Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Energy News Digest for January 22, 2019


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS





HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Decade of Heavy Storms Has Helped Northwest Glaciers – Don’t Expect That to Last, Studies Show (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Montana Lawmaker Wants State to Buy Beleaguered Colstrip Power Plant (Associated Press)

Scientists ID Another Possible Threat to Orcas: Pink Salmon (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Oregon Could Effectively Ban Solar Farms – First, a Bunch of New Ones Will Be Built (Salem Statesman Journal, OR)

National Weather Service: Flood Watch, Heavy Rains Forecast for Mason County (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Montana Lawmaker Wants State to Buy Beleaguered Colstrip Power Plant
2.      Bank Stabilization Planned at Priest Rapids Dam
3.      Clallam PUD Orders Smart Meters, Offers Opt-Out Provision
4.      Flood of Response Pushes Completion of Latest Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas Review to March
5.      Public Power Council Elects Officers & Board Members for 2019-2020
6.      Editorial: Another Dam Study? Give Us a Break
7.      Judge Says Uninsulated Power Conductors Caused California Fires
8.      Pacific Gas & Electric Lines Up $5.5 Billion to Fund Two-Year Bankruptcy Process
9.      Southern California Edison Sues Santa Barbara County over Last Year’s Deadly Mudslides
10.   Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk? These five people changed their minds about nuclear power. Are you next?
11.   Scientists ID Another Possible Threat to Orcas: Pink Salmon
12.   River Advocate: Removing Dams Won’t Help Orcas, Environment, Economy
13.   Former WDFW Director, NWIFC’S Chair Take Aim at Seattle Times Salmon-Orca Column
14.   Salmon Policies Debate Continues Between States
15.   Victims of Bycatch – Declining Fraser River Sturgeon Stocks Lead to Calls for Gill Net Restrictions
16.   Oceans Are Getting Louder, Posing Potential Threats to Marine Life
17.   Oregon Could Effectively Ban Solar Farms – First, a Bunch of New Ones Will Be Built
18.   In Wisconsin, Farmers May Soon Be Milking the Profits of Solar Energy Instead of Cows
19.   Power Companies Lose Fight over Transmission Costs in Texas, a Win for Renewables
20.   European Power Firms Aim to Harness Electric Car Batteries
21.   Rock Island Accelerates Fiber to Town of Friday Harbor
22.   Anacortes, Washington, Solidifies Plans for Better Connectivity with Muni Network
23.   Internet Service for Rural Georgia Could Come from Power Companies
24.   Google Is Fined $57 Million Under Europe’s Data Privacy Law
25.   The Pushback Against Smart Cities
26.   Seattle Recycling Company Settles Lawsuit Over River Pollution
27.   Decade of Heavy Storms Has Helped Northwest Glaciers – Don’t Expect That to Last, Studies Show
28.   Is the Public Willing to Pay to Help Fix Climate Change?
29.   Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee Is Running for President on Climate: Climate Hasn’t Caught On
30.   New Yorker Article About Marijuana Strikes Nerve with Researchers
31.   Certain People—Maybe Even You—Have Special Poop That Can Save Lives
32.   End Daylight Saving Time in Washington State? Why a State Lawmaker Thinks the Effort Has a Chance This Year
33.   National Weather Service: Flood Watch, Heavy Rains Forecast for Mason County
34.   Clark County Confirms 22nd Measles Case, Plans Calls to Those Exposed
35.   Ballots for Mason County Special Election in the Mail
36.   Timberland Regional Library Board Issued Harsh Rebuke to Director over Facilities Plan Rollout
37.   This Could Be Seattle’s Warmest January Weather on Record

WORD OF THE DAY

Campestral • \cam-PESS-trull\ • Adjective - Of or relating to fields or open country: rural

“Come on Fred, have a little creativity,” the Bonneville Power Administration contract manager exhorted to his hesitant project team member. “Think of it: a ‘Campestral Discount’ sounds so much more lyrical than ‘Low Density Discount.’ “

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Montana Lawmaker Wants State to Buy Beleaguered Colstrip Power Plant (Associated Press)

2.    Bank Stabilization Planned at Priest Rapids Dam (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)


4.    Flood of Response Pushes Completion of Latest Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas Review to March (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

5.    Public Power Council Elects Officers & Board Members for 2019-2020 (Public Power Council, Portland, OR)

6.    Editorial: Another Dam Study? Give Us a Break (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, WA)

7.    Judge Says Uninsulated Power Conductors Caused California Fires (NBC News)

8.    Pacific Gas & Electric Lines Up $5.5 Billion to Fund Two-Year Bankruptcy Process (Los Angeles Times, CA)

9.    Southern California Edison Sues Santa Barbara County over Last Year’s Deadly Mudslides (Los Angeles Times, CA)

10. Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk? These five people changed their minds about nuclear power. Are you next? (Grist Online)

FISH & WILDLIFE

11. Scientists ID Another Possible Threat to Orcas: Pink Salmon (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

12. River Advocate: Removing Dams Won’t Help Orcas, Environment, Economy (Capital Press)

13. Former WDFW Director, NWIFC’S Chair Take Aim at Seattle Times Salmon-Orca Column (Northwest Sportsman)

14. Salmon Policies Debate Continues Between States (Bend Bulletin, OR)

15. Victims of Bycatch – Declining Fraser River Sturgeon Stocks Lead to Calls for Gill Net Restrictions (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

16. Oceans Are Getting Louder, Posing Potential Threats to Marine Life (NY Times)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

17. Oregon Could Effectively Ban Solar Farms – First, a Bunch of New Ones Will Be Built (Salem Statesman Journal, OR)

18. In Wisconsin, Farmers May Soon Be Milking the Profits of Solar Energy Instead of Cows (National Public Radio)

19. Power Companies Lose Fight over Transmission Costs in Texas, a Win for Renewables (Houston Chronicle, TX)

20. European Power Firms Aim to Harness Electric Car Batteries (Reuters)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

21. Rock Island Accelerates Fiber to Town of Friday Harbor (The Islands’ Sounder, Eastsound, WA)

22. Anacortes, Washington, Solidifies Plans for Better Connectivity with Muni Network (Community Networks)

23. Internet Service for Rural Georgia Could Come from Power Companies (Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA)

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

24. Google Is Fined $57 Million Under Europe’s Data Privacy Law (NY Times)

25. The Pushback Against Smart Cities (Pots & Pans)

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

26. Seattle Recycling Company Settles Lawsuit Over River Pollution (Associated Press)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

27. Decade of Heavy Storms Has Helped Northwest Glaciers – Don’t Expect That to Last, Studies Show (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

28. Is the Public Willing to Pay to Help Fix Climate Change? (Associated Press)

29. Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee Is Running for President on Climate: Climate Hasn’t Caught On (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

30. New Yorker Article About Marijuana Strikes Nerve with Researchers (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

31. Certain People—Maybe Even You—Have Special Poop That Can Save Lives (Gizmodo)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

32. End Daylight Saving Time in Washington State? Why a State Lawmaker Thinks the Effort Has a Chance This Year (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

33. National Weather Service: Flood Watch, Heavy Rains Forecast for Mason County (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

34. Clark County Confirms 22nd Measles Case, Plans Calls to Those Exposed (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

35. Ballots for Mason County Special Election in the Mail (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

36. Timberland Regional Library Board Issued Harsh Rebuke to Director over Facilities Plan Rollout (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

37. This Could Be Seattle’s Warmest January Weather on Record (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Cat Rescued after Sliding Down Indiana Dam’s Spillway

Praying Mantises Hidden in Christmas Tree Take Over Woman’s Home

Parts of Niagara Falls Have Frozen, Leaving Majestic Views

Video Captures Moose Chasing Skiers at Colorado Resort

SONG OF THE DAY

Paul Simon - Slip Slidin’ Away

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Energy News Digest for January 18, 2019


The “Hot Shots” edition of the news digest is available on Facebook, and on Twitter.

To subscribe, email jmyer@masonpud3.org.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS






HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

$30 Million Water Lawsuit over Spokane Water Bills Plows Forward (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Environmental Impact Statement for Columbia, Snake Dam Operations Sped Up – White House order will result in shorter comment period (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Pacific Gas & Electric Bankruptcy Could Deal Blow to Its Solar-Power Suppliers’ Finances (NY Times)

High-Speed Internet on Governor Inslee’s Wish List for Washington State (KUOW Radio, Seattle, WA)

Orca Protection Must Be Part of Canadian Pipeline, Says Energy Board (Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      $30 Million Water Lawsuit over Spokane Water Bills Plows Forward
2.      Environmental Impact Statement for Columbia, Snake Dam Operations Sped Up – White House order will result in shorter comment period
3.      Investors Shrugged Off Pacific Gas & Electric Warnings – Risk of Weather-Related Disasters Mostly Ignored
4.      Portland General Electric Demand Response Pilot Offers $1/Kwh Incentive, Targets 10X Customer Participation Rate
5.      Automatic Meters Aid Wahkiakum PUD in Identifying Problems
6.      Editorial: We Need More Than Solar & Wind to Power the Green New Deal
7.      New Commissioner: Toepper Relies on Advice, Keeps Mind Open on Jefferson PUD
8.      The Utility Dive Team on Power Trends To Watch in 2019
9.      Orca Protection Must Be Part of Canadian Pipeline, Says Energy Board
10.   Orca Calf Offers Hope for a Fading Group in the Pacific Northwest
11.   Banned Fish Trap Returns to Columbia River as Sustainable Way to Catch Salmon
12.   Pacific Gas & Electric Bankruptcy Could Deal Blow to Its Solar-Power Suppliers’ Finances
13.   Google to Buy Power from Solar Farms in Tennessee, Alabama
14.   100 Percent Clean Energy Goals: What Will It Take to Get There?
15.   Oregon Ten-Year Plan Aims to Reduce Energy Burden, Improve Efficiency
16.   The Race to Create the Coolest Smart Home Devices Is Hotter Than Ever
17.   High-Speed Internet on Governor Inslee’s Wish List for Washington State
18.   Hillsboro, Multnomah County Pursuing Fast Internet Service – Slowly
19.   Why These Utilities Are Dialing Up Efforts to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural America
20.   The Huge ‘Collection #1’ Data Breach Is Only a Small Part of Much Larger Hacker Dataset
21.   Washington State: Navy Dumps Hazardous Material into Puget Sound
22.   Poll: After 2018’s Smoke & Dead Orcas, Washington State Voters Want Environmental Action
23.   Carbon Problem Gets Worse in WA — Despite ‘Climate Hawk’ Governor
24.   Ex-California Governor Brown Warns Washington State Lawmakers: Climate Change Will Get Worse
25.   If Progressive Democrats Care So Much About the Climate, Why Are They Trying to Kill Nuclear Power?
26.   Ruralite Services Names New Director of Marketing & Business Development
27.   Radon Causes Cancer. These Tourists Drink It Up
28.   Asteroids Are Smacking Earth Twice as Often as Before
29.   World’s Oldest Known Periodic Table Found during Cleanup of Scottish Lab
30.   Local Lawmakers Consider Special Honor for a Washington State Clam
31.   Why Alaska Has More at Stake in the Government Shutdown than Any Other State
32.   Seattle Breaks Weather Record: Warmest First-Half of January Ever
33.   Washington Banks Offering Aid to Federal Workers during Shutdown
34.   Mason County Inmate Arrested - Drug Smuggling in “Bodily Orifice” Alleged

WORD OF THE DAY

Desideratum • \dih-si-duh-ROT-tum\ • Noun – Something that is needed or wanted. Something desired as essential (plural is desiderata).

Les Crane – Desiderata

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    $30 Million Water Lawsuit over Spokane Water Bills Plows Forward (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

2.    Environmental Impact Statement for Columbia, Snake Dam Operations Sped Up – White House order will result in shorter comment period (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

3.    Investors Shrugged Off Pacific Gas & Electric Warnings – Risk of Weather-Related Disasters Mostly Ignored (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

4.    Portland General Electric Demand Response Pilot Offers $1/Kwh Incentive, Targets 10X Customer participation rate (Utility Dive)

5.    Automatic Meters Aid Wahkiakum PUD in Identifying Problems (The Wahkiakum Eagle, Cathlamet, WA)

6.    Editorial: We Need More Than Solar & Wind to Power the Green New Deal – We’re also going to need nuclear, geothermal & fossil-fuel plants (NY Times)

7.    New Commissioner: Toepper Relies on Advice, Keeps Mind Open on Jefferson PUD (Port Townsend Leader, WA)

8.    The Utility Dive Team on Power Trends To Watch in 2019 (Utility Dive)

FISH & WILDLIFE

9.    Orca Protection Must Be Part of Canadian Pipeline, Says Energy Board (Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA)

10. Orca Calf Offers Hope for a Fading Group in the Pacific Northwest (NY Times)

11. Banned Fish Trap Returns to Columbia River as Sustainable Way to Catch Salmon (Northwest Public Radio)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

12. Pacific Gas & Electric Bankruptcy Could Deal Blow to Its Solar-Power Suppliers’ Finances (NY Times)

13. Google to Buy Power from Solar Farms in Tennessee, Alabama (Associated Press)

14. 100 Percent Clean Energy Goals: What Will It Take to Get There? (Renewable Energy World)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

15. Oregon Ten-Year Plan Aims to Reduce Energy Burden, Improve Efficiency (Utility Dive)

16. The Race to Create the Coolest Smart Home Devices Is Hotter Than Ever (SF Chronicle)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

17. High-Speed Internet on Governor Inslee’s Wish List for Washington State (KUOW Radio, Seattle, WA)

18. Hillsboro, Multnomah County Pursuing Fast Internet Service – Slowly (Oregonian, Portland)

19. Why These Utilities Are Dialing Up Efforts to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural America (Huffington Post)

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

20. The Huge ‘Collection #1’ Data Breach Is Only a Small Part of Much Larger Hacker Dataset (Mashable)

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

21. Washington State: Navy Dumps Hazardous Material into Puget Sound (Associated Press)

22. Poll: After 2018’s Smoke & Dead Orcas, Washington State Voters Want Environmental Action (Crosscut Seattle)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

23. Carbon Problem Gets Worse in WA — Despite ‘Climate Hawk’ Governor (KUOW Radio, Seattle, WA)

24. Ex-California Governor Brown Warns Washington State Lawmakers: Climate Change Will Get Worse (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA – Love the Dixy Lee Ray photobomb in the pic.)

25. If Progressive Democrats Care So Much About the Climate, Why Are They Trying to Kill Nuclear Power? (Forbes Magazine)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

26. Ruralite Services Names New Director of Marketing & Business Development (Ruralite Services)

STEAMING VATS OF GOO – SCIENCE IN THE ROUND

27. Radon Causes Cancer. These Tourists Drink It Up (NY Times)

28. Asteroids Are Smacking Earth Twice as Often as Before (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

29. World’s Oldest Known Periodic Table Found during Cleanup of Scottish Lab

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

30. Local Lawmakers Consider Special Honor for a Washington State Clam (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

31. Why Alaska Has More at Stake in the Government Shutdown than Any Other State (Washington Post)

GENERAL NEWS

32. Seattle Breaks Weather Record: Warmest First-Half of January Ever (Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA)

33. Washington Banks Offering Aid to Federal Workers during Shutdown (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

34. Mason County Inmate Arrested - Drug Smuggling in “Bodily Orifice” Alleged (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE RETIREMENT HOME – DIVERSIONS

An Email Typo Just Made This Guy a Bunch of New Friends

Emotional Support Alligator Makes New Friends at Assisted-Living Facility

Driver Attempts to Destroy Giant Snowman, Not Realizing It’s Built on a Large Tree Trunk

Police Seek Volunteers to Get Drunk for Them; Many Respond

SONG OF THE DAY

Willie Nelson – Whiskey River

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY 

Links in the news digest lead to current stories. Media organizations update their websites regularly, which may result in broken links.