September 25 Energy News

September 25, 2022


¶ “Congress Should Reject Radical Permitting Proposal” • Sen Joe Manchin’s legislative text on fossil fuel infrastructure permitting, released after weeks of speculation about a potential measure, is similar to proposals already made public, but significantly worse in that it adds draconian language mandating permitting of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. [CleanTechnica]

West Virginia (Michael Barrick, Unsplash, cropped)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Air Pollution Can Amplify The Negative Effects Of Climate Change, New Study Finds” • The impacts of air pollution on human health, economies, and agriculture differ a lot depending on where on the planet the pollutants are emitted, a study found. In some cases, pollution co-emitted with CO₂ can increase the social cost of carbon by as much as 66%. [ScienceDaily]


¶ “Fiona Slams Canada’s Atlantic Coast, Knocking Out Power For Thousands And Damaging Homes” • Fiona ripped through Canada’s eastern seaboard at hurricane strength after making landfall in Nova Scotia on Saturday, slamming the area with fierce winds and storm surge and causing power outages for hundreds of thousands of people. [CNN]

Storm damage (Charlottetown Police Department)

¶ “Fracking Ban Lifted, Government Announces” • Fracking can go ahead in England, the government said, lifting a ban on the controversial process. A moratorium was put in place in 2019 due to concerns over earth tremors. But with the worsening global energy crisis and world leaders scrambling to secure energy supplies, the question has been reopened. [BBC]

¶ “Climate Change Risk To Coastal Castles” • Castles that have stood for hundreds of years are at risk of being damaged by climate change, conservation charity English Heritage warns. The charity, which manages over 400 historic sites in England, highlighted six castles threatened by coastal erosion and rising sea levels. Tintagel Castle is one of them. [BBC]

Tintagel Castle, of Arthurian fame (English Heritage photo)

¶ “Tesla BEV Market Share Dropped From 25.1% In Q2 2020 To 15.6% In Q2 2022 – While Sales Grew 180.2%” • Sales of Teslas grew from 90,891 in Q2 2020 to 254,695 in Q2 2022. But in the markets of China, Europe, and the US, Tesla’s share of battery EV sales dropped from 25.1% in Q2 2020 to 15.6% in Q2 2022. The market is growing faster than Tesla. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Investments In Egypt’s Renewable Energy Approach $3.5 Billion To Produce 3,570 MW” • Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr Mohamed Shaker, said investments in the renewable energy sector in Egypt are growing rapidly, reaching 3,570 MW, with foreign direct investment of nearly $3.5 billion, double its counterpart in 2020. [Egypt Today]

Wind turbine in Egypt (Hatem Moushir, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Ukrainian Recalls Terror Of Life At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant” • A worker of the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine revealed details about the situation at the facility in an interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun. Among other things, he said Russian soldiers stored artillery shells in the engine room near the reactor. [The Japan News]


¶ “Rooftop Solar Recently Reached 72% Of Western Australia Electricity Output!” • It was once a common assumption in the utility industry and among solar skeptics that solar power could not provide more than 5% of grid electricity or the grid would break. In Western Australia, rooftop solar PVs recently provided 72% of grid power for a time. [CleanTechnica]

Perth, Western Australia (Nathan Hurst, Unsplash)

¶ “Grid Renewal Generates Billion-Dollar Shock As Costs Of Energy Transition Become Clear” • Australian consumers were told to brace for big hikes in power bills due to costs of grid overhauls for renewable energy. Western Australia’s economic regulator said the state’s grid provider should be allowed to spend $9 billion over the next five years [ABC]

¶ “Australia Has A Golden Opportunity To Expand Solar Energy Manufacturing” • Australia has a golden opportunity to expand its solar energy manufacturing capacity as the industry booms and nations scramble to cut their over-dependence on China, according to a report by the Australian Australian PV Institute Institute. [The Guardian]

House in Queensland (Kgbo, CC-BY-SA 4.0)


¶ “EPA Launches New Office Dedicated To Environmental Justice” • The Environmental Protection Agency will establish a new national office of environmental justice to address the disproportionate harm that pollution and climate change has caused in low-income areas and communities of color, the agency announced. [CNN]

¶ “Misery, Yet Again, For Puerto Ricans Still Recovering From Maria” • Fiona arrived almost exactly five years after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, delivered a blow from which the island has never fully recovered. It has left many Puerto Ricans marveling anew at the kindness of neighbors and revisiting the age-old debate about leaving for the mainland. [CNN]

Hurricane Fiona from space (NASA, public domain)

¶ “Tropical Storm Ian Forecast To Reach Category 4 Strength As It Tracks Toward Florida” • Tropical Storm Ian, the ninth named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to reach up to Category 4 hurricane strength before hitting Florida. If it does, it will be the first major hurricane to impact the state of Florida since 2018. [CNN]

¶ “Electric Airplane Flights Coming To Florida, The Bahamas, And The Caribbean” • Electric aircraft are all the rage, but when will we see actual commercial electric airplane options for normal people? They are on the way. The electric aircraft “Alice” from Eviation Aircraft is getting real orders, including from a young airline based in Florida. [CleanTechnica]

Have an unambiguously ecstatic day.

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