Energy briefs

** Tesla’s controversial CEO Elon Musk, and his massive wealth, are front and center in a shareholder vote this coming week. Five months after a Delaware judge threw out the largest pay package in history, then worth more than $50 billion, shareholders will vote Thursday on a new pay package.

** New York’s grid operator says the total solar eclipse caused a temporary 80% reduction in solar power generation, and should highlight a need to consider such events in grid planning.

** High maintenance costs and a lower than expected return on investment leads a Wisconsin library to remove rooftop solar panels that were installed seven years ago by a company that went out of business.

** As power demand surges, a Korean solar panel factory in Georgia stands to receive up to $900 million in tax benefits annually, which officials hope will help improve on a projected $28.6 million operating loss this year.

** A Georgia river conservation group announces its intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over water permits awarded to Hyundai’s 2,541-acre electric vehicle factory.

** Connecticut’s governor isn’t making it sound like climate change will definitely be addressed in a special legislative session later this month, although he isn’t publicly ruling it out.

** Car manufacturer Stellantis is recalling more than 200,000 SUVs and pickup trucks due to a software malfunction that may cause a vehicle’s electronic stability control systems to fail. The company is claiming the problem is caused by a defective anti-lock braking system, which is sometimes deactivating the stability control system.


** At the 45th Bangkok International Motor Show, Felo showcased its new electric motorcycle, which boasts unmatched speed and charging range. According to a recent article published in Interesting Engineering, the Felo Tooz has a top speed of 125 mph and a range of 450 miles per charge. These specifications make the Tooz the world’s largest electric motorcycle with a 450-mile range.

** Volvo cars has started to shift production of Chinese-made electric vehicles to Belgium in the expectation that the European Union will drive ahead with a crackdown on Beijing-subsidized imports, the Times (UK) reported on Saturday.

** The German government made a major move that will help revolutionize the country’s steel production process. As explained by Reuters, the German government pledged 2.6 billion euros ($2.8 million) in funding to support steelmaker Stahl-Holding-Saar’s (SHS) transition to greener production. The investment will drastically reduce the pollution from steel production over the next few years.