Friday, March 27, 2020

The Energy News Digest for March 27, 2020


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

U.S. House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package, Rushes to Trump (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

Keeping Critical Connections Act Would Provide $2 Billion for Rural Broadband Providers (Telecompetitor)

Twelve U.S. States Generate More Than 30% of Their Electricity from Nuclear Power (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Op/Ed: Breaching Dams Threatens Basic Necessity: Electricity (Yamhill Valley News-Register, Mcminnville, OR)

Washington, Oregon See Unprecedented Surge in Unemployment Claims (Northwest News Network)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.        Twelve U.S. States Generate More Than 30% of Their Electricity from Nuclear Power
2.        Op/Ed: Breaching Dams Threatens Basic Necessity: Electricity
3.        Op/Ed: Here’s Why We Must Save the Snake River Dams
4.        Columnist: County Energy Industry: Size, Production, & Benefits
5.        Bonneville Power Administration: Women’s History Month: Discover Her Story
6.        Virginia Rejects Dominion’s $752M Smart Meter Plan, Other Grid Mod Proposals
7.        Colorado Expedites Tri-State Member Exit Charge Case, as Power Supplier Gets ‘Split Decision’ on FERC Jurisdiction
8.        Jefferson PUD Declare Emergencies, Suspends Shut-Offs
9.        Grays Harbor PUD’s Project Help Funds Aid Struggling Customers
10.     Wahkiakum PUD Suspends Disconnects
11.     Texas: Austin’s Coronavirus Stay-Home Order Could Swell Utility Bills
12.     Con Edison Stops Meter Reading, Smart Meter Installations due to COVID-19
13.     Statewide Fishing Ban Ordered by Washington Wildlife Managers
14.     Distributed Storage Could See Growth in Demand amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Analysts Say
15.     Coronavirus Energy Saving Tips: How to Keep Your Surging Electric Bill Lower
16.     Keeping Critical Connections Act Would Provide $2 Billion for Rural Broadband Providers
17.     Pend Oreille PUD Installs Community Wi-Fi Hotspots
18.     How a New Broadband Map Could Finally Bring Fast Internet to Everyone in America
19.     Gov. Inslee Signs Bill Creating Pathway for Zero Emissions of Vehicles Sold in Washington State
20.     California Sets Electric Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target 56% Below 1990 Levels, But Leaves Room for More
21.     Why the Coronavirus Pandemic Is A Test Facebook Can’t Afford to Fail
22.     Seismometers Worldwide Detect Decrease in Human Activity Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns
23.     U.S. House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package, Rushes to Trump
24.     ‘A Real Lifeline’ or Too Little? What the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Could Mean for Washington State
25.     Washington Dept. of Commerce Announces $1.8 Million to Rural Counties for COVID-19 Pandemic Response
26.     Party Leaders Unite in Bipartisan Letter on COVID-19
27.     Lewis County’s New Online Approach Could Stick – Officials ‘Almost Certainly’ Will Keep Services Active After COVID-19 Response
28.     Rep. Griffey’s Bill to Make Municipal Utility Fees More Transparent Signed into Law
29.     Inslee Signs Law Allowing Sharing of Sales Tax with Tribes
30.     Washington, Oregon See Unprecedented Surge in Unemployment Claims
31.     Gov. Inslee Warns ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ Order May Need to Be Extended
32.     Clark County Jail Releases Nearly 200 Inmates Due to COVID-19
33.     British Columbians Face $25K Fine, Jail if They Ignore Public Health Orders over COVID-19
34.     Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Affect Weather Forecasting?
35.     School in Washington State Is Supposed to Resume (Remotely) by Monday. Will It?
36.     Washington State Deals with Economic Fallout from COVID-19
37.     Plexiglass ‘Sneeze Shields’ Coming to a Supermarket Near You
38.     Longview Company Loses $160k in Apparent Scam
39.     Gov. Inslee Signs Washington State Plastic Bag Ban into Law

WORD OF THE DAY

Gibbous \JIB-buss\ Adjective - 1a: marked by convexity or swelling b of the moon or a planet: seen with more than half but not the entire apparent disk illuminated 2: having a hump: humpbacked

“Young Frankenstein – 1974”

The scene opens; Gene Wilder, as Doctor Frankenstein addresses his “googly-eyed” gibbous assistant Igor, played by Marty Feldman:

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You know, I’m a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump.
Igor: What hump?

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES


2.      Op/Ed: Breaching Dams Threatens Basic Necessity: Electricity (Yamhill Valley News-Register, McMinnville, OR)

3.      Op/Ed: Here’s Why We Must Save the Snake River Dams (Tri-City Herald, WA)

4.      Columnist: County Energy Industry: Size, Production, & Benefits (Goldendale Sentinel, WA)

5.      Bonneville Power Administration: Women’s History Month: Discover Her Story (Bonneville Power Administration)

6.      Virginia Rejects Dominion’s $752M Smart Meter Plan, Other Grid Mod Proposals (Utility Dive)

7.      Colorado Expedites Tri-State Member Exit Charge Case, as Power Supplier Gets ‘Split Decision’ on FERC Jurisdiction (Utility Dive)

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS – THE CORONAVIRUS CONDUNDRUM

8.      Jefferson PUD Declare Emergencies, Suspends Shut-Offs (Port Townsend Leader, WA)

9.      Grays Harbor PUD’s Project Help Funds Aid Struggling Customers (Aberdeen Daily World, WA)

10.   Wahkiakum PUD suspends disconnects (Wahkiakum Eagle, Cathlamet, WA)

11.   Texas: Austin’s Coronavirus Stay-Home Order Could Swell Utility Bills (Austin American-Statesman, TX)

12.   Con Edison Stops Meter Reading, Smart Meter Installations due to COVID-19 (Transmission & Distribution World)

FISH & WILDLIFE

13.   Statewide Fishing Ban Ordered by Washington Wildlife Managers (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

14.   Distributed Storage Could See Growth in Demand amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Analysts Say (Utility Dive)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

15.   Coronavirus Energy Saving Tips: How to Keep Your Surging Electric Bill Lower (CBS News)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

16.   Keeping Critical Connections Act Would Provide $2 Billion for Rural Broadband Providers (Telecompetitor)

17.   Pend Oreille PUD Installs Community Wi-Fi Hotspots (Pend Oreille PUD, Newport, WA)

18.   How a New Broadband Map Could Finally Bring Fast Internet to Everyone in America (Fast Company)

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

19.   Gov. Inslee Signs Bill Creating Pathway for Zero Emissions of Vehicles Sold in Washington State (KNDO/KNDU-TV, Tri-Cities/Yakima, WA)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

20.   California Sets Electric Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target 56% Below 1990 Levels, But Leaves Room for More (Utility Dive)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

21.   Why the Coronavirus Pandemic Is A Test Facebook Can’t Afford to Fail (Washington Post)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

22.   Seismometers Worldwide Detect Decrease in Human Activity Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns (Gizmodo)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

23.   U.S. House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package, Rushes to Trump (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

24.   ‘A Real Lifeline’ or Too Little? What the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Could Mean for Washington State (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

25.   Washington Dept. of Commerce Announces $1.8 Million to Rural Counties for COVID-19 Pandemic Response (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

26.   Party Leaders Unite in Bipartisan Letter on COVID-19 (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

27.   Lewis County’s New Online Approach Could Stick – Officials ‘Almost Certainly’ Will Keep Services Active After COVID-19 Response (The Chronicle, Centralia, WA)

28.   Rep. Griffey’s Bill to Make Municipal Utility Fees More Transparent Signed into Law (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

29.   Inslee Signs Law Allowing Sharing of Sales Tax with Tribes (Everett Herald, WA)

SICKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

30.   Washington, Oregon See Unprecedented Surge in Unemployment Claims (Northwest News Network)

31.   Gov. Inslee Warns ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ Order May Need to Be Extended (KIRO News, Seattle, WA)

32.   Clark County Jail Releases Nearly 200 Inmates Due to COVID-19 (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

33.   British Columbians Face $25K Fine, Jail if They Ignore Public Health Orders over COVID-19 (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

34.   Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Affect Weather Forecasting? (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

GENERAL NEWS

35.   School in Washington State Is Supposed to Resume (Remotely) by Monday. Will It? (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

36.   Washington State Deals with Economic Fallout from COVID-19 (National Public Radio)

37.   Plexiglass ‘Sneeze Shields’ Coming to a Supermarket Near You (Everett Herald, WA)

38.   Longview Company Loses $160k in Apparent Scam (Longview Daily News, WA)

39.   Gov. Inslee Signs Washington State Plastic Bag Ban into Law (KCPQ-TV, Seattle/Tacoma, WA)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Newport Cannabis Business Using Extra Ethanol to Make Needed Hand Sanitizer to Combat COVID-19

People Shout, Cheer, & Make Noise in Support of Health Care Workers

Elton John to Host ‘iHeart Living Room Concert for America’ on FOX Benefiting Those Impacted by COVID-19

Fred ‘Curly’ Neal, Known for His Dribbling & Joy with the Harlem Globetrotters, Dies at 77

SONG OF THE DAY

Sweet Georgia Brown - Wynton Marsalis Quintet (Almost as good as seeing Curly Neal’s basketball wizardry)

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Energy News Digest for March 25, 2020


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

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SHELTON FORECAST & WEATHER ALERTS




HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Snohomish PUD To Offer Bill Credits to Homes & Business (My Everett News)

Mainzer Reaches Out to Customers amid COVID-19 Response (Bonneville Power Administration)

FCC Waives E-Rate Rules to Boost Broadband for Hospitals, Schools Amid Coronavirus Crisis (C|Net News)

A $2 Trillion Lifeline Will Help, but More May Be Needed (NY Times)

Identity of Suspect Shot by Mason County Deputy Released (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.        Mainzer Reaches Out to Customers amid COVID-19 Response
2.        Pacific Gas & Electric Falling Stock Price Worries Fire Victims Eyeing Deal
3.        Squirrel Sparks Power Loss Near Alaska Governor’s Residence
4.        Snohomish PUD To Offer Bill Credits to Homes & Business
5.        Benton PUD Announces That It Will Not Disconnect Customers for Non-Payment
6.        Orcas Power & Light Suspends Late Fees & Disconnection During COVID-19
7.        Avista Foundation Awards Grants, with Many Going Toward Coronavirus Aide
8.        FirstEnergy Vowed to Stop Shutoffs. Advocates Say Hundreds May Still Lack Electricity.
9.        Alaska Halibut Fishermen Face a Flattened Market & Fire-Sale Prices Amid Coronavirus Crisis
10.     FCC Waives E-Rate Rules to Boost Broadband for Hospitals, Schools Amid Coronavirus Crisis
11.     President Trump Signs Laws to Boost 5G Security, Broadband Availability
12.     Alabama’s Rural Broadband Expansion Meets Resistance from Incumbents
13.     Manufacturers Are Struggling to Supply Electric Vehicles with Batteries
14.     A $2 Trillion Lifeline Will Help, but More May Be Needed
15.     S. 3548 - This Act may be cited as the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act” or the “CARES Act”.
16.     Inslee Suspends Some Parts of Open-Government Laws Amid Coronavirus Crisis
17.     Washington State Governor Signs Bill Allowing Sports Betting
18.     Coronavirus Deaths Reach 123 in Washington State Tuesday as Confirmed Cases Climb to 2,469
19.     Idaho Governor Issues Stay-At-Home Order for 21 Days Amid Coronavirus Spread
20.     What’s an Essential Business Amid the Spread of Coronavirus? Washington Has Some Gray Areas
21.     Calls from Suicidal People to 911 Are Rising, Portland Police Say. Coronavirus Could Be Fueling Anxiety.
22.     Congressman Kilmer Plans Telephone Town Hall to Discuss COVID-19
23.     Identity of Suspect Shot by Mason County Deputy Released
24.     Washington State Trooper Dies in the Line of Duty After Being Struck by Vehicle on I-5 Near Chehalis
25.     Senate Aid Package Quietly Carves Out Billions Intended for Boeing, Officials Say

WORD OF THE DAY

Osculate \OSS-kyuh-late\ Verb – Kiss

Here’s a tip, folks: never ask if someone will osculate on the first date.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Mainzer Reaches Out to Customers amid COVID-19 Response (Bonneville Power Administration)

2.      Pacific Gas & Electric Falling Stock Price Worries Fire Victims Eyeing Deal (Associated Press)

3.      Squirrel Sparks Power Loss Near Alaska Governor’s Residence (Associated Press)

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS – THE COVID CONUNDRUM

4.      Snohomish PUD To Offer Bill Credits to Homes & Business (My Everett News)

5.      Benton PUD Announces That It Will Not Disconnect Customers for Non-Payment (KEPR-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

6.      Orcas Power & Light Suspends Late Fees & Disconnection During COVID-19 (The Islands’ Weekly, Eastsound, WA)

7.      Avista Foundation Awards Grants, with Many Going Toward Coronavirus Aide (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA)

8.      FirstEnergy Vowed to Stop Shutoffs. Advocates Say Hundreds May Still Lack Electricity. (Huffington Post)

FISH & WILDLIFE

9.      Alaska Halibut Fishermen Face a Flattened Market & Fire-Sale Prices Amid Coronavirus Crisis (Anchorage Daily News, AK)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

10.   FCC Waives E-Rate Rules to Boost Broadband for Hospitals, Schools Amid Coronavirus Crisis (C|Net News)

11.   President Trump Signs Laws to Boost 5G Security, Broadband Availability (C|Net News)


I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

13.   Manufacturers Are Struggling to Supply Electric Vehicles With Batteries (Forbes Magazine)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

14.   A $2 Trillion Lifeline Will Help, but More May Be Needed (NY Times)

15.   S. 3548 - This Act may be cited as the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act” or the “CARES Act”.

16.   Inslee Suspends Some Parts of Open-Government Laws Amid Coronavirus Crisis (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

17.   Washington State Governor Signs Bill Allowing Sports Betting (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

SICKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

18.   Coronavirus Deaths Reach 123 in Washington State Tuesday as Confirmed Cases Climb to 2,469 (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

19.   Idaho Governor Issues Stay-At-Home Order for 21 Days Amid Coronavirus Spread (The Hill, Washington, DC)

20.   What’s an Essential Business Amid the Spread of Coronavirus? Washington Has Some Gray Areas (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

21.   Calls from Suicidal People to 911 Are Rising, Portland Police Say. Coronavirus Could Be Fueling Anxiety. (Oregonian, Portland)

22.   Congressman Kilmer Plans Telephone Town Hall to Discuss COVID-19 (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

GENERAL NEWS

23.   Identity of Suspect Shot by Mason County Deputy Released (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

24.   Washington State Trooper Dies in the Line of Duty After Being Struck by Vehicle on I-5 Near Chehalis (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

25.   Senate Aid Package Quietly Carves Out Billions Intended for Boeing, Officials Say (Washington Post)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Britain’s Prince Charles Tests Positive for COVID-19

Bottles of Booze Can Be Delivered in Washington State Under Temporary Coronavirus Rule

Police: Man Told to Turn Down Music Grabs Sword, Chases Man

Saint Corona Name Vexes Austrian Tourist Village

SONG OF THE DAY

Gilbert O Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally)

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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