Friday, September 25, 2009

Energy News Digest for September 25, 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.

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

• PSE Natural-Gas Rates Will Fall; Power Rates Will Increase
• Northwest Power and Conservation Council to Hold Sept. 30 Hearing
• Fall Chinook Count Huge At Bonneville
• Salmon Litigants Promise Responses to Obama Plan
• Op/Ed - Wide Support for Dam Removal
• See Survey That Shows Exactly The Opposite
• Shrunken West Coast Fishing Fleet to Shrink Further
• Op/Ed - Why Feinstein Seeks Review of San Joaquin River Delta Findings
• State of Oregon Sends Fish Passage Money to Clean Up Road Runoff
• Lewis County Eagle Nest Removal Would Be a First
• School Drinking Water Contains Toxins
• Chelan PUD, State Give Solar Energy a Boost
• Avista Calls for Additional Renewable Energy
• Clean-Energy Jobs Touch off Bidding Wars between States
• Recession Causes Drop In U.S. Wind Installations
• Self-Interest - Global Wind Leaders Push Climate Legislation
• $3.1 Billion - California Sets Biggest Energy Efficiency Plan
• New Groups Revive the Debate over Causes of Climate Change
• California Clean-Air Program Designed To Boost Forests
• Carbon Disclosure Project: Con Edison Ranks Again as a Top Performer
• Environmentalists Seek to Wipe Out Plush Toilet Paper
• How Much Broadband Do We Need?
• FCC To Examine Wireless Broadband Demands
• Worker Killed At Olympia Area Cider Mill
• Smoke from Two Oregon Wildfires Reaches Into Canada
• North Mason Chamber Members Reject Proposal to Add 'Kitsap' Label
• Forbes ranks Washington State No. 2 for Business

WORD OF THE DAY

Epigone • \EPP-ih-g┼Źne \ • noun – Follower, disciple; also: an inferior imitator

Mariana was determined to exceed the glory of the previous mail delivery person in the office. Unfortunately, her inability to organize the mail by name and location doomed her forever as a pale epigone of her predecessors.

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

PSE Natural-Gas Rates Will Fall; Power Rates Will Increase (Olympian, WA – decreased BPA subsidy)
http://www.theolympian.com/breakingnews/story/981803.html

Northwest Power and Conservation Council to Hold Sept. 30 Hearing (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
http://blog.seattlepi.com/energy/archives/180240.asp?source=rss

FISH & WILDLIFE

Fall Chinook Count Huge At Bonneville (Columbian, Vancouver, WA)
http://www.columbian.com/article/20090924/SPORTS04/709249926/Allen+Thomas+column++Fall+chinook+count+huge+at+Bonneville

Salmon Litigants Promise Responses to Obama Plan (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
http://news.opb.org/article/5894-salmon-litigants-promise-responses-obama-plan/

Spokesman Review Op/Ed - Wide Support for Dam Removal
http://www.spokesman.com/letters/2009/sep/25/many-oppose-latest-columbia-snake-salmon-plan/

See Survey That Shows Exactly The Opposite (NW River Partners: Links to 7.6 MB PDF File - Only 6% cited removing dams as a factor to help salmon; 71% agree that removing the lower Snake River dams would be an extreme solution.)
http://www.nwriverpartners.org/images/pdfs/pollresultssummary4-09.pdf

Shrunken West Coast Fishing Fleet to Shrink Further (KUOW Radio, Seattle)
http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=18473

SF Chronicle Op/Ed - Why Feinstein Seeks Review of San Joaquin River Delta Findings
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/25/EDK619SBTF.DTL&feed=rss.opinion

State of Oregon Sends Fish Passage Money to Clean Up Road Runoff (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
http://news.opb.org/article/5895-odot-sends-fish-passage-money-clean-road-runoff/

Lewis County Eagle Nest Removal Would Be a First - Chehalis Aerie Would Be First in State to Be Taken Down Since Bird Was Removed From Endangered Species List (The Chronicle, Centralia, WA)
http://www.chronline.com/articles/2009/09/25/news//doc4abbb6b5b98d8585354053.txt

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

School Drinking Water Contains Toxins (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2009942499_apustoxicwaterschools.html?syndication=rss

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Chelan PUD, State Give Solar Energy a Boost (Wenatchee World, WA)
http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2009/sep/24/pud-state-give-solar-energy-a-boost/

Avista Calls for Additional Renewable Energy (PR NewsWire)
http://sev.prnewswire.com/oil-energy/20090924/SF8151924092009-1.html

Clean-Energy Jobs Touch off Bidding Wars between States (USA Today – is there just one winner in this, or do we all get “participation trophies?”)
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/environment/2009-09-24-energy-jobs-incentives-states_N.htm

Recession Causes Drop In U.S. Wind Installations
http://pepei.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=ONART&PUBLICATION_ID=6&ARTICLE_ID=369414&C=INDUS&dcmp=rss

Self-Interest - Global Wind Leaders Push Climate Legislation (Associated Press)
http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/global-wind-leaders-push-climate-legislation-1.1473828

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

$3.1 Billion - California Sets Biggest Energy Efficiency Plan (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE58N70520090924

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

New Groups Revive the Debate over Causes of Climate Change (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/24/AR2009092404797.html?hpid=sec-business

Carbon Sequestration: California Clean-Air Program Designed To Boost Forests (Examiner.com)
http://www.examiner.com/a-2235238~Calif__clean_air_program_designed_to_boost_forests.html?cid=rss-California_Headlines

Carbon Disclosure Project: Con Edison Ranks Again as a Top Performer (Electric Energy Online – Ahem, see Public Utilities, Pacific Northwest…)
http://www.electricenergyonline.com/?page=show_news&rss=1&id=119072

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Environmentalists Seek to Wipe Out Plush Toilet Paper - Soft Toilet Paper's Hard on the Earth, But Will We Sit for the Alternative? (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/23/AR2009092304711.html?wprss=rss_business

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

How Much Broadband Do We Need? (GigaOM)
http://gigaom.com/2009/09/24/how-much-broadband-do-we-need/

FCC To Examine Wireless Broadband Demands (Washington Post)
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2009/09/fcc_asks_if_enough_spectrum_fo.html

GENERAL NEWS

Worker Killed At Olympia Area Cider Mill - Police say man shot ex-girlfriend, self (Olympian, WA)
http://www.theolympian.com/southsound/story/982247.html

Smoke from Two Oregon Wildfires Reaches Into Canada (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
http://news.opb.org/article/5883-smoke-two-oregon-wildfires-reaches-canada/

39-30 Vote - North Mason Chamber Members Reject Proposal to Add 'Kitsap' Label (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA)
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/sep/24/north-mason-chamber-members-reject-kitsap-label/?partner=RSS

Forbes ranks Washington State No. 2 for Business (Columbian, Vancouver, WA)
http://columbian.com/article/20090925/BIZ01/709259967/-1/BIZ

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER - DIVERSIONS

At 19 Pounds - Giant Baby Draws Spectators to Indonesian Hospital
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2009938511_apasindonesiagiantbaby.html?syndication=rss

Pomeranians and Put Bulls, Oh My! Judge Orders Pomeranian to Leave Town
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2009937980_apusoddpomeranianbanned.html?syndication=rss

Bob Dylan to Release Christmas Album for Charity
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2009936445_apunmusicbobdylan.html?syndication=rss

It's A Mystery: Whose $100 Bills Rained On Sunnyvale Recycling Workers?
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_13419175

Pilot Allegedly Buzzed Ex-Girlfriend's House
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/24/BABN19S3AT.DTL&feed=rss.news

SONG OF THE DAY

Eric Burdon and the Animals - Sky Pilot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gL3HTlfW0A