Fast reads of other energy stories

** Nearby residents were asked to shelter in place after a Norfolk Southern train derailed near a highway in the Springfield, Ohio, area on Saturday. Norfolk Southern confirmed in a statement to CBS News that 20 cars of a 212-car train derailed. The railway company said there were no hazardous materials aboard the train, and there were no reported injuries.

** Ohio law enforcement issued a report late last month warning that events planned in East Palestine by the environmental activist Erin Brockovich could prompt a terrorist threat from violent extremists, according to an intelligence bulletin obtained by Yahoo News.

** The fight over carbon dioxide — what to do with it and where to store it — is ramping up in Illinois. The Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently released a report showing that Illinois is well-positioned to become a leader in carbon capture.

** Top energy executives and officials from around the world will descend on Houston this week just as the political fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a year ago continues to distort global oil supply lines and put long-term energy security front of mind for governments.

** The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which sparked a gas-stove outrage earlier, says it has no regulations or bans in the works. It does want more testing.

** Power from zero-carbon sources made up a full 41% of the U.S. electricity mix in 2022, a record-breaking number that has increased almost every year since 1990. The statistics come from the annual Sustainable Energy in America 2023 Factbook, released this week.

** As dead whales continue to wash ashore on the U.S. East Coast — and particularly the Jersey Shore — officials and academics are planning a wide array of monitoring and research aimed at preventing or minimizing harm to whales and other marine life during construction and operation of offshore wind farms.

** A bill that could keep the electric car industry from expanding its footprint in the state of Mississippi is now one step away from becoming law, after passing the Mississippi Senate on Thursday.

** Tesla says it will cut the cost of its next generation of vehicles in half, largely by using innovative manufacturing techniques and smaller factories. CEO Elon Musk and other executives outlined the goals during a 3 1/2-hour investor day presentation at Tesla’s Austin, Texas, headquarters as they presented the company’s third master plan.




** A police officer and civilian were killed during violent protests in Colombia’s Caqueta province on Thursday, and 79 officers and nine oilfield workers were taken hostage by members of rural communities, the government said.

** Shell Chief Executive Wael Sawan signaled that the company will continue to focus on oil and gas production, potentially slowing plans for the transition to cleaner energy over the coming decades.

** China’s number of working people has fallen by more than 41 million in the past three years, reflecting both the coronavirus pandemic’s toll on the economy and a decline in the working age population. The decline in employment over that period is almost equal to Germany’s entire workforce, which was about 44 million in 2021, according to the World Bank.

** Ecuador’s national oil company, Petroecuador, declared a force majeure on almost all of its production last week as problems grow in the country’s oil industry. According to Ecuador’s Energy Ministry, production will be offline for up to three weeks dealing yet another blow to rightwing President Guillermo Lasso’s plans to substantially boost oil output.