Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Energy News Digest for July 18, 2017

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Billions of Dollars at Stake as Washington Lawmakers Push for Last-Minute Deal on Construction, Water (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Bloomberg: August Eclipse Could Hurt 9,000 MW of Solar Output (Utility Dive)

Chelan PUD Fiber Group Seeks Customer Input (NCW Life Channel, East Wenatchee, WA)

Small Reactors Could Kick-Start the Stalled Nuclear Sector (MIT Technology Review)

Two Shelton Commissioners Refuse to Set Vote on Expanding To 7-Member ‘City Council’ Government (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Small Reactors Could Kick-Start the Stalled Nuclear Sector
  • Judge Turns Aside Challenges to Illinois Move to Support Nuclear Plants
  • Editorial: Put Yucca Mountain to Work. The Nation Needs It
  • Federal Judge Tosses Suit by Raging Grannies Seeking to Ban Coal & Oil Trains through Spokane
  • Leaked Text Disappears from Fed Grid Study
  • Keeping Public Power Protected from Cyber Attacks
  • Utility Programs Can Help Low-Income Customers Keep the Lights On – Some Do Better Than Others
  • The Long Battle to Protect West Coast Salmon from Pesticides
  • Learn About Salmon & Teach Others: Be a Salmon Steward
  • EPA to Retain Standards for Nitrogen Dioxide Pollution
  • Waters of the U-S: Battle Over the Clean Water Rule: What's at Stake?
  • Bloomberg: August Eclipse Could Hurt 9,000 MW of Solar Output
  • How a Small Solar Light Is Saving Refugees’ Lives
  • A Two-Step Approach to Get Commercial Customers to Act on Energy Efficiency
  • Will You End up Paying More for Gas under California’s Cap-And-Trade Extension?
  • Editorial: A Brighter Future for Electric Cars and the Planet
  • Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Won Visas. Now for the Real Contest.
  • Chelan PUD Fiber Group Seeks Customer Input
  • Comcast to Launch 'Internet of Things' Network in Baltimore, Seattle, Ten Other Cities
  • Google Fiber Loses Yet another CEO
  • Facebook Has Plans to Expand New Mexico Data Center
  • Federal Trade Commission Staffers Back FCC on Net Neutrality Rollback
  • Billions of Dollars at Stake as Washington Lawmakers Push for Last-Minute Deal on Construction, Water
  • Education Funding Plan Will Shift Tax Burden in Washington State
  • Change to Oregon Initiative System Could Mean More Ballot Measures
  • Two Shelton Commissioners Refuse to Set Vote on Expanding To 7-Member ‘City Council’ Government
  • Mason County Human Resources Creates Three New Paid Positions during Budget Cuts, Layoffs
  • Shelton School District Schedules Construction Project Forum
  • What’s More Dangerous than a Drunk Driver? You, on Your Phone, Says Washington State Governor 
  • As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away
WORD OF THE DAY

Inspissate • \inn-SPISS-ayt\ • Verb - To make or become thick or thicker

“You gotta use more grounds in the first pot of coffee,” growled the grizzled Chief Petty Officer to his new recruit. “Navy regulations for coffee states that it must “inspissate to such a state as to hold a spoon upright for one minute.” If you can’t eat it, it’s not worth drinking!”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Small Reactors Could Kick-Start the Stalled Nuclear Sector (MIT Technology Review)

Judge Turns Aside Challenges to Illinois Move to Support Nuclear Plants (American Public Power Association)

Editorial: Put Yucca Mountain to Work. The Nation Needs It (Washington Post)

Federal Judge Tosses Suit by Raging Grannies Seeking to Ban Coal & Oil Trains through Spokane (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Leaked Text Disappears from Fed Grid Study (GreenWire)

Keeping Public Power Protected from Cyber Attacks (American Public Power Association)

Utility Programs Can Help Low-Income Customers Keep the Lights On – Some Do Better Than Others (The Energy Collective)

FISH & WILDLIFE

The Long Battle to Protect West Coast Salmon from Pesticides (Sightline)

Learn About Salmon & Teach Others: Be a Salmon Steward (Thurston Talks)

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOT LOCKER

EPA to Retain Standards for Nitrogen Dioxide Pollution (The Hill, Washington, DC)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Waters of the U-S: Battle Over the Clean Water Rule: What's at Stake? (Christian Science Monitor)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Bloomberg: August Eclipse Could Hurt 9,000 MW of Solar Output (Utility Dive)

How a Small Solar Light Is Saving Refugees’ Lives (Fast Company)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

A Two-Step Approach to Get Commercial Customers to Act on Energy Efficiency (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Will You End up Paying More for Gas under California’s Cap-And-Trade Extension? (Sacramento Bee, CA)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – DRIVING ON SUNSHINE

Editorial: A Brighter Future for Electric Cars and the Planet (NY Times)

Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Won Visas. Now for the Real Contest. (NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Chelan PUD Fiber Group Seeks Customer Input (NCW Life Channel, East Wenatchee, WA)

Comcast to Launch 'Internet of Things' Network in Baltimore, Seattle, Ten Other Cities (Baltimore Business Journal, MD)

Google Fiber Loses Yet another CEO (Silicon Valley Business Journal, CA)

Facebook Has Plans to Expand New Mexico Data Center (Associated Press)

Federal Trade Commission Staffers Back FCC on Net Neutrality Rollback (Courthouse News Service)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Billions of Dollars at Stake as Washington Lawmakers Push for Last-Minute Deal on Construction, Water (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Education Funding Plan Will Shift Tax Burden in Washington State (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

Change to Oregon Initiative System Could Mean More Ballot Measures (Northwest Public Radio)

GENERAL NEWS

Two Shelton Commissioners Refuse to Set Vote on Expanding To 7-Member ‘City Council’ Government (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Mason County Human Resources Creates Three New Paid Positions during Budget Cuts, Layoffs (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Shelton School District Schedules Construction Project Forum (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

What’s More Dangerous than a Drunk Driver? You, on Your Phone, Says Washington State Governor (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away (NY Times)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Dog Pulls Baby Deer from Water to Save It from Drowning

The Incredibles 2 Will Focus on Your Favorite Character, but Can You Guess Who?

Hit by Lightning: Tales from The Survivors

California: Girl at Lemonade Stand Threatened by a Man Who Said He’d Call Police over Lack of Business License

SONG OF THE DAY

Michael Giacchino – The Incredibles (Soundtrack)

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Energy News Digest for July 17, 2017

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Portland General Electric & PacifiCorp Face Big Headwinds on Resource Plans (Oregonian, Portland)

Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U-S Study Finds (Bloomberg News)

Oregon Rooftop Solar Squeeze: Tax Credit Expiring, Rebates Shrinking (Portland Business Journal, OR)

U-S Reps Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Add Funding for Fishery Disasters to Key Appropriations Bill (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

Another Standoff Threatens another Budget in Olympia (Northwest Public Radio)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Portland General Electric & PacifiCorp Face Big Headwinds on Resource Plans
  • Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U-S Study Finds
  • Washington State Republicans Join Democrats in Opposing Trump Energy Budget Cuts
  • President Trump to Nominate Attorney to Become FERC Chairman
  • Hydropower Flows Here: Chelan PUD Offers Tours of Rocky Reach Dam
  • Houston Company Helps You Find Best Electric Plan – For a Fee
  • U-S Reps Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Add Funding for Fishery Disasters to Key Appropriations Bill
  • Columbia River’s Salmon Success Subject of TV Series
  • Oregon Rooftop Solar Squeeze: Tax Credit Expiring, Rebates Shrinking
  • California Requires Solar Panels on All Homes & Windmills on All Farms
  • Chinese Company Tries to Win Over Wyoming Wind Workers
  • Kentucky: Utility Giant Announces Solar Plants in the Heart of Coal Country
  • Tomorrow’s Smart Homes Call for Integrating Technology into the Dwelling, Not Adding It On
  • States Keep Saying Yes to Marijuana Use. Now Comes the Federal No
  • Spokane City Council Takes on Climate Change Legislation
  • Better to Target Zero Emissions Than 100% Renewable Energy
  • Somalia’s Internet Returns after 3-Week Outage Caused Outcry
  • How to Use Facebook Messenger for Social Customer Service
  • What We Lose When the World Moves on from Email
  • Another Standoff Threatens another Budget in Olympia
  • President’s Election Commission Releases Personal Info of Voters Worried about Personal Info
  • Okanogan County: Canyon Creek Fire, The Latest
  • 3000-Acre Wildfire Threatens Crops, Cell Towers in Southeast Washington
  • Reminder: Mason County Burn Ban in Effect
  • Health Insurers Seek Double-Digit Rate Increases in Washington State – Despite Billion-Dollar Reserves
  • Olympia Woman Who Extorted Online Dates Gets One Month in Jail
  • Ballots Delivered to Shelton Voters for Aug. 1 City Commissioner Primary Election
WORD OF THE DAY

Copacetic ● \coe-puh-SET-tick\ ● Adjective – Very satisfactory.

Relaxing gulf breeze
Tall, frosty peach daiquiri
Copacetic? Yes!

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Portland General Electric & PacifiCorp Face Big Headwinds on Resource Plans (Oregonian, Portland)

Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U-S Study Finds (Bloomberg News)

Washington State Republicans Join Democrats in Opposing Trump Energy Budget Cuts (KUOW Radio, Seattle, WA)

President Trump to Nominate Attorney to Become FERC Chairman (American Public Power Association)

Hydropower Flows Here: Chelan PUD Offers Tours of Rocky Reach Dam (NCW Life, East Wenatchee, WA)

Houston Company Helps You Find Best Electric Plan – For a Fee (KPRC-TV, Houston, TX)

FISH & WILDLIFE

U-S Reps Kilmer, Herrera Beutler Add Funding for Fishery Disasters to Key Appropriations Bill (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

Columbia River’s Salmon Success Subject of TV Series (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Oregon Rooftop Solar Squeeze: Tax Credit Expiring, Rebates Shrinking (Portland Business Journal, OR)

California Requires Solar Panels on All Homes & Windmills on All Farms (Townhall)

Chinese Company Tries to Win Over Wyoming Wind Workers (National Public Radio)

Kentucky: Utility Giant Announces Solar Plants in the Heart of Coal Country (Washington Examiner)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Tomorrow’s Smart Homes Call for Integrating Technology into the Dwelling, Not Adding It On (Washington Post)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

States Keep Saying Yes to Marijuana Use. Now Comes the Federal No (NY Times)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Spokane City Council Takes on Climate Change Legislation (National Public Radio)

Better to Target Zero Emissions Than 100% Renewable Energy (The Economist)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Somalia’s Internet Returns after 3-Week Outage Caused Outcry (Associated Press)

MARKETING & MEDIA

How to Use Facebook Messenger for Social Customer Service (Social Media Examiner)

What We Lose When the World Moves on from Email (NY Times)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Another Standoff Threatens another Budget in Olympia (Northwest Public Radio)

President’s Election Commission Releases Personal Info of Voters Worried about Personal Info (Sacramento Bee, CA)

GENERAL NEWS

Okanogan County: Canyon Creek Fire, The Latest (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

3000-Acre Wildfire Threatens Crops, Cell Towers in Southeast Washington (Associated Press)

Reminder: Mason County Burn Ban in Effect (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Health Insurers Seek Double-Digit Rate Increases in Washington State – Despite Billion-Dollar Reserves (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Olympia Woman Who Extorted Online Dates Gets One Month in Jail (Associated Press)

Ballots Delivered to Shelton Voters for Aug. 1 City Commissioner Primary Election (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

American Airlines: No, Passenger’s Farts Didn’t Make Entire Plane Sick

Watt?? City Tells Employees to Shut Off Devices during Work

‘Curious’ Baboon Knocks Out Power to Zambian Tourist Town

Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight: Wedding Set for Total Eclipse

SONG OF THE DAY

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – Valerie (check out the Olympia T-Shirt! Shout out to New Zealand)

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Energy News Digest for July 14, 2017

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Oregon, Washington & Tribes Again Take Aim at Sea Lions in Dispute over Salmon (Oregonian, Portland)

Appropriations Bill Includes Language Prohibiting Dam Removal without Congress’ OK (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Plan Enables Microsoft to Buy More Green Power (Associated Press)

Oregon: Wind Farm Changing Hands – NextEra Energy, Based In Florida, Has Purchased Development Rights for the Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility. (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

Concerns Expressed About Quincy Data Center Diesel Generators (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Appropriations Bill Includes Language Prohibiting Dam Removal without Congress’ OK
  • Decision Be Dammed – Congressional Reps Want To Sidestep Ruling on Lower Snake Dams; Enviro Groups Say Salmon a Priority
  • Plan Enables Microsoft to Buy More Green Power
  • Op/Ed: Bonneville Power Administration Rate Increases to Continue
  • Police Identify Albany Man Who Fell from Bonneville Power Administration Transmission Tower
  • There’s Far More Opportunity than Crisis in California Renewables Curtailment
  • The Western U-S Sub-Hourly Wholesale Electricity Market Is Expanding
  • Trump Names Energy Industry Adviser to Chair FERC (Washington Examiner)
  • Oregon, Washington & Tribes Again Take Aim at Sea Lions in Dispute over Salmon
  • Hazing Sea Lions: Like the Sheep Dog & Coyote Fable, But On Water
  • Some Columbia River Chum Salmon Populations above Delisting Goals, Others Risk of Extinction
  • Insect Attack! Mormon Crickets Swarm U-S West
  • Oregon: Wind Farm Changing Hands
  • Northern Lights Electric Co-Op Launching Solar Project
  • ‘Solar Trees’ Sprout Across Florida in Push to Promote Solar Energy
  • Campaign Launches to Tell Clean Energy Jobs Story: Site Visits, Turbine Climbs, Videos on Deck
  • Nevada Rushes to Address Shortage of Newly Legalized Marijuana
  • Bank Shuts Account for Marijuana Advocacy Group
  • Facebook Takes Down Pages of Some Legal Alaska Pot Shops
  • Climate-Altering Gases Spiked in 2016, Federal Scientists Report
  • Concerns Expressed About Quincy Data Center Diesel Generators
  • Why Your Email Font Is Ruining Your Life
  • Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  • Bail Set At $300,000 for Suspect Accused of Shooting, Running Over Man Dragging Dead Raccoon
  • Timber Giant, Sierra Pacific, Loses in Court Again over $100 Million Moonlight Fire Settlement
  • 2017 Allyn Days This Weekend
  • Social Security Beneficiaries May Get Biggest Raise in Six Years
WORD OF THE DAY

Torrid • \TORE-idd\ • Adjective - 1a: parched with heat especially of the sun: hot b: giving off intense heat: scorching 2: ardent, passionate

Amber was looking forward to her lunch-hour escape with the latest romance novel from her book club. Her hopes of reading another torrid pulp tome were quickly dashed. The racy cover belied the phone book-like prose of the book itself.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Appropriations Bill Includes Language Prohibiting Dam Removal without Congress’ OK (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Decision Be Dammed – Congressional Reps Want To Sidestep Ruling on Lower Snake Dams; Enviro Groups Say Salmon a Priority (The Inlander, Spokane, WA)

Plan Enables Microsoft to Buy More Green Power (Associated Press)

Op/Ed: Bonneville Power Administration Rate Increases to Continue (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

Police Identify Albany Man Who Fell from Bonneville Power Administration Transmission Tower (Bonneville Power Administration)

There’s Far More Opportunity than Crisis in California Renewables Curtailment (The Energy Collective)

The Western U-S Sub-Hourly Wholesale Electricity Market Is Expanding (U-S Energy Information Administration)

Trump Names Energy Industry Adviser to Chair FERC (Washington Examiner)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Oregon, Washington & Tribes Again Take Aim at Sea Lions in Dispute over Salmon (Oregonian, Portland)

Hazing Sea Lions: Like the Sheep Dog & Coyote Fable, But On Water (Oregonian, Portland)

Some Columbia River Chum Salmon Populations above Delisting Goals, Others Risk of Extinction (Columbia Basin Bulletin)

Insect Attack! Mormon Crickets Swarm U-S West (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Oregon: Wind Farm Changing Hands – NextEra Energy, Based In Florida, Has Purchased Development Rights for the Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility. (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

Northern Lights Electric Co-Op Launching Solar Project (Bonner County Daily Bee, ID)

‘Solar Trees’ Sprout Across Florida in Push to Promote Solar Energy (Deerfield Sun-Sentinel, FL)

Campaign Launches to Tell Clean Energy Jobs Story: Site Visits, Turbine Climbs, Videos on Deck (Renewable Energy World)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Nevada Rushes to Address Shortage of Newly Legalized Marijuana (NY Times)

Bank Shuts Account for Marijuana Advocacy Group (USA Today)

Facebook Takes Down Pages of Some Legal Alaska Pot Shops (ABC News)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Climate-Altering Gases Spiked in 2016, Federal Scientists Report (NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Concerns Expressed About Quincy Data Center Diesel Generators (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Why Your Email Font Is Ruining Your Life (Mashable)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

GENERAL NEWS

Bail Set At $300,000 for Suspect Accused of Shooting, Running Over Man Dragging Dead Raccoon (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Timber Giant, Sierra Pacific, Loses in Court Again over $100 Million Moonlight Fire Settlement (Sacramento Bee, CA)

2017 Allyn Days This Weekend (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Social Security Beneficiaries May Get Biggest Raise in Six Years (USA Today)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

London Underground Announcements Get a Gender-Inclusive Update

Eels from Overturned Truck Slime Cars on Oregon Highway

Abused Dog & Her Headbands Become Face of Dog Fighting

Watch a Woman Destroy $200,000 worth of Art While Taking a Selfie

SONG OF THE DAY

Paul Simon - Slip Slidin’ Away

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Energy News Digest for July 13, 2017

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Editorial: An Audacious 5G Power (Pole) Grab “…The telecommunication industry has been pushing this “streamlining” strategy in other states…other states, like Washington, have been more skeptical…” (Los Angeles Times, CA)

TransAlta Responds to Inslee’s Veto of Coal Conversion Incentives (The Chronicle, Centralia, WA)

Including Clark Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, & SMUD – Public Power Utilities Recognized for High Customer Satisfaction (American Public Power Association)

Land-Use Group Tries to Stop Oregon Solar Farm (Associated Press)

Non-Wires Alternatives: What’s Up Next in Utility Business Model Evolution (Utility Dive)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • TransAlta Responds to Inslee’s Veto of Coal Conversion Incentives
  • Including Clark Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, & SMUD – Public Power Utilities Recognized for High Customer Satisfaction
  • Non-Wires Alternatives: What’s Up Next in Utility Business Model Evolution
  • Wyoming: PacifiCorp Power Plant Unit Back at Full Operation
  • District of Columbia Residents Spend Less on Energy Bills Than Any State, Study Finds
  • Gaza Power Plant Shuts Down, Causing Unprecedented Blackout
  • Young’s Bay, Oregon: From Farm Land to Wetland: A Tidal Marsh Returns to Life after 120 Years
  • Helicopters to Drop 350,000 Trout into Oregon’s High Mountain Lakes
  • Montana: Critical Water Shortage Hits Rocky Boy Indian Reservation
  • Land-Use Group Tries to Stop Oregon Solar Farm
  • Editorial: Tackling Reasons Behind Kittitas County Solar Moratorium
  • SolarWorld Gets $6 Million Lifeline, Confirms 360 Layoffs in Hillsboro
  • Massachusetts: Two Cape Windmills Have Stopped Spinning – Someone Still Has to Pay
  • Keep Cool & Save Money this Summer with Tips from Grant PUD
  • California: Tax Cuts for Power Companies Offered in Jerry Brown’s Climate Plan
  • Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Carbon Capture & Utilization
  • Electric Vehicle Rebates Included in Oregon Transportation Bill
  • Electric Cars Will Fuel Huge Demand for Power, Says National Grid
  • Behold Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
  • Editorial: An Audacious 5G Power (Pole) Grab
  • CenturyLink Faces New Fraud Suit from Over-Billing Charges
  • Security Lapse Leaks Data from Millions of Verizon Customers
  • AT&T Tricked Its Customers into Opposing Net Neutrality
  • How to Create a Social Media Policy for Your Employees
  • 22,000 People Accidentally Signed Up to Clean Toilets Because People Don’t Read Wi-Fi Terms (Mashable)
  • Video: Belfair SR 3 Widening Work Nears Completion
  • Feds Recommend No Changes to Idaho, Washington Monuments
WORD OF THE DAY – Horrible Haiku Edition

Meme ● \MEEM\ ● Noun – 1: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture 2: an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media.

Those internet memes
Sometimes lead to howling screams
Can has Cheezburger?

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

TransAlta Responds to Inslee’s Veto of Coal Conversion Incentives (The Chronicle, Centralia, WA)

Including Clark Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, & SMUD – Public Power Utilities Recognized for High Customer Satisfaction (American Public Power Association)

Non-Wires Alternatives: What’s Up Next in Utility Business Model Evolution (Utility Dive)

Wyoming: PacifiCorp Power Plant Unit Back at Full Operation (Associated Press)

District of Columbia Residents Spend Less on Energy Bills Than Any State, Study Finds (Washington Examiner)

Gaza Power Plant Shuts Down, Causing Unprecedented Blackout (Associated Press)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Young’s Bay, Oregon: From Farm Land to Wetland: A Tidal Marsh Returns to Life after 120 Years (Bonneville Power Administration)

Helicopters to Drop 350,000 Trout into Oregon’s High Mountain Lakes (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

Montana: Critical Water Shortage Hits Rocky Boy Indian Reservation (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Land-Use Group Tries to Stop Oregon Solar Farm (Associated Press)

Editorial: Tackling Reasons Behind Kittitas County Solar Moratorium (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

SolarWorld Gets $6 Million Lifeline, Confirms 360 Layoffs in Hillsboro (Oregonian, Portland)

Massachusetts: Two Cape Windmills Have Stopped Spinning – Someone Still Has to Pay (Boston Globe, MA)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Keep Cool & Save Money this Summer with Tips from Grant PUD (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

California: Tax Cuts for Power Companies Offered in Jerry Brown’s Climate Plan (Sacramento Bee, CA)

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Carbon Capture & Utilization (Utility Dive)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – DRIVING ON SUNSHINE

Electric Vehicle Rebates Included in Oregon Transportation Bill (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

Electric Cars Will Fuel Huge Demand for Power, Says National Grid (The Guardian, UK)

Behold Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (British Broadcasting Corporation)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Editorial: An Audacious 5G Power (Pole) Grab “…The telecommunication industry has been pushing this “streamlining” strategy in other states…other states, like Washington, have been more skeptical…” (Los Angeles Times, CA)

CenturyLink Faces New Fraud Suit from Over-Billing Charges (USA Today)

Security Lapse Leaks Data from Millions of Verizon Customers (Associated Press)

AT&T Tricked Its Customers into Opposing Net Neutrality (Broadband Reports)

MARKETING & MEDIA

How to Create a Social Media Policy for Your Employees (Social Media Examiner)

22,000 People Accidentally Signed Up to Clean Toilets Because People Don’t Read Wi-Fi Terms (Mashable)

GENERAL NEWS

Video: Belfair SR 3 Widening Work Nears Completion (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Feds Recommend No Changes to Idaho, Washington Monuments (Associated Press)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

German Enigma Machine Found at Flea Market Fetches $51,000 at Auction

Man Trapped in Texas Cash Machine Sends ‘Help Me’ Notes

Union Grievance Filed Over Mowing Goats at University in Michigan

No Monkeying Around: Court Weighs If Animal Owns Its Selfies

SONG OF THE DAY

Queen – Killer Queen

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