Friday, October 2, 2009

Energy News Digest for October 2, 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)

• Cleanup Lawsuit against Boardman Coal-Fired Plant Can Go To Trial
• Teen Climbs Power Poll to Take Pictures, Hits Wire, Gets Badly Burned
• Next Week is Public Power Week
• Natural-Gas Prices Tumble 8 Percent on Huge Supply
• Portland General Electric PGE Sells $150M in Corporate Bonds
• Pacific Gas & Electric PG&E to Buy Solar, Natural Gas Power
• Texas - San Antonio Nears Key Vote on Nuclear Expansion
• Google Looks to Help Decrepit Grid Survive the Strain of Plug-in Vehicles
• Post Op/Ed – Come Back, Salmon
• Restoration Project Begins on California’s San Joaquin River
• Bracing Lessons for Northwest Fisheries ... From the Northeast
• Oregon - Pelicans Almost Outnumber Humans
• Preserving the Flathead’s Fisheries
• Lewis County Flood Control Hopes Pinned on ‘Multi-Pronged Effort’
• Lake Powell Cleanup Nearly Complete
• As House OK's Big Water Bill, Sen. Feinstein Spills Plans For Even Bigger Legislation
• Clark County Sewer District Earns National Accreditation
• Clallam County Solar Tour Offers Free Workshops
• Solar Energy Advocates Say Yes To Offshore Drilling…For A Price
• Canada - Auction 'Robust' For Canadian Hydro
• Wisconsin Utility Customers to Foot the Bill for Minnesota Wind Farm
• Oregon to Get $9.5 Million for Energy Conservation
• Op/Ed - Let There Be (Incandescent) Light
• Passive-House Retrofit Gets Going In Southeast Portland
• Ways to Conserve during Energy Awareness Month
• Dayton Power & Light Company’s Tips to Stay Warm for Less
• EPA Air Crackdown Hits Oregon Factories, Hospitals, Even Colleges
• Climate Change Issue Takes Center Stage
• U.S. Carbon Rules Threaten Refinery Expansions, Industry Says
• Climate Summit Delegates Like California's Planned Carbon Trading Market
• Climate Talks Stall On Targets, Finance - U.N.
• George Will - The Myth of Consensus on Climate Change
• Changing Temperatures Threaten National Parks
• Southeast Drought Study Ties Water Shortage to Population, Not Global Warming
• New Buzzword - The Economics of Climate Stabilization
• Increasingly, States Push for E-Waste Recycling
• The Trade-Offs That Come With Going Green
• NHL Team's Nuke Ads Irk Environmentalists
• Study: U.S. Fifteenth In Broadband Quality
• Clearwire Launches in Salem, Oregon
• Google Refines Search Results to Counter Microsoft
• Pain at the Pipe: Latency Matters
• Despite the Hype, There’s No Rush to Cloud Computing Yet
• Rackspace Hires Key Personnel for Cloud Division
• Washington State May Close 2 Prisons to Cut Costs
• Saga of Former St. Edwards Church Continues
• Feast on Fall Bounty at OysterFest - Gifts from the sea
• Los Angeles Times & Washington Post Break Up News Service

WORD OF THE DAY

Depilation • \dep-uh-LAY-shun\ • noun – The removal of hair, wool, or bristles by chemical or mechanical methods

Boris was a big, burly, bear like man in every way. He almost didn’t need to wear a shirt, so covered was his torso with brown curly hair. The word “depilation” was not in his vocabulary. That was, until the fateful day that he took the dangerous job at the “Nair” factory stirring the huge vats of bubbling goo.

WEATHER

Shelton Forecast & 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

Cleanup Lawsuit against Boardman Coal-Fired Plant Can Go To Trial (Associated Press)
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/945/story/738451.html

Teen Climbs Power Poll to Take Pictures, Hits Wire, Gets Badly Burned (Tampa Bay Tribune, FL)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/article1040866.ece

Next Week is Public Power Week (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)
http://masoncountydailynews.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=294:next-week-is-public-power-week-&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

Natural-Gas Prices Tumble 8 Percent on Huge Supply (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2009984814_naturalgas02.html

Portland General Electric PGE Sells $150M in Corporate Bonds (Portland Business Journal)
http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2009/09/28/daily41.html?ana=from_rss

Pacific Gas & Electric PG&E to Buy Solar, Natural Gas Power (SF Chronicle)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/01/BUPD19VV4J.DTL&feed=rss.business

Texas - San Antonio Nears Key Vote on Nuclear Expansion (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-GreenBusiness/idUSTRE5905ZG20091001

Google Looks to Help Decrepit Grid Survive the Strain of Plug-in Vehicles (Daily Tech)
http://www.dailytech.com/Google+Looks+to+Help+Decrepit+Grid+Survive+the+Strain+of+Plugin+Vehicles/article16383.htm

FISH & WILDLIFE

Huffington Post Op/Ed – Come Back, Salmon
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-pope/come-back-salmon_b_306689.html

Restoration Project Begins on California’s San Joaquin River (Associated Press)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/10/01/national/a171120D61.DTL&feed=rss.bayarea

Bracing Lessons for Northwest Fisheries ... From the Northeast (Crosscut Seattle)
http://crosscut.com/2009/10/02/science-environment/19251/

Oregon - Pelicans Almost Outnumber Humans: Comments sought on taking species off protection list (Daily Astorian, OR)
http://www.dailyastorian.com/Main.asp?SectionID=2&ArticleID=64510

Preserving the Flathead’s Fisheries (Flathead Beacon, Kalispell, MT)
http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/preserving_the_flatheads_fisheries/13302/

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Lewis County Flood Control Hopes Pinned on ‘Multi-Pronged Effort’ (Chronicle, Centralia, WA)
http://www.chronline.com/articles/2009/10/01/news/doc4ac4e544c738a988041937.txt

Lake Powell Cleanup Nearly Complete - New rules & an aggressive public information campaign mean human waste disposal is no longer a big problem at Lake Powell (Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff, AZ)
http://www.azdailysun.com/articles/2009/10/02/news/20091002_front_204821.txt

As House OK's Big Water Bill, Sen. Feinstein Spills Plans For Even Bigger Legislation (Sacramento Bee, CA)
http://www.sacbee.com/capitolandcalifornia/story/2225053.html

Clark County Sewer District Earns National Accreditation (Columbian, Vancouver, WA)
http://columbian.com/article/20091002/NEWS02/910019988/

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Clallam County Solar tour offers free workshops (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20091002/news/310029985

Solar Energy Advocates Say Yes To Offshore Drilling…For A Price (South Florida Business Journal)
http://southflorida.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2009/09/28/daily64.html?ana=from_rss

Canada - Auction 'Robust' For Canadian Hydro (Vancouver Sun, BC)
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/fp/Auction+robust+Canadian+Hydro/1977568/story.html

Wisconsin Utility Customers to Foot the Bill for Minnesota Wind Farm (KARE-TV, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN)
http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=825710

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Oregon to Get $9.5 Million for Energy Conservation (Oregonian)
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2009/10/oregon_to_get_95_million_for_e.html

Washington Post Op/Ed - Let There Be (Incandescent) Light
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/01/AR2009100104254.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

Passive-House Retrofit Gets Going In Southeast Portland (Oregonian)
http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2009/09/passive_house_retrofit_underwa.html

Ways to Conserve during Energy Awareness Month - This October, feel good by reducing energy consumption in your home (Electric Energy Online)
http://www.electricenergyonline.com/?page=show_news&rss=1&id=119693

Dayton Power & Light Company’s Tips to Stay Warm for Less (Electric Energy Online)
http://www.electricenergyonline.com/?page=show_news&rss=1&id=119620

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

EPA Air Crackdown Hits Oregon Factories, Hospitals, Even Colleges (Oregonian)
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/09/epa_air_crack_down_hits_oregon.html

Climate Change Issue Takes Center Stage (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
http://news.opb.org/article/5941-climate-change-issue-takes-center-stage/

U.S. Carbon Rules Threaten Refinery Expansions, Industry Says (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aRyU_JvqsDx0

Climate Summit Delegates Like California's Planned Carbon Trading Market (Los Angeles Times, CA)
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-climate2-2009oct02,0,3269860.story

Climate Talks Stall On Targets, Finance - U.N. (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSSP453183

George Will - The Myth of Consensus on Climate Change
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2009984083_will02.html?syndication=rss

Changing Temperatures Threaten National Parks - Study says mandatory limits on pollution should be set (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/901540.html

Southeast Drought Study Ties Water Shortage to Population, Not Global Warming (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/science/earth/02drought.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

New Buzzword - The Economics of Climate Stabilization (NY Times)
http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/the-economics-of-climate-stabilization/

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Increasingly, States Push for E-Waste Recycling (Associated Press)
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_13462618?nclick_check=1

The Trade-Offs That Come With Going Green (The Salem News, Beverly, MA)
http://www.salemnews.com/pulife/local_story_275000726.html?keyword=secondarystory

NHL Team's Nuke Ads Irk Environmentalists (Associated Press)
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/1261971.html

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Study: U.S. Fifteenth In Broadband Quality (Broadband Reports)
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Study-US-Fifteenth-In-Broadband-Quality-104776

Clearwire Launches in Salem, Oregon (Broadband Reports)
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Clearwire-Launches-In-Salem-Oregon-104790

Google Refines Search Results to Counter Microsoft (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2009982492_apustecgooglesearchoptions.html?syndication=rss

Pain at the Pipe: Latency Matters (GigaOM)
http://gigaom.com/2009/10/01/pain-at-the-pipe-latency-matters/

Despite the Hype, There’s No Rush to Cloud Computing Yet (GigaOM)
http://gigaom.com/2009/10/02/despite-the-hype-theres-no-rush-to-cloud-computing-yet/

Rackspace Hires Key Personnel for Cloud Division (San Antonio Business Journal)
http://sanantonio.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2009/09/28/daily38.html?ana=from_rss

GENERAL NEWS

Washington State May Close 2 Prisons to Cut Costs (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009985028_doc02m.html?syndication=rss

Saga of Former St. Edwards Church Continues (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)
http://masoncountydailynews.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=287:saga-of-former-st-edwards-church-continues&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

Feast on Fall Bounty at OysterFest - Gifts from the sea: Shelton celebration puts shucking skills to the test (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)
http://www.thenewstribune.com/entertainment/story/901603.html

Los Angeles Times & Washington Post Break up News Service (Associated Press)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/business/media/02post.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER - DIVERSIONS

Mule Deer or Yule Deer? Buck Draped With D├ęcor
http://www.examiner.com/a-2246600~Mule_deer_or_Yule_deer__Buck_draped_with_decor.html?cid=rss-Montana_Headlines

Real-Life Money Pit? Idaho High Court Sides with Hanks in Home Lawsuit
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/63220327.html

Woman Has Chronic Hiccups for 4 Years
http://www.kirotv.com/health/21180819/detail.html

1,200-Pound Pumpkin Shatters NC Record
http://www.kirotv.com/family/21180971/detail.html

SONG OF THE DAY

ABBA - Money, Money, Money
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o16uVon2NRQ