Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Energy News Digest for February 14, 2024

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HOTSHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Winter Storm Warning Issued for the Cascades, The Gorge & Hood River Valley (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

https://www.opb.org/article/2024/02/14/oregon-winter-weather-cascades-gorge/

Bonneville Power Administration First Quarter Net Revenues Down Due to Dry Winter (Big Country News, Clarkston, WA)

https://www.bigcountrynewsconnection.com/idaho/bonneville-power-administration-first-quarter-net-revenues-down-due-to-dry-winter/article_c6f8d6e6-cb44-11ee-b807-ab6b34feec4e.html

Federal Government Finalizes Floating Offshore Wind Areas Off the Oregon Coast (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

https://www.opb.org/article/2024/02/13/federal-government-finalizes-floating-offshore-wind-areas-off-the-oregon-coast/

California Solar Customers, Industry Brace for Impact of Reduced State Incentives (KQED Radio, San Francisco, CA)

https://www.kqed.org/science/1991404/california-solar-customers-industry-brace-for-impact-of-reduced-state-incentives

Snowpack in the Pacific Northwest Is Shrinking. Here’s What That Means for the Future (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

https://www.kgw.com/article/tech/science/environment/environment-northwest-shrinking-snowpack-pacific-northwest-impacts/281-41580cd0-3e1b-48b0-96d5-fcf73db9dd1a

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.      Bonneville Power Administration First Quarter Net Revenues Down Due to Dry Winter

2.      Assessment of January 2024 Cold Weather Event

3.      How Clean Is WA’s Electricity? We Lead the Country in One Way

4.      Klamath River Dam Removal Project ‘Going Exactly According to Plan’

5.      Lawmakers Push Back on Fixed Rates for California Utility Bills

6.      Idaho Falls to Construct New $36 Million Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant

7.      California: How One Rural Couple Is Keeping Their Business Alive Despite Pacific Gas & Electric’s Rate Hike

8.      Second New Georgia Reactor Begins Splitting Atoms in Key Step to Making Electricity

9.      Federal Government Finalizes Floating Offshore Wind Areas Off the Oregon Coast

10.   Oregon Fishermen, Tribes Angered by Surprise Announcement on Offshore Wind Energy Areas

11.   California Solar Customers, Industry Brace for Impact of Reduced State Incentives

12.   President Biden Puts $60 Million Into Three Geothermal Energy Projects, Including One in Oregon

13.   More Than a Quarter of Energy Storage Systems Have Fire Detection & Suppression Defects: Report

14.   Heat Pumps Outsold Gas Furnaces Again Last Year — And the Gap Is Growing

15.   Report: Unintentionally Caught Chinook Salmon Contributes to Population Depletion

16.   Thousands of Fish Found Dead in Spokane River Near Long Lake Dam

17.   The Pacific Coast’s Native Olympia Oyster Is Making a Comeback

18.   You May Not Be Getting the Fish You Paid For: How to Spot Seafood Fraud

19.   Snowpack in the Pacific Northwest Is Shrinking. Here’s What That Means for the Future

20.   Arizona’s Snowpack Improves Following Latest Round of Storms

21.   In Managing Colorado River Dam, Feds Ignored Climate Change, Conservationists Tell Appeals Court

22.   Forever Chemicals in Washington’s Well Water Could Make You Sick

23.   Washington’s Key Climate Law Is Under Attack. Big Oil Wants It to Survive.

24.   Washington Farmers Say Carbon Fee Brought Extra Fuel Costs, Despite Exemption

25.   Quinault Indian Nation Hits Milestone in Effort to Move Village Uphill to Safety

26.   The Amazon River Basin’s Crucial Water Cycle Faces Collapse, Scientists Say

27.   Washington Governor Appoints New State Broadband Office Director

28.   WA State: Douglas PUD Eliminating New Customer Fee for High-Speed Internet

29.   WA State: Jefferson PUD to Raise Its Pole Attachment Rates for Businesses

30.   Piodcast: Along Those Lines – Lessons in Succession Planning from a Small Electric Co-op

31.   Winter Storm Warning Issued for the Cascades, The Gorge & Hood River Valley

32.   Some Lowland Snow is Coming Western Washington Late Wednesday & Thursday

33.   An Oregon Resident Was Diagnosed with the Plague. Here Are a Few Things to Know About the Illness

34.   What Is Alaskapox? Recent Death Brings Attention to Virus Seen in Small Animals

35.   Columnist: Boiling Point – Are Dams Good or Bad?

36.   Guest Essay: What Utility Commissioners Should Know About a Flawed Western Day-Ahead Market Study

WORD OF THE DAY

Ne Plus Ultra /nay-plus-ULL-truh/ Noun – The highest point of development or success that something may achieve, a synonym of acme.

Sitting atop a loose pile of professional-grade tiddlywinks disks, Alfred felt he had reached the ne plus ultra moment of his career. His success was evidenced by his enlarged right thumb, which – with the help of a secret steroid regimen – had catapulted him to the championship.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Bonneville Power Administration First Quarter Net Revenues Down Due to Dry Winter (Big Country News, Clarkston, WA)

https://www.bigcountrynewsconnection.com/idaho/bonneville-power-administration-first-quarter-net-revenues-down-due-to-dry-winter/article_c6f8d6e6-cb44-11ee-b807-ab6b34feec4e.html

2.      Assessment of January 2024 Cold Weather Event (Western Power Pool – Links to PDF File)

https://www.westernpowerpool.org/resources/assessment-of-january-2024-cold-weather-event

3.      How Clean Is WA’s Electricity? We Lead the Country in One Way (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/how-clean-is-was-electricity-we-lead-the-country-in-one-way/

4.      Klamath River Dam Removal Project ‘Going Exactly According to Plan’ (KDRV-TV, Medford, OR)

https://www.kdrv.com/news/waterwatch/dam-removal-project-going-exactly-according-to-plan/article_7096d8c6-ca03-11ee-a279-1f569c5637ee.html

5.      Lawmakers Push Back on Fixed Rates for California Utility Bills (KOVR-TV, Sacramento, CA)

https://www.cbsnews.com/sacramento/news/lawmakers-pushback-on-fixed-rates-on-california-utility-bills/

6.      Idaho Falls to Construct New $36 Million Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant (East Idaho News, Idaho Falls, ID)

https://www.eastidahonews.com/2024/02/idaho-falls-to-construct-new-36-million-power-plant/

7.      California: How One Rural Couple Is Keeping Their Business Alive Despite Pacific Gas & Electric’s Rate Hike (KQED Radio, San Francisco, CA)

https://www.kqed.org/news/11975688/how-one-rural-couple-is-keeping-their-business-alive-despite-pges-rate-hike

8.      Second New Georgia Reactor Begins Splitting Atoms in Key Step to Making Electricity (Associated Press)

https://www.seattlepi.com/business/article/second-new-georgia-reactor-begins-splitting-atoms-18667209.php

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

9.      Federal Government Finalizes Floating Offshore Wind Areas Off the Oregon Coast (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

https://www.opb.org/article/2024/02/13/federal-government-finalizes-floating-offshore-wind-areas-off-the-oregon-coast/

10.   Oregon Fishermen, Tribes Angered by Surprise Announcement on Offshore Wind Energy Areas (The Oregonian, Portland, OR)

https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2024/02/surprise-fed-announcement-on-offshore-wind-energy-areas-in-oregon-angers-local-fishermen-tribes.html

11.   California Solar Customers, Industry Brace for Impact of Reduced State Incentives (KQED Radio, San Francisco, CA)

https://www.kqed.org/science/1991404/california-solar-customers-industry-brace-for-impact-of-reduced-state-incentives

12.   President Biden Puts $60 Million Into Three Geothermal Energy Projects, Including One in Oregon (The Hill, Washington, DC)

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/4465009-biden-geothermal-energy-projects-funding-60-million/

13.   More Than a Quarter of Energy Storage Systems Have Fire Detection & Suppression Defects: Report (Utility Dive)

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/battery-energy-storage-fire-safety-report/707330/

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

14.   Heat Pumps Outsold Gas Furnaces Again Last Year — And the Gap Is Growing (Canary Media)

https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/heat-pumps/heat-pumps-outsold-gas-furnaces-again-last-year-and-the-gap-is-growing

FISH & WILDLIFE

15.   Report: Unintentionally Caught Chinook Salmon Contributes to Population Depletion (KGMI Radio, Bellingham, WA)

https://mybellinghamnow.com/news/297792-report-unintentionally-caught-chinook-salmon-contributes-to-population-depletion/

16.   Thousands of Fish Found Dead in Spokane River Near Long Lake Dam (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2024/feb/12/thousands-of-fish-found-dead-in-spokane-river-near/

17.   The Pacific Coast’s Native Olympia Oyster Is Making a Comeback (Crosscut Seattle)

https://crosscut.com/environment/2024/02/pacific-coasts-native-olympia-oyster-making-comeback

18.   You May Not Be Getting the Fish You Paid For: How to Spot Seafood Fraud (Seattle Times, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/you-may-not-be-getting-the-fish-you-paid-for-how-to-spot-seafood-fraud/

WATER, WATER, ANYWHERE?

19.   Snowpack in the Pacific Northwest Is Shrinking. Here’s What That Means for the Future (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

https://www.kgw.com/article/tech/science/environment/environment-northwest-shrinking-snowpack-pacific-northwest-impacts/281-41580cd0-3e1b-48b0-96d5-fcf73db9dd1a

20.   Arizona’s Snowpack Improves Following Latest Round of Storms (AOL News)

https://www.azfamily.com/2024/02/13/arizonas-snowpack-improves-following-latest-round-storms/

21.   In Managing Colorado River Dam, Feds Ignored Climate Change, Conservationists Tell Appeals Court (Courthouse News Service)

https://www.courthousenews.com/in-managing-colorado-river-dam-feds-ignored-climate-change-conservationists-tell-appeals-court/

22.   Forever Chemicals in Washington’s Well Water Could Make You Sick (Crosscut Seattle)

https://crosscut.com/environment/2024/02/pfas-washingtons-well-water-could-make-you-sick

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

23.   Washington’s Key Climate Law Is Under Attack. Big Oil Wants It to Survive. (Grist Online)

https://grist.org/politics/washington-cap-and-invest-law-repeal-oil-companies/

24.   Washington Farmers Say Carbon Fee Brought Extra Fuel Costs, Despite Exemption (KREM-TV, Spokane, WA)

https://www.krem.com/article/news/local/washington-farmers-carbon-fee-fuel-costs-gas-price-exemption/293-c8ab3296-d6c5-4a92-90c8-a07d4b1529a5

25.   Quinault Indian Nation Hits Milestone in Effort to Move Village Uphill to Safety (National Public Radio)

https://www.npr.org/2024/02/12/1230987914/quinault-indian-nation-hits-milestone-in-effort-to-move-village-uphill-to-safety

26.   The Amazon River Basin’s Crucial Water Cycle Faces Collapse, Scientists Say (NBC News)

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/amazons-crucial-water-cycle-faces-collapse-scientists-say-rcna138639

LONDON CALLING –TELECOMMUNICATIONS

27.   Washington Governor Appoints New State Broadband Office Director (State Scoop)

https://statescoop.com/washington-broadband-office-director-aaron-wheeler/

28.   WA State: Douglas PUD Eliminating New Customer Fee for High-Speed Internet (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

https://kpq.com/douglas-county-pud-eliminates-customer-fee/

29.   WA State: Jefferson PUD to Raise Its Pole Attachment Rates for Businesses (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/jefferson-pud-to-raise-its-pole-attachment-rates-for-businesses/

MANAGEMENT & GOVERNANCE

30.   Podcast: Along Those Lines – Lessons in Succession Planning from a Small Electric Co-op (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association)

https://www.electric.coop/along-those-lines-succession-planning

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TODAY

31.   Winter Storm Warning Issued for the Cascades, The Gorge & Hood River Valley (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

https://www.opb.org/article/2024/02/14/oregon-winter-weather-cascades-gorge/

32.   Some Lowland Snow is Coming Western Washington Late Wednesday & Thursday (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2024/02/some-lowland-snow-is-coming-western.html

33.   An Oregon Resident Was Diagnosed with the Plague. Here Are a Few Things to Know About the Illness (Associated Press)

https://apnews.com/us-news/plague-oregon-general-news-6d5a71b8a45e5e38ec321fd48fdb9576

34.   What Is Alaskapox? Recent Death Brings Attention to Virus Seen in Small Animals (Associated Press)

https://apnews.com/article/what-is-alaskapox-virus-54e0c158d626108909573568b66db707

SOAPBOX SERENADE – VOX POPULI

35.   Columnist: Boiling Point – Are Dams Good or Bad? (Los Angeles Times, CA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2024-01-23/boiling-point-are-dams-good-or-bad-boiling-point

36.   Guest Essay: What Utility Commissioners Should Know About a Flawed Western Day-Ahead Market Study (Utility Dive)

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/puc-western-markets-exploratory-group-wmeg-study-rto-day-ahead/706816/

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

Charlotte, a Stingray with No Male Companion, Is Pregnant in Her Mountain Aquarium

https://www.usnews.com/news/offbeat/articles/2024-02-13/charlotte-a-stingray-with-no-male-companion-is-pregnant-in-her-mountain-aquarium

In This Centuries-Old English Pancake Race, ‘You Just Have to Go Flat Out’

https://apnews.com/article/britain-pancake-race-england-3e6e2c1ed8b9aefefe7d13e9944009cb

Colorado City of Loveland Is Hub of Postal Activity Each Valentine’s Day

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/feb/14/loveland-colorado-valentines-day-postal-service

‘Girl Dinner,’ ‘Bussin’ And ‘The Ick’: More Than 300 New Entries Added to Dictionary.Com

https://news.yahoo.com/girl-dinner-bussin-ick-more-133144398.html

SONG OF THE DAY

The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Love Land

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SkEvdHF0wU

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HOTSHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Federal Judge Signs Off on Lower Snake River Dams Agreement (Lewiston Morning Tribune, ID – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.lmtribune.com/northwest/judge-signs-off-on-dams-agreement/article_2789f3bc-c849-5f3e-a385-7741df04cfd6.html

Snake River Dam Agreement Challenged in Court Over Electric Rates, Reliability Worries (Vancouver Columbian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.columbian.com/news/2024/feb/09/snake-river-dam-agreement-challenged-in-court-over-electric-rates-reliability-worries/

Plans to Build Washington’s Largest Wind Farm Held Up Again Amid Local Controversy (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2024/feb/08/plans-to-build-washingtons-largest-wind-farm-held-/

Amazon Will Start Buying Clean Power for Oregon Data Centers (The Oregonian, Portland, OR)

https://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/2024/02/amazon-will-start-buying-clean-power-for-oregon-data-centers.html

The Boldt Decision’s Impact on Indigenous Rights 50 Years Later (Crosscut Seattle)

https://crosscut.com/indigenous-affairs/2024/02/boldt-decisions-impact-indigenous-rights-50-years-later

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (See Stories Below)

1.      Federal Judge Signs Off on Lower Snake River Dams Agreement

2.      Snake River Dam Agreement Challenged in Court Over Electric Rates, Reliability Worries

3.      Recent Snowstorms May Bolster California Hydroelectric Output This Summer

4.      California Could Make — Or Break — The Western Grid

5.      Green Energy Advocates Say Anchorage Electric Utility Is ‘Freezing Out’ Efforts to Draft a Gas-Saving Price Structure

6.      Richard Bustamante Selected as Vice President of Bonneville Power Administration Transmission System Operations

7.      WA State: Clallam County PUD Commissioner Waddell Dies

8.      Phillips Named FERC Chair as Clements Decides Against Second Term

9.      Plans to Build Washington’s Largest Wind Farm Held Up Again Amid Local Controversy

10.   Pumped Storage: Controversial Hydro Energy Project Moves Closer to Breaking Ground

11.   World’s Foremost Authority on Solar Sheep Advising Wyoming $500 Million Solar Farm

12.   Pacific Power Launches Demand Response Program Using Smart Thermostats, To Boost Efficiency

13.   The Boldt Decision’s Impact on Indigenous Rights 50 Years Later

14.   Plan to Restore Salmon Population in the Upper Columbia River Basin Moves Ahead

15.   What’s Next for Columbia River Salmon Restoration Efforts

16.   Audio: How Cloud Seeding Could Increase the Amount of Snowfall in Idaho

17.   Washington State Advances Legislation to Link Carbon Market with California-Quebec

18.   Jury Awards Climate Scientist Michael Mann $1 Million in Defamation Lawsuit

19.   UTOPIA Fiber Debunks $1 Million Out-Of-State Dark Money Campaign Bombarding Utah Residents with Misinformation About Its Network

20.   Landlines In California May Be Facing Their Death Blow: What to Know

21.   America Tires of Big Telecom’s ****, Driving Boom in Community-Owned Broadband Networks

22.   Amazon Will Start Buying Clean Power for Oregon Data Centers

23.   Bill to Study Electric Vehicle Battery Fires on Fast Track in Olympia

24.   Five Ways to Make Your Brand Part of the Next Viral Trend

25.   WA State: Douglas PUD Getting Hydrogen Powered Cars as Plant Ramps Up

26.   News Release: Agreement Threatening Northwest Clean Power Moves Forward Despite Objections

27.   Guest Essay: Your Solar & Wind Power Won’t Save You When It’s Minus 10

WORD OF THE DAY – THE HORRIBLE HAIKU EDITION

Divine /duh-VINE/ Adjective – 1a: of, relating to, or proceeding directly from God b: being a deity c: directed to a deity 2a: supremely good, superb b: heavenly, godlike.

     Gershwin’s piano.

     Wood, ebony, ivory

     Made divine music

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

1.      Federal Judge Signs Off on Lower Snake River Dams Agreement (Lewiston Morning Tribune, ID – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.lmtribune.com/northwest/judge-signs-off-on-dams-agreement/article_2789f3bc-c849-5f3e-a385-7741df04cfd6.html

2.      Snake River Dam Agreement Challenged in Court Over Electric Rates, Reliability Worries (Vancouver Columbian, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.columbian.com/news/2024/feb/09/snake-river-dam-agreement-challenged-in-court-over-electric-rates-reliability-worries/

3.      Recent Snowstorms May Bolster California Hydroelectric Output This Summer (San Diego Union-Tribune, CA)

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/story/2024-02-09/recent-snowstorms-may-boost-california-hydroelectric-output-this-summer

4.      California Could Make — Or Break — The Western Grid (E&E News)

https://www.eenews.net/articles/california-could-make-or-break-the-western-grid/

5.      Green Energy Advocates Say Anchorage Electric Utility Is ‘Freezing Out’ Efforts to Draft a Gas-Saving Price Structure (Northern Journal, AK)

https://www.northernjournal.com/p/green-energy-advocates-say-anchorage

6.      Richard Bustamante Selected as Vice President of Bonneville Power Administration Transmission System Operations (Bonneville Power Administration)

https://www.bpa.gov/about/newsroom/news-articles/20240207-richard-bustamante-selected-vp-of-transmission-system-operations

7.      WA State: Clallam County PUD Commissioner Waddell Dies (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

https://www.myclallamcounty.com/2024/02/08/clallam-pud-commissioner-waddell-dies/

8.      Phillips Named FERC Chair as Clements Decides Against Second Term (Utility Dive)

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/phillips-ferc-chair-clements-second-term-quorum/707208/

RENEWABLE ENERGY & SELF STORAGE

9.      Plans to Build Washington’s Largest Wind Farm Held Up Again Amid Local Controversy (Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2024/feb/08/plans-to-build-washingtons-largest-wind-farm-held-/

10.   Pumped Storage: Controversial Hydro Energy Project Moves Closer to Breaking Ground (Northwest Public Broadcasting)

https://www.nwnewsnetwork.org/environment-and-planning/2024-02-09/controversial-energy-project-moves-closer-to-breaking-ground

11.   World’s Foremost Authority on Solar Sheep Advising Wyoming $500 Million Solar Farm (Cowboy State Daily, WY)

https://cowboystatedaily.com/2024/02/09/oregon-sheep-expert-important-to-500-million-wyoming-solar-farm/

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

12.   Pacific Power Launches Demand Response Program Using Smart Thermostats, To Boost Efficiency (KTVZ-TV, Bend, OR)

https://ktvz.com/news/oregon-northwest/2024/02/11/pacific-power-launches-demand-response-program-using-smart-thermostats-to-boost-efficiency/

FISH & WILDLIFE

13.   The Boldt Decision’s Impact on Indigenous Rights 50 Years Later (Crosscut Seattle)

https://crosscut.com/indigenous-affairs/2024/02/boldt-decisions-impact-indigenous-rights-50-years-later

14.   Plan to Restore Salmon Population in the Upper Columbia River Basin Moves Ahead (KHQ-TV, Spokane, WA)

https://www.khq.com/news/plan-to-restore-salmon-population-in-the-upper-columbia-river-basin-moves-ahead/article_a05d08b4-c7e2-11ee-a00c-ff0679de9f0e.html

15.   What’s Next for Columbia River Salmon Restoration Efforts (Axios)

https://www.axios.com/local/portland/2024/02/09/columbia-river-basin-salmon-restoration

WATER, WATER, ANYWHERE?

16.   Audio: How Cloud Seeding Could Increase the Amount of Snowfall in Idaho (Boise State Public Radio, ID)

https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/show/idaho-matters/2024-02-07/how-cloud-seeding-could-increase-the-amount-of-snowfall-in-idaho

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

17.   Washington State Advances Legislation to Link Carbon Market with California-Quebec (Big Country News, Clarkston, WA)

https://www.bigcountrynewsconnection.com/news/state/washington/washington-state-advances-legislation-to-link-carbon-market-with-california-quebec/article_6e6016c6-ac91-5191-ad6d-ef61bf80017d.html

18.   Jury Awards Climate Scientist Michael Mann $1 Million in Defamation Lawsuit (Associated Press)

https://apnews.com/article/climate-change-defamation-michael-mann-penn-state-61289ee2d8d2143768d28995c83899ef

LONDON CALLING –TELECOMMUNICATIONS

19.   UTOPIA Fiber Debunks $1 Million Out-Of-State Dark Money Campaign Bombarding Utah Residents with Misinformation About Its Network (Utah Business)

https://www.utahbusiness.com/utopia-fiber-debunks-dark-money-campaign/

20.   Landlines In California May Be Facing Their Death Blow: What to Know (Patch – Orange County, CA)

https://patch.com/california/orange-county/landlines-ca-may-be-facing-their-death-blow-what-know

21.   America Tires of Big Telecom’s ****, Driving Boom in Community-Owned Broadband Networks (TechDirt)

https://www.techdirt.com/2024/02/08/america-tires-of-big-telecoms-shit-driving-boom-in-community-owned-broadband-networks/

BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY - THE WIZARDING WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY & CYBERSECURITY

22.   Amazon Will Start Buying Clean Power for Oregon Data Centers (The Oregonian, Portland, OR)

https://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/2024/02/amazon-will-start-buying-clean-power-for-oregon-data-centers.html

I SING THE CAR ELECTRIC

23.   Bill to Study Electric Vehicle Battery Fires on Fast Track in Olympia (The Center Square)

https://www.thecentersquare.com/washington/article_7935b076-c6e6-11ee-9634-0f5c22f1e3bd.html

PUBLIC RELATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA

24.   Five Ways to Make Your Brand Part of the Next Viral Trend (Forbes Magazine)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/goldiechan/2024/02/12/5-ways-to-make-your-brand-part-of-the-next-viral-trend/

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI – SEETHING STEW OF SCIENCE

25.   WA State: Douglas PUD Getting Hydrogen Powered Cars as Plant Ramps Up (KPQ Radio, Wenatchee, WA)

https://kpq.com/douglas-pud-promotes-hydrogen-cars/

SOAPBOX SERENADE – VOX POPULI

26.   News Release: Agreement Threatening Northwest Clean Power Moves Forward Despite Objections (Northwest RiverPartners)

https://energynewsfeed.blogspot.com/2024/02/news-release-agreement-threatening.html

27.   Guest Essay: Your Solar & Wind Power Won’t Save You When It’s Minus 10 (Lewiston Morning Tribune, ID – Paywall Advisory)

https://www.lmtribune.com/opinion/opinion-your-solar-and-wind-power-won-t-save-you-when-it-s-minus-10/article_6bd197fe-b26c-5a24-96da-7e2c594999d9.html

ALLIGATORS IN THE SEWER – DIVERSIONS

‘Rhapsody in Blue’: After a Century, Gershwin’s Musical Melting Pot Still Resonates

https://www.npr.org/2024/02/12/1230433015/rhapsody-in-blue-gershwin-centennial-jazz-classical

Kansas City Chiefs Win Third Super Bowl in Five Years in OT Against San Francisco 49ers

https://www.npr.org/2024/02/12/1230835965/kansas-city-chiefs-win-3rd-super-bowl-in-5-years-in-ot-against-san-francisco-49e

Guinness World Records Reverses Course, Accepts Matchstick Tower

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2024/02/09/france-Guinness-World-Records-Eiffel-Tower/8401707499901/

Minneapolis Couple Remodeling Bathroom Find Decades-Old Love Letters

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2024/02/12/love-letters-bathroom-wall-Minneapolis-Minnesota/5301707762517/

SONG OF THE DAY

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue - Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH2PH0auTUU

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