Energy briefs

** A project centered in Utah is being developed to make cleaner ammonia with help from an unlikely source: nuclear energy. It’s a project that, if scaled, could eliminate the more than 1% of global carbon pollution production that is generated from ammonia-making, according to the Innovation News Network.

**  Solar accounted for 75% of electricity generation capacity added to the U.S. power grid early this year as installations of panels rose to a quarterly record, according to a report published by Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

** New York City officials crushed over 200 illegal mopeds and scooters that police have seized off city streets in a crackdown against what authorities described as the “tools of the trade” for many criminals committing crimes against businesses and citizens throughout the city.

** A Maine school district may need to pay back federal funds to purchase electric buses if it doesn’t put its fleet back into service after breakdowns took them off the road.

** The federal Bureau of Land Management advances the contested Lava Ridge wind project in southern Idaho that would be visible from a World War II incarceration camp and national historic site, drawing advocates’ criticism.

** Officials investigate a deadly oilfield accident in Alaska, the fourth oil and gas-related workplace fatality on the North Slope in just over a year.

** A two-year pause on federal solar import tariffs from Southeast Asia ends, which experts say could drive a solar installation boom as developers use up components they’ve imported duty-free.


** Last year, while the United Arab Emirates oversaw a historic agreement to fight the climate crisis, it was brokering deals for oil and gas that could bring the country tens of billions of dollars and boost fossil-fuel production globally. An analysis by the climate watchdog Global Witness found that the UAE’s state-owned oil company, known as ADNOC, closed more than a dozen deals to expand its oil and gas footprint at home and overseas.

** Russia has approved a project to build the first high-speed passenger railway between its two biggest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, to be funded with billions of dollars from the state budget, a government directive showed.

** Russia’s oil proceeds to the state budget increased almost 50% in May from a year ago, as its crude prices rose and the nation adapted to international sanctions.

** Saskatchewan high school students interested in a career in the oil and gas industry will soon be able to get a leg up. On Wednesday, the province announced that a class called Oil and Gas 20 will be offered in the second semester of the 2024-25 school year. A course called Oil and Gas 30 will follow in the 2025-26 school year. The courses will include 50 hours of online theory and 50 hours of work placement.