Snohomish PUD Tidal Power Project Not to Advance

Rising Costs, Limited Funding for Project

Snohomish PUD Tidal Power Project Not to Advance

 

Everett, WA – Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) today announced it will no longer pursue its pilot tidal energy research project in Admiralty Inlet, west of Whidbey Island.

 

“The PUD and its funding partners have worked for years to get regulatory clarity regarding the requirements and associated costs to enable a well-informed decision,” said PUD General Manager Steve Klein. “After eight years in the federal, state and local permitting process and a decision by the U.S. Department of Energy to not share the rising costs of the next stage of the project, we cannot justify going forward. The tidal project, however, remains worthwhile to pursue on behalf of the nation to further the potential development of marine renewable energy.”

 

According to the PUD, the requirements became more onerous than expected for a temporary research project.

 

“Our Board and the citizens we serve, have challenged us to find new cost effective sources of renewable energy with a focus on our own backyard, and tidal power was a potential source that deserved our full and diligent consideration,” added Klein.

 

The tidal project has not relied on ratepayer funding, but instead funding has come primarily from federal-based grants and in-kind contributions from various partners. Some additional funding came from the sale of excess renewable energy credits (environmental attributes) from the PUD’s wind power projects. The research has been a partnership with several contributing participants, including the Department of Energy (DOE), the University of Washington (UW), the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and OpenHydro, a tidal energy equipment manufacturing company.

 

The PUD filed its first preliminary permits with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in June 2006.  The project was intended to further the DOE’s knowledge – and that of the nation – regarding tidal energy, and it was to be sited in Puget Sound for three to five years and then removed.  For the past eight years the tidal power project team has recorded baseline conditions on the sea floor, performed numerous studies, designed complex environmental monitoring and installation plans, filed reports with state and federal agencies, submitted documentation and responded to a broad variety of legal and resource agency challenges.

 

Initial site preparation was slated to begin in 2015. The PUD was at the stage of soliciting the final bids to move forward with the construction of the project at the time it received notice from

the DOE that the federal agency would not increase its shared expenses for the research project.

Over the past several years, the cost of the materials needed to eventually build the project has risen and various entities have mandated an increasing amount of studies and monitoring requirements beyond installation of the tidal turbines. These have all contributed to an increase in the estimated cost for the next stage of the research project.  The DOE had originally accepted responsibility for at least 50 percent of the cost of the project; this support was tied to a fixed dollar amount at a time when the final requirements and costs were undefined.  Since then, the costs have increased and the DOE was unwilling to contribute more funds to maintain its proportionate share.

 

While the project will not move forward without additional research partner funds, a great deal of value has been derived from the study process over the past eight years.  The University of Washington developed numerous underwater monitoring devices that have application to a variety of ocean related activities.  In addition, much of the work has been focused on the baseline conditions of the sea floor and related usage by various fish and marine mammals. This data has greatly enhanced the collective knowledge of the environment and species that inhabit Puget Sound. The results have helped inform tidal energy researchers worldwide.

 

The PUD has acted as a national leader in the research and development of renewable energy sources. The majority of its energy comes from clean, renewable BPA hydropower. Other renewable sources include wind energy, hundreds of customer-installed solar units, a biomass project fueled by wood-waste, biogas facilities tapping landfill gas and cow manure, and smaller hydropower projects in Sultan and Monroe. The utility has researched a diverse mix of other sources, including tidal and geothermal, as well as energy storage alternatives.

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Work Opportunities’ Lynnwood, capturing sunlight and using it to generate power

Work Opportunities’ Lynnwood, capturing sunlight and using it to generate power

Work Opportunities’ Lynnwood Center is now capturing sunlight and using it to generate power, thanks to a grant from Snohomish County PUD’s Planet Power project. The centerpiece of this $40,000 project involved the installation of 35-280 Watt solar panels (by Artisan Electric), on the roof and south-facing wall near the center’s entrance. 

Work Opportunities’ Lynnwood Center is now capturing sunlight and using it to generate power, thanks to a grant from Snohomish County PUD’s Planet Power project. The centerpiece of this $40,000 project involved the installation of 35-280 Watt solar panels (by Artisan Electric), on the roof and south-facing wall near the center’s entrance. The system will generate 9.8 kW (9800 Watts) of power. A display in the front office of the building graphically tracks building electricity usage vs. power generated, calculating in real time the dollars saved at current rates. The information available through this display will not only demonstrate the power being generated by the solar installation but will also heighten Work Opportunities’ awareness of energy use, allowing us to immediately know the effectiveness of electricity conservation efforts. If you hear us talking about it a lot in the future, it’s for a reason (besides just bragging). One of Planet Power’s big goals is to inform the public of the benefits of solar power, and Work Opportunities has been enlisted to help with that effort. We are pleased and proud of this project, and besides the installation just looking very cool, we look forward to lower electrical bills.  Come and see this great new installation!
The system will generate 9.8 kW (9800 Watts) of power. A display in the front office of the building graphically tracks building electricity usage vs. power generated, calculating in real time the dollars saved at current rates. The information available through this display will not only demonstrate the power being generated by the solar installation but will also heighten Work Opportunities’ awareness of energy use, allowing us to immediately know the effectiveness of electricity conservation efforts. If you hear us talking about it a lot in the future, it’s for a reason (besides just bragging). One of Planet Power’s big goals is to inform the public of the benefits of solar power, and Work Opportunities has been enlisted to help with that effort. We are pleased and proud of this project, and besides the installation just looking very cool, we look forward to lower electrical bills.  Come and see this great new installation!

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Tips’ Stadnyk Named WHL Player of the Week

Stadnyk Named WHL Player of the Week

CALGARY, AB (League Release) – The Western Hockey League announced today that Everett Silvertips forward Carson Stadnyk is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 28, 2014.  Stadnyk recorded three goals and four assists for seven points along with a +4 rating in two games over the weekend, leading the Silvertips to a pair of road victories over the Portland Winterhawks.

On Saturday, September 27th, Stadnyk scored two goals and added an assist while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 5-1 victory over the Winterhawks. On Sunday, September 28th, he notched a goal and three assists while earning 2nd Star honors in a 6-4 victory in Portland as the Silvertips improved to 3-0 to begin the 2014-15 WHL Regular Season.

Stadnyk, a 19-year-old from Saskatoon, SK, is in his third WHL season with the Silvertips.  He currently leads the ‘Tips and sits tied for fourth in WHL scoring with seven points through three games. Everett’s eighth-round pick, 169th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Stadnyk has appeared in 147 career regular season contests, amassing 34 goals and 58 points. Stadnyk is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award.  A 19-year-old from Delta, B.C., Jarry posted a 2-0-0-0 record in two starts over the past week, allowing just two goals on 63 shots for a 1.00 goals against average and a .968 save percentage in that span.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips

The Silvertips are currenty preparing for our long-awaited opening weekend at XFINITY Arena.  The ‘Tips host the defending regular season champion Kelowna Rockets Friday night at 7:35 pm as we look to “Fill the House” for Housing Hope.  Visit EverettSilvertips.com/FillTheHouse to find out how you can help raise money for an important local cause.  Everett is right back on home ice Saturdaynight at 7:00 pm for another matchup with the Winterhawks.

For more information visit www.EverettSilvertips.com, call the team office at 425-252-5100, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Nile Shriners Deliver Haunted House Screams with 2014’s Haunted Nightmare at the Nile

Nile Shriners Deliver Haunted House Screams with 2014’s Haunted Nightmare at the Nile

 

Beware the sand traps at the Nile this Halloween season as the Shriners bring the horror for the fourth consecutive season at Seattle’s only haunted golf corpse.

 

(Mountlake Terrace, WA) – The wind howls through the trees as you cautiously step across the threshold of the dilapidated old manor. Suddenly, the door slams shut behind you! “Must’ve been the wind,” you think as you slowly proceed, ever so aware of the dangers that lurk within. At the end of the dimly lit hallway, your reflection greets you in a mirror. But wait…is that your reflection? As your eyes adjust, your lungs deflate in fear as you behold the rotting soul staring back at you!

This October, prepare to experience horror on another level, as the Nile Shriners present Haunted Nightmare at the Nile, their fourth annual haunted trail on the shores of Lake Ballinger.

Billed as “Seattle’s Only Haunted Golf Corpse”, the Nile Shriners remain committed to producing one of the best haunted attractions in the state. A partnership last year with the Haunted Nightmare acting troupe (est. 2009) took the scares to another level. This year, construction began months in advance to create a horror experience unlike anything else around. Their unique location, a lakefront golf course, is primed with a three-acre forested area and picnic shelters that undergo a terror transformation each fall, becoming one of Seattle’s best haunted houses.

The Shriners are thrilled to welcome back the Pirates of Treasure Island who, once a year, transform from a fun-loving, charitable organization to the orneriest blood-thirsty villains on the high seas. Plus, 3-D glasses will again bring your nightmares to life with the help of “ultraviolent” black lights, illuminating brilliant fluorescent artwork by local celebrity artist Dutch Bihary of ContoursFX and Game Show Network’s Skin Wars.

The terror begins Friday, October 10th and runs every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm to 11pm, including Halloween, as well as the final two Thursdays of the month from 7pm to 10pm. The screams don’t end on Halloween either. On Saturday, November 1st, Haunted Nightmare will open for “Fright Light Night”. The haunted grounds become pitch black and you’ll be forced to rely on either a finger flashlight or your cunning to guide you through the darkness.

Once arriving on the haunted grounds, head up to the Nile lodge where you’ll find the box office.  General admission is $15; however, you may wish to consider $20 VIP “fast-pass” tickets on busier nights (lines can be long, so consider visiting earlier in the season to save time). New this year for the truly brave is our exclusive All-night Fright Pass, which will get you a night of unlimited scares for only $30! Then hop aboard our haunted shuttle for a brief ride down to the start of your scream-filled adventure.

Experience your most haunted nightmare, as you journey back to the darkest times in history where deathly spirits rule, ancient curses abound, and ruthless pirates sail the high seas. If you can escape from the throes of the demented doctors and flesh-eating zombies, you’ll be taken in by a host of freaks who will gladly entertain you or disembowel you, leaving you screaming for mummy!

For those who survive the experience, exclusive Haunted Nightmare merchandise will be available at the end of the attraction to prove to the world that you conquered your fears. The Shriners will also have plenty of food available for purchase to cure your late-night cravings. Be sure to grab a beverage as well, which—new for 2014—includes beer for those 21 and over with valid ID. After catching your breath in the newFear Garden, hop back on the haunted shuttle for the return trip.

The attraction can be somewhat extreme at times and is recommended for brave 12-year-olds and above. Parents are welcome to bring younger kids to the Nile for our popular low-scare, trick-or-treat shows on the final three Sundays of October from 5pm to 7pm (10/12, 19, 26). Just $10.

The haunted house is located adjacent to I-5 off Exit 177 at Nile Shrine Golf Center – 6601 244th St. SW Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at http://www.hauntednightmare.com.

Haunted Nightmare at the Nile is entirely driven by volunteers. They are a proud member of the national Haunted Attraction Association and are C.H.A.O.S. certified (Certified Haunted Attraction Operator Safety Program). Actors, makeup and FX artists, and others interested in joining the haunted attraction Scream Team should visit http://hauntednightmare.hauntscheduler.com.

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Elle Marie Hair Studio Stays Local Once Again with Pink Hair 2 Save A Pair Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Elle Marie Hair Studio Stays Local Once Again with Pink Hair 2 Save A Pair Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Elle Marie Hair Studio enters their eighth year raising awareness and supporting those who have been affected by breast cancer with their $10 pink hair extensions fundraiser.

(September 12, 2014 – Lynnwood, WA) – Now through October 31st, for a minimum $10 donation, guests can visit any of Elle Marie’s locations in Lake Stevens, Lynnwood and Mill Creek to receive a pink hair extension as part of their Pink Hair 2 Save a Pair breast cancer awareness fundraiser. All money raised will be distributed to Snohomish County residents selected by Elle Marie’s management team based on nomination forms submitted online at PinkHair2SaveAPair.org.

Elle Marie has been in the forefront of the October pink hair craze since 2007 as ladies (and a few brave men) proudly display their support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink hair extensions all month long. Requesting a small donation of just $10, to date Elle Marie has raised over $23,000 toward the cause. Originally this money was distributed to a couple cancer charities through a pink hair program organized by their hair extension supplier. Last year however, Elle Marie chose to switch gears and raise and distribute funds locally themselves. The hair salon raised over $4000 directly from pink hair applications with an additional $2000 coming in through additional donations.

“The outpouring of support from the community was what amazed me most.” says Green. “Through 2012, we had raised over $17,000 toward breast cancer awareness. However, by keeping efforts local with 2013’s Pink Hair 2 Save a Pair drive, we beat out our best year ever for pink hair. I believe we did it because we had an actual cause that people could relate to. I believe it hit home to a lot of people and those who donated did it because it directly affected them either with a family member or friend or they like the idea of giving back to their own community.”

Elle Marie is also available to visit your business to apply pink hair extensions. They saw a great deal of success with their on-location services last year at businesses such as Wildwood Dental in Mill Creek and Mortgage Advisory Group in Everett.

To drive engagement with the Pink Hair 2 Save a Pair effort, Elle Marie is encouraging guests to post photos of their pink hair on social media sites along with the #PH2SAP hashtag.

Guests who know of a deserving friend or family member who has been touched by breast cancer in some way or another are encouraged to visit http://www.PinkHair2SaveAPair.org to complete a nomination form. All nominations must be received byNovember 1, 2014.

Elle Marie Hair Studio is very committed to cancer fundraising efforts. In addition to their pink hair fundraising drives, Elle Marie has raised money for the Mary Kay Foundation with $10 buzz cuts at the Everett Aquasox’s Pink at the Park Day and regularly sponsors teams in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk and Relay for Life.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most common cancer in the United States among women. It follows lung cancer as the second leading cause of cancer death in women. About 1 in 8 women will have invasive breast cancer sometime during her life. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Breast cancer death rates have been declining, possibly due to the result of early detection and better treatment. Right now there are approximately 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including those women still being treated and those who have completed treatment. About 232,670 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2014. About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer). Sadly, breast cancer will claim the lives of about 40,000 women this year.

For more information about Pink Hair 2 Save a Pair and other Elle Marie charitable efforts, visit http://www.EllesAngels.org.

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Fall Tips From Your SNOCO PUD:

PUD Advises to Set Your Water Heater at a Safe Temperature VIA SNOCO PUD

 

Everett, WA – The PUD reminds you to set your home water heater no higher than 120 degrees. This temperature setting reduces the risk of accidental scalding, especially to children and the elderly. It also saves energy and helps reduce your utility bill.

 

To set the temperature, turn the water heater off at the circuit breaker panel or fuse box, remove the face plates on the tank that cover each element, and use a screwdriver to turn the temperature control dial to “120.”  If you feel you can’t handle this task safely, contact an electrician.

 

Sometimes 120 degrees isn’t hot enough to activate detergents or dissolve greasy food in automatic dishwashers.  Manufacturers recommend using a liquid dishwashing detergent.  Many newer models also have a water heating option that boosts the temperature in the appliance.

 

Check Furnace Filters

With cooler weather, fall is a great time to check your furnace filter and change it if needed. During heating months, check the air filters every month. By replacing dirty filters, you’ll improve your air quality as well as save energy. Buying multi-packs of filters is a good way to be sure that you have one on hand when you need it.

 

For other energy-saving tips and information, visit the PUD website at www.snopud.com or call the Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.

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Silvertips, Fox Sports 1380 Renew Radio Deal

Silvertips, Fox Sports 1380 Renew Radio Deal Via Everett Silver Tips

EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips and Fox Sports 1380 are pleased to announce a new five-year renewal of our radio broadcast agreement.  Locally owned, 50,000 watt Fox Sports 1380 will once again be the flagship station for Sound Transit Everett Silvertips hockey broadcasts and the Everett Silvertips Hockey Show on Tuesday evenings, while select Friday night games in the fall will continue to air on sister station Classic Country 1520 KXA.

“We’re very excited to continue our long-standing relationship with Fox Sports 1380 through the 2018-19 season,” said Silvertips Executive Vice President Zoran Rajcic.  “We have always felt that it’s a great fit for our team to work with a locally-owned radio station that calls this community home, and Fox Sports 1380 has been a great partner for us through the years.  It’s the station our games have been on since our inaugural season in 2003 and we’re happy it’s going to stay that way.”

Fox Sports 1380 is the North Sound’s home for Dan Patrick in the morning and “The Fish” Jeff Aaron in the afternoon in addition to live coverage of Everett AquaSox baseball, Snohomish County high school football and basketball, NASCAR and much more.  Classic Country 1520 KXA, which launched in 2011, plays all the legendary country favorites of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

“The Everett Silvertips are an integral part of our community and our programming.  We’re pleased to bring Silvertips games to life over the air, online, and via our new mobile digital platforms, and our local hosts like Jeff Aaron on Fox Sports 1380 and Stitch Mitchell on Classic Country 1520 are looking forward to involving listeners through special promotions and giveaways all season long,” said Andy Skotdal, president of Fox Sports 1380.

Handling play-by-play duties for Silvertips games once again this season is Travis Huntington, who returns for his fourth season behind the microphone as “voice of the Silvertips”.  Back for a ninth year in the ‘Tips broadcast booth is veteran color analyst Al Kinisky, a former WHL player and NHL draft pick who joins Huntington for Silvertips home games and select road games throughout the season.

The Silvertips travel to Portland this weekend for a pair of games at the Moda Center.  The ‘Tips and Winterhawks face-off at 7:00 pm Saturday and 5:00 pm on Sunday, with pregame radio coverage starting 30 minutes prior to each game on Fox Sports 1380.  Streaming video of both games is also available via WHL Live.  Everett opens its home schedule next weekend, hosting the Kelowna Rockets on Friday, Oct. 3 and the Winterhawks on Saturday, Oct. 4.

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