Press)

3.    Grant, Chelan, Douglas PUD Commissioners Discuss Joint Transmission Line (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

4.    British Columbia: More Extreme Weather Causing More Power Outages, BC Hydro Report Says (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

5.    The Cost of Utilities: Which States Pay the Most? (Move.org)

6.    FERC Nominee McNamee Distances Himself from Trump Coal Bailout at Hearing (Utility Dive)

7.    Power Pole in the Middle of the Street Raises Questions (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

ORCAS: BEHEMOUTH BLACKFISH

8.    Washington State’s Orca Task Force Finalizes Plan to Save Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales “…No recommendations were made to breach the Lower Snake River dams, considered by some advocates as the only solution left to get enough salmon to the orcas…” (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

9.    Here’s the Southern Resident Orca Task Force Recommendation (Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee)

10. Stop Fishing Salmon, Orca Lovers Say. You’re Missing the Point, Skagit Tribe Says (KUOW Radio, Seattle, WA)


FISH & WILDLIFE

12. Sea Lion Murder Mystery Grows in Seattle (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

13. Oregon Gets OK to Kill Sea Lions at Willamette Falls (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

14. For the First Time in Eight Years, Chinook Salmon Return to Spawn in Rehabilitated Thornton Creek (Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA)

15. Video: Kennedy Creek Salmon Return for Annual Spawning Ritual (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

16. Otter Fans Float Plan to Bring Sea Otters Back to Oregon Coast (Northwest Public Broadcasting)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

17. Washington State’s Largest Solar Farm Now Online in Lind, Washington (iFiberOne News, Ephrata, WA)

18. Kittitas County Officials Work on Clarifying Vision after Approving New Solar Regulations (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

19. America’s Wind Farms Are Ready to Go It Alone (Bloomberg News)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

20. Got Ideas About Making Tacoma’s Click Network Better? Share Them at Monday Meeting (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

21. Japan’s New Head of Cybersecurity Has Never Used a Computer (Gizmodo)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

22. Leaving the Nest: ‘Bring Your Own’ Efficiency Programs Grow Beyond Thermostats (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

23. Op/Ed: With Washington State’s Carbon Fee Defeat, What Next on Climate? (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

24. In Yellowstone National Park, Warming Has Brought Rapid Changes. (NY Times)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

25. Facebook Says It Removed a Flood of Hate Speech, Terrorist Propaganda & Fake Accounts from Its Site (Washington Post)

26. ‘Toxic’ Is Oxford’s Word of the Year. No, We’re Not Gaslighting You. (NY Times)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

27. Marijuana Is Getting Cheaper. For Some States, That’s a Problem. (Washington Post)

GENERAL NEWS

28. YMCA on Track to Break Ground on First Shelton Site Next Year (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

29. Five Finalists for Shelton City Manager – Names Not Released (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

30. Five Earthquakes, the Largest a 4.5, Recorded Off Oregon Coast (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

31. National Rifle Association Suing to Block Gun Control Initiative 1639 (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

32. The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend. Here’s How to See It (Mashable)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Seven Americana Covers That Are Better Than the Originals

Plot Twist: The $400,000 GoFundMe for a Homeless Man Was All a Scam

MEAT-Y CHRISTMAS: Jimmy Dean Offering Sausage-Scented Wrapping Paper

West Virginia: ‘Rabid’ Raccoons Turn Out to Be Drunk on Fermented Crabapples

SONG OF THE DAY

Bonnie Raitt – Angel from Montgomery

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Energy News Digest for November 15, 2018


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

California Utility Customers May Be on Hook for Billions in Wildfire Damage (NY Times)

Sea Lions Found Shot to Death in West Seattle; NOAA Fears for Public Safety (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

King County Budget Calls for Investments into Healthier Salmon Habitats (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Scientists Acknowledge Key Errors in Study of How Fast the Oceans Are Warming (Washington Post)

Columbia Basin Project Ephrata Office Gets $7.1 Million in Additional Funding (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      California Utility Customers May Be on Hook for Billions in Wildfire Damage
2.      Pacific Gas & Electric Shares Slammed Again over Fears of Liability for Camp Fire
3.      Illuminati, Government, Aliens: Fire Conspiracy Theories Are Wild & Wildly Implausible
4.      Chelan PUD Unveils New Proposed Cryptocurrency Rate Structure
5.      Port of Moses Lake Considering Power Options Following Grant PUD Vote
6.      Pacific Northwest More Affordable – Idaho’s Utilities Are the Cheapest in the Nation
7.      2018 Annual Report Highlights Bonneville Power Administration Achievements
8.      Legislators Set Criteria for Evaluating Potential Bids for Buying Santee Cooper
9.      Tennessee Valley Authority CEO to Retire
10.   U-S FERC Launches Process to Speed Hydro Licensing
11.   Sea Lions Found Shot to Death in West Seattle; NOAA Fears for Public Safety
12.   Canada: Hundreds of Noisy, Smelly Sea Lions Fill Cowichan Bay — To the Delight of Many
13.   King County Budget Calls for Investments into Healthier Salmon Habitats
14.   Idaho Officials Suspend Steelhead Season in Face of Lawsuit
15.   Columbia River Salmon Season Won’t Reopen Until Jan. 1
16.   Op/Ed: Dam Breaching Advocates Use Misleading Claims
17.   Flinging Fish for Science
18.   The New e-Connectivity Pilot Grants
19.   Grant PUD Looking to Finish Fiber Project in Five Years
20.   Report Details Charging Station Demand Charge Alternatives
21.   As Smart Meters Proliferate, a New Kind of Demand Response Becomes Entrenched
22.   California ‘Smart Home Study’ Underway
23.   Columbia Basin Project Ephrata Office Gets $7.1 Million in Additional Funding
24.   No Water Contact Advisory for Appletree Cove in Kitsap County
25.   Water Utility South of Brinnon Gets Franchise
26.   Scientists Acknowledge Key Errors in Study of How Fast the Oceans Are Warming
27.   Study Shows Proposed Kalama Methanol Plant Would Drive Down Greenhouse Gas Emissions
28.   Democrats & Republicans Eye Working Together on Small-Ball Climate Legislation
29.   Op/Ed: Washington State May Yet Lead on a Carbon Tax
30.   Combative Federal Agency Press Tactics Mirror Trump’s
31.   Smart Is Talking Back
32.   You Already Email Like a Robot — Why Not Automate It?
33.   Tariffs Taking A Chunk Out of Washington Potato Exports, European Union Struggles Could Nullify Problem Soon
34.   Washington State Firefighter Struck by Vehicle While Battling California Wildfires
35.   FAA Evaluates a Potential Design Flaw on Boeing’s 737 MAX After Lion Air Crash
36.   Washington State Unemployment Rate Falls Again
37.   Hate Crimes Dramatically on the Rise in Washington State
38.   A Rural Oregon City Has Become a Hub for Drone Testing. Now, It Wants to Expand Its Capacity

WORD OF THE DAY – HORRIBLE HAIKU EDITION

Rambunctious• \ram-BUNK-shuss\ • Adjective - Uncontrolled in a way that is playful or full of energy

Fall winds, swirling gusts
Rambunctious leaves playing tag
Float softly to rest


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    California Utility Customers May Be on Hook for Billions in Wildfire Damage (NY Times)

2.    Pacific Gas & Electric Shares Slammed Again over Fears of Liability for Camp Fire (Silicon Valley Business Journal, CA)

3.    Illuminati, Government, Aliens: Fire Conspiracy Theories Are Wild & Wildly Implausible (Sacramento Bee, CA)

4.    Chelan PUD Unveils New Proposed Cryptocurrency Rate Structure (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

5.    Port of Moses Lake Considering Power Options Following Grant PUD Vote (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

6.    Pacific Northwest More Affordable – Idaho’s Utilities Are the Cheapest in the Nation (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

7.    2018 Annual Report Highlights Bonneville Power Administration Achievements (Bonneville Power Administration)

8.    Legislators Set Criteria for Evaluating Potential Bids for Buying Santee Cooper (Charleston Post & Courier, SC)

9.    Tennessee Valley Authority CEO to Retire (Memphis Business Journal, TN)

10. U-S FERC Launches Process to Speed Hydro Licensing (S&P Global, Platts)

FISH & WILDLIFE

11. Sea Lions Found Shot to Death in West Seattle; NOAA Fears for Public Safety (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

12. Canada: Hundreds of Noisy, Smelly Sea Lions Fill Cowichan Bay — To the Delight of Many (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

13. King County Budget Calls for Investments into Healthier Salmon Habitats (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

14. Idaho Officials Suspend Steelhead Season in Face of Lawsuit (Associated Press)

15. Columbia River Salmon Season Won’t Reopen Until Jan. 1 (Chinook Observer, Long Beach, WA)

16. Op/Ed: Dam Breaching Advocates Use Misleading Claims (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, WA)

17. Flinging Fish for Science (Crosscut Seattle)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

18. The New e-Connectivity Pilot Grants (Pots & Pans)

19. Grant PUD Looking to Finish Fiber Project in Five Years (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, Wa)

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

20. Report Details Charging Station Demand Charge Alternatives (American Public Power Association)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

21. As Smart Meters Proliferate, a New Kind of Demand Response Becomes Entrenched (Utility Dive)

22. California ‘Smart Home Study’ Underway (Renewable Energy World)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

23. Columbia Basin Project Ephrata Office Gets $7.1 Million in Additional Funding (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

24. No Water Contact Advisory for Appletree Cove in Kitsap County (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

25. Water Utility South of Brinnon Gets Franchise (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

26. Scientists Acknowledge Key Errors in Study of How Fast the Oceans Are Warming (Washington Post)

27. Study Shows Proposed Kalama Methanol Plant Would Drive Down Greenhouse Gas Emissions (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

28. Democrats & Republicans Eye Working Together on Small-Ball Climate Legislation (Washington Examiner)

29. Op/Ed: Washington State May Yet Lead on a Carbon Tax (Everett Herald, WA)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

30. Combative Federal Agency Press Tactics Mirror Trump’s (E&E News)

31. Smart Is Talking Back (American Public Power Association)

32. You Already Email Like a Robot — Why Not Automate It? (NY Times)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

33. Tariffs Taking A Chunk Out of Washington Potato Exports, European Union Struggles Could Nullify Problem Soon (Ifiberone News, Ephrata, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

34. Washington State Firefighter Struck by Vehicle While Battling California Wildfires (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

35. FAA Evaluates a Potential Design Flaw on Boeing’s 737 MAX After Lion Air Crash (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

36. Washington State Unemployment Rate Falls Again (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

37. Hate Crimes Dramatically on the Rise in Washington State (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

38. A Rural Oregon City Has Become a Hub for Drone Testing. Now, It Wants to Expand Its Capacity (Northwest Public Broadcasting)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Legendary Country Musician, ‘Hee Haw’ Star, Roy Clark Dead at 85

“It Is Your Birthday” Father Says Bakers Ruined His Son’s Birthday Cake with Their ‘Pathetic’ Decorating Skills

The “Worst Toys” for the Holidays, According to Safety Group

These Mountain Goat Kids Lost Their Mothers, But Now Have a New Home at Wildlife Park

SONGS OF THE DAY

Roy Clark - Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Roy Clark – Yesterday, When I Was Young

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