Quick energy reads

** Production workers at Ford’s Louisville assembly and Kentucky truck plants have voted against the tentative labor agreement, while skilled trades workers voted in favor, the local chapter of the United Auto Workers (UAW) said on Monday.

** TotalEnergies SE agreed to buy three natural gas-fired power plants in Texas from TexGen Power LLC for $635 million as it looks to expand in the US market. The three plants will serve the “fast-growing energy demand” of Dallas and Houston, reported Bloomberg.

** The 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles will remain closed indefinitely as the California Department of Transportation moves to repair an overpass badly damaged by an intense fire early Saturday at two storage yards in an area with multiple homeless encampments reported the Los Angeles Times.

** Boston’s mayor says the city won’t pursue joining Massachusetts’ pilot gas ban program, saying she has received “clear indications that Boston would not be chosen for the one available spot.”

** The Transportation Security Administration stated Monday it expects to screen 30 million passengers who will travel by air this Thanksgiving holiday travel season. The season begins Friday, Nov. 17 and ends Tuesday, Nov. 28.

** The Associated Press reports Siemens has canceled  plans to build a $200 million wind turbine blade factory in Virginia after failing to meet “development milestones” amid turbulence in the East Coast’s nascent offshore wind industry.

** An electric vehicle battery company announces it will furlough workers at its Georgia plant as EV demand wanes.


** Hyundai Motor Co. will start construction of a new electric vehicle plant in South Korea capable of producing 200,000 cars a year.

** A surge in clean power generation will reduce carbon emissions in China next year and could put the world’s biggest polluter on a path to sustained declines, according to a new report.

** Indonesia will limit ground water use to conserve water supply and halt land subsidence that already plagues its capital Jakarta. The move is meant to ensure future generations would still have access to ground water and to prevent further sinking of cities like the capital.

** China is expanding its copper industry prompting worried Western governments to encourage separate supply chains.

** First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has reduced operations at its flagship copper project in Panama, which is facing a groundswell of local opposition, after a blockade by small boats at its port affected delivery of key supplies, reports Bloomberg.