Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Energy News Digest for November 24, 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)

• September Electricity Generation Down In the US
• Southern Montana Electric Writes off $9.1M on Power Plant near Great Falls
• New York - Alcoa Will Miss $600 Million Power Agreement Deadline
• Benton PUD to Vote on Rate Increases Today
• Three Mile Island - Pipe-Cutting Led to Radiation at Pennsylvania Nuke Plant
• Green Energy? Get More Nuke Plants
• Florida Power & Light Sends Out Nuclear Plant Emergency Booklets
• $200 Million Power Plant for Texas Panhandle
• Working Plan Looks Closer for Pacific Northwest Salmon Protection
• Judge Likes Columbia River Salmon Plan, But Sees Flaw
• Redden Salmon Decision Will Take More Time
• Live Blog: A Portland Court Date for Salmon and Dams
• Libby Dam Releases to Increase in December
• Washington State, Farmers at Odds over Water Rights
• City of Shelton Sewer Moratorium Could Be Amended
• Feds Uncover Clean Energy Leaders State by State
• FERC Enters a Maze of Questions about Renewable Energy Transmission
• Wind Power Initial Public Offering Lures Big Names
• Maine - Can wind power lift Maine's economy?
• Ohio Utility to Store Air Underground to Generate Power
• How Centuries-Old Flywheels Can Improve the Electric Grid
• Maryland - Direction of School Wind Project Shifts
• Changes in Regional Conservation Efforts Mean Mason PUD 3 Programs Are Being Updated
• Climate Emails Stoke Debate
• Key Scientist Says Politics behind Stolen E-Mails
• Opinion - Climate Change Efforts Don’t Need Idea Police
• UN Says Greenhouse Gases Reach Record High in 2008
• Carbon Dioxide Curve Ticks Upward As Key Climate Talks Loom
• Price of global warming cuts may stop deal at UN meeting
• Funds Will Buy Cleaner Engine for Lady Washington
• Op/Ed - It's Time to Promote Development That Conserves Land And Energy
• Could Electric Stations Replace Gas Stations?
• What Our Compute Demand Looks Like
• Supercomputing for the Masses
• FCC Chairman to Visit Arkansas, Talk about Broadband
• New Attack Targets Weakness in Internet Explorer
• News Corp. Weighs an Exclusive Alliance with Bing
• Verizon-Frontier Deal Stirs Concern among Washington State Consumers
• Mason County General Election Results Official
• Two-Year Colleges Report Record Enrollment
• Eight Years for Man Who Held Up Convenience Store with Daughter at Side
• Illegal Workers Quietly Let Go - Companies, Rather Than Workers are Targeted
• Can Honey Bees Save The Washington State Budget? Tax Exemptions Eyed
• Thousands of Bees Due to Die on Cold Idaho Highway
• Big Bang Machine Achieves First Particle Collisions
• On This Day: D.B. Cooper Hijacks Plane

WORD OF THE DAY

Mac├ędoine • \mass-uh-DWAHN\ • noun - 1: a confused mixture: medley 2: a mixture of fruits or vegetables served as a salad or cocktail or in a jellied dessert or used in a sauce or as a garnish

Bartholomew’s presentation was a disaster. Instead of an organized, carefully reasoned argument in favor of retaining green “Necco Wafers,” his speech was sidetracked by a howling wind that roared through an open side door and cast his notes into a mac├ędoine of paper strewn around the “Holiday Inn” meeting room. “It had all the coherence of a fever dream, or a raucous Congressional health care forum,” noted the local paper.

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

September Electricity Generation Down In the US (Power Engineering)
http://pepei.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=ONART&PUBLICATION_ID=6&ARTICLE_ID=371196&C=INDUS&dcmp=rss

Southern Montana Electric Writes off $9.1M on Power Plant near Great Falls (Missoulian, MT)
http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_c5e48af2-d84c-11de-94fb-001cc4c03286.html

New York - Alcoa Will Miss $600 Million Power Agreement Deadline - Company taking more time on modernization plan (Watertown Daily Times, NY)
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20091124/NEWS05/311249955

Benton PUD to Vote on Rate Increases Today (Tri-City Herald, WA)
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/kennewick_pasco_richland/story/804995.html

Three Mile Island - Pipe-Cutting Led to Radiation at Pennsylvania Nuke Plant (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2010336784_apusthreemileislandradiation.html?syndication=rss

Green Energy? Get More Nuke Plants - Some environmentalists believe the benefits override the dangers of radioactive waste (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/nationworld/story/966851.html

Florida Power & Light Sends Out Nuclear Plant Emergency Booklets (Stuart News, FL)
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2009/nov/23/fpl-sending-out-nuclear-plant-emergency-booklets/?partner=RSS

$200 Million Power Plant for Texas Panhandle (Dallas Morning News, TX)
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D9C5U0202.html

FISH & WILDLIFE

Working Plan Looks Closer for Pacific Northwest Salmon Protection (Oregonian)
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/11/post_8.html

Judge Likes Columbia River Salmon Plan, But Sees Flaw (Associated Press)
http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/23587042-46/story.csp

Redden Salmon Decision Will Take More Time (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
http://news.opb.org/article/6266-redden-salmon-decision-will-take-more-time/

Live Blog: A Portland Court Date for Salmon and Dams (Oregonian)
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/11/live_blog_a_court_date_for_sal.html

Libby Dam Releases to Increase in December (The Western News, Libby, MT)
http://www.thewesternnews.com/articles/2009/11/23/news/doc4b0b44f5cd9c2634486476.txt

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Washington State, Farmers at Odds over Water Rights (Tri-City Herald, WA)
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/yahoonews/story/804722.html

City of Shelton Sewer Moratorium Could Be Amended (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)
http://masoncountydailynews.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=695:city-of-shelton-sewer-moratorium-could-be-amended&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Uncovers Clean Energy Leaders State by State “…Washington led in total renewable generation in 2007 if hydroelectric resources are included…Leading wind energy states are Texas, California, Iowa, Minnesota, and Washington…” (Physorg.com)
http://www.physorg.com/news178272077.html

FERC Enters a Maze of Questions about Renewable Energy Transmission (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2009/11/23/23climatewire-ferc-enters-a-maze-of-questions-about-renewa-29763.html

Wind Power Initial Public Offering Lures Big Names (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/24/business/global/24ipo.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Maine - Can wind power lift Maine's economy? Project aims to position Washington County as energy hub (Bangor Daily Times, ME)
http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/130697.html

Ohio Utility to Store Air Underground to Generate Power (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2010339411_apuselectricityfromair.html?syndication=rss

How Centuries-Old Flywheels Can Improve the Electric Grid (Popular Mechanics)
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4337758.html?nav=RSS20&src=syn&dom=yah_buzz&mag=pop

Maryland - Direction of School Wind Project Shifts (Carroll County Times, Westminster, MD)
http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/articles/2009/11/24/news/local_news/4_wind_project.txt

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Changes in Regional Conservation Efforts Mean Mason PUD 3 Programs Are Being Updated (Mason County PUD No. 3)
http://www.masonpud3.org/newsdisplay.aspx?newsid=630

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Climate Emails Stoke Debate - Scientists' Leaked Correspondence Illustrates Bitter Feud over Global Warming (Wall Street Journal)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125883405294859215.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy

Key Scientist Says Politics behind Stolen E-Mails (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2010336449_apclimatehackedemails.html?syndication=rss

News Tribune Opinion - Climate Change Efforts Don’t Need Idea Police
http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/story/966886.html

UN Says Greenhouse Gases Reach Record High in 2008 (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2010336818_apunungreenhousegases.html?syndication=rss

Carbon Dioxide Curve Ticks Upward As Key Climate Talks Loom (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2010337069_apclimate09co2offthecharts.html?syndication=rss

Price of global warming cuts may stop deal at UN meeting (USA Today)
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/climate/globalwarming/2009-11-24-copenhagen24_CV_N.htm

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Funds Will Buy Cleaner Engine for Lady Washington (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010336975_apwaladywashington.html

Seattle Times Op/Ed - It's Time to Promote Development That Conserves Land And Energy
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2010320411_peirce23.html?syndication=rss

Could Electric Stations Replace Gas Stations? (KNDU-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)
http://www.kndu.com/global/story.asp?s=11561986

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

What Our Compute Demand Looks Like (GigaOM)
http://gigaom.com/2009/11/24/heres-what-our-demand-for-compute-looks-like/

Supercomputing for the Masses (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/23/technology/23compute.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

FCC Chairman to Visit Arkansas, Talk about Broadband (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2010344019_aparfccchairman.html?syndication=rss

New Attack Targets Weakness in Internet Explorer (Washington Post)
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/11/new_attack_targets_weakness_in.html

News Corp. Weighs an Exclusive Alliance with Bing (NY Times – Great, another RSS feed JUST for News Corp.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/24/technology/internet/24soft.html?th&emc=th

Verizon-Frontier Deal Stirs Concern among Washington State Consumers (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2010333806_btvzfrontier23.html

GENERAL NEWS

Mason County General Election Results Official (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)
http://masoncountydailynews.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=701:general-election-results-official&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

Two-Year Colleges Report Record Enrollment (KIRO-TV, Seattle)
http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=246387

Eight Years for Man Who Held Up Convenience Store with Daughter at Side (Associated Press)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010340997_webholdup24m.html?syndication=rss

Illegal Workers Quietly Let Go - Companies, Rather Than Workers are Targeted (Seattle Times)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010333876_firedjanitors23m.html

Can Honey Bees Save The Washington State Budget? Tax Exemptions Eyed (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/archives/186033.asp?source=pimail

Thousands of Bees Due to Die on Cold Idaho Highway (Associated Press)
http://www.examiner.com/a-2337844~Thousands_of_bees_due_to_die_on_cold_Idaho_highway.html?cid=rss-Idaho_Headlines

Big Bang Machine Achieves First Particle Collisions (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE5AJ3TQ20091124?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

On This Day: D.B. Cooper Hijacks Plane (Finding Dulcinea)
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/November/DB-Cooper-Hijacks-Plane.html

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER - DIVERSIONS

Person in Chicken Suit Crashes City Council - Costumed Visitor Flapped Arms, Laid Egg
http://www.kirotv.com/politics/21664972/detail.html

Pot Farm Stunk Up LA Police Station Lot - Marijuana Operation Found 25 Feet from Police Station
http://www.kirotv.com/news/21658738/detail.html

Foul! Study Says Hoop Refs Try To Even the Score
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2010337141_apbkcrefereebias.html?syndication=rss

Trash Crew Picks Up Couple's Brand New Dryer
http://www.dailymail.com/News/Kanawha/200911171055

SONG OF THE DAY

The Allman Brothers Band – Jessica
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr6_erJ3tfk