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[CU 1884 / January 11, 2019]

Proposal to Washington Legislature Would Boost Salmon for Orcas

Spurred by an effort to protect wild stocks, hatcheries throughout Washington state have produced fewer and fewer salmon over the last 30 years. But a new focus on the needs of endangered southern resident killer whales could reverse that trend. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has proposed asking the Legislature for $6.4 million to raise and release more than 24 million additional Chinook, coho and chum salmon over the next three years to help feed the ailing orca population.

Weekend Wind Causes Thousands of Outages in Washington, Oregon

More than 350,000 customers lost power after a windstorm packing 60 mph gusts blew across parts of western Washington and Oregon on Jan. 5 and 6. Puget Sound Energy was hardest hit, with about 220,000 outages. Grays Harbor County PUD had more than half of its 42,000 customers lose power after the storm. BPA had its share of headaches as well, some from tree falls, in the service areas of Clark and Mason No. 3 PUDs and Tacoma Utilities.

Downgrade Adds Further Uncertainty to PG&E’s Dilemma

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Lawmakers, regulators and California’s new governor are grappling with Pacific Gas & Electric’s questionable financial health, and not all are sympathetic toward the utility. S&P Global Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the credit ratings of PG&E and its parent company PG&E Corp. to “junk” status, adding to the uncertainty around the embattled utility’s future. S&P said its downgrade is a result of a “souring political and regulatory environment.”

Also In Clearing Up This Week . . .

  • WUTC Declines to Reconsider Order Nixing Avista, Hydro One Merger
  • Action Agencies to Expedite Release of Columbia Basin Federal Dam EIS to 2020
  • Douglas County PUD Denies Lawsuit Claims
  • Montana PSC Upholds New Power Cost Adjustment—With Tweaks

       ...And Much More!

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