Friday, September 14, 2018

Energy News Digest for September 14, 2018


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Ailing Orca Is Probably Dead, Whale Researcher Says (Oregonian, Portland)

PacifiCorp’s Oregon Smart Meter Rollout Hits Bumps (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Microsoft Is Rolling Out a Rural Broadband Plan — But Iowa Counties That Benefit Aren’t Rural (Des Moines Register, IA)

17 Bipartisan Governors Vow to Fight Climate Change—And President Trump (Atlantic Magazine)

Special Solar Panels Turn Air into Drinking Water (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      PacifiCorp’s Oregon Smart Meter Rollout Hits Bumps
2.      U-S Senators Tout Oregon Projects in Energy, Water Spending Bill
3.      Lead U-S Negotiators for New Columbia River Treaty Hold Portland Town Hall
4.      Massachusetts Disaster: Columbia Gas Announced It Was ‘Improving’ Gas Service on Day of Explosions
5.      FERC, NERC Open Inquiry into Winter Load Event That Stressed Midwest Grids
6.      Ailing Orca Is Probably Dead, Whale Researcher Says
7.      Huge Marine Protection Area to Be Created Off Northern Vancouver Island
8.      Draft Columbia Basin Fish Accords Extension Out for Review; Less Expensive, Shorter Duration
9.      News Release: Senator Murray – Deal Keeps Politics Out of Columbia River System Operations
10.   Spokane Tribe Launches ‘Children of the Sun’ Solar Initiative, with Long-Range Plans for Energy Independence
11.   As Storms Bear Down, More Homeowners Look to Batteries – Not Generators – for Backup Power
12.   Microsoft Is Rolling Out a Rural Broadband Plan — But Iowa Counties That Benefit Aren’t Rural
13.   FCC Speed Tests for Internet Service Providers
14.   Wired Icelanders Seek to Keep Remote Peninsula Digital-Free
15.   Forget Smart Ovens. Intelligent HVAC Is the Smart Home’s Future
16.   Longview Water Meter Costs to Rise Slightly after Contract Change
17.   17 Bipartisan Governors Vow to Fight Climate Change—And President Trump
18.   Challenge at a Climate Conference: Keeping It Green
19.   Nike Stock Closes at All-Time High in Aftermath of Colin Kaepernick Ad Campaign
20.   Special Solar Panels Turn Air into Drinking Water
21.   Oregon Lawmakers Try to Force Trump Administration to Follow Through on Tribal Housing
22.   Jam-Packed Gathering Shows Support for Tumwater Teachers
23.   Tentative Contract Agreement Reached in Week-Long Tacoma Teachers Strike
24.   Much of Carolinas Awash after Hurricane Florence Moves In
25.   Humane Society Seeks Help with 36 Pets Recovered from Kitsap County Home

WORD OF THE DAY

Minion • \MIN-yun\ • noun: 1: a servile dependent, follower, or underling 2: one highly favored: IDOL 3: a subordinate or petty official.

The hard-fought dodge ball match between the accountants and auditors was over. The chief auditor and his minions having been dispatched by the red, bouncy playground balls flung with glee by a phalanx of Certified Public Accountants. “You will rue the day I was vanquished, he cried.” “Perhaps,” muttered the Senior Accountant in hushed tones. “But today belongs to the eye-shaded bean counters.”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    PacifiCorp’s Oregon Smart Meter Rollout Hits Bumps (Portland Business Journal, OR)

2.    U-S Senators Tout Oregon Projects in Energy, Water Spending Bill (KTVZ-TV, Bend, OR)

3.    Lead U-S Negotiators for New Columbia River Treaty Hold Portland Town Hall (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

4.    Massachusetts Disaster: Columbia Gas Announced It Was ‘Improving’ Gas Service on Day of Explosions (Boston Business Journal, MA)

5.    FERC, NERC Open Inquiry into Winter Load Event That Stressed Midwest Grids (Utility Dive)

FISH & WILDLIFE

6.    Ailing Orca Is Probably Dead, Whale Researcher Says (Oregonian, Portland)

7.    Huge Marine Protection Area to Be Created Off Northern Vancouver Island (Victoria Times Colonist, BC)

8.    Draft Columbia Basin Fish Accords Extension Out for Review; Less Expensive, Shorter Duration (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

9.    News Release: Senator Murray – Deal Keeps Politics Out of Columbia River System Operations (U-S Senator Patty Murray)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

10. Spokane Tribe Launches ‘Children of the Sun’ Solar Initiative, with Long-Range Plans for Energy Independence (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

11. As Storms Bear Down, More Homeowners Look to Batteries – Not Generators – for Backup Power (U-S News & World Report)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

12. Microsoft Is Rolling Out a Rural Broadband Plan — But Iowa Counties That Benefit Aren’t Rural (Des Moines Register, IA)

13. FCC Speed Tests for Internet Service Providers (Pots & Pans)

14. Wired Icelanders Seek to Keep Remote Peninsula Digital-Free (SF Chronicle)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

15. Forget Smart Ovens. Intelligent HVAC Is the Smart Home’s Future (Fast Company)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

16. Longview Water Meter Costs to Rise Slightly after Contract Change (Longview Daily News, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

17. 17 Bipartisan Governors Vow to Fight Climate Change—And President Trump (Atlantic Magazine)

18. Challenge at a Climate Conference: Keeping It Green (NY Times)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

19. Nike Stock Closes at All-Time High in Aftermath of Colin Kaepernick Ad Campaign (Yahoo Sports)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

20. Special Solar Panels Turn Air into Drinking Water (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

21. Oregon Lawmakers Try to Force Trump Administration to Follow Through on Tribal Housing (Oregonian, Portland)

GENERAL NEWS

22. Jam-Packed Gathering Shows Support for Tumwater Teachers (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

23. Tentative Contract Agreement Reached in Week-Long Tacoma Teachers Strike (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

24. Much of Carolinas Awash after Hurricane Florence Moves In (Reuters)

25. Humane Society Seeks Help with 36 Pets Recovered from Kitsap County Home (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Why the Humble Ukulele Could Be Your New Yoga

Andre Blay, Who Put Movies on Videotape, Is Dead at 81

A Pod of Beluga Whales Adopted a Lost Narwhal, & It’s Too Wholesome

New Mexico: ‘Telescope Did Not See Aliens,’ Director of Mysteriously Shut Down Observatory Claims

SONG OF THE DAY

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Life on Mars

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Energy News Digest for September 13, 2018


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Washington Munis Oppose Second Ballot Initiative for Taxing Carbon (Utility Dive)

Kittitas County Commissioners Approve Solar Regulations (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

Thieves Target Broadband-Backup Batteries, Put Public Safety at Risk (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Seattle City Light Could Face Class Action Suit over Billing Troubles (Crosscut Seattle)

Columbia River Closes to All Salmon Fishing, Sport & Commercial (Oregonian, Portland)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Seattle City Light Could Face Class Action Suit over Billing Troubles
2.      Critter Calamities – Chelan PUD Warns Against Rodent-Related Power Interruptions
3.      Correcting Misconceptions about Grant PUD
4.      Raiders File to Power Las Vegas Stadium with Alternative Electric Provider, Not NV Energy
5.      Columbia River Closes to All Salmon Fishing, Sport & Commercial
6.      Ailing Orca J50 Is Likely Dead, Says Lead Researcher – NOAA Ramps Up Search
7.      Humans Devastated California’s Chinook Salmon. Now They Want to Save It.
8.      Mountain Goats Airlifted Out of Olympic National Park into Other Washington Forests
9.      Thousands of Pacific Walruses Again Herd Up on Alaska Coast
10.   Kittitas County Commissioners Approve Solar Regulations
11.   U-S Senator Maria Cantwell Visits Klickitat PUD about Pump Storage Project
12.   As Rooftop Solar Expands, States Grapple with Successors to Net Metering
13.   U-S Utility Solar Contracts ‘Exploded’ in 2018 Despite Tariffs: Report
14.   Thousands of Mini-Electric Grids to Be Built in Puerto Rico Using Churches
15.   Thieves Target Broadband-Backup Batteries, Put Public Safety at Risk
16.   Sumas City Council Topic: Cryptocurrency
17.   Washington Munis Oppose Second Ballot Initiative for Taxing Carbon
18.   A New Use for Google Maps: Calculating a City’s Carbon Footprint
19.   Advertising on Facebook: Is It Worth It?
20.   U-S Senate Passes Package with Investments for Vets, Hanford, PNNL, & WA Families
21.   Herrera Beutler’s Tribal Distillery Bill Passes House
22.   Wind, Flooded Roads Herald Approach of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina
23.   Tumwater Teachers to Defy Judge’s Order to End Strike
24.   Stewart, Seattle Storm Surge Past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA Title

WORD OF THE DAY

Taradiddle ● /tear-uh-DID-dul/ ● Noun – 1: a trivial or childish lie: fib 2: pretentious nonsense.

Terradiddle
Folks, shun political drek
Seek beauty instead

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Seattle City Light Could Face Class Action Suit over Billing Troubles (Crosscut Seattle)

2.    Critter Calamities – Chelan PUD Warns Against Rodent-Related Power Interruptions (iFiberOne News, Ephrata, WA)

3.    Correcting Misconceptions about Grant PUD (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

4.    Raiders File to Power Las Vegas Stadium with Alternative Electric Provider, Not NV Energy (The Nevada Independent)

FISH & WILDLIFE

5.    Columbia River Closes to All Salmon Fishing, Sport & Commercial (Oregonian, Portland)

6.    Ailing Orca J50 Is Likely Dead, Says Lead Researcher – NOAA Ramps Up Search (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

7.    Humans Devastated California’s Chinook Salmon. Now They Want to Save It. (Christian Science Monitor)

8.    Mountain Goats Airlifted Out of Olympic National Park into Other Washington Forests (Associated Press)

9.    Thousands of Pacific Walruses Again Herd Up on Alaska Coast (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

10. Kittitas County Commissioners Approve Solar Regulations (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

11. U-S Senator Maria Cantwell Visits Klickitat PUD about Pump Storage Project (Gorge Country Media, The Dalles, OR)
https://gorgenewscenter.com/2018/09/11/senator-maria-cantwell-visits-klickitat-pud-about-pump-storage-project/

12. As Rooftop Solar Expands, States Grapple with Successors to Net Metering (Utility Dive)

13. U-S Utility Solar Contracts ‘Exploded’ in 2018 Despite Tariffs: Report (Reuters)

14. Thousands of Mini-Electric Grids to Be Built in Puerto Rico Using Churches (Washington Examiner)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

15. Thieves Target Broadband-Backup Batteries, Put Public Safety at Risk (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

16. Sumas City Council Topic: Cryptocurrency (Lynden Tribune, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT


18. A New Use for Google Maps: Calculating a City’s Carbon Footprint (Fast Company)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

19. Advertising on Facebook: Is It Worth It? (National Public Radio)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT



GENERAL NEWS

22. Wind, Flooded Roads Herald Approach of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina (Reuters)

23. Tumwater Teachers to Defy Judge’s Order to End Strike (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

24. Stewart, Seattle Storm Surge Past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA Title (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

What’s in the Amazon Box? Maybe a Real Seven-Foot Christmas Tree

‘Jaws of Life’ Used to Free Bear with Head Stuck in Milk Can

Moon Rock Hunter Closes in on Tracking Down Missing Stones

‘Dine-&-Dash’ Dater Allegedly Left 10 Women with Hefty Restaurant Bills – Told One: ‘Order Whatever You Want’

SONG OF THE DAY

Loggins & Messina – House at Pooh Corner

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LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

Links in the news digest lead to current stories. Media organizations update their websites regularly, which may result in broken links. There may be paywall barriers, unless you are willing to fork over some dough or if you have a clean browser history.