Friday, January 30, 2009

Energy News Digest for January 30, 2009

All the links in today’s news digest lead to current stories. Please note that some media organizations update their web sites regularly, which may result in broken links in the future.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

- Path Cleared For Puget Energy to Be Bought By Consortium
- Southwest Idaho Residents Want to Stop Power Line
- Buzz grows for modernizing energy grid
- Smart Grid, Stupid Policy?
- Cowlitz County PUD pay hike spurs recall attempt
- TransAlta 4Q Earnings Off
- California - Electrician accused of stealing $13,500 in power
- Gas Glut: Natural Gas Drillers Still Trying to Throttle Back
- Australia – Rising electricity prices 'to benefit renewable sector'
- Judge Won't Grant Stay Sparing Sea Lions
- Columbia River Treaty Tribes Tell States to Limit Columbia Spring Chinook Catch
- Idaho Officials Predict Large Return of Salmon
- Coeur d’Alene’s rewarded in Avista settlement over use of tribal lands for storing water to produce hydropower
- Snowpack above Average on Mt Hood, Below-Average in Northeast Oregon
- Low Snowpack May Mean a Third Dry Year for California
- State water allocation proposal in Jefferson County fuels growing fears
- Idaho board approves Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer plan
- Nevada A Natural Disaster Area Due To Drought
- Proposed Washington State Law Would Clarify Definition of Biomass
- FERC Chief: Energy Conservation and High-Performance Vehicles Can Coexist
- Oregon - Campus Turbine Gives Hood River Teens the (Wind) Power
- Plans to Build Tesla Electric Car Plant in San Jose Cancelled
- Frugal Family Tips To Save Money on Energy Bills
- Can Energy Efficiency Brighten A Dark Economy?
- Gregoire Says Emissions Plan Would Also Create Jobs
- Software Glitch Suspected In Click! Cable Outage
- Obama's Broadband Stimulus: Throwing Money at Wrong Target?
- Britain Looks to Expand Broadband and Limit Piracy
- Montana - Frontier Celebrates Fiber Optic Line in Libby
- More People Ditching Land Lines, Going Wireless
- 4.5 Quake Rattles Puget Sound Area
- Latest Quake Same Source as 2001 Nisqually Quake
- Exxon Mobil Shatters U.S. Record for Annual Profit
- Bill Would Require Retailers to Grant Restroom Access

These And Links to More Stories in Today’s Energy News Digest

WORD OF THE DAY

Indubitable • \in-DOO-buh-tuh-bul\ • adjective - Too evident to be doubted: unquestionable

“Watch this, whispered the office worker on the fourth floor to his visiting client.” The company CEO was headed to lunch, loudly announcing to all who would hear that he always ate a vegetarian sub sandwich to retain his “girlish figure”. What he did not realize, is that his indubitable habit of visiting the “Taco Trailer” across the street from his headquarters was observed daily by all his employees. The lard-enhanced refried beans did little to restrain the proliferation of fat cells around his mid-section.

WEATHER

Shelton Forecast and Weather Alerts
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/mapclick.php?textfield1=47.213805&textfield2=-123.113412&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=shelton%2c%20wa%2c%20usa

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Path Cleared For Puget Energy to Be Bought By Consortium - Deal Could Close Next Week (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/398040_puget30.html?source=rss

Southwest Idaho Residents Want to Stop Power Line (Associated Press)
http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/742246.html

Buzz grows for modernizing energy grid “…hybrids could become mini-generating plants…plugged into office garage outlets…feeding power to the grid when prices surge says BPA…” (USA Today)
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2009-01-29-smart-grid-energy_N.htm

Smart Grid, Stupid Policy? When it comes to upgrading the U.S. power system, spending runs far ahead of understanding (Forbes Magazine)
http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/29/electricity-infrastructure-obama-business-energy-0129_smart_grid.html

Cowlitz County PUD pay hike spurs recall attempt (The Daily News, Longview, WA)
http://www.tdn.com/articles/2009/01/30//area_news/doc4982ae41ed16d782009978.txt

TransAlta 4Q Earnings Off (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)
http://www.kelaam.com/pages/localnews/?TransAlta-4Q-Earnings-Off=1&blockID=37955&feedID=410

California - Electrician accused of stealing $13,500 in power (Associated Press)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/01/29/national/a132810S15.DTL&feed=rss.business

Gas Glut: Natural Gas Drillers Still Trying to Throttle Back (Wall Street Journal)
http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/01/29/gas-glut-natural-gas-drillers-still-trying-to-throttle-back/

Australia – Rising electricity prices 'to benefit renewable sector' “…a recommended a 78 per cent increase to the charges for household electricity over the next two years will bring prices into line with supply costs…” (ABC)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/01/30/2478915.htm

FISH & WILDLIFE

Judge Won't Grant Stay Sparing Sea Lions (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008687396_websealions29.html

Columbia River Treaty Tribes Tell States to Limit Columbia Spring Chinook Catch (The Columbian, Vancouver, WA)
http://www.columbian.com/article/20090129/SPORTS04/901299983/-1/SPORTS

Idaho Officials Predict Large Return of Salmon (Associated Press)
http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/743336.html

Coeur d’Alene’s rewarded in Avista settlement over use of tribal lands for storing water to produce hydropower (Indian Country Today)
http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/national/northwest/37677989.html

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Snowpack above Average on Mt Hood, Below-Average In Northeast Oregon (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
http://news.opb.org/article/4156-snowpack-above-average-mt-hood-below-average-northeast-oregon/

Low Snowpack May Mean a Third Dry Year for California (Los Angeles Times)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-snowpack30-2009jan30,0,260986.story

State water allocation proposal in Jefferson County fuels growing fears (Peninsula Daily News)
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090130/news/301309994

Idaho board approves Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer plan (Associated Press)
http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/743262.html

Nevada A Natural Disaster Area Due To Drought (Associated Press)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/01/29/financial/f154459S73.DTL&feed=rss.business

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Proposed Washington State Law Would Clarify Definition of Biomass (The Daily World, Aberdeen, WA)
http://www.thedailyworld.com/articles/2009/01/29/local_news/09news.txt

FERC Chief: Energy Conservation and High-Performance Vehicles Can Coexist (Las Vegas Review Journal)
http://www.lvrj.com/business/38688739.html

Oregon - Campus Turbine Gives Hood River Teens the (Wind) Power (The Oregonian, Portland)
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/01/hood_river_teens_get_the_wind.html

Plans to Build Tesla Electric Car Plant in San Jose Cancelled (Examiner.com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-1823970~Plans_to_build_Tesla_plant_in_San_Jose_cancelled.html?cid=rss-California_Headlines

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Frugal Family Tips To Save Money on Energy Bills (USA Today)
http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/basics/2009-01-29-frugal-families-energy-saving-tips_N.htm

Can Energy Efficiency Brighten A Dark Economy? (Christian Science Monitor)
http://features.csmonitor.com/economyrebuild/2009/01/29/can-energy-efficiency-brighten-a-dark-economy/

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Gregoire Says Emissions Plan Would Also Create Jobs (The Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2008687632_carbon30m.html

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Software Glitch Suspected In Click! Cable Outage (The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/611084.html

Obama's Broadband Stimulus: Throwing Money at Wrong Target? Current draft may not result in many more broadband Internet users (Network World)
http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2009/012709-bradner.html?fsrc=rss-columns

Britain Looks to Expand Broadband and Limit Piracy (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30/technology/30digital.html

Montana - Frontier Celebrates Fiber Optic Line in Libby (The Western News, Libby, MT)
http://www.thewesternnews.com/articles/2009/01/29/news/doc4982095c26d47005330590.txt

More People Ditching Land Lines, Going Wireless (KING-TV, Seattle)
http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_012909WAB-people-dumping-landline-SW.166440e5.html

GENERAL NEWS

4.5 Quake Rattles Puget Sound Area (KOMO-TV, Seattle)
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38694822.html

Latest Quake Same Source as 2001 Nisqually Quake (KIRO-TV, Seattle)
http://www.kirotv.com/news/18603945/detail.html

Exxon Mobil Shatters U.S. Record for Annual Profit (Associated Press)
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_11589748

Bill Would Require Retailers to Grant Restroom Access (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
http://news.opb.org/article/4151-bill-would-require-retailers-grant-restroom-access/

DIVERSIONS

1981 primitive Internet report on KRON (This is GREAT – via Baller/Herbst)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WCTn4FljUQ&feature=PlayList&p=66B42EC02895A8A6&playnext=1&index=39

Passenger Calls In Fake Robbery Report During Chase - presumably to get pursuing officers to go to the robbery call
http://www.kirotv.com/news/18596262/detail.html?treets=sea&tid=2653595907813&tml=sea_12pm&tmi=sea_12pm_1_02000101292009&ts=H

Texas Road Signs Warn Of Zombie Attack - Hackers Change Electronic Signs In Apparent Prank
http://www.kirotv.com/automotive/18595115/detail.html?treets=sea&tid=2653595907813&tml=sea_nots&tmi=sea_nots_1_01000101292009&ts=H

60-Ton House Towed Across Frozen Lake
http://www.kirotv.com/weather/18594778/detail.html?treets=sea&tid=2653595907813&tml=sea_nots&tmi=sea_nots_1_01000101292009&ts=H

SONG OF THE DAY

Cherry Cherry – Neil Diamond (1967, from 2005)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxIcSTGkO4I&feature=related

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Energy News Digest for January 29, 2009

All the links in today’s news digest lead to current stories. Please note that some media organizations update their web sites regularly, which may result in broken links in the future.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

- Attorney Recommends Getting Advice on Condemnation for Jefferson County PUD
- Portland General Electric Considering Fate of Boardman Coal-Fired Plant
- Phone Scam Targets Local Residents, Including Cowlitz PUD Customers
- Pot Raid, Power Loss And CO Poisoning - Oh, My!
- For A Spiffier Electric Grid: $11 Billion
- Skepticism about Plan to Shutter New York City Power Plant
- Overweight Comcast Tech Breaks Utility Pole
- Washington to Delay Columbia Spring Chinook Season Setting
- New Reports Show Dam Removal Will Benefit Klamath River Salmon
- Fish Farming in Federal Waters
- Up to 20,000 Gallons of Waste Water Flows into Ludlow Bay
- Rivers, Sewage-Treatment Plants Carry Nitrogen to Puget Sound
- Idaho and Washington to Study Post Falls Dam
- Washington Senate Democrats Unveil Green Jobs Proposal
- Recession Threatens Wind Power, Industry Group Says
- Wind Power Hits Economic Storm
- Massachusetts - Will The Economy Take the Wind out Of the Governor’s Green Plans?
- Puget Sound Energy & Renewable Energy Systems Move Forward with Washington Wind Energy Development
- Alaska wind farms key to reduced energy costs
- Wave, Tidal, and In-Stream Energy Projects: Which Federal Agency Has the Lead?
- Seattle inventor hopes Google contest will help rooftop wind turbine fly
- North Carolina - Duke’s Opponents Step up Challenge to Save-A-Watt
- California Takes Aim at Big, Energy-Hungry TVs
- Oregon and Washington Move Forward With Cap-And-Trade
- Oregon Governor, Industry at Odds over Climate Report
- Majority Of American Voters: Global Warming Can't Be Blamed On Humans
- Here’s the Poll: 44% Say Global Warming Due To Planetary Trends, Not People
- New Study Calling Global Warming Irreversible Further Complicates Debate
- United Kingdom - Skepticism Grows Over the Viability of Green Projects
- Digital TV Beckons, but Many Miss the Call
- Internet Service Provider Lobbyists Shape Broadband Stimulus Plan
- Google Battles ISPs with Technology
- New Mexico - Qwest Shuts Down Part of Skywi Network Again
- So Far, Wireless Data Looks Recession-Proof
- Weyco Back in Talks with Prospective Buyer of Cosmopolis Pulp Mill
- Starbucks Closing 300 Stores; May Cut 6,700 Jobs
- Postmaster General: Mail Days May Need To Be Cut
- Recycling Bins Becoming Harder to Find in North Mason
- Idaho's Poor Get Donated Fish, But No Mercury Warning
- Number of Uninsured Drivers on the Rise

These And Links to More Stories in Today’s Energy News Digest

WORD OF THE DAY

Cynosure • \SYE-nuh-shur\ • noun - 1: the northern constellation Ursa Minor; also: North Star 2: one that serves to direct or guide *3: a center of attraction or attention

Abernathy returned from his weekend makeover, dressed as well as any Parisian male model could be. “You’re an absolute peacock,” crowed his impressed fellow employees. From that day forward, the newly-remodeled Abernathy strived to become the “Style Cynosure” of the local “Arby’s” fry-cooks.

WEATHER

Shelton Forecast and Weather Alerts
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/mapclick.php?textfield1=47.213805&textfield2=-123.113412&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=shelton%2c%20wa%2c%20usa

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Attorney Recommends Getting Advice on Condemnation for Jefferson County PUD (Peninsula Daily News)
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090129/news/301299995

Portland General Electric Considering Fate of Boardman Coal-Fired Plant (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
http://news.opb.org/article/4147-pge-considering-fate-boardman-coal-fired-plant/

Phone Scam Targets Local Residents, Including Cowlitz PUD Customers (The Daily News, Longview, WA)
http://www.tdn.com/articles/2009/01/28/area_news/doc49810cb4f2398479857853.txt

Pot Raid, Power Loss And CO Poisoning - Oh, My! (KOMO-TV, Seattle)
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38572307.html

For A Spiffier Electric Grid: $11 Billion - Most of that money would go to upgrading transmission lines. An expanded ‘smart meter’ program would get $1 billion (Christian Science Monitor)
http://features.csmonitor.com/economyrebuild/2009/01/27/for-a-spiffier-electric-grid-11-billion/

Skepticism about Plan to Shutter New York City Power Plant (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/nyregion/29nypa.html?ref=nyregion

Overweight Comcast Tech Breaks Utility Pole - 67-year old widow almost winds up without power (Broadband Reports)
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Overweight-Comcast-Tech-Breaks-Utility-Pole-100479

FISH & WILDLIFE

Washington to Delay Columbia Spring Chinook Season Setting (The Columbian, Vancouver, WA)
http://www.columbian.com/article/20090128/SPORTS04/901289988/-1/SPORTS

New Reports Show Dam Removal Will Benefit Klamath River Salmon (San Francisco Bay Area Independent)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/28/18566553.php

Fish Farming in Federal Waters (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/science/earth/29brfs-FISHFARMINGI_BRF.html

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Up to 20,000 Gallons of Waste Water Flows into Ludlow Bay (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090129/news/301299997

Rivers, Sewage-Treatment Plants Carry Nitrogen to Puget Sound (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008682957_pugetsound29m.html

Idaho and Washington to Study Post Falls Dam (Examiner.com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-1820407~Idaho__Wash__to_study_Post_Falls_Dam.html?cid=rss-Washington_Headlines

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Washington Senate Democrats Unveil Green Jobs Proposal (Associated Press)
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=128854

Recession Threatens Wind Power, Industry Group Says (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, WI)
http://www.jsonline.com/business/38493439.html

Wind Power Hits Economic Storm (Associated Press)
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iKNv0oJcYG8kMRXlXJNj17LtHlIgD95VPGI86

Massachusetts - Will The Economy Take the Wind out Of the Governor’s Green Plans? (Boston Globe, MA)
http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/green/articles/2009/01/29/will_the_economy_take_the_wind_out_of_patricks_plan/

Puget Sound Energy & Renewable Energy Systems Move Forward with Washington Wind Energy Development (Renewable Energy World)
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=54616&src=rss

Alaska wind farms key to reduced energy costs – well sure; compared to diesel generators (Anchorage News Miner, AK)
http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jan/27/alaska-wind-farms-key-reduced-energy-costs/

Congressional Research Service - Wave, Tidal, and In-Stream Energy Projects: Which Federal Agency Has the Lead?
http://opencrs.com/document/RS22721

Seattle inventor hopes Google contest will help rooftop wind turbine fly - A West Seattle man hopes his wind turbine will receive worldwide support from Google users (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008670567_googlewind26m.html

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

North Carolina - Duke’s Opponents Step up Challenge to Save-A-Watt: Environmental groups seek tougher requirements for energy-efficiency proposal (Charlotte Business Journal)
http://charlotte.bizjournals.com/charlotte/stories/2009/01/26/story11.html?b=1232946000%5E1765726

California Takes Aim at Big, Energy-Hungry TVs (Reuters)
http://uk.reuters.com/article/governmentFilingsNews/idUKN2852769920090128

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Oregon and Washington Move Forward With Cap-And-Trade (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
http://news.opb.org/article/4134-oregon-and-washington-move-forward-cap-and-trade/

Oregon Governor, Industry at Odds over Climate Report (The Oregonian, Portland)
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/01/governor_industry_at_odds_over.html

Majority Of American Voters: Global Warming Can't Be Blamed On Humans (Examiner.com)
http://www.examiner.com/x-1109-Dallas-Environmental-Policy-Examiner~y2009m1d19-Majority-of-American-voters-global-warming-cant-be-blamed-on-humans

Here’s the Poll: 44% Say Global Warming Due To Planetary Trends, Not People (Rasmussen Reports)
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/issues2/articles/44_say_global_warming_due_to_planetary_trends_not_people

New Study Calling Global Warming Irreversible Further Complicates Debate (Finding Dulcinea)
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/environment/2009/jan/New-Study-Calling-Global-Warming-Irreversible-Further-Complicates-Debate.html

United Kingdom - Skepticism Grows Over the Viability of Green Projects (The Times of London)
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/economics/wef/article5607996.ece

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Digital TV Beckons, but Many Miss the Call (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/arts/television/29ears.html

Internet Service Provider Lobbyists Shape Broadband Stimulus Plan - Senate adds tax credits, eliminates network neutrality language (Broadband Reports)
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ISP-Lobbyists-Shape-Broadband-Stimulus-Plan-100480

Google Battles ISPs with Technology (GigaOM)
http://gigaom.com/2009/01/28/google-battles-isps-with-technology/

New Mexico - Qwest Shuts Down Part of Skywi Network Again (New Mexico Business Weekly)
http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/stories/2009/01/26/daily33.html?ana=from_rss

So Far, Wireless Data Looks Recession-Proof (GigaOM)
http://gigaom.com/2009/01/28/so-far-wireless-data-looks-recession-proof/

GENERAL NEWS

Weyco Back in Talks with Prospective Buyer of Cosmopolis Pulp Mill (The Daily World, Aberdeen, WA)
http://www.thedailyworld.com/articles/2009/01/27/local_news/02news.txt

Starbucks Closing 300 Stores; May Cut 6,700 Jobs (KIRO-TV, Seattle)
http://www.kirotv.com/money/18583835/detail.html

Postmaster General: Mail Days May Need To Be Cut (Associated Press)
http://wenatcheeworld.com/article/20090128/NEWS02/701299974/1001/rss1001

Recycling Bins Becoming Harder to Find in North Mason (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA)
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/jan/28/recycling-bins-becoming-harder-to-find-in-north/?partner=RSS

Idaho's Poor Get Donated Fish, But No Mercury Warning (Examiner.Com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-1819192~Idaho_s_poor_get_donated_fish__but_not_warning.html?cid=rss-Idaho_Headlines

Number of Uninsured Drivers on the Rise (KING-TV, Seattle)
http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_012809WAB-uninsured-drivers-KC.1363ee55.html

DIVERSIONS

Miles Davis between Takes: The 'Kind Of Blue' Sessions - Given yesterday’s “Song of the Day”; How Prescient (NPR Audio)
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99805408

Zounds! Knave Snags Shakespeare Festival Costumes
http://www.examiner.com/a-1820328~Zounds__Knave_snags_Shakespeare_Festival_costumes.html?cid=rss-Oregon_Headlines

Man Finds Worst Place To Make A Drug Deal
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/38546232.html

Bush War on Roquefort Raises a Stink in France
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/28/AR2009012804071.html?nav=rss_email%2Fcomponents

SONG OF THE DAY

The Galaxy Song – Clint Black version of Monty Python production (1999)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT7bAuOz8ao&feature=related

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Energy News Digest for January 28, 2009

The energy news digest was back in school Monday and Tuesday learning how to manipulate images in PhotoShop. It returns today as the “Puppet Master” – Marionettes, bow down before me! Thunderbirds are GO!

All the links in today’s news digest lead to current stories. Please note that some media organizations update their web sites regularly, which may result in broken links in the future.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

- Sen. Murray Adds BPA Borrowing Capacity to Stimulus Bill
- Committee to recommend against municipal utility district
- Chelan PUD Chief: Surcharge Will Be Last Resort
- News Release - Avista Requests Recovery for Costs in Washington and Idaho
- Colville Tribes Starting Electric Company
- Critics Want To Pull Plug on 'Big Extension Cord' Through Eastern Oregon
- Obama Asks To Fix Electric Grid
- Western Governors Sense Chance for Electric Grid Work
- South Dakota: E.P.A. Objects to Coal-Powered Plant
- TVA Spill Unleashes Flood of Questions
- Energy Prices Should Flatten In 2009
- Energetic Decoupling - Waxman Puts Utility Decoupling in the Stimulus
- Trouble with Power Bill? There Is Help
- Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals Overturns LNG Terminal Approval
- New Policies for Salmon Fishing on the Columbia River
- System Tracks Pacific Salmon's Progress
- Killer Whales: The Allure of the Search
- Mason County Working to Rein in Cost of Belfair Sewer Project
- Group Forms to Save Olympia’s Artesian Well
- No Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project Wind Farm This Year
- Oregon - First Wind Drops Wasco County Project
- Navy, Snohomish County PUD both hunt for power from tides
- Washington Times Op/Ed - Wind beneath our wings?
- Indiana Renewable Energy Supporters Try Again
- Top Arizona Regulator: Hike Renewable Energy Mandate To 25 Percen
- Energy Costs Generating Light-Bulb Solutions
- Recycle Compact Fluorescent Lights — Carefully
- Handling a Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb
- How To Reduce Your Energy Bills/Energy Conservation Begins At Home
- Chattanoogan Op/Ed - TVA Should Not Compromise On Energy Efficiency
- Europe Wants U.S. To Join Carbon Trading Market
- China Dams Reveal Flaws In Climate-Change Weapon
- Warming Trends Alter Conservation
- A Better Shade of Green: Cap & Trade and energy options
- Businesses Question Grant PUD Dark Fiber Decision
- Idaho Governor Helps Launch Technology Corridor
- House Votes No on DTV Bill
- Internet Audience Tops 1 Billion
- Maybe Yahoo Was Destined to Flounder
- Boeing to Cut 10,000 Jobs This Year
- State expects federal aid up to $4 billion ($850 million…no wait, $2 billion…no, I’ve got it - $4 billion!)
- Mudslides Trigger Call For Clear-Cut Answers

These And Links to More Stories in Today’s Energy News Digest

WORD OF THE DAY

Espi├Ęgle • \es-PYEGL\ • adjective - Frolicsome, roguish

“Just what I needed this morning,” sighed the portly bank examiner. “A teller with a sense of humor!” The teller’s espiegle attitude to the annual audit of procedures would soon end in tragedy, as the origami gallery of $100 bills across her workspace was revealed to have been, in reality, funds skimmed from the “Bedford Falls Savings and Loan” account.

WEATHER

Shelton Forecast and Weather Alerts
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/mapclick.php?textfield1=47.213805&textfield2=-123.113412&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=shelton%2c%20wa%2c%20usa

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

SEN. MURRAY ADDS BPA BORROWING CAPACITY TO STIMULUS BILL - U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, said today that she has included $3.25 billion in additional borrowing authority for the Bonneville Power Administration in the Senate American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The increased borrowing authority will assist BPA in funding critical infrastructure projects to allow new renewable resources to come online, including 4,700 megawatts of wind energy and to directly create an estimated 20,000 green jobs, including construction jobs. (The Columbian, Vancouver, WA)

Committee to recommend against municipal utility district (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090125/news/301259993

Chelan PUD Chief: Surcharge Will Be Last Resort (Wenatchee World, WA)
http://wenatcheeworld.com/article/20090127/NEWS04/701279919

News Release - Avista Requests Recovery for Costs in Washington and Idaho (PR Newswire)
http://sev.prnewswire.com/utilities/20090123/SF6216723012009-1.html

Colville Tribes Starting Electric Company (Wenatchee World)
http://wenatcheeworld.com/article/20090124/NEWS04/701249924/1001/rss1001

Critics Want To Pull Plug on 'Big Extension Cord' Through Eastern Oregon (The Oregonian, Portland, OR)
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/01/critics_blast_proposed_eastern.html

Obama Asks To Fix Electric Grid (Washington Times)
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/24/obama-gives-more-details-stimulus/

Western Governors Sense Chance for Electric Grid Work (Associated Press)
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wy_western_transmission.html

South Dakota: E.P.A. Objects to Coal-Powered Plant (Associated Press)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/us/24brfs-EPAOBJECTSTO_BRF.html

TVA Spill Unleashes Flood of Questions - Dike Rupture Climaxed Tough Year For Agency (The Tennessean, TN)
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090125/GREEN02/901250402

Energy Prices Should Flatten In 2009 - Continued focus on efficiency could keep costs in check, create economic activity and jobs (The Columbian, Vancouver, WA)
http://columbian.com/article/20090122/BIZ/701229905/-1/BIZ

Energetic Decoupling - Waxman Puts Utility Decoupling in the Stimulus: The single most important policy change needed to promote broad-based, California-style energy efficiency is to "decouple" utility profits from sales (Grist Online)
http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2009/1/23/145247/093

Trouble with Power Bill? There Is Help (Everett Herald, WA)
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090126/NEWS01/701269926&news01ad=1

Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals Overturns LNG Terminal Approval (The Oregonian, Portland, OR)
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/01/board_overturns_lng_terminal_a.html

FISH & WILDLIFE

New Policies for Salmon Fishing on the Columbia River (MSNBC)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28812950/

System Tracks Pacific Salmon's Progress (KGO-TV, San Francisco)
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/assignment_7&id=6591928

Killer Whales: The Allure of the Search (National Public Radio)
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99834201&ft=1&f=10

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Mason County Working to Rein in Cost of Belfair Sewer Project (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA)
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/jan/25/county-working-to-rein-in-cost-of-belfair-sewer/?partner=RSS

Group Forms to Save Olympia’s Artesian Well – Thurston PUD May Help (The Olympian, Olympia, WA)
http://www.theolympian.com/southsound/story/736939.html

RENEWABLE ENERGY

No Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project Wind Farm This Year - extra time is needed interconnection agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration. (The Daily Record, Ellensburg, WA)
http://www.kvnews.com/articles/2009/01/24/news/doc497a64257246c260169237.txt

Oregon - First Wind Drops Wasco County Project (Portland Business Journal)
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2009/01/19/daily64.html?ana=from_rss

Navy, Snohomish County PUD both hunt for power from tides (Everett Herald)
http://heraldnet.com/article/20090125/NEWS01/701259902

Washington Times Op/Ed - Wind beneath our wings?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/25/wind-beneath-our-wings/

Indiana Renewable Energy Supporters Try Again (Chicago Tribune)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-in-xgr-renewableener,0,7282789.story

Top Arizona Regulator: Hike Renewable Energy Mandate To 25 Percent - 15 percent by 2025 is too low (Arizona Daily Sun)
http://www.azdailysun.com/articles/2009/01/25/news/20090125_front_189645.txt

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Energy Costs Generating Light-Bulb Solutions (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/24/AR2009012401598.html?nav=rss_email/components

Recycle Compact Fluorescent Lights — Carefully (Wenatchee World)
http://wenatcheeworld.com/article/20090124/NEWS04/701249984

Handling a Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (Wenatchee World)
http://wenatcheeworld.com/article/20090124/NEWS04/701249982/1025/rss1025

How To Reduce Your Energy Bills/Energy Conservation Begins At Home (Low Carbon Economy)
http://www.lowcarboneconomy.com/community_content/_tips_did_you_know/4099

Chattanoogan Op/Ed - TVA Should Not Compromise On Energy Efficiency
http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_143297.asp

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Europe Wants U.S. To Join Carbon Trading Market (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/business/worldbusiness/24greenhouse.html

China Dams Reveal Flaws In Climate-Change Weapon (Associated Press)
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_11550757?nclick_check=1

Warming Trends Alter Conservation - Experts Think Old Paradigm of Fixed Boundaries Will Not Work as Sea Levels Rise (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/24/AR2009012401728.html?wprss=rss_business

NY Times Op/Ed - A Better Shade of Green: Cap & Trade and energy options
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/opinion/24leonard.html?_r=1&em

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Businesses Question Grant PUD Dark Fiber Decision - Staff Working On Rate Schedule (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses, Lake, WA)
http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/articles/2009/01/27/news/doc497f4bbbe7d42916633354.txt

Idaho Governor Helps Launch Technology Corridor (Associated Press)
http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/738198.html

House Votes No on DTV Bill - Shutdown Would Have Been Delayed Until June (KIRO-TV, Seattle)
http://www.kirotv.com/digital-tv/18583035/detail.html?treets=sea&tml=sea_natlbreak&ts=T&tmi=sea_natlbreak_1_12090101282009

Internet Audience Tops 1 Billion (Wichita Business Journal)
http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/stories/2009/01/19/daily47.html?ana=from_rss

Maybe Yahoo Was Destined to Flounder (GigaOM)
http://gigaom.com/2009/01/24/maybe-yahoo-was-destined-to-flounder/

GENERAL NEWS

Boeing to Cut 10,000 Jobs This Year (KIRO-TV, Seattle)
http://www.kirotv.com/money/18584690/detail.html?treets=sea&tml=sea_break&ts=T&tmi=sea_break_1_10260101282009

State expects federal aid up to $4 billion - Stimulus package under consideration could ease Olympia’s budget problems and pump billions into state and local construction projects (The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/608677.html

Mudslides Trigger Call For Clear-Cut Answers (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008674714_glenomaslides27m.html

DIVERSIONS

Officials: Flaming Squirrel Sparked Wildfire
http://www.kirotv.com/weather/18541790/detail.html

NJ Residents: 'It Was Raining' Dead Birds - Mysterious Bird Deaths Caused By State Culling Efforts
http://www.kirotv.com/health/18571754/detail.html

Goat Detained Over Armed Robbery
http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE50M4XT20090123?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews

Winning Coach Canned After 100-0 Blowout
http://www.kirotv.com/sports/18561824/detail.html

SONG OF THE DAY

Will O' the Wisp - Miles Davis, from “Sketches of Spain” (1960)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz7-617UaYc

Friday, January 23, 2009

Energy News Digest for January 23, 2009

All the links in today’s news digest lead to current stories. Please note that some media organizations update their web sites regularly, which may result in broken links in the future.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

- Intalco Power Talks Stall with BPA
- Puget Sound Energy Talks 'Productive,' Jefferson PUD Leader Says
- Memo details (very creative) TVA editing of response to ash spill
- NY Times Editorial - Collapse of the Clean Coal Myth
- Massachusetts - Canal energy plant in hot water
- Baird Named Chairman of Energy and Environment Subcommittee
- Oregon Lawmakers Target Metal Theft
- Maryland - Environmental Integrity Project to Sue Mirant Over Power Plant Emissions
- Spring Salmon Allocation Battle: Oregon's Turn
- Flooded Hatchery Owners Hope for Federal Aid
- Study: Orcas Raising Their Voices to Talk Above Racket of Vessel Traffic
- Brothers to Pay $150,000 in Salmon and Sturgeon Fishing Fines
- Canada - Culverts, Bridges Disastrous For B.C. Fish: Study
- Study: Western Forests Dying At Increasing Rate
- Boise Region Grapples With Smog
- Arlington Sewage Plant a 'Showcase' Project
- California - Mandatory Water Rationing In Bay Area Forecast
- Lawmakers Okay Energy Tax Breaks In Obama Plan
- T. Boone Pickens: The U.S. Needs a 'Wind Bank'
- Economy Won't Halt B.C.'S Run-Of-River Hydroelectric Projects
- Biodiesel Congeals, School Buses Stall
- Report: Carbon Cap and Trade Policies Could Delay Investments by a Decade
- Washington Examiner Op/Ed - Energy Reality Soon to Intrude on Obama’s Enviros
- Environmental Issues Slide in Poll of Public’s Concerns
- Alberta Scientists to Track Greenhouse Gases from Space
- Canada - The Carbon-Credit Value Of Old-Growth Forests
- Worm Infects Millions of Computers Worldwide
- Seattle Tops Forbes List of 'Most Wired' Cities
- Hey NY Times: Broadband Coverage Gaps Are Not 'Hooey'
- Stimulus Bill Has $2.8B for Washington Projects
- $850M Headed Toward State in Stimulus Package
- Foggy Weather Moving Out Of Washington
- Gregoire Asks Obama to Declare Storm Disaster
- Belfair Fire That Killed Two Children in October 2008 Is Ruled Arson
- Soldier’s Electrocution in Iraq Was Negligent Homicide, Army Concludes
- Hard Times Are Good Times to Build, North Mason Schools Superintendent Says

These And Links to More Stories in Today’s Energy News Digest

WORD OF THE DAY

Prescient •\PRESH-ee-unt\ • noun - Foreknowledge of events: a: divine omniscience b: human anticipation of the course of events: foresight

“I told you that was going to happen,” Ambrose barked at his unfortunate wife. A tray of deep-fried chicken gizzards had cascaded on her head upon opening the refrigerator to retrieve a soft drink. His seemingly prescient statement was deemed less than mysterious when it was revealed that for the lack of space, the tray had been precariously balanced on the top of condiment and styrofoam containers. So instead of being prescient, it was merely inevitable.

WEATHER

Shelton Forecast and Weather Alerts
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/mapclick.php?textfield1=47.213805&textfield2=-123.113412&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=shelton%2c%20wa%2c%20usa

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Intalco Power Talks Stall with BPA (Bellingham Herald, WA)
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/765702.html

Puget Sound Energy Talks 'Productive,' Jefferson PUD Leader Says (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090123/news/301239990

Memo details TVA editing of response to ash spill - The massive coal ash spill…wasn't so much "catastrophic" as it was a "sudden, accidental release." (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2008663191_apfloodedneighborhoodpr.html?syndication=rss

NY Times Editorial - Collapse of the Clean Coal Myth
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/opinion/23fri3.html

Massachusetts - Canal energy plant in hot water - It could be considered superfluous as soon as June due to ongoing improvements to southeastern Massachusetts’ transmission system (Cape Cod Times)
http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090121/NEWS11/90121024

Baird Named Chairman of Energy and Environment Subcommittee (The Daily News, Longview, WA)
http://www.tdn.com/articles/2009/01/23//area_news/doc497916f26127a276914120.txt

Oregon Lawmakers Target Metal Theft (Examiner.Com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-1809469~Oregon_lawmakers_target_metal_theft.html?cid=rss-Oregon_Headlines

Maryland - Environmental Integrity Project to Sue Mirant Over Power Plant Emissions (Washington Business Journal)
http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2009/01/19/daily70.html?ana=from_rss

FISH & WILDLIFE

Spring Salmon Allocation Battle: Oregon's Turn (The Oregonian, Portland, OR)
http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/bill_monroe/index.ssf/2009/01/spring_salmon_allocation_battl.html

Flooded Hatchery Owners Hope for Federal Aid (KIRO-TV, Seattle)
http://www.kirotv.com/news/18543589/detail.html

Study: Orcas Raising Their Voices to Talk Above Racket of Vessel Traffic (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008661197_orcas23m.html?syndication=rss

Brothers to Pay $150,000 in Salmon and Sturgeon Fishing Fines (Associated Press)
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_or_fish_fines.html

Canada - Culverts, Bridges Disastrous For B.C. Fish: Study (Vancouver Sun, BC)
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/story.html?id=1202850

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Study: Western Forests Dying At Increasing Rate (Examiner.Com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-1811032~Study__Western_forests_dying_at_increasing_rate.html?cid=rss-Oregon_Headlines

Boise Region Grapples With Smog (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/us/23boise.html

Arlington Sewage Plant a 'Showcase' Project - Wastewater plant gets attention of national trade journal (The Everett Herald, WA)
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090123/NEWS01/701239831/-1/RSS02

California - Mandatory Water Rationing In Bay Area Forecast (San Francisco Chronicle)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/23/MNRA15FELA.DTL&feed=rss.news

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Lawmakers Okay Energy Tax Breaks In Obama Plan (Reuters)
http://uk.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUKTRE50L7BC20090122

T. Boone Pickens: The U.S. Needs a 'Wind Bank' (C/Net News)
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/01/22/pickens.wind.bank/

Economy Won't Halt B.C.'S Run-Of-River Hydroelectric Projects (Straight.Com)
http://www.straight.com/article-197479/economy-wont-halt-runofriver-projects

Biodiesel Congeals, School Buses Stall (NY Times)
http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/biodiesel-congeals-school-buses-stall/

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Report: Carbon Cap and Trade Policies Could Delay Investments by a Decade (Utility Automation & Engineering)
http://uaelp.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=ONART&PUBLICATION_ID=22&ARTICLE_ID=351235&C=BUSIN&dcmp=rss

Washington Examiner Op/Ed - Energy Reality Soon to Intrude on Obama’s Enviros
http://www.dcexaminer.com/opinion/columns/IrwinStelzer/Energy_reality_soon_to_intrude_on_Obamas_enviros_012309.html

Environmental Issues Slide in Poll of Public’s Concerns (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/science/earth/23warm.html?ref=us

Alberta Scientists to Track Greenhouse Gases from Space (Vancouver Sun, BC)
http://www.vancouversun.com/Technology/story.html?id=1203112

Canada - The Carbon-Credit Value Of Old-Growth Forests - Climate initiative opens new source of long-term revenue for B.C. (Victoria Times-Colonist, BC)
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=457073aa-3f8e-49bc-8a71-3e0ecc5b8c6d&k=6617

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Worm Infects Millions of Computers Worldwide (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/technology/internet/23worm.html

Seattle Tops Forbes List of 'Most Wired' Cities - Pushes Atlanta back to number two (Broadband Reports)
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Seattle-Tops-Forbes-List-Of-Most-Wired-Cities-100403

Hey NY Times: Broadband Coverage Gaps Are Not 'Hooey' – See yesterday’s news digest for the NY Times story (Broadband Reports)
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Hey-NY-Times-Broadband-Coverage-Gaps-Are-Not-Hooey-100382

GENERAL NEWS

Stimulus Bill Has $2.8B for Washington Projects (Tri-City Herald, WA)
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/kennewick_pasco_richland/story/455168.html

$850M Headed Toward State in Stimulus Package (The Olympian, Olympia, WA)
http://www.theolympian.com/breakingnews/story/735403.html

Foggy Weather Moving Out Of Washington (Examiner.Com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-1810933~Foggy_weather_moving_out_of_Washington.html?cid=rss-Washington_Headlines

Gregoire Asks Obama to Declare Storm Disaster (KIRO-TV, Seattle)
http://www.kirotv.com/news/18541711/detail.html

Belfair Fire That Killed Two Children in October 2008 Is Ruled Arson (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA)
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/jan/22/belfair-fire-that-killed-two-children-in-2008/?partner=RSS

Soldier’s Electrocution in Iraq Was Negligent Homicide, Army Concludes (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/washington/23electrocute.html

Hard Times Are Good Times to Build, North Mason Schools Superintendent Says (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA)
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/jan/22/hard-times-a-good-time-to-build-north-mason-says/?partner=RSS

DIVERSIONS

'Flying Car' Goes to Market
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/22/flying-car.html

Death by Politeness: How Brits on the Titanic Met Their Doom
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/international/2009/jan/Death-by-Politeness-How-Brits-on-the-Titanic-Met-Their-Doom.html

Pa. Man Considered $175K Bank Error 'A Gift from God'
http://www.kirotv.com/news/18540475/detail.html

Actor Accidentally Uses Loaded Gun in Play - Bullet Grazes Actor's Ear, Understudy Fills Role
http://www.kirotv.com/entertainment/18527595/detail.html

Labrador Deemed Most Popular Pooch Again
http://www.kirotv.com/family/18532001/detail.html

SONG OF THE DAY

I Fall To Pieces – Patsy Cline
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuZTk1hdpMs

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Energy News Digest for January 22, 2009

All the links in today’s news digest lead to current stories. Please note that some media organizations update their web sites regularly, which may result in broken links in the future.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

- Tester Urges CFAC to Work with BPA
- Canada's Alcan aluminum cuts 1,100 jobs
- Snohomish County PUD Says Your Power Bill May Rise In April
- Chu confirmed as Secretary of Energy
- NWPPA Names New Staff Member
- Good News for Chinook Anglers
- San Francisco Chronicle Op/Ed - To Save Salmon, Stop Subsidizing Toxic Farming
- Blackbird Pond Projects Wins Trout Unlimited Prize
- Three men posing as water company workers arrested after car chase in Santa Clara
- Massachusetts - Unpaid water and sewer bills could bring rate hike in Randolph
- Fixing the Tax Problems of Renewable Energy
- Massachusetts Governor Calls for 2,000 MW of Wind by 2020
- Alternative Energy Faces Power Line "Bottleneck" In U.S. West
- The New In-Crowd in Obama's Washington: the Renewable Energy Folks
- Wind power leading new source of electricity
- Conserving Energy at Home
- Energy Adviser: Ductless heat pump program to gauge savings
- Seattle Times Op/Ed - Stimulate Economy with Investments in Energy-Efficient Home Furnaces
- Seattle Times Op/Ed - Focus on energy efficiency to reduce emissions
- Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Project in Wallula Could Help Prevent Climate Change
- Study: Antarctica Joins Rest of Globe in Warming
- How much does your orange juice contribute to global warming?
- Permission to Regulate California Gases Is Sought
- Carbon Emissions: To Trade or Tax?
- 2009: A Year of Rural Broadband Musical Chairs?
- Want a Lower Broadband Bill? Maybe You Should Move
- Broadband's Cost Gives Non-Subscribers Pause
- Microsoft to Slash 5,000 Jobs; Misses on 2Q Profit
- Belfair Residents Unhurt in Fatal Mason County Crash
- Paid Family Leave Law Expansion Considered
- DOT Hires Victoria Express for Hood Canal Shuttle
- Washington State Investment Board Director Is Leaving
- Olympian Publisher Resigns

These And Links to More Stories in Today’s Energy News Digest

WORD OF THE DAY

Epigram • \EPP-ih-gram\ • noun - 1: a concise poem dealing pointedly and often satirically with a single thought or event and often ending with an ingenious turn of thought 2: a terse, sage, or witty and often paradoxical saying

Ben Franklin was a master at the epigram: Little strokes -- Fell great oaks.

WEATHER

Shelton Forecast and Weather Alerts
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/mapclick.php?textfield1=47.213805&textfield2=-123.113412&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=shelton%2c%20wa%2c%20usa

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Tester Urges CFAC to Work with BPA (Hungry Horse News)
http://www.hungryhorsenews.com/articles/2009/01/21/news/doc49775264049cc771734763.txt

Canada's Alcan aluminum cuts 1,100 jobs – Commodity costs down nearly 60% from last year “…more than two-thirds of aluminum operations around the world are losing money…” (United Press International)
http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2009/01/21/Canadas_Alcan_aluminum_cuts_1100_jobs/UPI-93441232549708/

Snohomish County PUD Says Your Power Bill May Rise In April (Everett Herald, WA)
http://heraldnet.com/article/20090122/NEWS01/701229900

Chu confirmed as Secretary of Energy (Utility Automation & Engineering)
http://uaelp.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=ONART&PUBLICATION_ID=22&ARTICLE_ID=350947&C=INDUS&dcmp=rss

NWPPA NAMES NEW STAFF MEMBER - Gregg King has been named director of administrative services and finance for the Northwest Public Power Association, which represents and serves customer-owned, locally controlled utilities on the West Coast and in Canada. King will supervise the group's administrative services and direct its financial planning. King is a former controller for Pet Appeal Inc., an organic pet food company in Clackamas, Ore.

FISH & WILDLIFE

Good News for Chinook Anglers (The Columbian, Vancouver, WA)
http://www.columbian.com/article/20090121/SPORTS04/701229958/-1/SPORTS

San Francisco Chronicle Op/Ed - To Save Salmon, Stop Subsidizing Toxic Farming
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/21/EDCK15EHJ5.DTL

Blackbird Pond Projects Wins Trout Unlimited Prize (Wenatchee World)
http://wenatcheeworld.com/article/20090121/NEWS04/701229916

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Three men posing as water company workers arrested after car chase in Santa Clara (San Jose Mercury News)
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_11517096?source=most_viewed

Massachusetts - Unpaid water and sewer bills could bring rate hike in Randolph (Patriot Ledger, Quincy MA)
http://www.patriotledger.com/news/x1255645836/Unpaid-water-and-sewer-bills-could-bring-rate-hike-in-Randolph

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Fixing the Tax Problems of Renewable Energy (NY Times)
http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/21/fixing-the-tax-problems-of-renewable-energy/

Massachusetts Governor Calls for 2,000 MW of Wind by 2020 (Renewable Energy World)
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=54550&src=rss

Alternative Energy Faces Power Line "Bottleneck" In U.S. West (Reuters)
http://uk.reuters.com/article/behindTheScenes/idUKTRE50K5P720090121

The New In-Crowd in Obama's Washington: the Renewable Energy Folks (US News & World Report)
http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/national/2009/01/21/the-new-in-crowd-in-obamas-washington-the-renewable-energy-folks.html

Wind power leading new source of electricity- renewable energy peak oil (North Denver News, CO)
http://northdenvernews.com/content/view/1684/2/

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Conserving Energy at Home (MSNBC)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28784078/

Energy Adviser: Ductless heat pump program to gauge savings (The Columbian, Vancouver, WA)
http://www.columbian.com/article/20090122/LIVING/701229998

Seattle Times Op/Ed - Stimulate Economy With Investments In Energy-Efficient Home Furnaces
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2008655881_opinb22loeb.html?syndication=rss

Seattle Times Op/Ed - Focus on energy efficiency to reduce emissions
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2008655904_opinc22fulenwider.html?syndication=rss

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Project in Wallula Could Help Prevent Climate Change (KNDU-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)
http://www.kndu.com/global/story.asp?s=9712125

Study: Antarctica Joins Rest of Globe In Warming (Associated Press)
http://columbian.com/article/20090121/NEWS06/301219980/-1/news

How Green Is My Orange? How much does your morning glass of orange juice contribute to global warming? (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/business/22pepsi.html?_r=1

Permission to Regulate California Gases Is Sought (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/us/22brfs-PERMISSIONTO_BRF.html

Carbon Emissions: To Trade or Tax? (NY Times)
http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/carbon-emissions-to-trade-or-tax/

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

2009: A Year of Rural Broadband Musical Chairs? Carriers dumping less profitable rural networks and unwanted users (Broadband Reports)
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/2009-A-Year-Of-Rural-Broadband-Musical-Chairs-100356

Want a Lower Broadband Bill? Maybe You Should Move (GigaOM)
http://gigaom.com/2009/01/21/want-a-lower-broadband-bill-maybe-you-should-move/

Broadband's Cost Gives Non-Subscribers Pause, Poll Finds (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/21/AR2009012103297.html?wprss=rss_technology

GENERAL NEWS

Microsoft to Slash 5,000 Jobs; Misses on 2Q Profit (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008658499_apearnsmicrosoft3rdldwritethru.html?syndication=rss

Belfair Residents Unhurt in Fatal Mason County Crash (The Kitsap Sun)
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/jan/22/belfair-residents-unhurt-fatal-mason-county-crash/?partner=RSS

Paid Family Leave Law Expansion Considered (The Olympian, Olympia, WA)
http://www.theolympian.com/legislature/story/734853.html

DOT Hires Victoria Express For Hood Canal Shuttle (Associated Press)
http://columbian.com/article/20090121/NEWS06/301219984/-1/NLstatenews

Washington State Investment Board Director Is Leaving - Dear to work for California pension fund (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/396988_calpers22.html?source=rss

Olympian Publisher Resigns (The Olympian, Olympia, WA)
http://www.theolympian.com/localnewsfeed/story/735123.html

DIVERSIONS

In Tight Times, The Humble Noodle Rises - Sales of pasta products grow as cash-strapped shoppers turn to the pantry staple for affordable meals
http://www.thenewstribune.com/business/story/601670.html

Texas Boys Find 95-Year-Old's Long-Lost Class Ring
http://www.kirotv.com/news/18530718/detail.html

Cat's Cries Save Family From Fire
http://www.kirotv.com/family/18515767/detail.html

Fleeing suspect picks the wrong place to hide
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090122/ap_on_fe_st/odd_fleeing_suspect;_ylt=Av8oJ2j51KmAI9Q9My.qeMntiBIF

SONG OF THE DAY

Classical Gas – Mason Williams (1968)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mguzKze1sYo

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Energy News Digest for January 21, 2009 - Plus New Feature: Song of the Day

All the links in today’s news digest lead to current stories. Please note that some media organizations update their web sites regularly, which may result in broken links in the future.

The News Digest Is Also Available At The Following Web Site:
http://www.energynewsdigest.blogspot.com/

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

- Avista Customers Getting Big Bills
- State Auditor Critical of Centralia Utilities Spending
- Idaho Energy Czar: Give Transmission Priority Attention
- San Diego Gas & Electric Power Line to Desert Clears another Hurdle
- Nevada - Critics: Power Line Routes Favor Coal
- Texas - Electricity Rates Can Jolt the Unwary
- Endless Enron - Skilling's Attorneys File New Appeals
- Solar storms: how much grid liability they imply
- Lake Trout Harvest Gives Kokanee Shot at Comeback
- Green River - Damage Restricts Level at Howard Hanson Dam
- Seattle Times Op/Ed - Don't flush pharmaceuticals down the drain
- California Farmers Divided Over Sacramento Delta Canal Proposal
- States Join E.P.A. Study of Pathogens in Ohio River
- New Oregon Wind Farm Site Being Considered
- Solar Power Needs a Bailout Too
- Scripps News Service Op/Ed - Wind, Obama and the Energy Answer
- Phase-Out For Old-Style Light Bulbs Begins In 2012
- Smart Appliances Will Figure out How to Save You Energy
- BPA Surpasses Energy Efficiency Targets
- New Hampshire Hopeful about New Focus on Weatherizing Homes
- Gregoire Pushes Cap-And-Trade Bill
- Carbon Prices Tumble as Global Downturn Bites
- Does Broadband Need a Stimulus?
- Microsoft to delay starting new construction on Redmond campus
- FCC Fines Cable Operators over Channel Changes
- FCC Probes Comcast's Phone Practices
- Switch to Digital TV May Not Be as Smooth as Advertised
- Online Video of Inauguration Sets Records
- State stimulus plan a hard sell, officials say
- Washington State Bankruptcies Increase 40 Percent in 2008
- Port Of Shelton Commission Takes No Action on Manager
- Cox Replaces Hailey as State Rep

These And Links to More Stories in Today’s Energy News Digest

WORD OF THE DAY

Remora • \rih-MOR-uh\ • noun - 1: any of various marine fishes that have a suction disk on the head by means of which they cling especially to other fishes 2: hindrance, drag

Rudolph Valentino had many drags on his career as he rose to superstardom at the dawn of cinema. One of the least talked about is the presence of his “assistant” Fredo, who followed him, remora-like in hopes that the shine of Rudolph’s romantic reputation would rub off…benefiting him. It did not work, but the nagging presence continued for years, due to a mysterious favor from “Greasy Thumb” Cioppino that the actor could not refuse.

WEATHER

Shelton Forecast and Weather Alerts
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/mapclick.php?textfield1=47.213805&textfield2=-123.113412&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=shelton%2c%20wa%2c%20usa

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Avista Customers Getting Big Bills - Lots of Avista Utility Customers Are Getting a Surprise in Their Power Bill This Month (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008650779_apwaavistabills.html?syndication=rss

State Auditor Critical of Centralia Utilities Spending (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)
http://www.kelaam.com/pages/localnews/?State-Auditor-Critical-of-Centralia-Util=1&blockID=36557&feedID=410

Idaho Energy Czar: Give Transmission Priority Attention (Associated Press)
http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/733160.html

San Diego Gas & Electric Power Line to Desert Clears another Hurdle (Associated Press)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/01/21/state/n044240S05.DTL&feed=rss.business

Nevada - Critics: Power Line Routes Favor Coal - And, they say, feds failed to adequately account for effects on wildlife (Las Vegas Sun, NV)
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jan/20/critics-power-line-routes-favor-coal/

Texas - Electricity Rates Can Jolt the Unwary (Dallas Morning News, TX)
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/012109dnbuselectricity.3f58cc3.html

Endless Enron - Skilling's Attorneys File New Appeals (Associated Press)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/01/20/financial/f120807S75.DTL&feed=rss.business

Solar storms: how much grid liability they imply (Energy Pulse Commentary)
http://www.energypulse.net/centers/article/article_display.cfm?a_id=1910

FISH & WILDLIFE

Lake Trout Harvest Gives Kokanee Shot at Comeback “…they gobble up endangered bull trout and Kokanee, a landlocked sockeye salmon that once formed the basis of a multimillion-dollar fishery in Lake Pend Oreille…” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_id_mackinaw_harvest.html

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Green River - Damage Restricts Level at Howard Hanson Dam (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008650646_apwahowardhansondam.html?syndication=rss

Seattle Times Op/Ed - Don't flush pharmaceuticals down the drain
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2008651132_opinc21moore.html

California Farmers Divided Over Sacramento Delta Canal Proposal (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2008652676_apfarmscenedeltafarmers.html?syndication=rss

States Join E.P.A. Study of Pathogens in Ohio River (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/21/us/21ohio.html?_r=1&th=&adxnnl=1&emc=th&adxnnlx=1232553269-00/ZPU14FTwbFJwYaeTjzQ

RENEWABLE ENERGY

New Oregon Wind Farm Site Being Considered (Examiner.com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-1806557~New_wind_farm_site_being_considered.html?cid=rss-Oregon_Headlines

Solar Power Needs a Bailout Too (Time Magazine)
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1872345,00.html?xid=rss-health

Scripps News Service Op/Ed - Wind, Obama and the Energy Answer
http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/40139

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Phase-Out For Old-Style Light Bulbs Begins In 2012 (Associated Press)
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090120/BIZ/701209778/0/NEWS01

Smart Appliances Will Figure out How to Save You Energy (The Oregonian, Portland, OR)
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/01/smart_appliances_will_soon_fig.html

News Release - BPA Surpasses Energy Efficiency Targets, Plans For Even More Effective Programs (Bonneville Power Administration)
http://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/1582/249901/

New Hampshire Hopeful about New Focus on Weatherizing Homes (Associated Press)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28750291/

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Gregoire Pushes Cap-And-Trade Bill - Emissions Would Come At a Cost (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/396852_cap20.html?source=rss

Carbon Prices Tumble as Global Downturn Bites - Remember that windfall from carbon auctions? Sorry Charlie (NY Times)
http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/21/carbon-prices-tumble-as-global-downturn-bites/

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Does Broadband Need a Stimulus? (NY Times)
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/21/does-broadband-need-a-stimulus/

Microsoft to delay starting new construction on Redmond campus (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/microsoft/2008651775_microsoft21.html

FCC Fines Cable Operators over Channel Changes (Associated Press)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/01/20/financial/f122828S07.DTL&feed=rss.business

FCC Probes Comcast's Phone Practices – May Be Discriminatory To Other VOIP Providers (Associated Press)
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/01/20/technology/AP-FCC-Comcast.html

Technical Difficulties - Switch to Digital TV May Not Be as Smooth as Advertised (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/20/AR2009012004015.html?nav=rss_email%2Fcomponents

Online Video of Inauguration Sets Records (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/21/us/politics/21video.html?_r=1

GENERAL NEWS

State stimulus plan a hard sell, officials say - Budget woes, deadline dim hopes for Gregoire package (Associated Press)
http://columbian.com/article/20090121/NEWS02/701219923/-1/NEWS

Washington State Bankruptcies Increase 40 Percent in 2008 (Examiner.com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-1806065~Wash__bankruptcies_increase_40_percent_in_2008.html?cid=rss-Washington_Headlines

Port Of Shelton Commission Sets Officers for 2009 - No Action on Manager (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)
http://www.masoncountydailynews.com/News/NewsArticle/tabid/1897/smid/3468/ArticleID/6142/reftab/1632/t/PORT-COMMISSION-SETS-OFFICERS-FOR-2009---NO-ACTION-ON-MANAGER/Default.aspx

Cox Replaces Hailey as State Rep - Represents the Ninth District (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)
http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/articles/2009/01/20/news/doc497641f0d2c48736417990.txt

DIVERSIONS

France Looks Into "Magic Cheese" Case in South America
http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE50J78920090120?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews

At Art Exhibit – Indian Artist Finds Most of His Pictures on Display Are Fakes
http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE50I13J20090120?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews

Mayor Denies Kissing Ban, Invites All To Pucker Up
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090121/ap_on_fe_st/lt_odd_mexico_kissing_capital;_ylt=AoxRr_Qo2weWAuDJlMhnikztiBIF

Buried Box Yields Texas Treasures after Hurricane
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/01/21/national/a080309S62.DTL&feed=rss.business

SONG OF THE DAY

Stardust – Nat King Cole (1957)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFyKAUBkdOs

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Energy News Digest for January 20, 2009

All the links in today’s news digest lead to current stories. Please note that some media organizations update their web sites regularly, which may result in broken links in the future.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

- Bonners Ferry City Administrator Named Public Power Council Chairman
- BPA Completes Removal of PCB Capacitors
- More Energy for Wanapum Dam
- Montana - NorthWestern Energy Wants To Spur Transmission Access
- Study: Electricity Usage Is Down
- DOE Report Paints Bleak Picture of Our Electric Future
- NY Times Editorial - Energy Inefficient
- Is The Power Grid Ready For Electric Cars?
- Statement of Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher At His Last Open FERC Meeting
- Columbian Op/Ed - Shelton Shellfish Farm Deserves Protection, Respect
- Bounty of Oysters: Nonprofit Shellfish Farm Achieves Goal
- Northwest Tribes Advance DNA Testing On Salmon
- Weasel-Like Fishers Settle into Their New Home in Olympics near Hoodsport
- Montana Group Seeks Native Status for Walleye
- Dredging Under Way at Port of Olympia
- Biomass Bogeyman - Air agency expands burn ban
- Colvilles Explore Wind Energy
- New Developments in Hydropower Can Supercharge Obama's Green Jobs Plan
- Minnesota - Wind, Ethanol Cloud Our Difficult Energy Choices
- Turn Trash into Energy in Your Office Parking Lot
- Iconic Light Bulb Is On the Way Out
- Utilities, Retailer Campaign For Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
- Are Costly Energy Bills Draining Your Wallet? Win the Power Struggle
- 5 Things to Know About Watching TV and Saving Energy
- With an Ultrathin Film, a Big Step Forward for Flexible Electronics
- Can Oregon's Climate Change Plan Survive A Down Economy?
- San Francisco Chronicle Op/Ed - Cleaner-Than-Thou Squabbling Hurts Energy Policy
- More-Reflective Crops May Have Cooling Effect
- Qwest Drops Right Of Way Regulation Case against Oregon Cities
- Most of Powell Fiber Optics Completed
- El Paso Times Op/Ed - Imagine how broadband could impact us in El Paso
- Cisco Plans Big Push into Server Market
- IP Networks Will Feel Traffic Pain in 2009
- Cable Carriers Fined For Stalling FCC Price Investigation
- Advanced Data Centers Receives the Largest 'Savings by Design' Reward
- TV Over the Web: Still a Fuzzy Picture
- Yahoo Joining Internet with TV
- 9th Circuit Ruling Bolsters Class Action Suit Against AOL
- Port of Shelton Commission Places Manager on Administrative Leave
- City Of Tacoma Has To Increase Pension Contributions
- Washington Not Officially "Evergreen State"

These And Links to More Stories in Today’s Energy News Digest

WORD OF THE DAY

Barbican • \BAR-bih-kun\ • noun - An outer defensive work; especially: a tower at a gate or bridge

The approach to the Chief Executive Officer’s office was an impressive array of winding corridors, stern-faced receptionists, and glass walled conference rooms. It wasn’t until the accounting acolytes arrived at the final, burnished, dark wood doors that they realized that the path represented an imposing, complex barbican designed to deter even the stoutest of heart.

WEATHER

Shelton Forecast and Weather Alerts
Http://Www.Wrh.Noaa.Gov/Forecast/Mapclick.Php?Textfield1=47.213805&Textfield2=-123.113412&Site=All&Smap=1&Searchresult=Shelton%2C%20WA%2C%20USA

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Bonners Ferry City Administrator Named Public Power Council Chairman (Boundary County Digest, Bonners Ferry, ID)
http://www.ruralnorthwest.com/artman/publish/article_9310.shtml

BPA Completes Removal of PCB Capacitors (Pacific Builder and Engineer)
http://www.acppubs.com/article/CA6627340.html?industryid=48591

More Energy for Wanapum Dam - Generator Upgrade Begins in 2010 (Grant County PUD)
http://www.gcpud.org/aboutus/news/newsreleases/2009/010509%20generator%20upgrade.htm

Montana - NorthWestern Energy Wants To Spur Transmission Access (Great Falls Tribune, MT)
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20090117/BUSINESS/901170338

Study: Electricity Usage Is Down - Weather, Rates May Be Factors In 2% Drop in '08 (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/17/AR2009011702460.html?hpid=moreheadlines

DOE Report Paints Bleak Picture of Our Electric Future (ARS Technica)
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20090119-doe-report-paints-bleak-picture-of-our-electric-future.html

NY Times Editorial - Energy Inefficient “…many of the solutions pitched to restructure the country’s energy system and confront global warming rely on a faith in high tech…”
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/19/opinion/19mon1.html?_r=1

Is The Power Grid Ready For Electric Cars? (MSNBC)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28699258/

Statement of Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher at His Last Open FERC Meeting (FERC, Links to PDF File)
http://www.ferc.gov/news/statements-speeches/kelliher/2009/01-15-09.pdf

FISH & WILDLIFE

Columbian Op/Ed - Shelton Shellfish Farm Deserves Protection, Respect
http://columbian.com/article/20090120/BIZ01/701209996/-1/BIZ

Bounty of Oysters: Nonprofit Shellfish Farm Achieves Goal (The Olympian, Olympia, WA)
http://www.theolympian.com/living/story/732358.html

Northwest Tribes Advance DNA Testing On Salmon (KBAK, Bakersfield, CA)
http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/technology/37822404.html

Weasel-Like Fishers Settle into Their New Home in Olympics near Hoodsport (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA)
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/jan/17/fishers-settle-into-their-new-home/?partner=RSS

Montana group seeks native status for walleye (Examiner.com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-1802256~Montana_group_seeks_native_status_for_walleye.html?cid=rss-Montana_Headlines

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Dredging Under Way at Port of Olympia (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008649083_apwadredgingolympia.html?syndication=rss

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Biomass Bogeyman - Air agency expands burn ban: All wood-burning devices, outdoor burning prohibited (The Olympian, Olympia, WA)
http://www.theolympian.com/southsound/story/732155.html

Colvilles Explore Wind Energy (Associated Press)
http://www.theolympian.com/northwest/story/729040.html

New Developments in Hydropower Can Supercharge Obama's Green Jobs Plan “…a series of renewable energy technologies based on hydropower…will speed up the transition…” (Renewable Energy World)
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/partner/story?id=54526&src=rss

Minnesota - Wind, Ethanol Cloud Our Difficult Energy Choices (Duluth News Tribune, MI)
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/109796/

Turn Trash into Energy in Your Office Parking Lot (C/NET News)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10140500-54.html?tag=nl.e703

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Iconic Light Bulb Is On the Way Out (Associated Press)
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/01/16/ap5933324.html

Utilities, Retailer Campaign For Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs (Anchorage Daily News, AK)
http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/658593.html

Are Costly Energy Bills Draining Your Wallet? Win the Power Struggle (Los Angeles Times)
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cover18-2009jan18,0,1127761.story

5 Things to Know About Watching TV and Saving Energy (Chicago Tribune)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/home/chi-five-energytv-0118jan18,0,5652430.story

With an Ultrathin Film, a Big Step Forward for Flexible Electronics (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/science/20obbend.html

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Can Oregon's Climate Change Plan Survive A Down Economy? “…prepare for Stella the Steelworker. Thanks to limits on the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, she'll pay higher utility bills at home. Her mill will pay more for electricity, too…” (The Oregonian, Portland, OR)
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/01/can_oregons_climate_change_pla.html

San Francisco Chronicle Op/Ed - Cleaner-Than-Thou Squabbling Hurts Energy Policy
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/20/ED2N15D4SK.DTL&feed=rss.opinion

More-Reflective Crops May Have Cooling Effect (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/science/earth/20obcrops.html

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Qwest Drops Right Of Way Regulation Case against Oregon Cities (Examiner.com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-1801430~Qwest_drops_regulation_case_against_Oregon_cities.html?cid=rss-Oregon_Headlines

Most of Powell Fiber Optics Completed (Associated Press)
http://www.kxmc.com/News/321452.asp

El Paso Times Op/Ed - Imagine how broadband could impact us in El Paso
http://www.elpasotimes.com/business/ci_11480417

Cisco Plans Big Push into Server Market (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/technology/companies/20cisco.html

IP Networks Will Feel Traffic Pain in 2009 (C/NET News)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13846_3-10145480-62.html?tag=nl.e703

Cable Carriers Fined For Stalling FCC Price Investigation - Kevin Martin's parting shot at the cable industry (Broadband Reports)
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Cable-Carriers-Fined-For-Stalling-FCC-Price-Investigation-100324

Advanced Data Centers Receives the Largest 'Savings by Design' Reward from Sacramento Municipal Utility District (MSNBC)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28694727/

TV Over the Web: Still a Fuzzy Picture (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/14/AR2009011403375.html?wprss=rss_technology

Yahoo Joining Internet with TV (San Francisco Chronicle)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/18/BU7L15B50Q.DTL&feed=rss.business

9th Circuit Ruling Bolsters Class Action Suit Against AOL (Sacramento Bee, CA)
http://www.sacbee.com/topstories/story/1557429.html

GENERAL NEWS

Port of Shelton Commission Places Manager on Administrative Leave (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)
http://www.masoncountydailynews.com/News/NewsArticle/tabid/1897/smid/3468/ArticleID/6107/reftab/1632/t/PORT-COMMISSION-PLACES-MANAGER-ON-ADMINISTRATIVE-LEAVE/Default.aspx

City Of Tacoma Has To Increase Pension Contributions - City employee pension fund has lost about a third of its value in the stock market slump (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008649048_apwacitypensions.html?syndication=rss

Washington Not Officially "Evergreen State" (KIRO Radio, Seattle)
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=126019

DIVERSIONS

Indiana Man, 72, Shaves Shaggy Eyebrows for Charity
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090120/ap_on_fe_st/odd_eyebrows_for_charity;_ylt=AjW.Wkbyhfn8W97uzaDo27XtiBIF

Two Burmese Survive Month at Sea in an Ice Box
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090119/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_australia_fishermen;_ylt=ArKSDI.IXjX2HMVaYzmPQE7tiBIF

Out of Control Texting Reported More and More throughout the Country
http://www.kndu.com/global/story.asp?s=9699888

Web Grief: Funeral Webcasts Gain in Popularity
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008648584_apfuneralwebcasts.html?syndication=rss