Energy news in brief

** Mexico’s state-owned oil company said Tuesday the possible remains of two missing subcontractors had been found on one of its oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico following a weekend fire.

** Yara International now expects to sail the first autonomous, fully electric cargo ship in Norway by the end of 2021. The Yara Birkeland will travel from Herøya to Brevik with only three remote control centers keeping watch over the journey reported CNN.

** Biden’s push for more Americans to use electric vehicles is creating angst amongst some Iowa ethanol advocates who argue the single-track goal could come at environmental and economic costs.

** White House and other administration officials told the Environmental Protection Agency that its industry-backed plan for tightening auto emissions limits was too lax, but the agency rebuffed those warnings and released the proposal with provisions that could lessen its bite.

** Shares of China Evergrande Group’s electric vehicle unit are collapsing in Hong Kong, wiping about $80 billion from what was the property developer’s most valuable listed asset.

** Clean energy company NextEra Energy wants the Commerce Department to reject a recent petition to impose tariffs on solar parts imported from certain Asian countries over concerns they originate in China reports POLITICO.

** Denmark and Costa Rica are cooking up an alliance of countries to set a sunset date for oil and gas production and stopping permits for new exploration, Reuters reports. The alliance, dubbed the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, hopes to launch at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, this year.

** About 2,000 people gathered  this week at the Minnesota Capitol to protest the Line 3 pipeline, including a group that walked 256 miles from near the pipeline site to the event.

** The CEO of a company proposing a blue hydrogen hub in North Dakota says their process will capture 95% of emissions, and that a recent study questioning the climate benefit is based on an outdated method.

** A county in western Ohio proposes new restrictions on utility-scale wind and solar projects, aimed at protecting the area’s tourism industry.

** Electric vehicle charging manufacturer Siemens gears up to make more than 1 million EV chargers in the U.S. over the next four years and is eyeing locations for a second plant to complement its existing North Carolina factory.

** A Louisiana tank farm plans to invest $100 million to build out a marine terminal with storage tanks, pipelines and storage space so it can handle renewable fuel products.

 

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