Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Energy News Digest for December 18, 2018 – Spill the Wine Edition (Sorry Eric Burdon)


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Changes to Dams on Columbia, Snake Rivers to Benefit Salmon, Hydropower & Orcas (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Power Outage Kills More Than Six Million Salmon Fry at Gig Harbor Area Hatchery (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

Avista, Hydro One Say Washington State Regulators Erred in Blocking $5.3 Billion Sale (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Governor Inslee’s Big Tax Plan: Even Washington State’s Democratic Lawmakers Aren’t All on Board (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Port of Grays Harbor Could Become Fiber-Optic Hub as Transoceanic Cable Landing Is Considered (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Changes to Dams on Columbia, Snake Rivers to Benefit Salmon, Hydropower & Orcas
2.      Flexible Spill Agreement Aims to Benefit Salmon & Hydropower (Joint Statement)
3.      Public Power Council Comment on Bonneville Power Administration River Operations Agreement
4.      PNGC Power Statement on Federal Columbia River Power System Spill Operation Agreement
5.      Statement from NW RiverPartners: Power & Fish Agreement to Pause Litigation, Questions Remain
6.      Power Outage Kills More Than Six Million Salmon Fry at Gig Harbor Area Hatchery
7.      Avista, Hydro One Say Washington State Regulators Erred in Blocking $5.3 Billion Sale
8.      Winds, Rain Knock Out Power in Oregon & Washington State
9.      Totem Electric of Tacoma Bought by Arizona-Based Eberhart Capital
10.   Op/Ed: Pacific Gas & Electric’s Mass Tree Removal Initiative Is Short-Sighted
11.   Who Do I Call If the Power Goes Out?
12.   Xcel Energy Says Nuclear Energy Key Part of Carbon-Free Goals
13.   Op/Ed: As the Impacts of Power Outages Rise, The U-S Must Embrace Smart Grids
14.   Moody’s Sees Robust Utility Capital Spending in 2018, Dip in 2019, 2020
15.   They’re a Bunch of Live Wires – Texas State Technical College Offers Electrical Lineworker Program
16.   Tacoma Power Awards Grants for Renewable Energy
17.   Port of Grays Harbor Could Become Fiber-Optic Hub as Transoceanic Cable Landing Is Considered
18.   Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Gets Green Light from U-S Regulators
19.   Charter Returning $62.5 Million to New Yorkers over Slow Internet Speeds
20.   Does the Farm Bill Kill USDA Loans?
21.   Why You’ll Still Need Wi-Fi When 5G Is Everywhere, According to the Wi-Fi Alliance
22.   Siemens: Cities Are Prioritizing Electrification, But Grid Modernization Is Required
23.   Huge Barrier Isn’t Trapping Plastic Waste in Pacific Ocean
24.   Public Power Earns Recognition in J.D. Power Customer Survey
25.   Twitter Alerts Some Users to ‘Unusual’ Data Leak
26.   Some of the Popular Images & Themes the Russians Posted on Social Media
27.   Thurston Commissioners Make Marijuana Regulations Permanent after 13 Interim Renewals
28.   Nebraska Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure in 2020
29.   Governor Inslee’s Big Tax Plan: Even Washington State’s Democratic Lawmakers Aren’t All on Board
30.   Local Congressional Delegation Leery of Partial Federal Government Shutdown Set to Begin Friday
31.   Some Pacific NW Spice Here – Who’s on the Short List to Replace Interior Secretary Zinke?
32.   Opportunity Zones: Investors Seeking Tax Breaks Skip Poverty-Stricken Areas
33.   Motorist Loses Control of Vehicle on 101 near Potlatch, Ends Up in Hood Canal
34.   City of Shelton Presents State Legislative Requests
35.   King Tides Predicted for Puget Sound, Washington Coast Next Week
36.   Timber Innovation Act Heads to President’s Desk
37.   Johnson & Johnson Moves to Limit Impact of Reuters Report on Asbestos in Baby Powder

WORD OF THE DAY

Millefleur \meel-flur\ Adjective – Having an allover pattern of small flowers & plants.

Gertrude’s bathroom d├ęcor was breathtaking. The millefleur design was especially intriguing; a design featuring miniature depictions of corpse flowers. “Didn’t know stink had a patron flower,” mused her husband over a well-worn issue of “Field and Stream.”

FISH & WILDLIFE

1.    Changes to Dams on Columbia, Snake Rivers to Benefit Salmon, Hydropower & Orcas (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

2.    Flexible Spill Agreement Aims to Benefit Salmon & Hydropower (Joint Statement of: State of Oregon – Washington State – Nez Perce Tribe - Bonneville Power Administration – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Bureau of Reclamation

3.    Public Power Council Comment on Bonneville Power Administration River Operations Agreement (Public Power Council, Portland, OR)

4.    PNGC Power Statement on Federal Columbia River Power System Spill Operation Agreement (Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative, Portland, OR)

5.    Statement from NW RiverPartners: Power & Fish Agreement to Pause Litigation, Questions Remain (News Release, NW RiverPartners)

6.    Power Outage Kills More Than Six Million Salmon Fry at Gig Harbor Area Hatchery (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

7.    Avista, Hydro One Say Washington State Regulators Erred in Blocking $5.3 Billion Sale (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

8.    Winds, Rain Knock Out Power in Oregon & Washington State (Associated Press)

9.    Totem Electric of Tacoma Bought by Arizona-Based Eberhart Capital (South Sound Business)

10. Op/Ed: Pacific Gas & Electric’s Mass Tree Removal Initiative Is Short-Sighted (Placerville Mountain Democrat, CA)

11. Who Do I Call If the Power Goes Out? (KATU-TV, Portland, OR

12. Xcel Energy Says Nuclear Energy Key Part of Carbon-Free Goals (Daily Energy Insider)

13. Op/Ed: As the Impacts of Power Outages Rise, The U-S Must Embrace Smart Grids (Utility Dive)

14. Moody’s Sees Robust Utility Capital Spending in 2018, Dip in 2019, 2020 (Utility Dive)

15. They’re a Bunch of Live Wires – Texas State Technical College Offers Electrical Lineworker Program (Texarkana Gazette, TX)
http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texas/story/2018/dec/17/theyre-bunch-live-wires/757059/

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

16. Tacoma Power Awards Grants for Renewable Energy (South Sound Business)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

17. Port of Grays Harbor Could Become Fiber-Optic Hub as Transoceanic Cable Landing Is Considered (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

18. Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Gets Green Light from U-S Regulators (NY Times)

19. Charter Returning $62.5 Million to New Yorkers over Slow Internet Speeds – Regulators calling it the biggest ISP refund ever (Washington Post)


THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

21. Why You’ll Still Need Wi-Fi When 5G Is Everywhere, According to the Wi-Fi Alliance (Gizmodo)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

22. Siemens: Cities Are Prioritizing Electrification, But Grid Modernization Is Required (Utility Dive)

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOT LOCKER

23. Huge Barrier Isn’t Trapping Plastic Waste in Pacific Ocean (Associated Press)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

24. Public Power Earns Recognition in J.D. Power Customer Survey (American Public Power Association)

25. Twitter Alerts Some Users to ‘Unusual’ Data Leak (Gizmodo)

26. Some of the Popular Images & Themes the Russians Posted on Social Media (NY Times)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

27. Thurston Commissioners Make Marijuana Regulations Permanent after 13 Interim Renewals (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

28. Nebraska Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure in 2020 (NY Times)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

29. Governor Inslee’s Big Tax Plan: Even Washington State’s Democratic Lawmakers Aren’t All on Board (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

30. Local Congressional Delegation Leery of Partial Federal Government Shutdown Set to Begin Friday (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

31. Some Pacific NW Spice Here – Who’s on the Short List to Replace Interior Secretary Zinke? (E&E News)

32. Opportunity Zones: Investors Seeking Tax Breaks Skip Poverty-Stricken Areas (Associated Press)

GENERAL NEWS

33. Motorist Loses Control of Vehicle on 101 near Potlatch, Ends Up In Hood Canal (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

34. City of Shelton Presents State Legislative Requests (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

35. King Tides Predicted for Puget Sound, Washington Coast Next Week (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)


37. Johnson & Johnson Moves to Limit Impact of Reuters Report on Asbestos in Baby Powder (Reuters)

SWINE’S SURRENDERING SOIREE – DIVERSIONS

Hulking Hog Captured Near School Bus Stop in Florida

Astronomers Just Discovered ‘Farout,’ the Most Distant Known Object in the Solar System

Cheese Stockpile Hits Historic High

Penny Marshall, Who Played Feisty Laverne in ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Before Directing Movies, Dies at 75

SONG OF THE DAY
Cyndi Grecco – Making Our Dreams (Laverne & Shirley Theme Song)

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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