Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WECC, Energy Oversight Body, to Pay $16 Million Penalty for 2011 Blackout (The Hill, Washington, DC)

Pacific Gas & Electric President to Exit (San Francisco Business Times, CA)

WSU Researcher Says Washington State Drought Could Get Worse (Tri-City Herald, WA)

Columbia River Cormorant Culling Underway to Save Salmon (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Free Wi-Fi Hits Winslow, Poulsbo Airwaves (Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, WA)

The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody in Six Parts (British Broadcasting Corporation)

The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody Part 1 (British Broadcasting Corporation)

The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody Part 2 (British Broadcasting Corporation)

The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody Part 3 (British Broadcasting Corporation)

The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody Part 4 (British Broadcasting Corporation)

The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody Part 5 (British Broadcasting Corporation)

The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody Part 6 (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mason PUD 1's Jocelyne Gray, PE tapped as president-elect for Washington Society of Professional Engineers (Northwest Public Power Association)

(Potlatch, WA) -- In April, Jocelyne Gray, Mason County PUD 1's director of operations - water, was voted president-elect of the Washington Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE) by her association peers.

Her term will run from July 1 of this year through June 30, 2016, when she will then become president of the state society. In addition to WSPE, she has also been very active in the Society of Women Engineers since 1996, encouraging young females to enter the profession.

“I am honored to be chosen by my fellow engineers who have entrusted me to help shape the future of WSPE and our engineering profession, particularly as we work with the stakeholders and the legislature over the next several years to revise Chapter 18.43 RCW ‘Engineers and Land Surveyors Act,’” said Gray.

Gray has been a member of WSPE since 2011. At PUD 1, she serves as the director of water and wastewater operations and is the District’s in-house licensed civil engineer.

Established in 1937, WSPE is a professional association representing the interests of engineers from all fields of practice and is the state society of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). WSPE includes licensed professional engineers, licensed structural engineers, licensed land surveyors, engineer interns, graduate engineers, and engineering students. The society’s primary objective is to advance and promote the public welfare. Very active in the legislative process and government affairs, WSPE devotes hundreds of hours of testimony before legislative committees and governmental rule-making agencies on a vast array of subjects such as construction, environment, licensing, public health, and transportation.

Marijuana Growers Eyeing Conservation to Reduce Costs, Boost Image & Allay Energy Concerns (Marijuana Business Daily)

U-S Army Corps of Engineers Set to Begin Cormorant Removal at Mouth of Columbia River (Longview Daily News, WA)

From Terrorist Attacks to Volcanic Eruptions, Richland Nuclear Power Plant Prepares for Emergencies (Tri-City Herald, WA)

A $55 Billion Blockbuster: Charter Agrees to Buy Time Warner Cable (Portland Business Journal, OR)

Two Different Washington State Employment Snapshots from King, Mason Counties (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Despite Drought, ‘Blob,’ Enough Hydro in Northwest (Electric Co-op Today)

Video: Massive Network Outage Disrupts Services at State Agencies (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

BPA Closes Out the 2015 Integrated Program Review Process – Decides to Move Energy Efficiency Capital Program to Expense in 2016 (Bonneville Power Administration)

BC Hydro to Test Fish for Mercury after First Nations Voice Concerns (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Editorial: Pull Electric Cars, Plug-In Hybrids into the Road-Tax Fold (Oregonian, Portland)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Record-Low Snowpack Prompts Dire Expectations for North Olympic Peninsula Water Supplies (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Video: Oregon State Prof Says 9.0 Quake Coming in 30-50 Years (KGW-TV, Portland, OR)

Community Solar – New Concept in Solar Energy Poised to Catch on Across U-S (Associated Press)

Victoria Area Sewage Plant: Capitol Regional District Not Revealing 20 Possible Locations for West Shore (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Facebook Study Disputes Theory of Political Polarization among Users (NY Times)

Thursday, May 7, 2015