** The Department of Energy reports in 2020, wind energy was the largest source of U.S. electric-generating capacity additions, accounting for 42% of new capacity.
** Commercial buildings in the United States are getting larger, and they more commonly include features like LED lighting and emerging technologies such as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), the number of U.S. commercial buildings grew 6% from 2012 to 2018, and the total floorspace of commercial buildings increased by 11%.
** Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces a new pilot program that she says would be the first in the country to test an electrified road that wirelessly charges electric vehicles.
** Toyota boss Akio Toyoda is one of the most vocal opponents of banning the internal combustion engine. He renewed his call to reconsider the measures announced by various governments around the world and warned that bans could indirectly cause unemployment in Japan.
** The company that operates the Dakota Access oil pipeline is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an appellate ruling ordering additional environmental review, saying it puts the line at risk of being shut down.
** The American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies fell by 6.1 million barrels for the week ended Sept. 17, according to sources. The API also reportedly showed inventory declines of 432,000 barrels for gasoline and 2.7 million barrels for distillates.
** A U.S. solar industry group warned on Wednesday that tariffs on imported panels from three Asian countries would jeopardize nearly 30% of the solar capacity the nation is expected to install over the next two years.
** An Australian company has started drilling exploratory oil wells in Cuba, as a lack of maintenance on the island’s aging electricity system left the population without service for several hours over the weekend.
** Baker Hughes will hold a webcast on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 to discuss the results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2021.
** The EIA reported that in 2020, the U.S. net merchandise trade value of energy products—the value of petroleum, natural gas, coal, and electricity exports less the value of their imports—was a surplus of $27 billion. This amount marks the first time the value of U.S. energy exports exceeded imports since at least 1974, the earliest year in the U.S. Census Bureau’s trade value data.
** A federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a lawsuit that environmental activist group Greenpeace filed against Walmart Inc. of Bentonville over the “recyclable” labeling on some of the company’s house-brand products.