Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Energy News Digest for March 31, 2010

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.

To subscribe, email jmyer@masonpud3.org

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

·         Why Centralia Matters - Everyone Has a Stake in Washington's Coal Plant
·         Clallam economic summit to focus on jobs creation
·         Grant County Helps Fund New PUD Substation - For BMW Parts Manufacturer
·         Oregon - City of Dalles City Backs Off PUD Fee Hike: Wireless fee could be in city’s future
·         California Public Utility Commission Picks Firm to Investigate PG&E Smart Meters
·         Los Angeles Leaders to Consider Smaller Electricity Rate Hike
·         Wyoming - Rocky Mountain Power Agrees to Trim Rate Increase
·         Second Radioactive Substance at Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant
·         Fire Reported at Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant
·         Calvert Cliffs - New Maryland Nuclear Reactor Depends on Loan Guarantee Constellation
·         Nuclear Power: Obama Team Touts Mini-Nukes to Fight Global Warming
·         Solar, Wind Power Groups Becoming Prominent Washington Lobbying
·         Sea Lions Cause a Stir at Willamette Falls
·         California Sport Salmon Fishermen Ready Their Reels
·         Field & Stream Columnist - Some Dams Are Better Than Others
·         Second Bald Eagle Found Shot Dead in Spokane’s Riverside State Park
·         California Sea Otter Population in Decline
·         Study Seconds Army's Plans for Hanson Dam
·         PUD Commissioners from Clallam, Grays Harbor, Pacific & Mason 3 to Meet With Energy Northwest in Joint Workshop on Radar Ridge Wind Project
·         Guest Column: (Radar Ridge) Wind Project Deserves Fair, Timely Review
·         Grayland Turbines Go Up to Keep Prices Down
·         Check Sequim School Solar Harvest on Web - Photovoltaic Stats Uploaded Live to the Internet
·         Washington State Energy Projects Get $16.5M in Stimulus Funds
·         Biofuels Company Will Mean New Toppenish Jobs
·         Here’s a list of the funded projects, includes in Clark & Pend Oreille Counties
·         Gone With the Wind: Capital for China’s Turbine Makers
·         Michigan - Grand Rapids Community College Will Train Students in Jobs to Manufacture, Maintain Wind Energy Turbines
·         Kansas - Big Biomass Plans Sink in Lane County: Prairie Fire plant
·         California Solar Projects Rush to Beat Deadline for Subsidies
·         Santa Clara County, Cities Team on Renewable Energy Project
·         Missouri Considers Animal Waste Gas as Renewable Energy
·         Seattle City Light’s “Company Towns” to Get Energy Upgrades
·         California - On the Money: Stimulus Funds Going Out of State?
·         Ed Begley Says $10 of Insulation Helped Shrink Utility Bills by Half
·         Harford Courant Op/Ed - Why Sabotage Effort to Save Energy?
·         United Kingdom Panel Calls Climate Data Valid
·         Carbon Trading & the Great Recession
·         Washington State among First to Get Nissan's New Leaf
·         Ford, Microsoft to Work on Electric-Car Charging
·         Profit from Backyard 'Green Power' – Feed-In Tariffs & the ‘Great Leap Forward’
·         German Film Offers Answers to Gore Climate Concerns
·         Plan Would Help Subsidize Access to Broadband
·         Verizon iPhone Report Sends Apple Shares to All-Time High
·         Verizon, Google Pretend They Don't Want Government Help
·         Microsoft, Google in Coalition to Boost 'Cloud' Privacy
·         State House Plans to be Back in Session Friday
·         State Lawmakers Debrief Bremerton Chamber Members on Special Session
·         Once-Underestimated, Sen. Patty Murray is Northwest's Most Powerful Politician
·         Asphalt Has Become So Expensive That Some States Are Going Back to Gravel
·         Washington Governor Signs $8.5B Transportation Budget
·         Once Envied, America's Aging Infrastructure is in Alarming Shape
·         Two-Vehicle Crash Injures Tumwater Man, Shelton Teen
·         Hate groups, militias on the rise in Washington State
·         Thousands May Receive Settlement Money in Indian Trust Lawsuit
·         Copper Prices Rise on Improving Economic News
·         Washington Wine Industry Tops 650 Wineries
·         Costco & the Paradox of Choice
·         Remove studded tires by April 11

WORD OF THE DAY

Reprobate • \REP-ruh-bait\ • noun - 1: a person foreordained to damnation *2: a depraved person: scoundrel

“Rooster, you reprobate,” shrilled Miss Hannigan at her hoodlum brother.

WEATHER

Shelton Forecast & Weather Alerts

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Why Centralia Matters - Everyone Has a Stake in Washington's Coal Plant (Sightline Daily)

Clallam economic summit to focus on jobs creation “…the hospital is a big economic driver in Clallam County, & so is the PUD when it comes to infrastructure…” (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Grant County Helps Fund New PUD Substation - For BMW Parts Manufacturer (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Oregon - City of Dalles City Backs Off PUD Fee Hike: Wireless fee could be in city’s future (The Dalles Chronicle, OR)

California Public Utility Commission Picks Firm to Investigate PG&E Smart Meters (San Francisco Business Times)

Los Angeles Leaders to Consider Smaller Electricity Rate Hike – Original increase was 37% to pay for green projects (Associated Press)

Wyoming - Rocky Mountain Power Agrees to Trim Rate Increase (Casper Star-Tribune, WY)

Second Radioactive Substance at Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant (Associated Press)

Fire Reported at Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant (WECT-TV, Wilmington, NC)

Calvert Cliffs - New Maryland Nuclear Reactor Depends on Loan Guarantee Constellation (NASDAQ)

Nuclear Power: Obama Team Touts Mini-Nukes to Fight Global Warming (Christian Science Monitor)

Solar, Wind Power Groups Becoming Prominent Washington Lobbying (Open Secrets)

FISH, WATER & WILDLIFE

Sea Lions Cause a Stir at Willamette Falls - Officials will try to scare the massive mammals with explosives (Oregon City News, OR)

California Sport Salmon Fishermen Ready Their Reels (Associated Press)

Field & Stream Columnist - Some Dams Are Better Than Others


Second Bald Eagle Found Shot Dead in Spokane’s Riverside State Park (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

California Sea Otter Population in Decline (Associated Press)

Study Seconds Army's Plans for Hanson Dam (KOMO-TV, Seattle)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

PUD Commissioners from Clallam, Grays Harbor, Pacific & Mason 3 to Meet With Energy Northwest in Joint Workshop on Radar Ridge Wind Project (Mason County PUD No. 3)

Guest Column: (Radar Ridge) Wind Project Deserves Fair, Timely Review (Chinook Observer, Long Beach, WA)

Grayland Turbines Go Up to Keep Prices Down (Chinook Observer, Long Beach, WA)

Check Sequim School Solar Harvest on Web - Photovoltaic Stats Uploaded Live to the Internet (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Washington State Energy Projects Get $16.5M in Stimulus Funds (Puget Sound Business Journal)

Biofuels Company Will Mean New Toppenish Jobs (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

Here’s a list of the funded projects, includes in Clark & Pend Oreille Counties (Links to PDF File)

Gone With the Wind: Capital for China’s Turbine Makers (Wall Street Journal)

Michigan - Grand Rapids Community College Will Train Students in Jobs to Manufacture, Maintain Wind Energy Turbines (Grand Rapids Press, MI)

Kansas - Big Biomass Plans Sink in Lane County: Prairie Fire plant, designed to boost economy, has officially closed down (Trading Markets)

California Solar Projects Rush to Beat Deadline for Subsidies (USA Today)

Santa Clara County, Cities Team on Renewable Energy Project (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal)

Missouri Considers Animal Waste Gas as Renewable Energy (Associated Press)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Seattle City Light’s “Company Towns” to Get Energy Upgrades (Puget Sound Business Journal)

California - On the Money: Stimulus Funds Going Out of State? Millions Could be Going to Oregon (KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA)

Ed Begley Says $10 of Insulation Helped Shrink Utility Bills by Half (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)

Harford Courant Op/Ed - Why Sabotage Effort to Save Energy?

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

United Kingdom Panel Calls Climate Data Valid (Associated Press)

Carbon Trading & the Great Recession (NY Times)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Washington State among First to Get Nissan's New Leaf (KPLU Radio, Tacoma, WA)

Ford, Microsoft to Work on Electric-Car Charging (Associated Press)

Profit from Backyard 'Green Power' – Feed-In Tariffs & the ‘Great Leap Forward’ (Money Week)

German Film Offers Answers to Gore Climate Concerns (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Plan Would Help Subsidize Access to Broadband (Nat’l Public Radio)

Verizon iPhone Report Sends Apple Shares to All-Time High (Associated Press)

Verizon, Google Pretend They Don't Want Government Help - Push publicly for limited government, privately for regulation of one another (Broadband Reports)

Microsoft, Google in Coalition to Boost 'Cloud' Privacy (Seattle Times)

GOVERNANCE & POLITICS

State House Plans to be Back in Session Friday (Olympian, WA)

State Lawmakers Debrief Bremerton Chamber Members on Special Session (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA)

Once-Underestimated, Sen. Patty Murray is Northwest's Most Powerful Politician (The Oregonian, Portland)

Asphalt Has Become So Expensive That Some States Are Going Back to Gravel (Kiplinger)

GENERAL NEWS

Washington Governor Signs $8.5B Transportation Budget (Associated Press)

Once Envied, America's Aging Infrastructure is in Alarming Shape (Crosscut Seattle)

Two-Vehicle Crash Injures Tumwater Man, Shelton Teen (Olympian, WA)

Hate groups, militias on the rise in Washington State (KIRO-TV, Seattle)

Thousands May Receive Settlement Money in Indian Trust Lawsuit (KNDU-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

Copper Prices Rise on Improving Economic News (Associated Press)

Washington Wine Industry Tops 650 Wineries (Associated Press)

Costco & the Paradox of Choice (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Remove studded tires by April 11 (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Florida Deputy Uses Google Earth to Make Arrest

Man Fleeing Police Jumps Fence - Into Prison

Tenant Says She Was Evicted over Easter D├ęcor

Portland's Coffee Culture Swipes Seattle's Crown

SONG OF THE DAY

Frank Sinatra - The Coffee Song

The Coffee Song - The Arrogant Worms

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Energy News Digest for March 30, 2010

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.

To subscribe, email jmyer@masonpud3.org

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

·         Wind Generates Eastern Washington/Idaho Problems
·         Southern Montana Electric Cooperative Critics Get Some Answers about Power Costs
·         Oregon - Bonneville Power to Replace Transmission Line between Bandon & Gold Beach
·         Colorado House Passes Bill to Spur Utilities to Switch from Coal to Gas
·         Colorado Gas-Coal Fight Could Preview National Battle
·         Oregon – City of Dalles Eyes Increased Franchise Fees: Budget shortfall in the city’s street fund may ultimately lead to a hike in local electrical rates
·         San Jose Mercury News Op/Ed - Two-Thirds Vote Should be Needed to Let Government Start a Utility
·         Lawrence to Become First City in Kansas to Get Smart Electricity Meters
·         Zanesville Times-Recorder Op/Ed - Electric Utility Industry is Heading into a ‘Perfect Storm’
·         Atlantic City Electric Urges Customers to be Safe This Spring
·         Canada - Warm Water Partly Cause of Fraser River Salmon Decline, Study Finds
·         Gill-Netting on Lower Columbia River is on for Tuesday; Sport Fishing Closed
·         Canada - Calls to Save BC Salmon from Across the Pond
·         Electric Power Research Institute Seeks Test Site for Fish Friendly Hydropower Turbine
·         Campaign Launched Against Nestle Waters Proposed Cascade Locks Plant
·         Groups Say They Intend to Sue over Sage Grouse
·         Part of PUD 3 Tree Program - Mason County Conservation District & Shelton High Students Enhance Oakland Bay Shoreline Habitat
·         Trash Bound for Mainland Keeps Piling Up in Hawaii
·         Montana - Region Continues Move toward Wind Development
·         Small Wind Group Begins Site Assessor Training
·         California - ‘Free Solar’ Scam: Sunnyvale Man Sentenced to Eight Months in Jail
·         California - Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative Opens New Cogeneration Power Plant
·         Ohio - Benefits, Peril Seen in Energy Transition
·         Electric Tankless Water Heater Manufacturers Form Coalition
·         Can Carbon ‘Cap & Trade’ Make a Comeback?
·         EPA Phases in Permits for Greenhouse Gas Pollution
·         EPA Delays Plants’ Pollution Permits
·         Among Weathercasters, Doubt on Warming
·         Professor Criticized for Climate Change Work Says Research Holds Up
·         Energy Secretary Steven Chu on the Nation’s Energy Future
·         Public to Get Look at Simpson Tacoma Community ‘Footprint’
·         Coal Fuels Much of Internet “Cloud”, Says Greenpeace
·         “Judge Not, That Ye be Judged…” Greenpeace Loses Round Two in Tiff with Facebook
·         Nissan Prices Its First Electric Car at Roughly $25K
·         Pearl Jam Giving $210,000 to Offset Carbon Emissions
·         The Press Realizes the FiOS Party is Over
·         Sweden Predicts the Future of Broadband & It May Scare You
·         Parts of Cleveland Getting 1 Gbps, for Free
·         Maine Rejects Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones
·         More Than $34,000 Poorer, Puyallup Goes Back to Free Parking
·         Recession Creating More Washington State Highway Projects This Season
·         Cause of Simpson’s Shelton Waterfront Fire Likely from “Hot Work”
·         Worker Killed in Port Angeles Conveyor Accident
·         Home Being Washed Away on Washington Coast
·         Storm Damage 2010: States Ring Up the Cost
·         Lt. Governor Talks about Underage Drinking at Shelton Town Hall Meeting
·         Moses Lake Officials Hopeful about BMW Announcement
·         Nine Charged With Bullying Teen Who Killed Herself
·         Chinese Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences to Four Mining Company Employees
·         Washington Post Poll: Majority Support Cutting Saturday Mail

WORD OF THE DAY

Fecund • \FECK-und\ • adjective - 1: fruitful in offspring or vegetation: prolific
2: intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree

Barty’s fevered, fecund mind was in overdrive. He was the workhorse in the Menlo Park facility headed by the famed Thomas Edison. Unfortunately for Barty, he was never given the really BIG projects. He normally got assignments like, come up with an idea for “strike anywhere matches,” or a way to keep maple syrup from running down the outside of the jug. “What I don’t do in flashy inventions,” he was wont to say, “I make up for in quantity!”

WEATHER

Shelton Forecast & Weather Alerts

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Wind Generates Eastern Washington/Idaho Problems - Area socked with gusts that down power lines (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

Southern Montana Electric Cooperative Critics Get Some Answers about Power Costs (Billings Gazette, MT)

Oregon - Bonneville Power to Replace Transmission Line between Bandon & Gold Beach (Bandon World, OR)

Colorado House Passes Bill to Spur Utilities to Switch from Coal to Gas (SNL Financial)

Colorado Gas-Coal Fight Could Preview National Battle (KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO)

Oregon – City of Dalles Eyes Increased Franchise Fees: Budget shortfall in the city’s street fund may ultimately lead to a hike in local electrical rates (Dalles Chronicle, OR)

San Jose Mercury News Op/Ed - Two-Thirds Vote Should be Needed to Let Government Start a Utility

Lawrence to Become First City in Kansas to Get Smart Electricity Meters (Lawrence Journal-World)

Zanesville Times-Recorder Op/Ed - Electric Utility Industry is Heading into a ‘Perfect Storm’

Atlantic City Electric Urges Customers to be Safe This Spring - Steer clear of overhead & underground utility lines (Electric Energy Online)

FISH & WATER

Canada - Warm Water Partly Cause of Fraser River Salmon Decline, Study Finds (Globe & Mail)

Gill-Netting on Lower Columbia River is on for Tuesday; Sport Fishing Closed (The Oregonian, Portland)

Canada - Calls to Save BC Salmon from Across the Pond (Globe & Mail)

Electric Power Research Institute Seeks Test Site for Fish Friendly Hydropower Turbine (Renewable Energy World)

Campaign Launched Against Nestle Waters Proposed Cascade Locks Plant (The Oregonian, Portland)

ECOLOGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

Groups Say They Intend to Sue over Sage Grouse (Associated Press)

Part of PUD 3 Tree Program - Mason County Conservation District & Shelton High Students Enhance Oakland Bay Shoreline Habitat (Mason County PUD No. 3)

Trash Bound for Mainland Keeps Piling Up in Hawaii (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Montana - Region Continues Move toward Wind Development (Great Falls Tribune, MT)

Small Wind Group Begins Site Assessor Training (The Columbian, Vancouver, WA)

California - ‘Free Solar’ Scam: Sunnyvale Man Sentenced to Eight Months in Jail

California - Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative Opens New Cogeneration Power Plant (Lassen County News, CA)

Ohio - Benefits, Peril Seen in Energy Transition (Toledo Blade, OH)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Electric Tankless Water Heater Manufacturers Form Coalition to Achieve ENERGY STAR® Certification (Business Wire)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

Can Carbon ‘Cap & Trade’ Make a Comeback? The recession has dampened enthusiasm for cap-&-trade legislation (Christian Science Monitor)

EPA Phases in Permits for Greenhouse Gas Pollution (Reuters)

EPA Delays Plants’ Pollution Permits (NY Times)

Among Weathercasters, Doubt on Warming (NY Times)

Professor Criticized for Climate Change Work Says Research Holds Up, but There are Questions (Idaho Statesman, Boise, ID)

Energy Secretary Steven Chu on the Nation’s Energy Future (Washington Post)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Public to Get Look at Simpson Tacoma Community ‘Footprint’ (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)

Coal Fuels Much of Internet “Cloud”, Says Greenpeace (Reuters)

“Judge Not, That Ye be Judged…” Greenpeace Loses Round Two in Tiff with Facebook (Reuters)

Nissan Prices Its First Electric Car at Roughly $25K (Washington Post)

Pearl Jam Giving $210,000 to Offset Carbon Emissions (KOMO-TV, Seattle)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

The Press Realizes the FiOS Party is Over - But doesn’t quite see the bigger picture yet (Broadband Reports)

Sweden Predicts the Future of Broadband & It May Scare You (GigaOM)

Parts of Cleveland Getting 1 Gbps, for Free (Broadband Reports)

Maine Rejects Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones (Broadband Reports)

GOVERNANCE

More Than $34,000 Poorer, Puyallup Goes Back to Free Parking - ‘No real benefit’: City Council votes to end deal with company that managed garage (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

Recession Creating More Washington State Highway Projects This Season (KING-TV, Seattle)

Cause of Simpson’s Shelton Waterfront Fire Likely from “Hot Work”; Repairs Underway (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Worker Killed in Port Angeles Conveyor Accident (Associated Press)

Home Being Washed Away on Washington Coast (KIRO-TV, Seattle)

Storm Damage 2010: States Ring Up the Cost (Christian Science Monitor)

Lt. Governor Talks about Underage Drinking at Shelton Town Hall Meeting (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Moses Lake Officials Hopeful about BMW Announcement - Grant County PUD involved in talks (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Nine Charged With Bullying Teen Who Killed Herself (Associated Press)

Chinese Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences to Four Mining Company Employees (NY Times)

Washington Post Poll: Majority Support Cutting Saturday Mail

DIVERSIONS

Junk Food Addiction May be Clue to Obesity

Feds: Woman Posed as FBI Agent, ‘Hired’ Neighbors

Two Survive ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Crash in Burien

Washington State School Leader Warns About Dangerous New Fire Fad – Kids lighting themselves on fire with “industrial-strength” body spray

SONG OF THE DAY

Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit