Friday, November 15, 2019

The Energy News Digest for November 15, 2019


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

After 20 Years, Makah Tribe Hopes to Hunt Whales Again (Associated Press)

Snake & Columbia River Dams – Why Breaching Would Do More Harm Than Good (Washington House Republican Caucus)

Avista Says Customers Have Been Targeted by Utility Scams (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

Grant PUD Announces Plans to Fully Fund Fiber Expansion in 2020 (iFiberOne News, Ephrata, WA)

Boil Water Advisory Issued at Lake Limerick (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.        Avista Says Customers Have Been Targeted by Utility Scams
2.        New Scams Target Pacific Gas & Electric Customers’ Financial & Personal Info, Authorities Say
3.        Grant PUD Now Knows What’s Causing Scores of Pole Fires in Grant County, Fix Imminent
4.        Bid Awarded for Centralia City Light Salzer Substation Project
5.        Wahkiakum PUD: Keeping Up with Inflation
6.        Bonneville Power Administration Reports on Fiscal Year 2019 Performance
7.        Southern California Edison Strikes $360-Million Settlement Over Wildfires & Mudslide
8.        Tennessee Valley Authority in Long-Term Deals to Sell Power
9.        Canada: Churchill Falls Lineman Gets Electric Shock after Ground Wire Stolen
10.     Customer Satisfaction with Utilities Climbs, J.D. Power Finds
11.     U.S. Natural Gas Production, Consumption, & Exports Set New Records in 2018
12.     Snake & Columbia River Dams – Why Breaching Would Do More Harm Than Good
13.     Asotin City Council Voices the Impacts of Dam Breaching
14.     After 20 Years, Makah Tribe Hopes to Hunt Whales Again
15.     Idaho Governor’s Salmon Workgroup to Hold Public Meeting in Boise
16.     Fish & Wildlife Manager Discusses Delay of Commercial Crab Fishing
17.     Taylor Shellfish, Swinomish in Midst of Legal Battle over Shellfish Permit
18.     Boil Water Advisory Issued at Lake Limerick
19.     California: Monterey Bay Desalination Plant Debated by Coastal Commission
20.     California Will Still Require Rooftop Solar Panels on New Homes — At Least for Now
21.     Idaho: Bonneville Power Administration Energy Savings Incentives Allow Heyburn Cheese Plant to Implement Upgrades
22.     Grant PUD Announces Plans to Fully Fund Fiber Expansion in 2020
23.     More ReConnect News – USDA Invests $7.2 Million in Rural Broadband for Iowa & South Dakota Families
24.     FCC Sued by Dozens of Cities after Voting to Kill Local Fees & Rules
25.     Amazon Challenges Pentagon’s $10-Billion Cloud Award to Microsoft
26.     Kilmer Op/Ed: Climate Change Solutions Can’t Wait for the Politics to Catch Up
27.     Why Some Hydropower Plants Are Worse for the Climate Than Coal
28.     Marijuana, Hemp Cross-Pollination a Budding Conflict
29.     Public-Funded Oroville Dam Advertising Called ‘Propaganda.’ Here’s How Much It Cost
30.     Beer Insulting California Utility Pacific Gas & Electric Brews Backlash
31.     Kevin Shutty, Mason County Commissioner Announces Reelection Bid
32.     Congressman Dan Newhouse to Run for a Fourth Term
33.     Nine Quakes Hit Puget Sound Region in Less Than a Week
34.     In Damning Report, Watchdog Paints Troubling Picture of Relationship Between NASA & Boeing
35.     Wet Weekend Ahead Before Temperatures Drop Next Week
36.     Soccer Championships Impacted by Copper Wire Theft at Tukwila’s Starfire Sports Complex

WORD OF THE DAY

White Elephant /WYTE-EL-uh-funt/ Noun – 1: a property requiring much care & expense & yielding little profit 2: an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to others 3: something of little or no value

Did You Know? - The real white elephant (the kind with a trunk) is a pale pachyderm that has long been an object of veneration in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar. Too revered to be a beast of burden, the white elephant earned a reputation as a burdensome beast—one that required constant care and feeding but never brought a single cent (or paisa or satang or pya) to its owner. One story has it that the kings of Siam (the old name for Thailand) gave white elephants as gifts to those they wished to ruin, hoping that the cost of maintaining the voracious but sacred mammal would drive its new owner to the poorhouse.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Avista Says Customers Have Been Targeted by Utility Scams (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

2.      New Scams Target Pacific Gas & Electric Customers’ Financial & Personal Info, Authorities Say (Sacramento Bee, CA)

3.      Grant PUD Now Knows What’s Causing Scores of Pole Fires in Grant County, Fix Imminent (iFiberOne News, Ephrata, WA)

4.      Bid Awarded for Centralia City Light Salzer Substation Project (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

5.      Wahkiakum PUD: Keeping Up with Inflation (Wahkiakum Eagle, Cathlamet, WA)

6.      Bonneville Power Administration Reports on Fiscal Year 2019 Performance (Bonneville Power Administration)

7.      Southern California Edison Strikes $360-Million Settlement Over Wildfires & Mudslide (Los Angeles Times, CA)

8.      Tennessee Valley Authority in Long-Term Deals to Sell Power (Associated Press)

9.      Canada: Churchill Falls Lineman Gets Electric Shock after Ground Wire Stolen (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

10.   Customer Satisfaction with Utilities Climbs, J.D. Power Finds (Power Grid International)

11.   U.S. Natural Gas Production, Consumption, & Exports Set New Records in 2018 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

SNAKES & LADDERS


13.   Asotin City Council Voices the Impacts of Dam Breaching (KLEW-TV, Lewiston, ID)

FISH & WILDLIFE

14.   After 20 Years, Makah Tribe Hopes to Hunt Whales Again (Associated Press)

15.   Idaho Governor’s Salmon Workgroup to Hold Public Meeting in Boise (Idaho Falls Post-Register, ID)

16.   Fish & Wildlife Manager Discusses Delay of Commercial Crab Fishing (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)


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

18.   Boil Water Advisory Issued at Lake Limerick (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

19.   California: Monterey Bay Desalination Plant Debated by Coastal Commission (Courthouse News Service)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

20.   California Will Still Require Rooftop Solar Panels on New Homes — At Least for Now (Los Angeles Times, CA)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

21.   Idaho: Bonneville Power Administration Energy Savings Incentives Allow Heyburn Cheese Plant to Implement Upgrades (News Press Now)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

22.   Grant PUD Announces Plans to Fully Fund Fiber Expansion in 2020 (iFiberOne News, Ephrata, WA)


24.   FCC Sued by Dozens of Cities after Voting to Kill Local Fees & Rules (Ars Technica)

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

25.   Amazon Challenges Pentagon’s $10-Billion Cloud Award to Microsoft (Reuters)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

26.   Kilmer Op/Ed: Climate Change Solutions Can’t Wait for the Politics to Catch Up (Roll Call, Washington, DC)

27.   Why Some Hydropower Plants Are Worse for the Climate Than Coal (Grist Online)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

28.   Marijuana, Hemp Cross-Pollination a Budding Conflict (Associated Press)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

29.   Public-Funded Oroville Dam Advertising Called ‘Propaganda.’ Here’s How Much It Cost (Sacramento Bee, CA)

30.   Beer Insulting California Utility Pacific Gas & Electric Brews Backlash (Associated Press)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

31.   Kevin Shutty, Mason County Commissioner Announces Reelection Bid (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

32.   Congressman Dan Newhouse to Run for a Fourth Term (KONA-Radio, Tri-Cities, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

33.   Nine Quakes Hit Puget Sound Region in Less Than a Week (KING TV, Seattle, WA)

34.   In Damning Report, Watchdog Paints Troubling Picture of Relationship Between NASA & Boeing (Washington Post)

35.   Wet Weekend Ahead Before Temperatures Drop Next Week (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

36.   Soccer Championships Impacted by Copper Wire Theft at Tukwila’s Starfire Sports Complex (KING TV, Seattle, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

‘One-In-A-Million’ Buck Spotted by Former Hunter: ‘I’ve Never Heard of One’

Rescue: ‘Unicorn’ Puppy Doesn’t Notice ‘Tail’ Growth on Head

Facing Objections, Sound Transit Drops ‘Red Line’ as the Name for Its Light-Rail Route

U.S. Cows Swim Miles to Safety After Storm Sweeps Them into the Sea

SONG OF THE DAY

Albert Hammond – I’m a Train

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Energy News Digest for November 13, 2019 – Hot Shots Edition


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Lawsuit Aims to Kill Stalled $2B Kalama Methanol Refinery Project (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

Grant PUD to Discuss ‘Emerging Industry’ Rates (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

East Wenatchee Sets Cryptocurrency Regulations (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

Umatilla Electric Cooperative Adds Voice to Support of Bills Aimed at Protecting Nonprofit Status (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

Navajo Generating Station, 2.2-GW Coal-Fired Behemoth Could Permanently Close This Week (Power Magazine)

Washington Salmon, Orca Preservation Projects Impacted by Geoduck Tariffs (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Proponents of Chehalis Basin Flood Protections & Fish Enhancement Joining Forces (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

Snohomish PUD Accepting Applications for Low-Income Solar Power Grant (Everett Herald, WA)

Rainier Connect to Operate Tacoma’s Click! Network (South Sound Business)

High Demand Causes Login Problems on Disney+ Launch Day (Ars Technica)

Costco Warns Customers About Scam Coupon Spreading on Social Media (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

SONG OF THE DAY

Hudson Horns Collective – This Will Be (Natalie Cole Cover)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Energy News Digest for November 12, 2019


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Ports, Cowlitz PUD: Lower Columbia River Dam Removal ‘Wrong, Very Extreme’ Path (Longview Daily News, WA)

AP: At Least 1,680 Dams Across the U.S. Pose Potential Risk (Associated Press)

California Might Not Require Solar Panels on New Homes, After All (Los Angeles Times, CA)

As Oregon Lags Behind on Its Electric Vehicle Goals, Portland General Electric Makes Time of Use Rates Optional to Expand Access (Utility Dive)

Big Changes Happening Soon for US 101 Near Shelton (Washington State Department Of Transportation)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.        Ports, Cowlitz PUD: Lower Columbia River Dam Removal ‘Wrong, Very Extreme’ Path
2.        County Commissioners Address Governor to Save Snake River Dams
3.        Op/Ed: A Week without Wind Shows the Value of Hydropower & the Snake River Dams
4.        AP: At Least 1,680 Dams Across the U.S. Pose Potential Risk
5.        Pacific Gas & Electric Raises Wildfire Compensation Offer to $13.5 Billion as California Turns Up Pressure
6.        Pocatello to Pay $1.1 Million to Lawyers in Utility Fee Lawsuit
7.        New York Governor Threatens National Grid: Provide Gas or Lose Your License
8.        Natural Gas or Renewables? New Orleans Choice Is Shadowed by Katrina
9.        Dry Conditions in Southern Oregon Generate Worries about Salmon
10.     Study: Microplastics in Majority of Oregon Shellfish
11.     Sage Grouse Court Order Trims Energy Lease Auction in Nevada
12.     A Silicon Valley Disruption for Birds That Gorge on Endangered Fish
13.     Kilmer Receives “Salmon Champion Award”
14.     British Columbia: Federal Leadership Urged on Transboundary Water Issues
15.     California: Water Supplier Temporarily Backs Out of Contentious Shasta Dam Deal
16.     California Might Not Require Solar Panels on New Homes, After All
17.     Op/Ed: Sacramento Municipal Utility District Plan Could Block Addition of New Community Solar, Storage to Local Grid
18.     McDonald’s Signs ‘Long Term’ Deals for Texas Wind & Solar Energy
19.     25/3 Speed Standard: Senators Introduce Bill to Create ‘Parity’ among Broadband Programs
20.     West Virginia Tries to Intervene in Federal Fraud Case over Broadband Expansion Funds
21.     Op/Ed: A Broadband Model for Idaho
22.     As Oregon Lags Behind on Its Electric Vehicle Goals, Portland General Electric Makes Time of Use Rates Optional to Expand Access
23.     Student Journalists at Northwestern Apologized for Photographing Protesters (In Public). Then, the Backlash Began.
24.     Facebook Bug Secretly Turns on iPhone Camera
25.     Two 12th District Legislators Honored with Awards, Including Recognition from the Washington PUD Association
26.     Big Changes Happening Soon for US 101 Near Shelton
27.     Boeing 737 Max Jets Could Fly Again by January with Safety Checks Under Way
28.     Lacey Sears Among Stores Slated to Close
29.     Value Village Misled Customers by Marketing Itself as a Charity, Judge Rules

WORD OF THE DAY – HORRIBLE HAIKU EDITION

Teleological / tell-ee-uh-LODGE-jih-CULL/ Adjective – Exhibiting or relating to design or purpose especially in nature.

Nature’s sweet design
Teleological thrill
The circle of life


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Ports, Cowlitz PUD: Lower Columbia River Dam Removal ‘Wrong, Very Extreme’ Path (Longview Daily News, WA)

2.      County Commissioners Address Governor to Save Snake River Dams (KLEW-TV, Lewiston, ID)

3.      Op/Ed: A Week without Wind Shows the Value of Hydropower & the Snake River Dams (Tri-City Herald, WA)

4.      AP: At Least 1,680 Dams Across the U.S. Pose Potential Risk (Associated Press)

5.      Pacific Gas & Electric Raises Wildfire Compensation Offer to $13.5 Billion as California Turns Up Pressure (Utility Dive)

6.      Pocatello to Pay $1.1 Million to Lawyers in Utility Fee Lawsuit (Associated Press)

7.      New York Governor Threatens National Grid: Provide Gas or Lose Your License (NY Times)

8.      Natural Gas or Renewables? New Orleans Choice Is Shadowed by Katrina (NY Times)

FISH & WILDLIFE

9.      Dry Conditions in Southern Oregon Generate Worries about Salmon (Oregonian, Portland, OR)

10.   Study: Microplastics in Majority of Oregon Shellfish (Associated Press)

11.   Sage Grouse Court Order Trims Energy Lease Auction in Nevada (Associated Press)

12.   A Silicon Valley Disruption for Birds That Gorge on Endangered Fish (NY Times)

13.   Kilmer Receives “Salmon Champion Award” (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

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

14.   British Columbia: Federal Leadership Urged on Transboundary Water Issues (The Cordova Times, BC)
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2019/11/07/federal-leadership-urged-on-transboundary-water-issues/

15.   California: Water Supplier Temporarily Backs Out of Contentious Shasta Dam Deal (Courthouse News Service)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

16.   California Might Not Require Solar Panels on New Homes, After All (Los Angeles Times, CA)

17.   Op/Ed: Sacramento Municipal Utility District Plan Could Block Addition of New Community Solar, Storage to Local Grid (Utility Dive)

18.   McDonald’s Signs ‘Long Term’ Deals for Texas Wind & Solar Energy (CNBC)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

19.   25/3 Speed Standard: Senators Introduce Bill to Create ‘Parity’ among Broadband Programs (The Hill, Washington, DC)

20.   West Virginia Tries to Intervene in Federal Fraud Case over Broadband Expansion Funds (MetroNews, Charleston, WV)

21.   Op/Ed: A Broadband Model for Idaho (Post Register, Idaho Falls, ID)

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

22.   As Oregon Lags Behind on Its Electric Vehicle Goals, Portland General Electric Makes Time of Use Rates Optional to Expand Access (Utility Dive)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

23.   Student Journalists at Northwestern Apologized for Photographing Protesters (In Public). Then, the Backlash Began. (Washington Post)

24.   Facebook Bug Secretly Turns on iPhone Camera (Mashable)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

25.   Two 12th District Legislators Honored with Awards, Including Recognition from the Washington PUD Association (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

26.   Big Changes Happening Soon for US 101 Near Shelton (Washington State Department Of Transportation)

27.   Boeing 737 Max Jets Could Fly Again by January with Safety Checks Under Way (The Guardian, UK)

28.   Lacey Sears Among Stores Slated to Close (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

29.   Value Village Misled Customers by Marketing Itself as a Charity, Judge Rules (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

He Wanted a Pet Monkey, But Stole a Lemur Instead; Then He Bragged About It, FBI Says

Seismologists Measure Shake from Fans at Seattle Sounders Victory

Japan ‘Glasses Ban’ for Women at Work Sparks Backlash

Some in Idaho Want to Stop ‘Plague’ of Californians Moving In

SONG OF THE DAY

Heatwave - Natalie Williams & Soul Family

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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