Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Energy News Digest for January 21, 2020


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Fraser River: ‘Extensive’ Work Planned at Big Bar Landslide Ahead of British Columbia Salmon, Steelhead Migration (Columbia Valley Pioneer, BC)

Injured Okanogan County Firefighter’s Case against Electric Cooperative before State Supreme Court (Methow Valley News, Twisp, WA)

Washington State Senator Proposes Bill to Breach Locks, Remove Seattle City Light Dams (KOMO News, Seattle WA)

REC Silicon Announces Possible Hurdle Prior to Decision to Restart Moses Lake Plant (iFiberOne News, Ephrata, WA)

Jefferson County to Hear from Climate Change Groups – Health Board May Consider Declaring Emergency (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.        Injured Okanogan County Firefighter’s Case against Electric Cooperative before State Supreme Court
2.        Washington State Senator Proposes Bill to Breach Locks, Remove Seattle City Light Dams
3.        Brunell: Dams Are the Northwest Flood Busters
4.        Truck Snags Power Lines Monday, Brings Down Poles, Street Lights on Busy Seattle Street
5.        Two California Community Choice Aggregators Enter Power Purchase Agreements for Geothermal Energy
6.        Op/Ed: One Year after Oyster Creek Shutdown, 3.1 Million Tons of New Carbon Emissions
7.        Changing Tack, French Strikers Turn off Power to Press Govt
8.        Fraser River: ‘Extensive’ Work Planned at Big Bar Landslide Ahead of British Columbia Salmon, Steelhead Migration
9.        New York: It’s Fish vs. Dams - The Dams Are Winning
10.     ‘No Fish’: How Dams & Climate Change Are Choking Asia’s Great Lake
11.     Nearly 500,000 Sacramento-Area Residents Will Be Safer Because of This Folsom Dam Upgrade
12.     The Plan to Protect the Chesapeake Is Failing – It’s Pennsylvania’s Fault
13.     REC Silicon Announces Possible Hurdle Prior to Decision to Restart Moses Lake Plant
14.     China Extends Silicon Tariffs despite Trade Deal
15.     What an Oregon Supreme Court Ruling Could Mean for Contested Energy Projects
16.     Oops – Santa Clara’s Attempt to Ban Fuel Cell Technology Is Struck Down
17.     Questions Emerge as Wind Projects Roll Out Across SE Wyoming
18.     Proposed 2.2 GW Storage Project Plans to Use Navajo Coal Station Powerlines
19.     Seattle Launches Energy Efficiency as a Service Program, Encouraging Deep Energy Efficiency Building Retrofits
20.     Frontier Communications Seeks March Bankruptcy, Sources Say
21.     Electric Cars: An Asset to States’ Power Grids, or a Liability?
22.     Jefferson County to Hear from Climate Change Groups – Health Board May Consider Declaring Emergency
23.     Oregon Governor Says Cap-&-Trade Bill Is Her Top Priority
24.     Op/Ed: Sweden Knows – Phase Out Fossil Fuels & Economy Can Still Flourish
25.     Sweden’s Fuel Mix Looks Eerily Familiar – Heavy on Hydropower & Nuclear Power
26.     Ninth Circuit Tosses Youth Climate Change Suit against Feds
27.     Facebook Is Ordered to Hand Over Data About Thousands of Apps That May Have Violated User Privacy
28.     Washington State Legislature Sees Records Requests Spike since Court Ruling
29.     Lawsuits Stack Up Over Washington State’s Timber Plans
30.     As Smaller Washington Cities Grapple with Homelessness, Republicans Take Up the Issue in the State Legislature
31.     Shelton Man Flown to Harborview after Sunday Crash on US 101
32.     Documents Detail Harrowing Attempts to Save Chehalis Man at Thurston County Wind Project Site – Deputy Notes Lack of Shoring on Trench That Collapsed
33.     Puget Sound Housing Supply Dwindles as Prices Continue to Climb
34.     Study Names Washington the Third-Worst State in Which to Drive
35.     Egil Krogh: Seattle Lawyer, Leader of Nixon ‘Plumbers’ Dies at 80

WORD OF THE DAY

Soupçon • \SOOP-sawn \ • Noun - A little bit: trace

“Ahh that was a GREAT bowl of soup. Absolutely outstanding,” the florid-faced admiral barked as his split pea soup was whisked away by the white-gloved cabin boy. During succeeding technical discussions about an upcoming amphibious assault, the fresh-faced lieutenant heard nothing…fascinated as he was of the soupçon of green peas that remained at the corners of the Admiral’s mouth. “What’s your opinion of your duties tomorrow night Barkley,” the superior officer shouted. “Pease porridge!” was the wide-eyed underling’s involuntary response.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Injured Okanogan County Firefighter’s Case against Electric Cooperative before State Supreme Court (Methow Valley News, Twisp, WA)

2.      Washington State Senator Proposes Bill to Breach Locks, Remove Seattle City Light Dams (KOMO News, Seattle WA)

3.      Brunell: Dams Are the Northwest Flood Busters (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

4.      Truck Snags Power Lines Monday, Brings Down Poles, Street Lights on Busy Seattle Street (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

5.      Two California Community Choice Aggregators Enter Power Purchase Agreements for Geothermal Energy (American Public Power Association)

6.      Op/Ed: One Year after Oyster Creek Shutdown, 3.1 Million Tons of New Carbon Emissions (WNET, Newark, NJ)

7.      Changing Tack, French Strikers Turn off Power to Press Govt (Associated Press)

FISH & WILDLIFE

8.      Fraser River: ‘Extensive’ Work Planned at Big Bar Landslide Ahead of British Columbia Salmon, Steelhead Migration (Columbia Valley Pioneer, BC)

9.      New York: It’s Fish vs. Dams - The Dams Are Winning (NY Times)

10.   ‘No Fish’: How Dams & Climate Change Are Choking Asia’s Great Lake (Los Angeles Times, CA)

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

11.   Nearly 500,000 Sacramento-Area Residents Will Be Safer Because of This Folsom Dam Upgrade (Sacramento Bee, CA)

12.   The Plan to Protect the Chesapeake Is Failing – It’s Pennsylvania’s Fault (Grist Online)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

13.   REC Silicon Announces Possible Hurdle Prior to Decision to Restart Moses Lake Plant (iFiberOne News, Ephrata, WA)

14.   China Extends Silicon Tariffs despite Trade Deal (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

15.   What an Oregon Supreme Court Ruling Could Mean for Contested Energy Projects (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

16.   Oops – Santa Clara’s Attempt to Ban Fuel Cell Technology Is Struck Down (Silicon Valley Business Journal, CA)

17.   Questions Emerge as Wind Projects Roll Out Across SE Wyoming (Wyoming Public Media)

18.   Proposed 2.2 GW Storage Project Plans to Use Navajo Coal Station Powerlines (Utility Dive)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

19.   Seattle Launches Energy Efficiency as a Service Program, Encouraging Deep Energy Efficiency Building Retrofits (JD Supra)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

20.   Frontier Communications Seeks March Bankruptcy, Sources Say (Everett Herald, WA)

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

21.   Electric Cars: An Asset to States’ Power Grids, or a Liability? (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

22.   Jefferson County to Hear from Climate Change Groups – Health Board May Consider Declaring Emergency (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

23.   Oregon Governor Says Cap-&-Trade Bill Is Her Top Priority (Associated Press)

24.   Op/Ed: Sweden Knows – Phase Out Fossil Fuels & Economy Can Still Flourish (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

25.   Sweden’s Fuel Mix Looks Eerily Familiar – Heavy on Hydropower & Nuclear Power (Environmental Progress)

26.   Ninth Circuit Tosses Youth Climate Change Suit against Feds (Courthouse News Service)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

27.   Facebook Is Ordered to Hand Over Data About Thousands of Apps That May Have Violated User Privacy (Washington Post)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

28.   Washington State Legislature Sees Records Requests Spike since Court Ruling (Associated Press)

29.   Lawsuits Stack Up Over Washington State’s Timber Plans (Skagit Valley Herald, Mt Vernon, WA)

30.   As Smaller Washington Cities Grapple with Homelessness, Republicans Take Up the Issue in the State Legislature (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

31.   Shelton Man Flown to Harborview after Sunday Crash on US 101 (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)


33.   Puget Sound Housing Supply Dwindles as Prices Continue to Climb (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

34.   Study Names Washington the Third-Worst State in Which to Drive (KHQ TV, Spokane, WA)

35.   Egil Krogh: Seattle Lawyer, Leader of Nixon ‘Plumbers’ Dies at 80 (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

CASH IN THE OTTOMAN – DIVERSIONS

Grandpa Forgot Something: $43,170 Found in Footstool

SUV on Grounds of Beijing’s Forbidden City Sparks Outrage

Mystery in the Rafters: Man Hiding for Weeks in Auburn Grocery Store Seen Stealing on Camera

Pet Sounds: Spotify Unleashes Podcast for Lonely UK Dogs

SONG OF THE DAY

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (From the Album, “Pet Sounds”)

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Friday, January 17, 2020

The Energy News Digest for January 17, 2020


The Hot Shots edition of The Energy News Digest is available on Facebook, and on Twitter.

To subscribe to The Energy News Digest, email jmyer@masonpud3.org.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS







HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Huge Increase in Pacific Northwest Snowpack & Water Resources (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

Washington State Supreme Court OKs Lesser Version of Carbon Cap (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

California Launches Rulemaking to Manage Transition Away from Natural Gas (Utility Dive)

Herrera Beutler Calls Hatchery & Habitat Bill Critical to Preserving Salmon Habitat (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Microsoft: ‘Carbon-Negative’ by 2030 Even for Supply Chain (Associated Press)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.        California Launches Rulemaking to Manage Transition Away from Natural Gas
2.        2020 Outlook: Natural Gas Faces Regulatory, Environmental Scrutiny – Still Wants Role in Carbon-Free Grid
3.        EIA Expects Lower Natural Gas Prices in 2020 as Production Outpaces Demand
4.        Work on Priest Rapids Dam Riverbank to Start This Winter
5.        PacifiCorp to Lower Yale Reservoir Because of Earthquake Risk
6.        Jefferson PUD to Begin Taking Advanced Meter Opt-Out Applications
7.        Ownership Dispute Threatens Power to Residents of Woodland Mobile-Home Park
8.        Project Models New Collaborative Approach for Transmission Expansion
9.        Bonneville Power Administration Chief Mainzer Discusses Industry Issues in NWPPA Magazine
10.     Op/Ed: Broader Perspective Needed on Columbia River Treaty
11.     Herrera Beutler Calls Hatchery & Habitat Bill Critical to Preserving Salmon Habitat
12.     Former Idaho Fish & Game Commissioners Fear for Future, Urge Prompt Salmon, Steelhead Response
13.     Mass Seabird Die-Off on West Coast Tied to Ocean ‘Blob’ – Fish the Birds Needed to Eat Simply Were Not There.
14.     Huge Increase in Pacific Northwest Snowpack & Water Resources
15.     Snowstorms Boost Anemic Snowpack in Oregon in Just Two Weeks
16.     Water Users Appeal Ruling on Central Idaho Water Diversions
17.     Lawsuit Over Lake Quinault Ownership Dismissed by Federal Court
18.     Op/Ed: We Have the Know-How & No Time to Waste to Save Puget Sound
19.     Blackout on Renewable-Energy Study Called Politically Expedient
20.     A Wind Power Pioneer’s Hard Lesson on Startup Funding
21.     Bitterly Cold Temperatures Are Here! How to Make Sure You Don’t Break the Bank When Heating Up Your Home
22.     Microsoft: ‘Carbon-Negative’ by 2030 Even for Supply Chain
23.     City of Quincy to Invest in Water Softening for Data Centers
24.     Washington State Supreme Court OKs Lesser Version of Carbon Cap
25.     Lawmakers Want Tougher Carbon-Reduction Goals, Even as Washington State Falls Short of Current Targets
26.     Oregon: Court Overturns Clarno, Reinstates Clean Energy Measures for 2020 Ballot Process
27.     Another Cap & Trade Walkout? Oregon Republican Leader Says It’s ‘On the Table’
28.     The Purple Haze Over Arizona Was Caused by a Marijuana Farm, But It’s Not What You Think
29.     Washington State Senate Passes Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban, Again
30.     Former Aide to U.S. Rep. Denny Heck Runs to Succeed His Former Boss
31.     Labor Shortage & Fall Weather Stack Up to Leave Apples Rotting in Orchards
32.     One Injured in Belfair Tahuya Road Crash
33.     Oregon Data Shows Pollution from Woodstoves Is on a Wildfire’s Scale
34.     Australia’s Bushfire-Stricken East Welcomes Drenching Rain
35.     A J.P. Patches License Plate? It Has Bipartisan Support in Olympia

WORD OF THE DAY

Coulrophobia • \KOLE-ruh-fobe-eeyah\ • Noun - An extreme fear of clowns.

The psychiatrist’s suggestion to his client, who was being treated for chronic coulrophobia. “Confront your fears, go to the circus,” he intoned. “If the circus performers attack,” he continued, “always go right for the juggler.”


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      California Launches Rulemaking to Manage Transition Away from Natural Gas (Utility Dive)

2.      2020 Outlook: Natural Gas Faces Regulatory, Environmental Scrutiny – Still Wants Role in Carbon-Free Grid (Utility Dive)

3.      EIA Expects Lower Natural Gas Prices in 2020 as Production Outpaces Demand (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

4.      Work on Priest Rapids Dam Riverbank to Start This Winter (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

5.      PacifiCorp to Lower Yale Reservoir Because of Earthquake Risk (Longview Daily News, WA)

6.      Jefferson PUD to Begin Taking Advanced Meter Opt-Out Applications (Port Townsend Leader, WA)

7.      Ownership Dispute Threatens Power to Residents of Woodland Mobile-Home Park (Longview Daily News, WA)

8.      Project Models New Collaborative Approach for Transmission Expansion (Bonneville Power Administration)

9.      Bonneville Power Administration Chief Mainzer Discusses Industry Issues in NWPPA Magazine (Bonneville Power Administration)

10.   Op/Ed: Broader Perspective Needed on Columbia River Treaty (The Astorian, OR)

FISH & WILDLIFE

11.   Herrera Beutler Calls Hatchery & Habitat Bill Critical to Preserving Salmon Habitat (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

12.   Former Idaho Fish & Game Commissioners Fear for Future, Urge Prompt Salmon, Steelhead Response (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

13.   Mass Seabird Die-Off on West Coast Tied to Ocean ‘Blob’ – Fish the Birds Needed to Eat Simply Were Not There. (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

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

14.   Huge Increase in Pacific Northwest Snowpack & Water Resources (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

15.   Snowstorms Boost Anemic Snowpack in Oregon in Just Two Weeks (Associated Press)

16.   Water Users Appeal Ruling on Central Idaho Water Diversions (Associated Press)

17.   Lawsuit Over Lake Quinault Ownership Dismissed by Federal Court (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)’

18.   Op/Ed: We Have the Know-How & No Time to Waste to Save Puget Sound (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

19.   Blackout on Renewable-Energy Study Called Politically Expedient (Courthouse News Service)

20.   A Wind Power Pioneer’s Hard Lesson on Startup Funding (Bloomberg News)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

21.   Bitterly Cold Temperatures Are Here! How to Make Sure You Don’t Break the Bank When Heating Up Your Home (KAPP-TV, Yakima, WA)

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

22.   Microsoft: ‘Carbon-Negative’ by 2030 Even for Supply Chain (Associated Press)

23.   City of Quincy to Invest in Water Softening for Data Centers (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

24.   Washington State Supreme Court OKs Lesser Version of Carbon Cap (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

25.   Lawmakers Want Tougher Carbon-Reduction Goals, Even as Washington State Falls Short of Current Targets (Crosscut Seattle)

26.   Oregon: Court Overturns Clarno, Reinstates Clean Energy Measures for 2020 Ballot Process (Oregonian, Portland, OR)

27.   Another Cap & Trade Walkout? Oregon Republican Leader Says It’s ‘On the Table’ (Portland Business Journal, OR)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

28.   The Purple Haze Over Arizona Was Caused by a Marijuana Farm, But It’s Not What You Think (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

29.   Washington State Senate Passes Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban, Again (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

30.   Former Aide to U.S. Rep. Denny Heck Runs to Succeed His Former Boss (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

31.   Labor Shortage & Fall Weather Stack Up to Leave Apples Rotting in Orchards (Northwest News Network)

32.   One Injured in Belfair Tahuya Road Crash (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

33.   Oregon Data Shows Pollution from Woodstoves Is on a Wildfire’s Scale (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

34.   Australia’s Bushfire-Stricken East Welcomes Drenching Rain (Reuters)

35.   A J.P. Patches License Plate? It Has Bipartisan Support in Olympia (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Pigeon Wearing Tiny Sombrero Discovered in Reno

Man Hijacks Portland Airport Monitor To Play Video Games, Until PDX Officials Declare ‘Game Over’

A Tennis-Ball-Sized Diamond Is the Ultimate Status Symbol

University of British Columbia Snowball Fight Postponed on Account Of Snow

SONG OF THE DAY

Earth Wind & Fire – Boogie Wonderland

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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