Friday, October 12, 2012

Energy News Digest for October 12, 2012



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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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Weekend Weather - Special Weather Statement for Rain & Possible Breezy Conditions (Mason County PUD No. 3

Fifty Years Later, Columbus Day Windstorm Still Ranks as Greatest (KOMO-TV, Seattle)

Congressman’s Cyber-Attack Warning Doesn’t Daunt Port Angeles on Wi-Fi (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

California’s Renewable-Energy Plans May Hinge on Presidential Race (Los Angeles Times, CA)

U-S Struggles to Rescue Green Program Hit by Fraud (NY Times)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

  • Weekend Weather - Special Weather Statement for Rain & Possible Breezy Conditions
  • Dry Conditions Plus Arrival off Windy, Wet Weather May Mean Power, Roadway Issues
  • Puget Sound Energy Crews Ready for First Storm of the Season - Utility urges public to be prepared as well
  • Tribes Add Potent Voice against Plan for Pacific Northwest Coal Terminals
  • Avista Requests Rate Hikes in Idaho
  • Op/Ed - Why the U-S Needs a Networked Energy Grid
  • Japan Utility Agrees Nuclear Crisis Was Avoidable
  • After Fukushima: Canada’s Nuclear Ambitions
  • Welcome Home, Salmon: Time to Get Out & See Returning Fish
  • Puyallup Hatchery is Historic
  • Anti-Fluoride Group Collects 43,236 Signatures in Fight for Portland Vote
  • California’s Renewable-Energy Plans May Hinge on Presidential Race
  • Riding the Crest of Energy’s Future
  • For Solar Panel Industry, a Volley of Trade Cases
  • The Pine Beetle Problem: Making Renewable Energy Lemonade from Biomass Lemons
  • Utilities Need to Change to Promote Renewable Energy, Conference Told
  • Massachusetts - Towns Grapple with Larger Solar Projects
  • Wind Power Lowers Electricity Prices & How
  • “Are You Fan Enough” Campaign Promotes Energy Efficient
  • How’s That Big Carbon-Capture Push Going? Slowly. Too Slowly.
  • U-S Struggles to Rescue Green Program Hit by Fraud
  • How a Green Fuel Turned Slimy
  • Homes Made Out of Milk Bottles; Networked Water Purifiers & Other Winners from the Clean Tech Open
  • Congressman’s Cyber-Attack Warning Doesn’t Daunt Port Angeles on Wi-Fi
  • Broadband Spectrum Auctions a ‘Mistake’
  • Dark Social: Why Measuring User Engagement is Even Harder than You Think
  • Washington State’s October Revenue Report Shows $36.6M Bump
  • Rain’s Back & the Weekend Could Bring a Lot of It
  • Fifty Years Later, Columbus Day Windstorm Still Ranks as Greatest
  • 1962 Storm Wreaked Havoc in Seattle, Along West Coast
  • Columbus Day Storm Remains a Fearsome Memory
  • Justin Bieber’s Tacoma Dome ‘Theft’ Story Appears to be PR Stunt

WORD OF THE DAY

Deign • \DAYN\ • Verb - To condescend reluctantly and with a strong sense of the affront to one’s superiority that is involved: stoop: to condescend to give or offer

Abernathy was mortified, deign to tie his own shoes? That was beneath him (literally). But even worse, having been coddled his entire life, dressed meticulously by his manservant, Bill, Abernathy had not learned the smallest mystery of how clothing worked. Buttons, zippers, belts, anything he wore was beyond his ken.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Weekend Weather - Special Weather Statement for Rain & Possible Breezy Conditions (Mason County PUD No. 3

Dry Conditions Plus Arrival off Windy, Wet Weather May Mean Power, Roadway Issues (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle)

Puget Sound Energy Crews Ready for First Storm of the Season - Utility urges public to be prepared as well (Olympian, WA)

Tribes Add Potent Voice against Plan for Pacific Northwest Coal Terminals (NY Times)

Avista Requests Rate Hikes in Idaho (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Op/Ed - Why the U-S Needs a Networked Energy Grid (Washington Post)

Japan Utility Agrees Nuclear Crisis Was Avoidable (Associated Press)

After Fukushima: Canada’s Nuclear Ambitions (Financial Post, Canada)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Welcome Home, Salmon: Time to Get Out & See Returning Fish (Seattle Times)

Puyallup Hatchery is Historic (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Anti-Fluoride Group Collects 43,236 Signatures in Fight for Portland Vote (Oregonian, Portland)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

California’s Renewable-Energy Plans May Hinge on Presidential Race (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Riding the Crest of Energy’s Future (Portland Tribune, OR)

For Solar Panel Industry, a Volley of Trade Cases (NY Times)

The Pine Beetle Problem: Making Renewable Energy Lemonade from Biomass Lemons (Renewable Energy World)

Utilities Need to Change to Promote Renewable Energy, Conference Told (Denver Business Journal, CO)

Massachusetts - Towns Grapple with Larger Solar Projects (Boston Globe, MA)

Wind Power Lowers Electricity Prices & How (CleanTechnica)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

“Are You Fan Enough” Campaign Promotes Energy Efficient (Northwest Public Radio)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

How’s That Big Carbon-Capture Push Going? Slowly. Too Slowly. (Washington Post)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

U-S Struggles to Rescue Green Program Hit by Fraud (NY Times)

How a Green Fuel Turned Slimy (NY Times)

Homes Made Out of Milk Bottles; Networked Water Purifiers & Other Winners from the Clean Tech Open (GeekWire)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Congressman’s Cyber-Attack Warning Doesn’t Daunt Port Angeles on Wi-Fi (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Broadband Spectrum Auctions a ‘Mistake’ (ZDNet News)

Dark Social: Why Measuring User Engagement is Even Harder than You Think (GigaOM)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Washington State’s October Revenue Report Shows $36.6M Bump (Olympian, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

Rain’s Back & the Weekend Could Bring a Lot of It (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

Fifty Years Later, Columbus Day Windstorm Still Ranks as Greatest (KOMO-TV, Seattle)

1962 Storm Wreaked Havoc in Seattle, Along West Coast (KCPQ-TV, Tacoma/Seattle, WA)

Columbus Day Storm Remains a Fearsome Memory (Everett Herald, WA)

Justin Bieber’s Tacoma Dome ‘Theft’ Story Appears to be PR Stunt (KOMO-TV, Seattle)

DIVERSIONS

Ten States That Sell the Most Beer are Surprising

Giant Eyeball Washes Ashore in South Florida

Flamb├ęd Squirrel Blamed for Building Fire

Bear Helps Itself to Bee Hive Honey near Carnation

SONG OF THE DAY

BJ Thomas - Everybody Loves a Rain Song

Gene Kelly - Singin’ in the Rain