Thursday, May 24, 2018

Abridged Energy News Digest for May 24, 2018


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Trump Administration Says It Won’t Sell Off BPA Transmission Lines (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Washington State Carbon Initiative Fails To Get Labor Council Support (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

Avista to Spend $165 Million on New Smart Meters (Associated Press)

Jackie Flowers – Tacoma Public Utility Board Chooses Its Next Director. Next Stop: City Council (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)

Seattle Water Quality Project Trending $30 Million over Budget (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Trump Administration Says It Won’t Sell Off BPA Transmission Lines
2.      Herrera Beutler Praises Trump Administration’s Move to Abandon Bonneville Power Administration Privatization
3.      Jackie Flowers – Tacoma Public Utility Board Chooses Its Next Director. Next Stop: City Council
4.      Wayne King, Who Is Retiring, Tells of Tenure on the Jefferson County PUD Commission
5.      Former Cowlitz PUD Commissioner Ned Piper Will Run to Regain Seat
6.      Columbia River Flood Control & Power Rates Will Depend on Treaty Talks
7.      Train Severs Teen’s Leg in Washougal – Clark Public Utilities Worker Provides First Aid
8.      Oregon: Contract Keeps City of Cove’s Hydro Plant Running
9.      Columbia River Spill Order to Cost Umatilla Electric $204,000
10.   Seattle Water Quality Project Trending $30 Million over Budget
11.   Eightmile Dam near Leavenworth Has New Spillway, Is Being Monitored
12.   City of Spokane Offering Up to $500 Utility Rebate If You Remodel Your Yard
13.   Blockchain Helps Us Take Green Power into Our Own Hands
14.   General Electric’s Power Unit Fights for Growth as Wind, Solar Gain
15.   Avista to Spend $165 Million on New Smart Meters
16.   Washington State Carbon Initiative Fails To Get Labor Council Support
17.   Few Energy Technologies, Sectors on Track for Climate Goals: IEA
18.   How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Event
19.   Police: Shelton Woman Held in Hammer Attack on Neighbor
20.   National Park Service to Allow Wireless Facilities Inside Mount Rainier National Park
21.   Mason County Unemployment Down in April
22.   Washington Secretary of State Warns Businesses of Letters Seeking Payment
23.   Pierce County: Handgun Found Lodged in Car’s Bumper
24.   Standing for National Anthem Now Required: NFL Adopts New Policy to Address Protests

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Trump Administration Says It Won’t Sell Off BPA Transmission Lines (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

2.    Herrera Beutler Praises Trump Administration’s Move to Abandon Bonneville Power Administration Privatization (Longview Daily News, WA)

3.    Jackie Flowers – Tacoma Public Utility Board Chooses Its Next Director. Next Stop: City Council (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)

4.    Wayne King, Who Is Retiring, Tells of Tenure on the Jefferson County PUD Commission (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

5.    Former Cowlitz PUD Commissioner Ned Piper Will Run to Regain Seat (Longview Daily News, WA)

6.    Columbia River Flood Control & Power Rates Will Depend on Treaty Talks (Longview Daily News, WA)

7.    Train Severs Teen’s Leg in Washougal – Clark Public Utilities Worker Provides First Aid (Camas-Washougal Post Record, WA)

8.    Oregon: Contract Keeps City of Cove’s Hydro Plant Running (LaGrande Observer, OR)

FISH & WILDLIFE

9.    Columbia River Spill Order to Cost Umatilla Electric $204,000 (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

10. Seattle Water Quality Project Trending $30 Million over Budget (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

11. Eightmile Dam near Leavenworth Has New Spillway, Is Being Monitored (Northwest Public Radio)

12. City of Spokane Offering Up to $500 Utility Rebate If You Remodel Your Yard (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

13. Blockchain Helps Us Take Green Power into Our Own Hands (C/NET News)

14. General Electric’s Power Unit Fights for Growth as Wind, Solar Gain (Reuters)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

15. Avista to Spend $165 Million on New Smart Meters (Associated Press)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

16. Washington State Carbon Initiative Fails To Get Labor Council Support (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

17. Few Energy Technologies, Sectors on Track for Climate Goals: IEA (Reuters)

MARKETING & MEDIA

18. How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Event (Social Media Examiner)

GENERAL NEWS

19. Police: Shelton Woman Held in Hammer Attack on Neighbor (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

20. National Park Service to Allow Wireless Facilities Inside Mount Rainier National Park (South Sound Business Examiner)

21. Mason County Unemployment Down in April (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

22. Washington Secretary of State Warns Businesses of Letters Seeking Payment (Puget Sound Business Journal)

23. Pierce County: Handgun Found Lodged in Car’s Bumper (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

24. Standing for National Anthem Now Required: NFL Adopts New Policy to Address Protests (Associated Press)

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Energy News Digest for May 17, 2018


PROGRAMMING NOTE

The energy news digest will be communing with its public power brethren next week. It will return Friday, May 25. Really cool, busting-buttons type news will be shared on the news digest’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Surging Northern Pike Population in Lake Roosevelt Could Threaten Salmon, Steelhead Downstream (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Fudging 60 Hertz – Clocks May Go a Little Cuckoo with Power Grid Change (Associated Press)

SkagitNet: Port of Skagit & Skagit PUD Form Broadband Company (Skagit Valley Herald, Mt Vernon, WA)

Report: Washington State Leads Nation in Energy Efficiency Jobs (Washington State Wire, Olympia)

Electric Utilities at Risk from Climate Goals despite Paris Exit, Moody’s Says (Washington Examiner)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Fudging 60 Hertz – Clocks May Go a Little Cuckoo with Power Grid Change
2.      Power Outages Linger as U-S Northeast Recovers from Deadly Storm
3.      Editorial: You’re Paying $388,000 Salary, So Don’t Ignore Tacoma Utility Chief Hire
4.      Jefferson PUD, Weed Board Clear Out Transmission Corridor
5.      Bonneville Power Administration Employees’ Skills on Display at Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair
6.      Judy Wilson Announces Bid for Grant PUD Commission
7.      Full Reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s Grid Could Take a Decade, Says Lead Contractor
8.      Utilities Join Grid Recovery Initiative to Stockpile Transmission Equipment
9.      Texas Utility Blamed for Electrocution in Floodwaters
10.   Bitcoin’s Energy Use Got Studied, & You Libertarian Nerds Look Even Worse than Usual
11.   California’s Electricity Future in Peril without a Plan, Commission President Warns
12.   Decision on Smart Meter Texas Will Help Customers & Advanced Energy Providers Put Data to Work
13.   Surging Northern Pike Population in Lake Roosevelt Could Threaten Salmon, Steelhead Downstream
14.   Salmon Migration Lessons Like Fantasy Football for Fish, with 2,000 Classrooms Playing
15.   Clallam County: Jamestown Oyster Farm in Wildlife Refuge Put on Hold
16.   Op/Ed: Idaho Congressmen Sell Out Our Salmon
17.   Petition Drive Set for Tax on Portland Retailers to Fund Green Programs
18.   If Renewables Are So Great for the Environment, Why Do They Keep Destroying It?
19.   Report Details Impact of Higher Renewables on Wholesale Markets
20.   SkagitNet: Port of Skagit & Skagit PUD Form Broadband Company
21.   Hillsboro Reverses Course, Plans City-Run Internet Service
22.   U-S Senate Votes to Save Net Neutrality Rules
23.   The False 5G Narrative in DC
24.   Washington State’s Electric Car Sales Tax Break Drives Away May 31
25.   Report: Washington State Leads Nation in Energy Efficiency Jobs
26.   Chelan PUD Issues Columbia River Warning
27.   Federal Study Finds High Uranium Concentration in Some NE Washington State Wells
28.   Electric Utilities at Risk from Climate Goals despite Paris Exit, Moody’s Says
29.   Global Warming – Earth Just Had Its 400th Straight Warmer-Than-Average Month
30.   Wyoming Inaugurates Center to Test Uses for Captured Carbon Dioxide
31.   Study: As Oceans Warm, Fish Are Moving North
32.   People Who Live in Small Towns & Rural Areas Are Happier Than Everyone Else, Researchers Say
33.   Old Dog Gets a New Home in Coldwell Banker’s Adorable New Ad
34.   Industrial Hemp Being Used to Build Home in Bellingham
35.   Teen Who Started $40 Million Eagle Creek Fire Returns to Court to Learn What He Must Pay
36.   ‘A Demented Social Club’: Dozens More Charges Filed in Probe of Pacific Northwest Wildlife Poaching Ring
37.   How the Seattle Times Covered the Mount St. Helens Eruption in 1980
38.   Mason County Elections: Day 3 of Candidate Filing
39.   Road Work Planned for Dayton Airport Road near Shelton
40.   State Baseball Preview: Shelton Highclimbers Face Tough Test against Southridge

WORD OF THE DAY

Arcadia • \ar-KAY-dee-uh\ • Noun – A region or scene of simple pleasure & quiet

Halfway through the news conference, Abercrombie leaned back in his chair, took a deep sigh and escaped to his “happy place.” Voracious journalists continued to pepper him with pointed questions, but all he heard was the buzzing of big, awkward bumblebees, flitting from flower to flower in his Arcadian retreat. Five hours later he snapped out of his reverie, in an empty, darkened conference room.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Fudging 60 Hertz – Clocks May Go a Little Cuckoo with Power Grid Change (Associated Press)

2.    Power Outages Linger as U-S Northeast Recovers from Deadly Storm (Reuters)

3.    Editorial: You’re Paying $388,000 Salary, So Don’t Ignore Tacoma Utility Chief Hire (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

4.    Jefferson PUD, Weed Board Clear Out Transmission Corridor (Port Townsend Leader, WA)

5.    Bonneville Power Administration Employees’ Skills on Display at Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair (Bonneville Power Administration)

6.    Judy Wilson Announces Bid for Grant PUD Commission (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

7.    Full Reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s Grid Could Take a Decade, Says Lead Contractor (Utility Dive)

8.    Utilities Join Grid Recovery Initiative to Stockpile Transmission Equipment (Utility Dive)

9.    Texas Utility Blamed for Electrocution in Floodwaters (Courthouse News Service)

10. Bitcoin’s Energy Use Got Studied, & You Libertarian Nerds Look Even Worse than Usual (Grist Online)

11. California’s Electricity Future in Peril without a Plan, Commission President Warns (Silicon Valley Business Journal, CA)

12. Decision on Smart Meter Texas Will Help Customers & Advanced Energy Providers Put Data to Work (The Energy Collective)

FISH & WILDLIFE

13. Surging Northern Pike Population in Lake Roosevelt Could Threaten Salmon, Steelhead Downstream (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

14. Salmon Migration Lessons Like Fantasy Football for Fish, with 2,000 Classrooms Playing (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

15. Clallam County: Jamestown Oyster Farm in Wildlife Refuge Put on Hold (Associated Press)

16. Op/Ed: Idaho Congressmen Sell Out Our Salmon (Idaho Mountain Express, Ketchum)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

17. Petition Drive Set for Tax on Portland Retailers to Fund Green Programs (Portland Business Journal, OR)

18. If Renewables Are So Great for the Environment, Why Do They Keep Destroying It? (Forbes Magazine)

19. Report Details Impact of Higher Renewables on Wholesale Markets (American Public Power Association)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

20. SkagitNet: Port of Skagit & Skagit PUD Form Broadband Company (Skagit Valley Herald, Mt Vernon, WA)

21. Hillsboro Reverses Course, Plans City-Run Internet Service (Oregonian, Portland)

22. U-S Senate Votes to Save Net Neutrality Rules (Courthouse News Service)

23. The False 5G Narrative in DC (POTs & PANs)

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

24. Washington State’s Electric Car Sales Tax Break Drives Away May 31 (Northwest Public Broadcasting)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

25. Report: Washington State Leads Nation in Energy Efficiency Jobs (Washington State Wire, Olympia)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

26. Chelan PUD Issues Columbia River Warning (NCW Life Channel, East Wenatchee, WA)

27. Federal Study Finds High Uranium Concentration in Some NE Washington State Wells (Associated Press)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

28. Electric Utilities at Risk from Climate Goals despite Paris Exit, Moody’s Says (Washington Examiner)

29. Global Warming – Earth Just Had Its 400th Straight Warmer-Than-Average Month (USA Today)

30. Wyoming Inaugurates Center to Test Uses for Captured Carbon Dioxide (Utility Dive)

31. Study: As Oceans Warm, Fish Are Moving North (Courthouse News Service)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

32. People Who Live in Small Towns & Rural Areas Are Happier Than Everyone Else, Researchers Say (Washington Post)

33. Old Dog Gets a New Home in Coldwell Banker’s Adorable New Ad (AdWeek)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

34. Industrial Hemp Being Used to Build Home in Bellingham (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

35. Teen Who Started $40 Million Eagle Creek Fire Returns to Court to Learn What He Must Pay (Oregonian, Portland)

36. ‘A Demented Social Club’: Dozens More Charges Filed in Probe of Pacific Northwest Wildlife Poaching Ring (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

37. How the Seattle Times Covered the Mount St. Helens Eruption in 1980 (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

38. Mason County Elections: Day 3 of Candidate Filing (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

39. Road Work Planned for Dayton Airport Road near Shelton (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

40. State Baseball Preview: Shelton Highclimbers Face Tough Test against Southridge (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

25-Year Old Man Arrested for Posing as Texas High School Athlete

Painting That Hung in a Chicago Convention Center Brings Unexpected Windfall

$50,000 Powerball Winner Almost Out of Time to Claim Prize

Decades after Woman Finds Baby Buried Alive In Shallow Grave, the Two Reunite

SONG OF THE DAY

Jackson Browne - The Pretender

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