Monday, October 14, 2019

Energy News Digest for October 14, 2019


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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Pacific Gas & Electric: All Power Has Been Restored to Northern California (Associated Press)

Conflicting Chinook Seasons on Snake Put Washington, Idaho Goals at Odds (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

Russ Elliott Named to Head Washington State Broadband Office (Washington State Dept. of Commerce, Olympia, WA)

Dozens of Orcas Spotted in Puget Sound, Including Rare White Orca (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

A Dry, Sunny Monday Before Wet, Gusty Weather Returns (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)

1.      Pacific Gas & Electric: All Power Has Been Restored to Northern California
2.      Southern California Edison Electrical Tower Investigated as Possible Ignition Point of Saddleridge Fire
3.      ‘This Did Not Go Well’: Inside Pacific Gas & Electric’s Blackout Control Room
4.      PacifiCorp Plan to Move Away from Coal Exposes Deep Divide among Western States
5.      Avista Announces Settlement in Idaho Rate Case
6.      Three Puget Sound Energy Workers Injured at Scene of Friday Natural Gas Leak in North Seattle
7.      Grant PUD Announces Reduced Need for Electric Rate Increases
8.      Wanapum People, Grant PUD Hosts Archaeology Days October 15 & 16
9.      Colorado Authorizes Transfer of Xcel Assets to Boulder, Boosting City’s Municipalization Efforts
10.   Conflicting Chinook Seasons on Snake Put Washington, Idaho Goals at Odds
11.   Dozens of Orcas Spotted in Puget Sound, Including Rare White Orca
12.   Chum Salmon Fishing Closed in San Juans – Opens Soon Elsewhere in Puget Sound
13.   Coho/Chinook Hybrid Salmon Discovered by Scientists on Vancouver Island
14.   Kokanee Salmon Released in Lake Sammamish for the First Time in Two Years
15.   Banned Mussels Found on Boat in Montana After Initial Checks
16.   California Power Shutdowns Raise Air Pollution Worries
17.   Four Projects Picked to Speed Up Pumped Storage Hydro Construction
18.   In a Reversal, Wind Power Industry Wants More U.S. Tax Credits
19.   Snohomish PUD Honors City of Edmonds with $62,542 Check for Energy Savings
20.   Democrats Urge Rick Perry Not to Roll Back Lightbulb Efficiency Rules
21.   Russ Elliott Named to Head Washington State Broadband Office
22.   Oregon: Broadband to Expand Across Malheur County with Federal Money
23.   Utilities Want to Retain Their Space on 6 Ghz Band
24.   Visa, Mastercard, Others Announce They Will Drop Out of Facebook’s Libra Digital Currency Project
25.   The Entire Fortnite Ecosystem Has Been Sucked into a Virtual Black Hole, & the Game Is Down
26.   AT&T Says Customers Wrongly Hit with Portland Clean Energy Fee Will Get Refunds
27.   Texting or E-Mail: Which Gives You More Secure Communication?
28.   Committee Pushes National Park Service to Privatize Campgrounds
29.   A Dry, Sunny Monday Before Wet, Gusty Weather Returns
30.   Tropics Come Alive as Atlantic & Pacific Systems May Draw Downpours into Lower 48 States
31.   Port of Grapeview Hires Amanda Montgomery as Administrator
32.   Northwest Grocery Workers Union Approves Contract with Supermarkets

WORD OF THE DAY

Interloper • \inter-LOPE-err\ • noun - One that interlopes an illegal or unlicensed trader b: one that intrudes in a place or sphere of activity

“Flatlanders” were viewed with suspicion by the locals, seen as interlopers in local affairs. Someone trying to worm themselves into local issues and controversy were carpetbaggers. That is, until at least two generations had passed.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.    Pacific Gas & Electric: All Power Has Been Restored to Northern California (Associated Press)

2.    Southern California Edison Electrical Tower Investigated as Possible Ignition Point of Saddleridge Fire (Los Angeles Times, CA)

3.    ‘This Did Not Go Well’: Inside Pacific Gas & Electric’s Blackout Control Room – As the utility turned off power to millions of Californians, its website went down & it struggled to communicate with local officials & inform residents. (NY Times)

4.    PacifiCorp Plan to Move Away from Coal Exposes Deep Divide among Western States (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

5.    Avista Announces Settlement in Idaho Rate Case (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

6.    Three Puget Sound Energy Workers Injured at Scene of Friday Natural Gas Leak in North Seattle (KING TV, Seattle, WA)

7.    Grant PUD Announces Reduced Need for Electric Rate Increases (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

8.    Wanapum People, Grant PUD Hosts Archaeology Days October 15 & 16 (iFiberOne News, Ephrata, WA)

9.    Colorado Authorizes Transfer of Xcel Assets to Boulder, Boosting City’s Municipalization Efforts (Utility Dive)

FISH & WILDLIFE

10. Conflicting Chinook Seasons on Snake Put Washington, Idaho Goals at Odds (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

11. Dozens of Orcas Spotted in Puget Sound, Including Rare White Orca (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

12. Chum Salmon Fishing Closed in San Juans – Opens Soon Elsewhere in Puget Sound (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton – Paywall Advisory)

13. Coho/Chinook Hybrid Salmon Discovered by Scientists on Vancouver Island (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

14. Kokanee Salmon Released in Lake Sammamish for the First Time in Two Years (KING TV, Seattle, WA)

15. Banned Mussels Found on Boat in Montana After Initial Checks (Associated Press)

“CLEAN UP ON AISLE THREE” – WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

16. California Power Shutdowns Raise Air Pollution Worries (Associated Press)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

17. Four Projects Picked to Speed Up Pumped Storage Hydro Construction (Power Magazine)

18. In a Reversal, Wind Power Industry Wants More U.S. Tax Credits (Bloomberg News)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

19. Snohomish PUD Honors City of Edmonds with $62,542 Check for Energy Savings (My Edmonds News, WA)

20. Democrats Urge Rick Perry Not to Roll Back Lightbulb Efficiency Rules (The Hill, Washington, DC)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

21. Russ Elliott Named to Head Washington State Broadband Office (Washington State Dept. of Commerce, Olympia, WA)

22. Oregon: Broadband to Expand Across Malheur County with Federal Money (Malheur Enterprise, OR)

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

23. Utilities Want to Retain Their Space on 6 Ghz Band (Daily Energy Insider)

24. Visa, Mastercard, Others Announce They Will Drop Out of Facebook’s Libra Digital Currency Project (Associated Press)

25. The Entire Fortnite Ecosystem Has Been Sucked into a Virtual Black Hole, & the Game Is Down (Washington Post)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

26. AT&T Says Customers Wrongly Hit with Portland Clean Energy Fee Will Get Refunds (Oregonian, Portland, OR)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

27. Texting or E-Mail: Which Gives You More Secure Communication? (USA Today)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

28. Committee Pushes National Park Service to Privatize Campgrounds (The Hill, Washington, DC)

GENERAL NEWS

29. A Dry, Sunny Monday Before Wet, Gusty Weather Returns (KCPQ-TV, Seattle, WA)

30. Tropics Come Alive as Atlantic & Pacific Systems May Draw Downpours into Lower 48 States (Washington Post)

31. Port of Grapeview Hires Amanda Montgomery as Administrator (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

32. Northwest Grocery Workers Union Approves Contract with Supermarkets (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Dog Missing Since 2007 Reunites with Her Owner 1,100 Miles Away

Pope Francis Accidentally Supports New Orleans Saints in Tweet About Actual Saints

Hidden for 21 Years, Ethiopian Crown Set to Return Home

‘One Small Nibble for Man’: 3D Printer Makes Meat in Space

SONG OF THE DAY

Ferde GrofĂ© – Grand Canyon Suite

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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