Thursday, August 17, 2017

Energy News Digest for August 17, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Don’t Panic – Solar Eclipse Fast Facts – Mason County (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Bonneville Power Administration Focuses on Safety &Reliability During Total Eclipse (Bonneville Power Administration)

Pole Contact Poleaxe - Court Throws Out AT&T’s Effort to Block Google Fiber in Louisville (Consumerist)

‘Future Bodes Very Well’ For Sockeye Salmon at Baker Lake (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Some Democrats See Federal Tax Overhaul as a Path to Taxing Carbon (NY Times)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Don’t Panic – Solar Eclipse Fast Facts – Mason County
  • Bonneville Power Administration Focuses on Safety &Reliability During Total Eclipse
  • Columbia River PUD to Raise Electricity Rates October 1
  • Rehab of Dworshak Dam’s Unit 3 Has Its Share of Hiccups
  • Utilities Urges Trump Team to Support Clean Energy in NAFTA Trade Talks
  • Time of Use Rates Could Spur Energy & Bill Savings – Customer Advocates Urge Caution
  • Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Will Not Increase Its Oncor Offer
  • FERC Proposes Change to Annual Charges for Hydroelectric Projects in Alaska
  • ‘Future Bodes Very Well’ For Sockeye Salmon at Baker Lake
  • New Genetic Evidence Could Have Major Implications in the Fight to Save Spring-Run Chinook Salmon
  • New Rules in Place for Salmon Crossing Washington/Canada Border
  • Shellfish Harvesting Closed Along Kitsap County’s Eastern Shoreline
  • Views, Wind Turbines Draw in Visitors near Ellensburg
  • Home Depot Transforming Store Rooftops in Maryland, D-C into ‘Mini Solar Farms’
  • How an Arkansas Co-op Used Solar Power to Help Retain a Major Employer
  • Brooklyn’s Social Housing Microgrid Rewrites Relationships with Utility Companies
  • Officials in Legal-Marijuana States Push Back Against Jeff Sessions’ Marijuana Criticisms
  • Pot Industry Massively Increases Its Washington, DC Lobbying
  • Grays Harbor County Pot Moratorium Updated
  • Some Democrats See Federal Tax Overhaul as a Path to Taxing Carbon
  • Forest Rangers, Fire Crews Brace for Eclipse Watchers to Descend on U-S West
  • Pole Contact Poleaxe - Court Throws Out AT&T’s Effort to Block Google Fiber in Louisville
  • Verizon to Compete With AT&T’s FirstNet Emergency Network
  • Hackers Briefly Take Over HBO Twitter Accounts
  • Another Million People Cut the TV Cord Last Quarter
  • Skype’s Much-Debated Redesign Hits the Desktop
  • Ocala Electric Utility is Working to Make Public Power a Household Term
  • A Superhero, a Fish & a Northwest Baseball Team’s Planet-Friendly Marketing Scheme
  • Five Tips for Leveraging Sporting Events to Drive Social Engagement
  • Social Media Expert Says Think before You Film & Share at Emergencies
  • Record Low Unemployment Continues in Washington State
  • Shelton City Leaders Talk Permit Fee Reduction (increases), Incentive for Improving Derelict Properties
  • Belfair Celebrates Highway 3 Widening
  • Eclipse Traffic Already Backing Up in Central Oregon
  • Olympic College Shelton Celebrates New John Bremer Welding Center
  • Ocean Spray Phasing Out Aberdeen Area Cranberry Sauce Production
  • Free Mason County Dump Locations on United Way Day of Caring
WORD OF THE DAY – HORRIBLE HAIKU EDITION

Apocryphal • \uh-POCK-ruff-full\ • Adjective - 1: of doubtful authenticity: spurious.

The end of the world
Hear my apocryphal tale
Oops, got the wrong date


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Don’t Panic – Solar Eclipse Fast Facts – Mason County (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Bonneville Power Administration Focuses on Safety &Reliability During Total Eclipse (Bonneville Power Administration)

Columbia River PUD to Raise Electricity Rates October 1 (St Helens Chronicle, OR)

Rehab of Dworshak Dam’s Unit 3 Has Its Share of Hiccups (Clearwater Tribune, ID)

Utilities Urges Trump Team to Support Clean Energy in NAFTA Trade Talks (Washington Examiner)

Time of Use Rates Could Spur Energy & Bill Savings – Customer Advocates Urge Caution (Utility Dive)

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Will Not Increase Its Oncor Offer (Reuters)

FERC Proposes Change to Annual Charges for Hydroelectric Projects in Alaska (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)

FISH & WILDLIFE

‘Future Bodes Very Well’ For Sockeye Salmon at Baker Lake (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

New Genetic Evidence Could Have Major Implications in the Fight to Save Spring-Run Chinook Salmon (Sacramento Bee, CA)

New Rules in Place for Salmon Crossing Washington/Canada Border (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

Shellfish Harvesting Closed Along Kitsap County’s Eastern Shoreline (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Views, Wind Turbines Draw in Visitors near Ellensburg (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

Home Depot Transforming Store Rooftops in Maryland, D-C into ‘Mini Solar Farms’ (Washington Business Journal, DC)

How an Arkansas Co-op Used Solar Power to Help Retain a Major Employer (Renewable Energy World)

Brooklyn’s Social Housing Microgrid Rewrites Relationships with Utility Companies (The Guardian, UK)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Officials in Legal-Marijuana States Push Back Against Jeff Sessions’ Marijuana Criticisms (Yahoo! News)

Pot Industry Massively Increases Its Washington, DC Lobbying (Washington Examiner)

Grays Harbor County Pot Moratorium Updated (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Some Democrats See Federal Tax Overhaul as a Path to Taxing Carbon (NY Times)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

Forest Rangers, Fire Crews Brace for Eclipse Watchers to Descend on U-S West (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Pole Contact Poleaxe - Court Throws Out AT&T’s Effort to Block Google Fiber in Louisville (Consumerist)

Verizon to Compete With AT&T’s FirstNet Emergency Network (Broadband Reports)

Hackers Briefly Take Over HBO Twitter Accounts (NY Times)

Another Million People Cut the TV Cord Last Quarter (Broadband Reports)

Skype’s Much-Debated Redesign Hits the Desktop (Tech Crunch)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Ocala Electric Utility is Working to Make Public Power a Household Term (American Public Power Association)



Social Media Expert Says Think before You Film & Share at Emergencies (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Record Low Unemployment Continues in Washington State (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

Shelton City Leaders Talk Permit Fee Reduction (increases), Incentive for Improving Derelict Properties (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Belfair Celebrates Highway 3 Widening (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Eclipse Traffic Already Backing Up in Central Oregon (Bend Bulletin, OR)

Olympic College Shelton Celebrates New John Bremer Welding Center (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Ocean Spray Phasing Out Aberdeen Area Cranberry Sauce Production (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

Free Mason County Dump Locations on United Way Day of Caring (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

24 CARROT RING – DIVERSIONS

Lucky Carrot: Alberta Woman Finds Mother-In-Law’s Lost Ring

Dog Lost During Windstorm Returns Home Two Years Later

Fremont: Trump Supporters Want Lenin’s Head after Confederate Statue Toppling


SONG OF THE DAY

Herb Alpert – Rise

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Energy News Digest for August 16, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Portland Prepared to Enter Secret Deal with Portland General Electric (Oregonian, Portland)

U-S Energy Secretary Perry Visits McNary Dam; Mum on Bonneville Power Administration Sale (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

Utility Companies Not Worried about Loss of Energy during Eclipse (KRCR-TV, Redding, CA)

Grim Projections for Columbia, Snake Steelhead Just Got Worse (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Solar Trade Case Weighs Whether Protection Will Save or Sink Industry (Washington Post)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Portland Prepared to Enter Secret Deal with Portland General Electric
  • U-S Energy Secretary Perry Visits McNary Dam; Mum on Bonneville Power Administration Sale
  • Energy Secretary: Hanford Budget Will Be Enough to ‘Get the Job Done’
  • Editorial: U-S Energy Secretary Perry Arrives at Critical Time for Energy Funding
  • Utility Companies Not Worried about Loss of Energy during Eclipse
  • British Columbia: Leading Peace River Dam Contractor to Be Placed in Receivership
  • Ohio: Streetsboro Teen Electrocuted While Climbing Transmission Tower in Akron
  • South Carolina Utility Unsure When It Will Re-File Plans to Bail on Project
  • America Electric Power Smart Meters Are Coming to Ohio – Delaware Is First
  • Grim Projections for Columbia, Snake Steelhead Just Got Worse
  • Solar Trade Case Weighs Whether Protection Will Save or Sink Industry
  • Op/Ed: Road to Renewable Energy Is Filled With Potholes of ‘Magic Thinking’
  • Missouri Regulators Reject Massive Midwest Wind Power Line
  • Chelan County Commissioners Say Marijuana Is Not an Agricultural Product
  • Washington State Officials Warn of Solar Eclipse Armageddon: Wildfires, Unprecedented Traffic Jams, GPS Miscues
  • A Single Donald Trump Tweet Just Lost Amazon $6 Billion in Value
  • Obama’s Charlottesville Tweet Is Now the Most-Liked Tweet Ever
  • Applebee’s Gives Up On Millennials after Failed Rebranding Efforts
  • The British Library Offers over a Million Free Vintage Images for Download
  • Three-Nation Efforts to Revise NAFTA Begin
  • You Need an Afternoon Routine
  • Another ‘Sexualized Culture’ Investigation at Washington State Fish & Wildlife Leads to Firings
  • Pioneer & Hood Canal School Districts talk Cooperative High School
  • Olympic College Shelton Celebrates New Welding Shop
  • Sidewalks Chalked Around Shelton
WORD OF THE DAY

Torpor • \TORE-perr\ • Noun - 1a : a state of mental & motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility b: a state of lowered physiological activity typically characterized by reduced metabolism, heart rate, respiration, & body temperature that occurs in varying degrees especially in hibernating & estivating animals 2: apathy, dullness

Like lizards on a cold day, the cubicle dwellers on the tenth floor began falling into torpor at their desks; their QWERTY keyboards making square impressions into their flaccid faces. “My nefarious plan worked,” the young mail boy mused as he strolled, unencumbered, through the maze of offices. “A full serving of doughnuts and glazed pastries at mid-morning…sugar crash by noon. Excellent.”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Portland Prepared to Enter Secret Deal with Portland General Electric (Oregonian, Portland)

U-S Energy Secretary Perry Visits McNary Dam; Mum on Bonneville Power Administration Sale (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

Energy Secretary: Hanford Budget Will Be Enough to ‘Get the Job Done’ (Northwest Public Radio)

Editorial: U-S Energy Secretary Perry Arrives at Critical Time for Energy Funding (Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, WA)

Utility Companies Not Worried about Loss of Energy during Eclipse (KRCR-TV, Redding, CA)

British Columbia: Leading Peace River Dam Contractor to Be Placed in Receivership (Victoria Times Colonist, BC)

Ohio: Streetsboro Teen Electrocuted While Climbing Transmission Tower in Akron (Akron Beacon Journal, OH)

South Carolina Utility Unsure When It Will Re-File Plans to Bail on Project (Associated Press)

America Electric Power Smart Meters Are Coming to Ohio – Delaware Is First (Columbus Business First, OH)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Grim Projections for Columbia, Snake Steelhead Just Got Worse (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Solar Trade Case Weighs Whether Protection Will Save or Sink Industry (Washington Post)

Op/Ed: Road to Renewable Energy Is Filled With Potholes of ‘Magic Thinking’ (The Hill, Washington, DC)

Missouri Regulators Reject Massive Midwest Wind Power Line (Associated Press)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Chelan County Commissioners Say Marijuana Is Not an Agricultural Product (NCW Life Channel, East Wenatchee, WA)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

Washington State Officials Warn of Solar Eclipse Armageddon: Wildfires, Unprecedented Traffic Jams, GPS Miscues (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)
(“Dogs & Cats; living together. Mass hysteria!)

MARKETING & MEDIA

A Single Donald Trump Tweet Just Lost Amazon $6 Billion in Value (Mashable)

Obama’s Charlottesville Tweet Is Now the Most-Liked Tweet Ever (ABC News)

Applebee’s Gives Up On Millennials after Failed Rebranding Efforts (National Public Radio)

The British Library Offers over a Million Free Vintage Images for Download (Digital Arts)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Three-Nation Efforts to Revise NAFTA Begin (Associated Press)

You Need an Afternoon Routine (Fast Company)

GENERAL NEWS

Another ‘Sexualized Culture’ Investigation at Washington State Fish & Wildlife Leads to Firings (Northwest Public Radio)

Pioneer & Hood Canal School Districts talk Cooperative High School (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Olympic College Shelton Celebrates New Welding Shop (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Sidewalks Chalked Around Shelton (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

BATS IN THE BELFRY – DIVERSIONS

Big Ben Backlash: Plan to Silence Beloved Bell under Review

German Customs Intercepts Package with 20 Snake Heads

Wisconsin Man Drives to Hospital after Nail Shot into Heart

This Website Translates English into “Elephant”

SONG OF THE DAY

Jerry Vale – You Belong to My Heart

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Energy News Digest for August 15, 2017

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Regulators Say ‘No’ to Avista’s Request for Higher Electric Rates in Washington State (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

U-S Energy Secretary Makes First Tri-City Area Stop, Says It’s a Chance to Learn (Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, WA)

Solar Developers & Panel Makers Clash over Tariff Request (NY Times)

Nonprofit Provider Could Speed Up Internet in Rural Snohomish County (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Eclipse Weather Forecast: Looks Good for BOTH Sides of the Cascades (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Regulators Say ‘No’ to Avista’s Request for Higher Electric Rates in Washington State
  • U-S Energy Secretary Makes First Tri-City Area Stop, Says It’s a Chance to Learn
  • U-S Energy Secretary Rick Perry Tours Grid Reliability Lab, But Still No Study
  • California: Utility Commission Judge Hears From Bakersfield Residents about Pacific Gas & Electric Rates
  • BC Hydro Taps Powerley for Smart Home Pilot
  • Nebraska: Increase in Copper Wire Theft at Local Substations
  • Sierra Club Sues U-S Energy Department over Grid Study
  • Tacoma Power Explains Counting Miscues at Cowlitz Trout Hatchery
  • Pacific Northwest Federal Agencies Come Together to Protect Cold Water for Fish
  • Solar Developers & Panel Makers Clash over Tariff Request
  • Rural Co-Ops & Public Utilities Have Voluntarily Built Nearly 100MW of Community Solar. Here’s Why
  • Australia: Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy Driving Demand, & Price, for Copper
  • Grays Harbor County Enacts Marijuana Production Moratorium with Amendment
  • Eclipse Weather Forecast: Looks Good for BOTH Sides of the Cascades
  • A Solar Eclipse Is Coming August 21 – Here’s What It Will Look Like Where You Are
  • Nonprofit Provider Could Speed Up Internet in Rural Snohomish County
  • Broadband Economic Benefits: Why Invest in Broadband Infrastructure & Adoption?
  • Pantone Creates Shade of Purple Named for Prince Symbol
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Earns E Source’s Award for Top Energy Company Website in North America
  • Tiki Torch Makers: ‘We Do Not Support’ White Supremacists
  • Canada Wants a New NAFTA to Include Gender & Indigenous Rights
  • Lilliwaup Man Sentenced to More Than 18 Years in Prison for Strangulation Murder of Girlfriend
  • Trial Delayed for Shelton-Area Man in Voyeurism, Burglary, Gun Possession Case
  • City, South Sound YMCA Propose Shelton Site for Future Shelton Branch
  • Despite Death Threats, Man Behind Twitter Account Outing Racists ‘Isn’t Going Away’
  • Science Says: Lightning Is Zapping Fewer Americans, Not More
WORD OF THE DAY

Foozle • \FOO-zul\ • Verb – To manage or play awkwardly: bungle.

Watching Abercrombie in aerobics class was like watching a large, ponderous bear attempt ballet…only not as good. Every maneuver barked out by the harridan leading the class resulted in a foozled step by Abercrombie. Many times he endangered his fellow classmates with flailing arms or a left step when a right one was ordered.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Regulators Say ‘No’ to Avista’s Request for Higher Electric Rates in Washington State (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

U-S Energy Secretary Makes First Tri-City Area Stop, Says It’s a Chance to Learn (Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, WA)

U-S Energy Secretary Rick Perry Tours Grid Reliability Lab, But Still No Study (Washington Examiner)

California: Utility Commission Judge Hears From Bakersfield Residents about Pacific Gas & Electric Rates (Bakersfield Californian, CA)

BC Hydro Taps Powerley for Smart Home Pilot (Utility Dive)

Nebraska: Increase in Copper Wire Theft at Local Substations (KOLN-TV, Lincoln, NE)

Sierra Club Sues U-S Energy Department over Grid Study (Washington Examiner)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Tacoma Power Explains Counting Miscues at Cowlitz Trout Hatchery (The Chronicle, Centralia, WA)

Pacific Northwest Federal Agencies Come Together to Protect Cold Water for Fish (Bonneville Power Administration)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

Solar Developers & Panel Makers Clash over Tariff Request (NY Times)

Rural Co-Ops & Public Utilities Have Voluntarily Built Nearly 100MW of Community Solar. Here’s Why (Green Tech Media)

Australia: Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy Driving Demand, & Price, for Copper (Australia Broadcasting Corporation)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

Grays Harbor County Enacts Marijuana Production Moratorium with Amendment (KXRO Radio, Aberdeen, WA)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

Eclipse Weather Forecast: Looks Good for BOTH Sides of the Cascades (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

A Solar Eclipse Is Coming August 21 – Here’s What It Will Look Like Where You Are (Los Angeles Times, CA)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Nonprofit Provider Could Speed Up Internet in Rural Snohomish County (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Broadband Economic Benefits: Why Invest in Broadband Infrastructure & Adoption? (The Daily Yonder)

MARKETING & MEDIA

Pantone Creates Shade of Purple Named for Prince Symbol (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Pacific Gas & Electric Earns E Source’s Award for Top Energy Company Website in North America (Electric Energy Online)

Tiki Torch Makers: ‘We Do Not Support’ White Supremacists (NY Post)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Canada Wants a New NAFTA to Include Gender & Indigenous Rights (NY Times)

GENERAL NEWS

Lilliwaup Man Sentenced to More Than 18 Years in Prison for Strangulation Murder of Girlfriend (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Trial Delayed for Shelton-Area Man in Voyeurism, Burglary, Gun Possession Case (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

City, South Sound YMCA Propose Shelton Site for Future Shelton Branch (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Despite Death Threats, Man Behind Twitter Account Outing Racists ‘Isn’t Going Away’ (Sacramento Bee, CA)

Science Says: Lightning Is Zapping Fewer Americans, Not More (Associated Press)

LAW & JUSTICE – DIVERSIONS

Gamer Tracks Down Kidnapped Girl by Ordering Abductor a Pizza

Jury Finds for Taylor Swift in DJ Groping Case – Swift’s Court Award? One Dollar

Inflatable Trump Chicken for Sale on eBay

Just a Few More Bongs for Big Ben Before London Bell Is Silenced for Four Years

SONG OF THE DAY

Steve Miller Band – Take the Money & Run

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