- During the weekend starting October 28, so much energy was created by German windstorms, that it was being given away for free. Output equivalent to that of 40 nuclear power plants was generated during the storms, causing the wholesale prices to fall below zero. Output from windpower rose to as much as 39,409 MW. [Energy Digital]
- While nearly 70% of Puerto Rico remains without power six weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, eleven United Nations human rights experts have issued a joint statement decrying the “absence of adequate emergency response” by the US. The storm has put a spotlight on Puerto Rico’s colonial history with the US. [eNews Park Forest]
- Efforts to restore electricity to Puerto Rico nearly six weeks after Hurricane Maria are shifting as Whitefish Energy, a tiny Montana contractor, was removed. The Army Corps of Engineers, which is leading the federal power restoration effort, said it planned to boost the size of a contract awarded to Fluor Corp by $600 million, to $840 million. [Nasdaq]
- A record loss of global tree cover in 2016 – totaling around 297,000 square kilometers (114,672 square miles) – was driven partly by increasingly common wildfires worsened by rising temperatures and drought, according to the Global Forest Watch, based on data from the University of Maryland. The area was a rise of 51% on 2015. [CleanTechnica]
- Radioactive material from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster is accumulating in sands and brackish groundwater beneath beaches up to 60 miles away from the nuclear power plant itself, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says. The material is radioactive cesium. [CleanTechnica]
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