Brief energy updates

** Advocates of high-speed trains fear the trains might be the latest victim of the Biden administration because it wants all materials in federal infrastructure projects to be made in the U.S.

** A new study warns that nearly 800,000 residents in Phoenix would need emergency medical care for heat stroke and other illnesses in an extended power failure. Other cities are also at risk.

** Utah’s transportation department applies for federal funding to study restoring passenger rail service between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. 

** A federal grant requires an Alaska school district to purchase and destroy a diesel bus as a condition to receive funding to purchase an electric vehicle.

** Foreign sales, not American demand, are driving a projected decades-long rise in natural gas production, a new federal report has found. U.S. natural gas production is expected to rise until 2050, according to a report released Tuesday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which said most of the demand fueling that increase will be driven by exports to foreign markets.

** Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court will take its first crack at whether a governor can force power plant owners to pay for their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, or whether he first needed approval from a Legislature that refused to go along with the plan.

** U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm met with Arizona tribes on Tuesday in Phoenix to hear their concerns and announce funding for several of the tribes to modernize and harden electric grids, build or expand renewable energy projects, including microgrids, and reduce power outages.


** Germany’s three-party ruling coalition descended into public infighting Tuesday as the Greens’ Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck accused the liberal Free Democrats’ Finance Minister Christian Lindner of breaking promises by delaying a controversial clean energy law.

** South Africa is considering extending the lives of some of its biggest coal-fired power plants as the government seeks to bolster the country’s long-term energy security amid a deepening crisis.

** Authorities raided 15 properties across Germany on Wednesday and seized assets in an investigation into the financing of protests by the Last Generation climate activist group, prosecutors said — a move that comes as impatience with the organization’s tactics mounts.

** Nigeria’s new Dangote petroleum refinery is Africa’s biggest – it will produce 650,000 barrels a day, giving it the potential to address the country’s energy supply crisis. First product from the refinery is expected to hit the market by the end of July 2023.

** More than 100 members of the US Congress and the European Parliament called Tuesday for the removal of an oil industry executive tapped to lead the next UN climate change conference. The choice of Sultan Al Jaber, chief executive of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, or ADNOC, to head December’s COP28 summit in Dubai has angered activists who fear it will hold back progress on reducing emissions.