Energy briefs

** While the cause of the deadly Maui fires remains under investigation, lawyers are sending experts to the island to look into utility power lines as being a possible source of ignition.

** The United States is working to build resilient, diversified clean energy supply chains to protect its economic security, while guarding against the risks posed by over-concentration in a handful of countries, U.S. Treasury Secretary  said in remarks prepared for an event in Las Vegas on Monday.

** Due to a lack of water, the state of Arizona has announced that it will not approve any more building permits for single-family homes that rely on wells in Maricopa County, CleanTechnica reported.

** Nikola Corp. shares fell in early trading after the manufacturer announced it will recall trucks and temporarily stop sales after several battery fires. The company will call back roughly 209 of its Tre trucks after a third-party investigator found a coolant leak was likely behind a blaze at the company’s Phoenix headquarters in June.

** Chevron Corporation’s dividend will be increasing from last year’s payment of the same period to $1.51 on 11th of September. This takes the annual payment to 3.7% of the current stock price, which is about average for the industry.

** Abandoned telephone cables are contaminating soil and waterways throughout the U.S. with toxic lead, according to an in-depth report from the Wall Street Journal. The investigation found thousands of lead-covered cables left behind by major telecom companies have been polluting the environment for decades, posing a hidden threat to communities from coast to coast.

** The final round of the AIG Women’s Open was halted at a crucial stage on Sunday when the 17th green was invaded by environmental protesters with smoke flares. Plumes of red and ­yellow dust could be seen as it unfolded.  ’Money Rebellion, an arm of protest group Extinction Rebellion, claimed responsibility and said they were targeting the sponsors.

** Extreme heat may have killed as many as 300 people in Phoenix in July, which marked the city’s hottest month on record.


** Authors staged a walkout at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in protest at the event’s links to a firm organisers insist is working to prevent climate change. Author and climate activist Mikaela Loach interrupted her panel discussion on Saturday evening to stand against the festival’s main sponsor Baillie Gifford, accusing them of investing in “companies who make money from fossil fuels”.