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Fourth Annual Northwest Wholesale Power Markets Conference: Transformation to Decarbonization, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Seattle, WA. More Details to Come ...

Outages are signals of weaknesses in the electrical grid, whether they occur because of natural calamity or deliberate attack. The threat of massive and prolonged outages is growing. The consequences could be devastating.

Large-scale electrification and natural gas decarbonization were the featured topics at an Oct. 22, 2019 conference in Seattle co-hosted by NewsData and CJB Energy Economics. Last week's {https://www.newsdata.com/clearing_up/opinion_and_perspectives/electrification-gas-decarbonization-emerging-as-prime-energy-topics/article_1645d786-2e77-11ea-96a0-1b66b2f9f55d.html column} focused on two main takeaways from the event. This week's column explores four more.

Processes for large-scale electrification and natural gas decarbonization are already underway, but their paths forward are uncertain and present a host of considerations. That summary thought, presented here along with a half-dozen takeaway observations, comes from an Oct. 22, 2019, conference on those topics, co-hosted by NewsData and CJB Energy Economics. This is the first of a two-part series.

In the spirit of the season, we present our annual energy-themed carols for your holiday enjoyment. Our offices will be closed Dec. 23-27, reopening Dec. 30, and we will resume publishing on Friday, Jan. 3. From all of us at NewsData to all of you, best wishes for the holidays and for 2020!

Last week's column explored the recent surge in community choice aggregators (CCAs) in California, along with the appeal, nimbleness and diversity of this alternative to investor-owned utility electric service. This second part—as with the first, largely based on the Nov. 6-7 annual gatherin…

On the occasion of Thanksgiving Day, we at Clearing Up pause to give some energy-related thanks. We also offer our best wishes to all of you for the upcoming holiday season.

The Pacific Gas & Electric debacle is spotlighting a fundamental change in how investments in utility stocks are perceived and priced. They're no longer the safe haven of low volatility, low risk and stable if unremarkable returns, and investors in those stocks will expect to be compensated for that change.

Scientists don’t always agree about the complexities of salmon recovery. But no one is served when reporters get the facts wrong, or when they report opinion as fact.

The proposal from two Northwest tribes to remove three main-stem Columbia River dams launches a much more contentious, consequential and public confrontation in a long-running argument over this region's energy future. No one is getting out of this untouched.

"Electrification and Natural Gas Decarbonization: Opportunities and Challenges for the Northwest Utility Industry," an Oct. 22 conference in Seattle co-presented by CJB Energy Economics and NewsData, is designed to help attendees expand their understanding of those topics and become better informed and more prepared as they unfold. Please join us!

New technologies developed by Whooshh Technologies and Natel Energy hold many promises for both adult and juvenile fish passage at hydroelectric projects, while at the same time increasing the potential for more carbon-free generation. Are the wheels of change too slow to take advantage?

SUMMARY: "Electrification and Natural Gas Decarbonization: Opportunities and Challenges for the Northwest Utility Industry," co-presented by CJB Energy Economics and NewsData, is coming to Seattle Oct. 22. The event is intended provide timely, objective and useful information--from a diverse…

NewsData is excited to announce a new digital era for our company and its publications, featuring an engaging new website and delivery of online newsletters. This digital service is designed to benefit subscribers and enable us to build on our foundation as a trusted source of regional energy news/information.

In this second part of a two-part series, guest columnist Roger Gray, president/CEO of PNGC Power, offers suggestions to help the region address grid-reliability issues and transition to a 21st century power system. The first column focused on identifying and outlining his grid-reliability concerns.

"Electrification and Natural Gas Decarbonization: Opportunities and Challenges for the Northwest Utility Industry," co-presented by CJB Energy Economics and NewsData, is coming to Seattle Oct. 22. We invite you to attend and deepen your understanding of these topics, their implications and potential paths forward.

In this first of a two-part series, guest columnist Roger Gray, president and CEO of PNGC Power, writes that the Northwest faces a grid-reliability problem as the nature of resources shifts from largely controllable thermal plants and hydropower to variable renewables such as wind and solar. "Put simply, we need a 21st century set of grid and market tools to deliver a 21st century regional power portfolio reliably and cost-effectively," according to Gray.

If land, sea, air and space are the four traditional theaters of warfare, then cyberspace is the fifth. As described by a new book with the title “The Fifth Domain,” and as detailed in intelligence reports, the U.S. electricity grid is a prime battlefield in that new theater of operations.

SUMMARY: A peek at energy innovations came at two late June gatherings, one in Portland, the other in Seattle. Together, they underscored the evolutionary trends toward a more decarbonized, distributed and digital energy future, along with increasing flexibility and customer choice.

SUMMARY:Pacific Gas & Electric has told the world it expects to file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection. The proceedings will have meaning for three constituencies—ratepayers, utility-stock investors and other utilities.

SUMMARY:This is the third in an occasional series of question-and-answer articles featuring public-power utility officials from around the Northwest. This version comes from Superintendent Chris Robinson of Tacoma Power.

SUMMARY: The Oct. 9 explosion and rupture of a major natural gas pipeline in British Columbia happened more than 300 miles north of the U.S.-Canada border, but its effects reverberated beyond the province into the U.S. Northwest. This first of a two-part column explores the incident and its …

SUMMARY:Well-publicized power outages in recent months—some of short duration, one that has lingered for months—are a reminder of some unresolved questions about the reliability of the electricity transmission and delivery systems in this country. The outages, and the system’s vulnerability,…

SUMMARY:Among new methods being developed to more effectively evaluate which habitat-restoration actions are the most beneficial and to measure how much such actions contribute to salmon and steelhead recovery, Idaho’s integrated rehabilitation assessment is one of the more promising, its pr…

SUMMARY:Before we completely close the book on 2017, the editors of Clearing Uphave compiled some of the top regional energy stories and developments of the past year. From mergers to expanding markets to new tariffs that allow access to green energy, the year brought several milestone energ…

SUMMARY: In the second part of a two-part column, guest columnist Phil Jones explores deep-decarbonization studies for the Pacific Northwest and the need for even greater energy efficiency, accelerated electric-vehicle deployment, carbon pricing and regional collaboration around the Western …

SUMMARY:Crafting market rules to allocate transmission costs for a potential regional grid is akin to settling a large dinner bill among dozens of people. Which is to say, it’s complicated. Nonetheless, Western stakeholders have commented on California ISO’s proposal on options for transmiss…

SUMMARY:Three seemingly separate news items suggest some trends and issues to watch in 2017. The transportation grid may get tied even more to the electricity grid, but the demand for more electricity from renewables means more fights over where to put generating facilities.

SUMMARY : A new year is a useful time to take stock and look to the past as well as the future. We presented our top-five 2016 stories last week (CU No. 1781 [6]), and here we offer some key regional energy issues/themes we expect to follow in 2017. Although this list is neither exhaustive n…

SUMMARY: The pace of change in the utility industry seemed to quicken in 2016, as Northwest utilities continued to navigate into some uncharted waters. Oregon and Washington moved further away from coal, prompted by ongoing consumer preferences and gubernatorial actions for more renewable en…

SUMMARY:Motorists would appear to be the big winners in the current trend line of gasoline prices falling to $2 a gallon or less and oil falling to $30 a barrel. But electric utilities also feel the effects. Those are generally positive, and not just because they’re spending less to fill up …

SUMMARY:I recently talked about energy to the Rotary Club of Seattle Northeast, at the invitation of the club’s president, a golfing friend. My talk was intended for non-energy professionals; I share this slightly revised version of my Jan. 14 presentation as one take—for a general audience—…