Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Energy News Digest for July 2, 2020


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Governor Inslee Extends Washington State Safe Start Proclamation Through July 9 (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Pacific Gas & Electric, Troubled California Utility, Emerges from Bankruptcy (NY Times)

FCC Opens Application Window for Billions in Rural Broadband Subsidies (Multichannel News)

Fish More Vulnerable to Warming Water Than First Thought (Associated Press)

Appeals Court: Washington State Retains Authority Over Non-Native Suspects, Victims on Yakama Reservation (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.        Pacific Gas & Electric, Troubled California Utility, Emerges from Bankruptcy
2.        Residential Electricity Demand Hits All-Time High for April, EIA Reports
3.        Egypt Warns Ethiopian Mega-Dam May Provoke Conflict, Crises
4.        Building Code Updates to Encourage Solar Power
5.        NERA Counters Broad Opposition to FERC Net Metering Petition, Reveals Utility-Linked Member
6.        Fish More Vulnerable to Warming Water Than First Thought
7.        As Greater Sage-Grouse Faces Continued Threats, Nevada Marks a First in Market-Based Credit System
8.        A ‘Viral’ New Bird Song in Canada Is Causing Sparrows to Change Their Tune
9.        FCC Opens Application Window for Billions in Rural Broadband Subsidies
10.     Rural Utility Provides Vital Wi-Fi Connections to Students
11.     Still Binge-Watching During Pandemic? Comcast Warns High-Usage Fees May Return
12.     Social Media Companies Face Revenue Hit from Boycotts
13.     NASA Has Been Filming the Sun for 10 Years. Here’s the Gorgeous, Jaw-Dropping Footage
14.     Appeals Court: Washington State Retains Authority Over Non-Native Suspects, Victims on Yakama Reservation
15.     Court Invalidates Washington State Governor’s Transportation Budget Vetoes
16.     New Seattle Payroll Tax Plan Clears Hurdle
17.     Governor Inslee Extends Washington State Safe Start Proclamation Through July 9
18.     Washington State Reports 611 New COVID-19 Cases
19.     Gov. Inslee to Speak Thursday About Washington State’s COVID-19 Response
20.     Oregon Rolls Out Mask Media Campaign as COVID Numbers Rise
21.     A Rural Northern California County Had Few COVID-19 Cases, Until an Inmate Transfer Led to a Prison Outbreak
22.     Remains of Two Bodies Found in Suitcases on West Seattle Beach Identified
23.     Yard Burning Is Causing a Rise in Washington Wildfires
24.     Seattle Police Clear Protest Zone After Flares of Violence

WORD OF THE DAY

Antihero • \ANT-tee – here-oh\ • Noun - A protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities.

Fear of fanboy alert: Comic book artist Stan Lee has spawned his share of flawed superheroes and antiheros, such as Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, and the Submariner.

“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” F Scott Fitzgerald.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Pacific Gas & Electric, Troubled California Utility, Emerges from Bankruptcy (NY Times)

2.      Residential Electricity Demand Hits All-Time High for April, EIA Reports (Daily Energy Insider)

3.      Egypt Warns Ethiopian Mega-Dam May Provoke Conflict, Crises (Power Magazine)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

4.      Building Code Updates to Encourage Solar Power (Spokane Journal of Business, WA)

5.      NERA Counters Broad Opposition to FERC Net Metering Petition, Reveals Utility-Linked Member (Utility Dive)

FISH & WILDLIFE

6.      Fish More Vulnerable to Warming Water Than First Thought (Associated Press)

7.      As Greater Sage-Grouse Faces Continued Threats, Nevada Marks a First in Market-Based Credit System (Nevada Independent)

8.      A ‘Viral’ New Bird Song in Canada Is Causing Sparrows to Change Their Tune (Gizmodo)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

9.      FCC Opens Application Window for Billions in Rural Broadband Subsidies (Multichannel News)

10.   Rural Utility Provides Vital Wi-Fi Connections to Students (Taos News, NM)

11.   Still Binge-Watching During Pandemic? Comcast Warns High-Usage Fees May Return (Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal, MN)

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

12.   Social Media Companies Face Revenue Hit from Boycotts (Associated Press)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

13.   NASA Has Been Filming the Sun for 10 Years. Here’s the Gorgeous, Jaw-Dropping Footage (Fast Company)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

14.   Appeals Court: Washington State Retains Authority Over Non-Native Suspects, Victims on Yakama Reservation (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

15.   Court Invalidates Washington State Governor’s Transportation Budget Vetoes (Associated Press)

16.   New Seattle Payroll Tax Plan Clears Hurdle (KIRO News, Seattle, WA)

SICKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

17.   Governor Inslee Extends Washington State Safe Start Proclamation Through July 9 (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

18.   Washington State Reports 611 New COVID-19 Cases (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

19.   Gov. Inslee to Speak Thursday About Washington State’s COVID-19 Response (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

20.   Oregon Rolls Out Mask Media Campaign as COVID Numbers Rise (Portland Business Journal, OR)

21.   A Rural Northern California County Had Few COVID-19 Cases, Until an Inmate Transfer Led to a Prison Outbreak (Los Angeles Times, CA)

GENERAL NEWS

22.   Remains of Two Bodies Found in Suitcases on West Seattle Beach Identified (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

23.   Yard Burning Is Causing a Rise in Washington Wildfires (Crosscut Seattle)

24.   Seattle Police Clear Protest Zone After Flares of Violence (Reuters)

ALLIGATORS IN YOUR HEAD – DIVERSIONS

Alabama Students Throwing ‘COVID Parties’ to See Who Gets Infected: Officials

How Old Is Your Dog? You Can’t Just Multiply Human Years by 7, Scientists Say

Boxed Wine Sales Have Increased Dramatically During the COVID Pandemic

Not So Random Acts: Science Finds That Being Kind Pays Off

SONG OF THE DAY

Annie Moses Band – Grow Old Along with Me

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Energy News Digest for July 1, 2020


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Five New COVID-19 Case in Mason County (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

Avista Makes Annual Price Adjustment Filings in Idaho (Daily Fly)

Op/Ed: PUDs Should Be Eligible for Federal Broadband Funding (iFIBER One News, Ephrata, WA)

As Much as $125 Billion Needed by 2030 to Support EV Growth: Brattle Report (American Public Power Association)

Oregon, Washington Add Five Days of Columbia River Chinook Salmon Sportfishing (Oregonian, Portland)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.        Avista Makes Annual Price Adjustment Filings in Idaho
2.        Utility Bills Will Likely Increase by 10% On Average in Big Cities This Summer
3.        Hispanic Leaders from Across the State Address COVID-19 in Latino Communities
4.        Energy Lobbyists Pose as Tribal Nations to Promote Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline
5.        Okanogan PUD Offices Open Monday Through Thursday
6.        SnoPUD Savior: Snohomish County Hero Saves Stranger’s Life in an Unlikely Place
7.        Bonneville Power Administration: Meet Allie Mace, Director of Grid Modernization in the Business Transformation Office
8.        Volunteer Energy, North Georgia EMC Solicit Bids from Utilities to Replace Tennessee Valley Authority
9.        Op/Ed: Rethinking Hydropower Eligibility for State Renewable Incentive Programs
10.     The Water Heater Maintenance That’s Too Often Overlooked
11.     Oregon, Washington Add Five Days of Columbia River Chinook Salmon Sportfishing
12.     Editorial: Keep Civilian Control of Federal Nuclear Work
13.     Multi-Purpose Dams & Their Diverse Benefits
14.     Op/Ed: PUDs Should Be Eligible for Federal Broadband Funding
15.     Will Congress Fund Rural Broadband?
16.     FCC’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge Is Over. Now What?
17.     Apparently COVID Is Over: ISPs Are Bringing Back Broadband Data Caps
18.     Microsoft Launches Effort to Provide Digital Skills to 25M People This Year
19.     YouTube TV Jacks Up Its Prices & the Promise of Cheap TV Feels Further Away Than Ever
20.     As Much as $125 Billion Needed by 2030 to Support EV Growth: Brattle Report
21.     Florida Power & Light Proposes $0.30/kWh Rate for Utility-Owned EV Stations, Rider to Address High Demand Charges
22.     Electric Vehicles Offer Economic & Operational Benefits to Utilities
23.     Washington State Court Hears Arguments Over Car-Tab Tax Cuts
24.     Washington Overtime Rules Change Today
25.     Washington Considers Online Signatures for 2020 Initiatives
26.     Five New COVID-19 Case in Mason County
27.     Washington State Reports 571 New COVID-19 Cases
28.     Inslee Heckled Off Stage During Tri-Cities Appearance
29.     Inslee Says Tri-Cities Has Seen ‘Astronomical’ Rise in COVID-19, Pushes Message for Mask Use
30.     Nevada: Political Action Committee Created to Oppose Mask Mandate
31.     Mason County Surpasses 2010 Census Response Rate
32.     Seattle Police Clear CHOP After Mayor Issues Emergency Order
33.     With Canceled Public Fireworks Shows, Some Washington State Shops See Private Sales Rise – Officials Are Concerned
34.     Warmer (but not hot) Weather Coming for Fourth of July Weekend

WORD OF THE DAY – HORRIBLE HAIKU EDITION

Louche /LOOSH/ Adjective – Not reputable or decent

Protective facemasks
The louche politician scoffs
The Grim Reaper waits

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Avista Makes Annual Price Adjustment Filings in Idaho (Daily Fly)

2.      Utility Bills Will Likely Increase by 10% On Average in Big Cities This Summer (CNBC)

3.      Hispanic Leaders from Across the State Address COVID-19 in Latino Communities (KVEW-TV, Tri-Cities, WA)

4.      Energy Lobbyists Pose as Tribal Nations to Promote Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline (Street Roots News)

5.      Okanogan PUD Offices Open Monday Through Thursday (Okanogan PUD, Okanogan, WA)

6.      SnoPUD Savior: Snohomish County Hero Saves Stranger’s Life in an Unlikely Place (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

7.      Bonneville Power Administration: Meet Allie Mace, Director of Grid Modernization in the Business Transformation Office (Bonneville Power Administration)

8.      Volunteer Energy, North Georgia EMC Solicit Bids from Utilities to Replace Tennessee Valley Authority (Chattanooga Times-Free Press, TN)

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

9.      Op/Ed: Rethinking Hydropower Eligibility for State Renewable Incentive Programs (Power Magazine)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

10.   The Water Heater Maintenance That’s Too Often Overlooked (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

FISH & WILDLIFE

11.   Oregon, Washington Add Five Days of Columbia River Chinook Salmon Sportfishing (Oregonian, Portland)

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFLATUS – CLEAN UP ON AISLE THREE

12.   Editorial: Keep Civilian Control of Federal Nuclear Work (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

WATER, WATER, ANYWHERE?

13.   Multi-Purpose Dams & Their Diverse Benefits (Georgia Today)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

14.   Op/Ed: PUDs Should Be Eligible for Federal Broadband Funding (iFIBER One News, Ephrata, WA)

15.   Will Congress Fund Rural Broadband? (Pots & Pans)

16.   FCC’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge Is Over. Now What? (C|Net News)

17.   Apparently COVID Is Over: ISPs Are Bringing Back Broadband Data Caps (Vice)

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY

18.   Microsoft Launches Effort to Provide Digital Skills to 25M People This Year (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

19.   YouTube TV Jacks Up Its Prices & the Promise of Cheap TV Feels Further Away Than Ever (Gizmodo)

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

20.   As Much as $125 Billion Needed by 2030 to Support EV Growth: Brattle Report (American Public Power Association)

21.   Florida Power & Light Proposes $0.30/kWh Rate for Utility-Owned EV Stations, Rider to Address High Demand Charges (Utility Dive)

22.   Electric Vehicles Offer Economic & Operational Benefits to Utilities (Bonneville Power Administration)

GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

23.   Washington State Court Hears Arguments Over Car-Tab Tax Cuts (Associated Press)

24.   Washington Overtime Rules Change Today (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

25.   Washington Considers Online Signatures for 2020 Initiatives (Crosscut Seattle)

SICKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

26.   Five New COVID-19 Case in Mason County (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

27.   Washington State Reports 571 New COVID-19 Cases (Olympian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

28.   Inslee Heckled Off Stage During Tri-Cities Appearance (Associated Press)

29.   Inslee Says Tri-Cities Has Seen ‘Astronomical’ Rise in COVID-19, Pushes Message for Mask Use (Northwest News Network)

30.   Nevada: Political Action Committee Created to Oppose Mask Mandate (Nevada Public Radio)

GENERAL NEWS

31.   Mason County Surpasses 2010 Census Response Rate (Mason Web TV, Shelton, WA)

32.   Seattle Police Clear CHOP After Mayor Issues Emergency Order (KIRO News, Seattle, WA)

33.   With Canceled Public Fireworks Shows, Some Washington State Shops See Private Sales Rise – Officials Are Concerned (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

34.   Warmer (but not hot) Weather Coming for Fourth of July Weekend (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Hubris: Jack Whittaker, Ill-Fated Powerball Winner, Is Dead at 72

Store Being Sold Out of Lottery Ticket Leads Woman to $250,000 Jackpot

Baseball’s Minor Leagues Cancel 2020 Seasons

Disoriented Horse Rescued More Than a Mile Offshore

SONG OF THE DAY

Tommy James & the Shondells – Mony Mony