oil and gas Stories July 19

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US produced more petroleum and natural gas than any other country in 2020.
  • Average US solar construction costs continued to fall in 2019.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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oil and gas Stories June 23

Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) just signed into law SB 1128/HB 919, “Preemption Over Restriction of Utility Services,” which was pushed through the legislature. It prevents local governments from deciding which energy path they want to take. In other words, Florida towns and cities are now unable to switch to 100% clean energy because they can’t ban fossil fuels.

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oil and gas Stories June 18

Maine has become the first US state to pass statewide legislation to divest from fossil fuels. LD 99, “An Act To Require the State To Divest Itself of Assets Invested in the Fossil Fuel Industry,” was signed late Wednesday by Governor Janet Mills (D-ME). A divestment plan is now required by 2026.

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oil and gas Stories June 15

Texas has been hit by a heatwave, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has asked residents to reduce electricity use until Friday because demand is up, but power supply is down. ERCOT stated yesterday, “Generator owners have reported approximately 11,000 MW [megawatts] of generation is on forced outage for repairs; of that, approximately 8,000 MW is thermal, and the rest is intermittent resources.” “Thermal” power in Texas largely refers to natural gas-fired power plants, which make up around 50% of annual energy production in Texas.

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oil and gas Stories June 14

A Dutch court ruled that Shell’s emissions targets aren’t “concrete.” This is what the oil giant must do in order to achieve a viable plan to reduce emissions and meet clean energy targets.

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oil and gas Stories June 3

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • ExxonMobil and Chevron suffer shareholder rebellions over a lack of strategy for emissions reduction.
  • Here’s the latest US Electric Power Monthly report, and what renewables are projected to do.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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oil and gas Stories June 2

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US Department of the Interior suspends oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Danish wind giant Ørsted bumps up its clean energy target to reach 50 GW of installed capacity by 2030.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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oil and gas Stories May 26

A court in the Netherlands today ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels. Previous to the ruling, Shell’s emissions reduction target was 20% by 2030.

It’s the first time activists have taken a major energy company to court to get it to overhaul its climate strategy, and they were successful.

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oil and gas Stories April 28

Update April 28, 5:24 p.m. ET: The US Senate has voted 52-42 to reinstate regulations on methane emissions, a harmful greenhouse gas that traps 84 times more atmospheric heat than carbon dioxide. The Senate voted on a Congressional Review Act resolution led by senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Angus King (I-ME), and Ed Markey (D-MA). Or, as King put it, “a repeal of a repeal.”

This is a hugely impactful decision that should result in immediate emissions reduction in the US.

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oil and gas Stories April 13

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The Navajo Nation will build two more solar farms that will create jobs, revenue, and electricity.
  • Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan includes funds for capping oil wells, but who should pay?
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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