Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pacific States Push for Price on Carbon. Is it Effective? (Christian Science Monitor)

Bonneville Power Administration Grand Bargain on Residential Exchange is Legal, Court Says (Oregonian, Portland)

Go-Go NoaNet: Washington State Governor Hails Completion of $140 Million Broadband Network (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

Scheduling Conflict: Washington State Governor Cancels Appearance at Port Angeles Biomass Ceremony (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday; Change Clocks & Alarms (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Energy News Digest Word Cloud for October 30, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bonneville Power Administration Allies Raise Shield against D-C Interference (Associated Press)

Op/Ed: Include Salmon, Climate Provisions in Columbia River Treaty (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

West Coast Leaders to Announce Regional Climate Pact (Northwest Public Radio)

Ninth Circuit Rejects Petition Seeking Regulation of Greenhouse Gases in Washington (GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog)

Small Hydroelectric Dams Bring Clean Power to Utilities (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

Union Workers Ratify CenturyLink Contract (Denver Business Journal, CO)

Copper Wire Thieves Targeting Vacant Rental Homes (KOMO-TV, Seattle, WA)

Benton City Chosen for LED Street Light Pilot Study (KNDO/KNDU-TV, Tri Cities, WA)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Colorado Governor Signs Controversial Renewable Energy Bill into Law (Burlington Record, CO)

DOE’s Poneman Says Regions Will Be Consulted on Bonneville Power Administration, Western Area Power Administration Joining an Energy Imbalance Market (American Public Power Association)

Stoel Rives Snags Top U-S Energy Regulator to Join Law Practice (Oregonian, Portland)

U-S Carbon Dioxide Pollution Down 3.8 Percent (Associated Press)

Some Retailers Rejecting Modified Salmon (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Energy News Digest Word Cloud for October 22, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

U-S Senator Ron Wyden Warns Against Interference in Pacific Northwest Energy (Associated Press)

Ruling on Snohomish County PUD Tidal Turbines Delayed; Sparring Continues (Everett Herald, WA)

Thousands of Fish Die as Water Drops in Oregon’s Deschutes River (Associated Press)

Washington State Governor to Attend Private Nippon Paper Biomass Plant Ribbon-Cutting (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Slow Wi-Fi Connections Trip Up University of Oregon Students (Associated Press)

Energy News Digest Word Cloud for October 21, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bonneville Power Administration Hiring Issues and the Road Ahead (Public Power Council, Portland, OR)

Today, Scott Corwin, Public Power Council Executive Director, made the following comments at a news conference held by U-S Senator Ron Wyden, OR:

(PORTLAND, OR) -- We share Chairman Wyden’s resolve that the BPA hiring practices issues be addressed quickly for the sake of job applicants including veterans, for the sake of current employees at BPA who desire certainty about their future, and for the sake of consumers who are concerned about how this could impact agency operations and the cost of electricity.

We appreciate the focus of Chairman Wyden and other members of the Northwest Congressional delegation upon this key issue.  Electricity ratepayers have a strong interest in the effective operation of this regional wholesale utility.  They trust in BPA’s reliable management of the grid and in the stable supply of clean hydropower.

These hiring issues are serious and must be corrected.  But, they should not be seen as an open door for assertions of Department of Energy control over BPA policies that are governed by the laws passed by Congress.   BPA’s critical missions for the region are being achieved every day by thousands of hard-working BPA employees in Portland, Vancouver and around the region.

Electricity ratepayers pay all of the costs of BPA through rates.  This is unlike other federal agencies.  Its proud history, mission, and funding are regional by design.  It is a key part of the fabric of our daily lives in the Northwest.  The system investments have been made by the millions of Northwest citizens so that they can see the benefits in the region.

PPC is looking for clarification of the leadership status, and for a transparent approach to correct the hiring issues, including identifying the scope of needed actions, the specific steps needed, and the legal basis for those steps.  This will help instill confidence in the system, and will aid employees and consumers in better understanding the potential costs and operational impacts.

During this time of challenges to our industry, our region needs certainty and a clear path forward for BPA. We will work with the agency, with Congress, and with DOE toward that goal.

PPC represents Pacific Northwest consumer-owned utilities on issues related to the Federal Columbia River Power System.

Bonneville Power Administration Execs Offered New Jobs by U-S Energy Department (Oregonian, Portland)

Electrical Grid Is Called Vulnerable to Power Shutdown (NY Times)

Facebook Puts Seldom-Used Data in ‘Cold Storage’ - Housing It at Oregon Location Helps Cut Energy Costs (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

With Shutdown Over, Pacific Northwest Fisherman Hope to Get Back to Work in Alaska (Northwest Public Radio)

Supreme Court May Fidget with Carbon Formula But Not EPA’s Authority (Forbes Magazine)

Energy News Digest Word Cloud for October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

U-S Congress Ends Default Threat, Obama Signs Debt Bill (Reuters)

Report: 'The Big One' Could Kill 10,000 in Western Washington State (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Cable Theft: Phone Service Down in Gleed Area; 911 Also Affected (Yakima Herald-Republic, WA)

British Columbia, U-S Grapple over Columbia River Pact (The Canadian Press)

Oregon: Seneca Biomass Power Plant’s Air Proposal Criticized - The company’s effort to raise pollution limits at its wood-fired electric plant draws opponents to a hearing (Eugene Register-Guard, OR)

Energy News Digest Word Cloud for October 17, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

U-S Supreme Court Will Review EPA Global Warming Rules (Associated Press)

Idaho Power, Customer & Environmental Groups Reach Pact on Peak Demand Programs (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

Bonneville Power Administration Abuses Could Cost Ratepayers (Electric Co-op Today)

In Oregon, a Record Number of Spawning Salmon (High Country News)

Fall Chinook Returning to Hanford Reach of Columbia River May Set Record (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Energy News Digest Word Cloud for October 15, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bonneville Power Administration: Feds Release Damning Investigation of BPA’s Hiring Practices & Management Culture (Oregonian, Portland)

Revised Draft I-937 Rules Suggest Significant Changes in Energy Conservation Compliance (GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog)

Governor Inslee Proclaims Public Power Week October 6-12 - Mason PUD 3 Celebration Continues (Mason County PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

San Juan Islands Clash over Broadband; Another Board Member Steps Down (Journal of the San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, WA)

Snohomish PUD Makes Case for Dam, Residents Push Back (Monroe Monitor, WA)

Energy News Digest Word Cloud for October 9, 2013

BPA Acting Administrator Statement on U-S Department of Energy’s DOE Inspector General Report (Bonneville Power Administration)

“The findings in the Department of Energy Inspector General’s report are deeply troubling to all of us at the Bonneville Power Administration.  The Department and BPA are fully committed to addressing the problems with our human capital management program and providing recourse to the many individuals, including veterans, who were impacted by our flawed hiring practices.  I also want to reiterate my commitment to a workplace free of retaliation, particularly against those who raise concerns. As we move forward to rebuild our human resource capabilities, all of us at BPA will continue to serve our core mission by bringing reliable, low-cost, and environmentally sustainable power and transmission service to the people of the Pacific Northwest."

Elliot Mainzer, Acting Administrator

Bonneville Power Administration 

Friday, October 4, 2013

How the Federal Shutdown Affects Federal Energy Agencies (GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog)

Northwest Hydropower Output Falls Four Percent in September below Same Month in 2012 (Platts)

Washington Court Ruling Means More Water for Fish, Less For Landowners (Northwest Public Radio)

Group Files Suit to Stop Barred Owl Shooting (KGW TV, Portland, OR)

Wal-Mart Turns Up the Heat in $10 LED Bulb Pricing War (Midwest Energy News)

Energy News Digest Word Cloud for October 4, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fed Shut-Down – Normal Operations at Bonneville Power Administration: Self-Funding Agency! (U-S Department of Energy)

The Shutdown, Day Two: Olympic National Park Curtails Operations; School Kids’ Visits among Foiled Plans (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

FERC: Nominee for Energy Regulatory Post Withdraws (USA Today)

Reopening Columbia River to Salmon Could Come at High Cost to British Columbia Taxpayers - Bonneville Power reports already spending $750 million a year alleviating effects on wildlife (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Analysis Shows Extending Wind Tax Credit Would Cost Billions (The Hill)

Energy News Digest Word Cloud for October 2, 2013

Lewis County PUD Looks Into Possible Rate Increase (KELA Radio, Centralia, WA)

(CHEHALIS, WA) -- Will the Lewis County PUD be forced into raising rates next year?  That’s not known at this time.  But, the BPA is raising wholesale rates by 9-percent.  The federal power broker also raised its transmission rates by 11-percent.  Those increases took place at the first of the month.  The Lewis County PUD gets nearly all of its power from the BPA.  PUD leaders are now looking into whether a rate hike will be necessary.  A final decision is expected by the end of the year. 

Fed Shut-Down – Normal Operations at Bonneville Power Administration: Self-Funding Agency! (U-S Department of Energy)

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will continue to operate normally (3,103 employees financed by other than annual appropriations). BPA is self-funding under the permanent, indefinite appropriation known as the Bonneville Fund, established in the Federal Columbia River Transmission System Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. § 838i(b)). It markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia River Basin, one nonfederal nuclear plant, and several other small nonfederal power plants. BPA also operates and maintains about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in its service territory, which includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.