August 19 Energy News

August 19, 2022


¶ “A News Site With Ties To The Fossil Fuel Industry Claimed Scotland Axed 14 Million Trees To Make Way For Wind Farms. Is That Correct?” • News reports claim that 14 million trees were cut down in Scotland to make way for wind farms. What the reports miss is that this happened over a period of twenty years, during which 272 million trees were planted. [ABC]

Forest on the River Dee in Scotland (Chris Flexen, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Possible Breakthrough To Destroy Harmful PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’” • Chemists have identified how to destroy “forever chemicals” in a low-cost way for the first time, new research says. Scientists at Northwestern University, in the US, claim to have done the “seemingly impossible” and destroyed PFAS using low temperature and cheap products. [BBC]

¶ “Clean Charging Solution To Enable Vessels To Use Renewable Power” • Maersk-owned Stillstrom is collaborating with Port of Aberdeen to reduce emissions from vessels on standby outside the port. The concept will give vessels access to the power grid or offshore windpower, eliminating the need to consume fossil fuels while idling. [Riviera Maritime Media]

Stillstrom’s offshore power system (Maersk image)

¶ “Proximity To Fracking Sites Associated With Risk Of Cancer In Children” • Pennsylvania children living near unconventional oil and gas developments at birth were two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with leukemia between the ages of 2 and 7 than those who did not live near such activity, a study from the Yale School of Public Health finds. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Lakes Are Drying Up Everywhere. Israel Will Pump Water From The Mediterranean” • Israel used to get nearly all of its drinking water from the Sea of Galilee. Now, plants desalinizing Mediterranean water provide nearly all the water. And because the Sea of Galilee is running low, Israel is planning to pump desalinized water to it. [CNN]

Sea of Galilee (Erez Gavish, Unsplash)

¶ “Extreme Heat Is Slamming The World’s Three Biggest Economies All At Once” • Estimating just how catastrophic climate change will be for the global economy has historically proven challenging. But the heat and drought battering the US, Europe, and China, show clearly how weather extremes of climate change hurt economies. [CNN]

¶ “Children Are Among The Dead Reported From Storms In France, Austria, And Italy” • Powerful storms, with heavy rain and wind, have battered areas of central and southern Europe, killing at least 12 people including three children. In Corsica, winds gusting up to 224 km/h (140 mph) uprooted trees and damaged mobile homes. [BBC]

Storm (Marc Wieland, Unsplash)

¶ “ACWA Power To Develop 1,500 MW Of Windpower In Uzbekistan” • ACWA Power has signed a set of agreements with Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Energy. One is to build a 1,500-MW onshore wind farm. There are also projects in gas-to-power, hydroelectric, and green hydrogen, with a value of $10 billion over a five-year period, starting in 2023. [reNews]

¶ “Russia To Stage ‘Provocation’ At Nuclear Plant, Warns Ukrainian Military” • Ukraine’s military intelligence has warned that Russian forces may be preparing to stage a “provocation” at a nuclear power plant they control, as the UN secretary general, António Guterres, called for an urgent withdrawal of military forces and equipment from the site. [The Guardian]

Zelenskyy in the Donetsk region in June 2021
(The Presidential Office of Ukraine, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Russia Allegedly Orders Personnel At Europe’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant To Stay Home On Friday” • Russian personnel working at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine have reportedly been ordered not to show up on Friday according to Ukrainian military intelligence officials who spoke exclusively with NBC News. [MSN]

¶ “Russia Warns Radioactive Waste Could Hit Germany If Accident Occurs At Damaged Nuclear Power Plant” • Russia’s Ministry of Defense warned that if an accident occurs at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant it is occupying in southern Ukraine, radioactive material would cover Germany, Poland and Slovakia. [CNBC]


¶ “Massachusetts Now All In Drought Amid Alarming Expansion Of Dry Conditions In Northeast” • Flash drought conditions have expanded and intensified in New England, according to the latest report from the US Drought Monitor. Extreme drought now covers parts of eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the entire state of Rhode Island. [CNN]

¶ “Virginia Offshore Wind Project Could Power 600,000 Homes, Create Over 1,000 Jobs” • Virginia recently announced 2,600 MW offshore wind power project. When there is adequate wind, the new offshore wind farm will generate enough power for at least 600,000 homes in Virginia. The project will also create a large number of jobs. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind turbine (Courtesy of GE Renewables)

¶ “Hawaii’s Ancient Land Management System” • A ahupua’a starts high in Hawaii’s inland volcanic peaks, and widens, like a pie slice, to include a stretch of shore and the fishing grounds up to a mile out to sea. Stream water irrigates taro pond fields, going from pond to pond without stagnation. The per-acre yields are five times those of dryland farming. [CNN]

¶ “Rise Light & Power Proposes Renewable Project For New York City” • Energy asset manager Rise Light & Power has proposed a 3.9-GW offshore wind transmission project in Queens. The Queensboro Renewable Express would convert New York City’s largest fossil fuel power plant, Ravenswood Generating Station, into a renewable energy hub. [Power Technology]

Have a magnificently sensible day.

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