Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Energy News Digest for July 18, 2018


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Massive Solar Projects Will Power Facebook’s Prineville Data Centers (Oregonian, Portland)

Portland General Electric, & Ratepayers, Off the Hook for $130M Cost Overruns on Boardman Plant (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Warm Water Threatens What Should Be Bumper Year for Fraser River Sockeye (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Google Hit with Record $5 Billion Fine by European Union (Bloomberg News)

Mason County Sheriff: High Number of Wildfires ‘Suspicious’ – Sets Up Task Force to Investigate (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Portland General Electric, & Ratepayers, Off the Hook for $130M Cost Overruns on Boardman Plant
2.      Wildfire Bill Favoring Pacific Gas & Electric Authored by Assemblyman Whose Son Works There
3.      Warm Water Threatens What Should Be Bumper Year for Fraser River Sockeye
4.      Massive Solar Projects Will Power Facebook’s Prineville Data Centers
5.      Salt River Project Launches Thermostat Demand Management Program
6.      Video: You Can Slash Your Electric Bill with LEDs
7.      WSU Study Finds Why Smoking Marijuana Causes the Munchies
8.      The Return of Supersonic Planes Could Mean Serious Pollution Problems
9.      Google Hit with Record $5 Billion Fine by European Union
10.   Google Announces Plan to Lay Massive Subsea Cable from Virginia to France
11.   Rising Broadband Speeds
12.   Mason County Sheriff: High Number of Wildfires ‘Suspicious’ – Sets Up Task Force to Investigate
13.   ‘It’s Just a Tinder Box Out Here’ – Fire Near the Dalles Grows, Prompting Evacuation Orders
14.   Summer Air Quality in Washington State Some of the Worst in Lower 48
15.   Plan for Timber High-Rise in Portland’s Pearl District Shelved
16.   Seattle’s Official Bird? The Construction Crane – Seattle Tops the Nation in Tower Cranes for Third Straight Year as Construction Reaches New Peak

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Portland General Electric, & Ratepayers, Off the Hook for $130M Cost Overruns on Boardman Plant (Portland Business Journal, OR)

2.    Wildfire Bill Favoring Pacific Gas & Electric Authored by Assemblyman Whose Son Works There (L.A. Biz)

FISH & WILDLIFE

3.    Warm Water Threatens What Should Be Bumper Year for Fraser River Sockeye (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

4.    Massive Solar Projects Will Power Facebook’s Prineville Data Centers (Oregonian, Portland)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

5.    Salt River Project Launches Thermostat Demand Management Program (American Public Power Association)

6.    Video: You Can Slash Your Electric Bill with LEDs (USA Today)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

7.    WSU Study Finds Why Smoking Marijuana Causes the Munchies (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – DRIVING ON SUNSHINE

8.    The Return of Supersonic Planes Could Mean Serious Pollution Problems (Mashable)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

9.    Google Hit with Record $5 Billion Fine by European Union (Bloomberg News)

10. Google Announces Plan to Lay Massive Subsea Cable from Virginia to France (Gizmodo)

11. Rising Broadband Speeds (Pots & Pans)

GENERAL NEWS

12. Mason County Sheriff: High Number of Wildfires ‘Suspicious’ – Sets Up Task Force to Investigate (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

13. ‘It’s Just a Tinder Box Out Here’ – Fire Near the Dalles Grows, Prompting Evacuation Orders (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

14. Summer Air Quality in Washington State Some of the Worst in Lower 48 (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

15. Plan for Timber High-Rise in Portland’s Pearl District Shelved (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

16. Seattle’s Official Bird? The Construction Crane – Seattle Tops the Nation in Tower Cranes for Third Straight Year as Construction Reaches New Peak (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Ray Manzarek – Riders on the Storm (bringing it all together)

The Great American Read – America’s 100 Most-Loved Books

This Huge, Sexy Jeff Goldblum Statue Is Exactly What the World Needs

Jupiter’s Moon Count Reaches 79, Including Tiny ‘Oddball’

SONG OF THE DAY

Mozart – Jupiter Symphony

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Energy News Digest for July 17, 2016


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Snohomish PUD Controlling Water Temperature for Fish Habitat (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Google Cloud Outage Brings Down Snapchat, Spotify, Discord, & ‘Pokémon Go’ (Mashable)

Chelan PUD Agrees to Buy Land for New Facility (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

Twitter Reportedly Purged 58 Million Accounts in Just Three Months (Gizmodo)

Could Mount Baker Generate Renewable Energy? This Is What They’re Testing. (Bellingham Herald, WA – Paywall Advisory)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Chelan PUD Agrees to Buy Land for New Facility
2.      Washington State UTC’s New Home – What’s Going on with This Building in Lacey?
3.      Has FERC’s Landmark Transmission Planning Effort Made Transmission Building Harder?
4.      Are Underground Power Lines Really the Solution to Power Outages in South Florida?
5.      Snohomish PUD Controlling Water Temperature for Fish Habitat
6.      U-S Forest Service Issues Draft Record of Decision for Mountain Goat Plan
7.      Rare Sea Otter Spotted Off Olympic Coast
8.      Could Mount Baker Generate Renewable Energy? This Is What They’re Testing.
9.      Pacific Gas & Electric Projects Set New Bar for Battery Size – Fall Short on Transparency
10.   Lompoc Valley Wind-Energy Project Gets a Second Wind
11.   Google Cloud Outage Brings Down Snapchat, Spotify, Discord, & ‘Pokémon Go’
12.   Not Even the Internet Is Safe From Rising Sea Levels
13.   US Ranks Just 20th in Broadband Speed League
14.   Twitter Reportedly Purged 58 Million Accounts in Just Three Months
15.   Microsoft Says Skype Will Finally Get Call Recording This Summer
16.   Mason County Commissioner Candidates Face Off In Primary
17.   Body of Missing Shelton Man, Dale Ackley, Found
18.   Wildfires Burning in Mason County
19.   Couple Flees Hoodsport Fire That Destroys Home
20.   Mason General Receives 2018 ‘Infant Safe Sleep’ Bronze Award

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Chelan PUD Agrees to Buy Land for New Facility (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

2.    Washington State UTC’s New Home – What’s Going on with This Building in Lacey? (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

3.    Has FERC’s Landmark Transmission Planning Effort Made Transmission Building Harder? (Utility Dive)

4.    Are Underground Power Lines Really the Solution to Power Outages in South Florida? (WJCT Radio, Jacksonville, FL)

FISH & WILDLIFE

5.    Snohomish PUD Controlling Water Temperature for Fish Habitat (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

6.    U-S Forest Service Issues Draft Record of Decision for Mountain Goat Plan (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

7.    Rare Sea Otter Spotted Off Olympic Coast (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

8.    Could Mount Baker Generate Renewable Energy? This Is What They’re Testing. (Bellingham Herald, WA – Paywall Advisory)

9.    Pacific Gas & Electric Projects Set New Bar for Battery Size – Fall Short on Transparency (Utility Dive)

10. Lompoc Valley Wind-Energy Project Gets a Second Wind (NoozHawk, Santa Barbara, CA)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

11. Google Cloud Outage Brings Down Snapchat, Spotify, Discord, & ‘Pokémon Go’ (Mashable)

12. Not Even the Internet Is Safe From Rising Sea Levels (Earther)

13. US Ranks Just 20th in Broadband Speed League (TECH.CO)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

14. Twitter Reportedly Purged 58 Million Accounts in Just Three Months (Gizmodo)

15. Microsoft Says Skype Will Finally Get Call Recording This Summer (Gizmodo)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

16. Mason County Commissioner Candidates Face Off In Primary (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA – Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

17. Body of Missing Shelton Man, Dale Ackley, Found (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

18. Wildfires Burning in Mason County (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

19. Couple Flees Hoodsport Fire That Destroys Home (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

20. Mason General Receives 2018 ‘Infant Safe Sleep’ Bronze Award (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Lose, Your Blues: Town Tosses ‘Footloose’ Anti-Dancing Law

Police Post Mugshot of Lost Dog, Bail Paid in Cookies

This Is Your Brain on Cirque du Soleil

These Crumbs Come from the World’s Oldest Bread. It Might Have Resembled a Pita.

SONG OF THE DAY

Kenny Loggins – Footloose (Extended Version)

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Energy News Digest for July 16, 2018


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Grant PUD Close to Completing Repair Work at Priest Rapids Dam (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, Wa)

Hydro One Turmoil Prompts New Look at Avista Merger by Washington State Regulators (Utility Dive)

Forest Policy Looms over Oregon’s Climate Change Debate (Oregonian, Portland)

Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to Vote on Ellensburg Area Solar Project (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

Renewable Energy Ballot Measure Qualifies for Nevada Ballot (Reno Gazette Journal, NV)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Grant PUD Close to Completing Repair Work at Priest Rapids Dam
2.      Hydro One Turmoil Prompts New Look at Avista Merger by Washington State Regulators
3.      Bonneville Power Administration Important to Eastern Idaho
4.      Idaho Falls Power-Power from the Falls for the Community
5.      Public Power Utilities Garner Top Spots in Customer Satisfaction
6.      Jefferson PUD Employees Support One of Their Own After Cancer Diagnosis
7.      New York Regulators Approve Higher Crypto Mining Rates for Municipal Utility
8.      Congressman Shimkus Frames Yucca Mountain as Political, Not Scientific, Debate During Tour
9.      Lights Slowly Come On for Puerto Ricans in Rural Areas
10.   Power to the Drones: Utilities Place Bets on Robots
11.   Coming Soon to the Cascades (Maybe): More Mountain Goats
12.   That Rock Dam You Built in the River? It’s Bad for Bull Trout
13.   The Energy 202: Controversial Fishing Bill Divides Anglers & Environmentalists
14.   These Bat-Friendly Lights Show How to Make Cities Safe for Nature
15.   Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to Vote on Ellensburg Area Solar Project
16.   Renewable Energy Ballot Measure Qualifies for Nevada Ballot
17.   Oregon: Bend Conference Brings Renewable Energy Optimism
18.   Drones across Spain Are Spotting Dodgy Solar Panels & Wind Turbines
19.   The Cable TV & Broadband Sector Has a Nasty Billing Fraud Problem
20.   Oroville Dam: A Tour of Two Spillways, Phase Two
21.   Forest Policy Looms over Oregon’s Climate Change Debate
22.   California Is Preparing for Extreme Weather. It’s Time to Plant Some Trees.
23.   Kids Suing Washington State, Inslee over Climate Change
24.   U-S House to Vote on Measure Denouncing Carbon Tax
25.   Millions of People Still Need Air Conditioning, Which Could Create a Huge Climate Problem
26.   Despite Petitions – Costco Says Polish Dog Will Not Be Returning
27.   Could You Make It Through Dinner Without Checking Your Phone?
28.   Oregon Admits Lack of Oversight of Medical Marijuana Program
29.   As Marijuana Goes Mainstream, Investors Rush In
30.   Mason Primary Ballots to Be Mailed Tuesday — State Pays for Return Postage
31.   Congress: Brown, McMorris Rogers Talk Dams, Climate Change & Grizzlies
32.   Man Seriously Injured In Fall at Mossyrock Dam in Lewis County
33.   Columbia River’s Water Highway – Here’s how the Mid-Columbia Will Play a Bigger Role in the E-Commerce Boom
34.   Columbia Riverkeeper: Stronger Than Ever?
35.   Phone Scam Cost Yakima Woman $2,000 – It Could Have Been Worse
36.   What City Is Hit Hardest By Extreme Poverty in Your State?

WORD OF THE DAY

Incubus • \INN-kyuh-buss\ • - 1: an evil spirit that lies on persons in their sleep 2: nightmare 3: one that oppresses or burdens like a nightmare

“May you live in interesting times,” was the benediction from the elderly Chinese priest to the inattentive occidental tourist. The traveler didn’t get the meaning at first. However, after losing his luggage in Nanking; losing his fortune in a Hong Kong casino; and losing his tonsils in Canton, the parting phrase preyed on the tourist’s mind like an incubus…pushing him close to the edge of reason.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Grant PUD Close to Completing Repair Work at Priest Rapids Dam (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, Wa)

2.    Hydro One Turmoil Prompts New Look at Avista Merger by Washington State Regulators (Utility Dive)

3.    Bonneville Power Administration Important to Eastern Idaho (Post Register, Idaho Falls, ID)

4.    Idaho Falls Power-Power from the Falls for the Community (American Public Power Association)

5.    Public Power Utilities Garner Top Spots in Customer Satisfaction (American Public Power Association)

6.    Jefferson PUD Employees Support One of Their Own After Cancer Diagnosis (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

7.    New York Regulators Approve Higher Crypto Mining Rates for Municipal Utility (Utility Dive)

8.    Congressman Shimkus Frames Yucca Mountain as Political, Not Scientific, Debate During Tour (Nevada Independent, Las Vegas)

9.    Lights Slowly Come On for Puerto Ricans in Rural Areas (Christian Science Monitor)

10. Power to the Drones: Utilities Place Bets on Robots (Reuters)

FISH & WILDLIFE

11. Coming Soon to the Cascades (Maybe): More Mountain Goats (iFiberOne News, Ephrata, WA)

12. That Rock Dam You Built in the River? It’s Bad for Bull Trout (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

13. The Energy 202: Controversial Fishing Bill Divides Anglers & Environmentalists (Washington Post)

14. These Bat-Friendly Lights Show How to Make Cities Safe for Nature (Fast Company)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

15. Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to Vote on Ellensburg Area Solar Project (Ellensburg Daily Record, WA)

16. Renewable Energy Ballot Measure Qualifies for Nevada Ballot (Reno Gazette Journal, NV)

17. Oregon: Bend Conference Brings Renewable Energy Optimism (KTVZ-TV, Bend, OR)

18. Drones across Spain Are Spotting Dodgy Solar Panels & Wind Turbines (Renewable Energy World)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

19. The Cable TV & Broadband Sector Has a Nasty Billing Fraud Problem (Techdirt)

WATER, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE

20. Oroville Dam: A Tour of Two Spillways, Phase Two (San Jose Mercury News, CA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

21. Forest Policy Looms over Oregon’s Climate Change Debate (Oregonian, Portland)

22. California Is Preparing for Extreme Weather. It’s Time to Plant Some Trees. (NY Times)

23. Kids Suing Washington State, Inslee over Climate Change (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

24. U-S House to Vote on Measure Denouncing Carbon Tax (The Hill, Washington, DC)

25. Millions of People Still Need Air Conditioning, Which Could Create a Huge Climate Problem (Earther)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

26. Despite Petitions – Costco Says Polish Dog Will Not Be Returning (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

27. Could You Make It Through Dinner Without Checking Your Phone? (NY Times)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

28. Oregon Admits Lack of Oversight of Medical Marijuana Program (Associated Press)

29. As Marijuana Goes Mainstream, Investors Rush In (NY Times)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

30. Mason Primary Ballots to Be Mailed Tuesday — State Pays for Return Postage (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

31. Congress: Brown, McMorris Rogers Talk Dams, Climate Change & Grizzlies (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

32. Man Seriously Injured In Fall at Mossyrock Dam in Lewis County (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

33. Columbia River’s Water Highway – Here’s how the Mid-Columbia Will Play a Bigger Role in the E-Commerce Boom (Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, WA)

34. Columbia Riverkeeper: Stronger Than Ever? (Longview Daily News, WA)

35. Phone Scam Cost Yakima Woman $2,000 – It Could Have Been Worse (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

36. What City Is Hit Hardest By Extreme Poverty in Your State? (USA Today)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Emmanuel Macron Celebrating France’s World Cup Victory Is Emmanuel Macron at His Most Joyful

Errant Tweet Inspires “National Blue Cheese Dressing Day”

Scientist Loses Distinguished Award after Acceptance Presentation Full of Racy Photos (PG-13)

Hungry Headache: German City Seeks to Evict Big Catfish

SONG OF THE DAY

Bill Conti - Escape to Victory (Soundtrack Main Title)

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