Friday, October 18, 2019

Energy News Digest for October 18, 2019


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS





HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Washington Dam Managers Say Their Big Concrete Structures Are Earthquake Ready (Northwest Public Radio)

Explosive 737 MAX Text Messages Reveal Boeing Knew of Control System Problems In 2016, Misled FAA (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Pacific Gas & Electric Chief Says Blackout ‘Cannot Become the Status Quo’ (NY Times)

Walleye ‘Catch & Kill’ Regulations Instituted in Montana (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

Pacific Northwest National Lab Develops Research Model to Help Predict Effects of Climate Change in Washington State Waterways (KNDO/KNDU TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Washington Dam Managers Say Their Big Concrete Structures Are Earthquake Ready
2.      Pacific Gas & Electric Chief Says Blackout ‘Cannot Become the Status Quo’
3.      Should Edison Have Shut Off More Power Before Saddleridge Fire? California Blackout Debate Rages
4.      Kinbasket Reservoir Important in Columbia River Treaty Talks
5.      Mason PUD 3 Electricity is 98 Percent Carbon Free
6.      Jacksonville Council Members Strike Conciliatory Tone as They Engage with Jacksonville Energy Authority Sale Process
7.      Natural Gas Inventories Surpass Five-Year Average for the First Time in Two Years
8.      Frog Involved in Montana Power Outage
9.      Walleye ‘Catch & Kill’ Regulations Instituted in Montana
10.   Dozens of Environmental Groups Line Up to Support Endangered Orcas’ Recovery
11.   Skagit, Kitsap, Clallam Counties – Comment Period Extended for Proposed Steelhead Farms
12.   Planting of Fish Carcasses Brings Nutrients to Upper Washougal River
13.   Dogs in the Northwest Are Susceptible to Salmon Poisoning
14.   From Apple to Wineries, Businesses Turn to Solar in Midst of Power Outages
15.   Deal on Wood Pellets to Japan to Help British Columbia’s Struggling Forest Industry: Horgan
16.   So It Begins: ReConnect Program, USDA Invests $2.85 Million in Rural Broadband for Tennessee Families
17.   Pacific Northwest National Lab Develops Research Model to Help Predict Effects of Climate Change in Washington State Waterways
18.   Tribes Are Pushing Washington to Be the First State to Declare a Climate Emergency
19.   All-Electric Homes Offer a Prototype for Low-Carbon Housing in Colorado
20.   How Climate Change Impacts Wine
21.   Climate Protesters Dragged from Top of London Underground Train
22.   President Trump Taps Perry Deputy to Replace Him at Energy Department
23.   Explosive 737 MAX Text Messages Reveal Boeing Knew of Control System Problems In 2016, Misled FAA
24.   Mason County: Aging Northwest Jails Endanger Lives, But Replacing Them Is Costly & Controversial
25.   YMCA Is Breaking Ground in Shelton, & Making History
26.   ‘Totally Avoidable’: Three Firms Fined in Seattle Crane Collapse
27.   Overnight RV Parking in Hawks Prairie Likely Won’t Happen, Lacey Officials Say
28.   First All-Female Spacewalking Team Makes History

WORD OF THE DAY

Discombobulate • \diss-cum-BOB-yuh-late\ • Verb - Upset, confuse

The house of mirrors trapped the two teen-aged vandals, like a cat with a terrified mouse between its paws. Intent on wreaking carnage on the small, traveling carnival…the instead became the victims of the enchanted structure. Their every turn discombobulated them more. Their confusion turned to unbidden fear. The carnival’s evil clown appeared, sending the pair into fits of shrieking as he performed by creating balloon animals until dawn.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Washington Dam Managers Say Their Big Concrete Structures Are Earthquake Ready (Northwest Public Radio)

2.    Pacific Gas & Electric Chief Says Blackout ‘Cannot Become the Status Quo’ (NY Times)

3.    Should Edison Have Shut Off More Power Before Saddleridge Fire? California Blackout Debate Rages (Los Angeles Times, CA)

4.    Kinbasket Reservoir Important in Columbia River Treaty Talks (The Golden Star, BC)

5.    Mason PUD 3 Electricity is 98 Percent Carbon Free (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

6.    Jacksonville Council Members Strike Conciliatory Tone as They Engage with Jacksonville Energy Authority Sale Process (Jacksonville Business Journal, FL)

7.    Natural Gas Inventories Surpass Five-Year Average for the First Time in Two Years (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

8.    Frog Involved in Montana Power Outage (Valley Journal, Ronan, MT)

FISH & WILDLIFE

9.    Walleye ‘Catch & Kill’ Regulations Instituted in Montana (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

10. Dozens of Environmental Groups Line Up to Support Endangered Orcas’ Recovery (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

11. Skagit, Kitsap, Clallam Counties – Comment Period Extended for Proposed Steelhead Farms (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, WA)

12. Planting of Fish Carcasses Brings Nutrients to Upper Washougal River (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

13. Dogs in the Northwest Are Susceptible to Salmon Poisoning (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

14. From Apple to Wineries, Businesses Turn to Solar in Midst of Power Outages (Washington Post)


TELECOMMUNICATIONS

16. So It Begins: ReConnect Program, USDA Invests $2.85 Million in Rural Broadband for Tennessee Families (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

17. Pacific Northwest National Lab Develops Research Model to Help Predict Effects of Climate Change in Washington State Waterways (KNDO/KNDU TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

18. Tribes Are Pushing Washington to Be the First State to Declare a Climate Emergency (Gizmodo)

19. All-Electric Homes Offer a Prototype for Low-Carbon Housing in Colorado (Energy News Network)

20. How Climate Change Impacts Wine (NY Times)

21. Climate Protesters Dragged from Top of London Underground Train (British Broadcasting Corporation)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

22. President Trump Taps Perry Deputy to Replace Him at Energy Department (Associated Press)

GENERAL NEWS

23. Explosive 737 MAX Text Messages Reveal Boeing Knew of Control System Problems In 2016, Misled FAA (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

24. Mason County: Aging Northwest Jails Endanger Lives, But Replacing Them Is Costly & Controversial (Northwest Public Radio)

25. YMCA Is Breaking Ground in Shelton, & Making History (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

26. ‘Totally Avoidable’: Three Firms Fined in Seattle Crane Collapse (Associated Press)

27. Overnight RV Parking in Hawks Prairie Likely Won’t Happen, Lacey Officials Say (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

28. First All-Female Spacewalking Team Makes History (Associated Press)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Oh Rats! Rodents Blamed for Starting Wenatchee Vehicle Fire

Crowd Watches Hawks Scare Away Crows in Downtown Portland

Homeowner Censors ‘Mooning’ Pumpkin Man Halloween Display After Complaints

SOS Spotted on Camera Saves Missing Australian Camper

SONG OF THE DAY

ABBA – S.O.S.

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Energy News Digest for October 17, 2019


The Hot Shots edition of the Energy News Digest is available on Facebook, and on Twitter.

To subscribe to the Energy News Digest, email jmyer@masonpud3.org.

SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS





HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Rainy Weather & Dark Skies Overtake Puget Sound for Foreseeable Future (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Southern California Utility Warns Winds Could Spur Pre-Emptive Blackouts (Courthouse News Service)

California: ‘I Back More Competition’ – Governor Newsom Encourages Bids to Buy Parts of Pacific Gas & Electric (SF Chronicle, CA)

Oregon Attorney General Files Lawsuit, Claims Air Duct Cleaning Companies Mailed Deceptive Ads (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

FCC Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Deal in Party-Line Vote (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      California: ‘I Back More Competition’ – Governor Newsom Encourages Bids to Buy Parts of Pacific Gas & Electric
2.      Jefferson County PUD Discusses Opt-Out Program for Electric Meters
3.      Small Modular Reactors Have High-Level Support
4.      Energy Adviser: Generators Handy If Power Goes Out
5.      Seeing Science at Work – Klickitat PUD Employees Show Students That Science Has Real World Applications
6.      Accelerated Innovations Announces a New Partnership with Snohomish PUD
7.      Report Finds Forming Public Power Utility in Pueblo, Colo., to Be Feasible
8.      Congress Introduces Bill to Fix Unintended Consequences of Tax Law for Electric Co-Ops
9.      Southern California Utility Warns Winds Could Spur Pre-Emptive Blackouts
10.   Strong Winds Cause Power Outages in Whatcom County
11.   Powerful ‘Weather Bomb’ Socks New England with Wind Gusts to 90 Mph, Knocking Out Power to More Than Half a Million
12.   Pacific Gas & Electric, Newsom & Lawmakers Had Months to Plan for a Power Outage. They Didn’t Plan Enough
13.   Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires Remain in Oregon’s Toolbox
14.   EIA’s Hourly Electric Grid Monitor Shows Effects of California Wildfire-Related Shutoffs
15.   Judge Tosses Federal Permit for Washington Shellfish Industry, Saying It Doesn’t Do Enough to Protect Environment
16.   Flipping the Bird on the Sage Grouse
17.   Oregon Attorney General Files Lawsuit, Claims Air Duct Cleaning Companies Mailed Deceptive Ads
18.   Cashmere City Receives Updated Cost Estimate for LED Streetlights
19.   One Thing You Can Do: Consider a Heat Pump
20.   Why Residential Developers Are Reportedly Turning Away from Google’s Nest
21.   FCC Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Deal in Party-Line Vote
22.   With 10% Penetration, Electric Vehicles Could Shift All Residential Peak Load to Night, Analysis of Southern California Edison Finds
23.   The First Nine Months of 2019 Were the Second Hottest on Record
24.   Glass Art Is a Gas Guzzler. Can Seattle Stoke the Flames of Environmental Change?
25.   Idaho’s Bees to Bears Project Hopes This Simple Idea Can Combat Climate Change
26.   ‘Vibrant’ Black Market Persists as Legal Pot Marks Its First Full Year in Canada
27.   Colorado Pot Grower Loses 20,000 Plants Due to Early Snow
28.   Plastic Bottles vs. Aluminum Cans: Who’ll Win the Global Water Fight?
29.   Rainy Weather & Dark Skies Overtake Puget Sound for Foreseeable Future
30.   National Weather Service Winter Forecast: Warm, But Ever Changing
31.   Statewide Earthquake Drill at 10:17 AM Thursday: Drop, Cover & Hold On
32.   Open House on Highway 3 Freight Corridor/Bypass Thursday

WORD OF THE DAY

Soughing • \SOW-ing – sounds like COW-ing\ • verb – A moaning or sighing sound

The wind whispered through the riotous tropical vegetation, the soughing sounds providing a dark accompaniment to the nearly final words spoken by Kurtz on the dark, mysterious Congo, “the horror, the horror.”

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    California: ‘I Back More Competition’ – Governor Newsom Encourages Bids to Buy Parts of Pacific Gas & Electric (SF Chronicle, CA)

2.    Jefferson County PUD Discusses Opt-Out Program for Electric Meters (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

3.    Small Modular Reactors Have High-Level Support (Power Magazine)

4.    Energy Adviser: Generators Handy If Power Goes Out (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

5.    Seeing Science at Work – Klickitat PUD Employees Show Students That Science Has Real World Applications (Goldendale Sentinel, WA)

6.    Accelerated Innovations Announces a New Partnership with Snohomish PUD (Benzinga)

7.    Report Finds Forming Public Power Utility in Pueblo, Colo., to Be Feasible (American Public Power Association)

8.    Congress Introduces Bill to Fix Unintended Consequences of Tax Law for Electric Co-Ops (Daily Energy Insider)

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

9.    Southern California Utility Warns Winds Could Spur Pre-Emptive Blackouts (Courthouse News Service)

10. Strong Winds Cause Power Outages in Whatcom County (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

11. Powerful ‘Weather Bomb’ Socks New England with Wind Gusts to 90 Mph, Knocking Out Power to More Than Half a Million (Washington Post)

12. Pacific Gas & Electric, Newsom & Lawmakers Had Months to Plan for a Power Outage. They Didn’t Plan Enough (Los Angeles Times, CA)

13. Blackouts to Prevent Wildfires Remain in Oregon’s Toolbox (East Oregonian, Pendleton, OR)

14. EIA’s Hourly Electric Grid Monitor Shows Effects of California Wildfire-Related Shutoffs (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

FISH & WILDLIFE

15. Judge Tosses Federal Permit for Washington Shellfish Industry, Saying It Doesn’t Do Enough to Protect Environment (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

16. Flipping the Bird on the Sage Grouse (Washington Examiner, Daily on Energy)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

17. Oregon Attorney General Files Lawsuit, Claims Air Duct Cleaning Companies Mailed Deceptive Ads (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

18. Cashmere City Receives Updated Cost Estimate for LED Streetlights (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

19. One Thing You Can Do: Consider a Heat Pump (NY Times)

20. Why Residential Developers Are Reportedly Turning Away from Google’s Nest (Silicon Valley Business Journal, CA)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

21. FCC Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Deal in Party-Line Vote (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

22. With 10% Penetration, Electric Vehicles Could Shift All Residential Peak Load to Night, Analysis of Southern California Edison Finds (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

23. The First Nine Months of 2019 Were the Second Hottest on Record (Bloomberg News)

24. Glass Art Is a Gas Guzzler. Can Seattle Stoke the Flames of Environmental Change? (Crosscut Seattle)

25. Idaho’s Bees to Bears Project Hopes This Simple Idea Can Combat Climate Change (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

KILOWATTS FOR CANNABIS

26. ‘Vibrant’ Black Market Persists as Legal Pot Marks Its First Full Year in Canada (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

27. Colorado Pot Grower Loses 20,000 Plants Due to Early Snow (Associated Press)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

28. Plastic Bottles vs. Aluminum Cans: Who’ll Win the Global Water Fight? (Reuters)

GENERAL NEWS

29. Rainy Weather & Dark Skies Overtake Puget Sound for Foreseeable Future (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

30. National Weather Service Winter Forecast: Warm, But Ever Changing (Associated Press)

31. Statewide Earthquake Drill at 10:17 AM Thursday: Drop, Cover & Hold On (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

32. Open House on Highway 3 Freight Corridor/Bypass Thursday (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Blood Floods a Family’s Basement – We Could Not Be More Horrified

Hikers Unearth Mystery Skeleton on Second Highest Mountain Peak in California, U.S

Idaho Library Reports Political Books Are Frequently Hidden

Firefighters Let Terrified Toddler Paint Their Fingernails at an Accident Scene

SONG OF THE DAY

Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs – Go Rest High on That Mountain

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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