Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Energy News Digest for May 21, 2014

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Investigation Finds No Evidence of Ongoing Retaliation against Whistleblower at Bonneville Power Administration (Oregonian, Portland)

Tribal Groups Say Oregon Coal Terminal Will Hurt Fish (Oregonian, Portland)

Pot Growers Can’t Use Federal Irrigation Water (Associated Press)

U-S Utility’s Control System Was Hacked, Says Homeland Security (Reuters)

Google Wants to Put Ads on Thermostats - And Everything Else You Own (Gizmodo)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  • Investigation Finds No Evidence of Ongoing Retaliation against Whistleblower at Bonneville Power Administration
  • Special Inquiry Report - Review of Allegations Regarding Continued Retaliation Against a Bonneville Power Administration Whistleblower
  • U-S Utility’s Control System Was Hacked, Says Homeland Security
  • Copper Theft Increasing In Kootenai County
  • Homeowner Faults Portland General Electric Power Lines for Starting Fire That Destroyed Rural Home
  • Editorial: Storage Plan for N-Waste is One Big Boondoggle
  • Incumbent Cowlitz PUD Commissioner Ketcham Nixes Re-Election Bid
  • A New Grand Coulee Laser Light Show Debuts Saturday
  • FERC Nominee Bay Faces Tough Questions; LaFleur Endorsed by Murkowski
  • EPA Issues Final Rule on Cooling Water Intake, Significantly Affecting Electric Power Generation & Water-Intensive Manufacturing
  • Tribal Groups Say Oregon Coal Terminal Will Hurt Fish
  • Tribes Open Salmon Sales on Columbia River
  • Eastern Oregon Ranchers Step Up Sage-Grouse Protections
  • Pot Growers Can’t Use Federal Irrigation Water
  • DOE Presents Information on Dungeness Water Rule Related to Marijuana Grows
  • Portlanders Vote against Creating Independent Water District
  • Colorado River Reunites with the Sea of Cortez
  • Retaliation Likely in SolaWorld Espionage Allegations Involving Chinese Military Unit
  • Power Line Company Files for Canada-to-Northeast U-S Permit
  • Texas Retailers Gearing Up for Energy Star Holiday
  • An Audacious New Player About to Enter the Consumer Light Bulb Market
  • US DOE Issues Final Rule on Energy Conservation Standards for Electric Motors
  • Apple’s New Portland Store Looks Ready to Open, With a Surprise on Top
  • What if Roads Were Made of Solar PV Panels?
  • EBay Asks Users to Change Password after Breach
  • Americans Dissatisfied with Their Cable Companies, Especially Comcast & Time Warner
  • ‘Cutting the Cord’ Going Mainstream with TV Viewers
  • FCC Chair: An Internet Fast Lane Would Be ‘Commercially Unreasonable’
  • Thanks Franklin PUD! Free Wireless Internet in Downtown Pasco
  • Google Wants to Put Ads on Thermostats - And Everything Else You Own
  • McDonald’s Just Introduced an Absolutely Terrifying New Happy Meal Mascot
  • Opower to Crank Up Its Demand Response Program to 1 Million Homes This Summer
  • Talks Begin for New Washington State Worker Contracts for Pay in 2015-17
  • Longview to Belfair - New North Mason School Superintendent Named
  • Washington State Road Projects on Hold for Federal Funding
  • Ag Secretary: U-S Must Figure Out Hemp Production
  • Police: Hash Oil Operation Blows Up Puyallup House, Suspects Flee
  • Boat Found on Washington State Coast Confirmed as Tsunami Debris
WORD OF THE DAY

Bijou • \BEE-zhoo\ • Noun - 1: a small dainty usually ornamental piece of delicate workmanship: jewel 2: something delicate, elegant, or highly prized

The Liberty Theater in Astoria is an Italian Renaissance style building. Its architecture makes it a bijou nestled in the downtown area.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS


ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

Investigation Finds No Evidence of Ongoing Retaliation against Whistleblower at Bonneville Power Administration (Oregonian, Portland)

Special Inquiry Report - Review of Allegations Regarding Continued Retaliation Against a Bonneville Power Administration Whistleblower (U-S Department of Energy – Links to PDF File)

U-S Utility’s Control System Was Hacked, Says Homeland Security (Reuters)

Copper Theft Increasing In Kootenai County (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

Homeowner Faults Portland General Electric Power Lines for Starting Fire That Destroyed Rural Home (Oregonian, Portland)

Editorial: Storage Plan for N-Waste is One Big Boondoggle (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Incumbent Cowlitz PUD Commissioner Ketcham Nixes Re-Election Bid (Longview Daily News, WA)

A New Grand Coulee Laser Light Show Debuts Saturday (KAPS Radio, Mount Vernon, WA)

FERC Nominee Bay Faces Tough Questions; LaFleur Endorsed by Murkowski (American Public Power Association)

EPA Issues Final Rule on Cooling Water Intake, Significantly Affecting Electric Power Generation & Water-Intensive Manufacturing (GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Tribal Groups Say Oregon Coal Terminal Will Hurt Fish (Oregonian, Portland)

Tribes Open Salmon Sales on Columbia River (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

Eastern Oregon Ranchers Step Up Sage-Grouse Protections (Portland Business Journal, OR)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Pot Growers Can’t Use Federal Irrigation Water (Associated Press)

DOE Presents Information on Dungeness Water Rule Related to Marijuana Grows (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Portlanders Vote against Creating Independent Water District (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Colorado River Reunites with the Sea of Cortez (USA Today)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Retaliation Likely in SolaWorld Espionage Allegations Involving Chinese Military Unit (Oregonian, Portland)

Power Line Company Files for Canada-to-Northeast U-S Permit (Associated Press)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Texas Retailers Gearing Up for Energy Star Holiday (San Antonio Business Journal, TX)

An Audacious New Player About to Enter the Consumer Light Bulb Market (Forbes Magazine)

US DOE Issues Final Rule on Energy Conservation Standards for Electric Motors (Clean Technica)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Apple’s New Portland Store Looks Ready to Open, With a Surprise on Top (Oregonian, Portland)

What if Roads Were Made of Solar PV Panels? (Renewable Energy World)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

EBay Asks Users to Change Password after Breach (Associated Press)

Americans Dissatisfied with Their Cable Companies, Especially Comcast & Time Warner (Consumerist)

‘Cutting the Cord’ Going Mainstream with TV Viewers (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

FCC Chair: An Internet Fast Lane Would Be ‘Commercially Unreasonable’ (Washington Post)

Thanks Franklin PUD! Free Wireless Internet in Downtown Pasco (Tri-City Herald, WA)

SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING

Google Wants to Put Ads on Thermostats - And Everything Else You Own (Gizmodo)

McDonald’s Just Introduced an Absolutely Terrifying New Happy Meal Mascot (TIME Magazine)

Opower to Crank Up Its Demand Response Program to 1 Million Homes This Summer (GigaOM)

POLITICS & GOVERNANCE

Talks Begin for New Washington State Worker Contracts for Pay in 2015-17 (Olympian - Paywall Advisory)

GENERAL NEWS

Longview to Belfair - New North Mason School Superintendent Named (Mason Web-TV, Shelton, WA)

Washington State Road Projects on Hold for Federal Funding (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

WSDOT Projects with Advertisements March through September 2014 – Includes SR 108 (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Ag Secretary: U-S Must Figure Out Hemp Production (Associated Press)

Police: Hash Oil Operation Blows Up Puyallup House, Suspects Flee (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

Boat Found on Washington State Coast Confirmed as Tsunami Debris (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

DIVERSIONS

Hero Cat That Saved Boy from Dog ‘Throws’ First Pitch at California Minor League Baseball Game

Was ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Plagiarized?

120-Foot Bowling Strike Is Possibly the Longest Bowling Strike Ever

40 Creative Graduation Caps Worth an A-Plus

SONG OF THE DAY

Dolly Parton - Stairway to Heaven Live

Piano Trio - Stairway to Heaven -

Mary J. Blige - Stairway to Heaven

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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.

Note that as some newspapers migrate to a “paywall” system of access, some articles may not be available without forking over some cold hard credit card cash. However, some sites will allow a certain number of story accesses per month before holding out their hand. Sorry if this is an inconvenience.