Energy briefs

** Rail cars carrying hazardous materials derailed in North Dakota on Friday and caught fire, the latest train derailment in the U.S. as concerns over railroads remain high. Twenty-nine cars of a Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) train derailed around 3:45 a.m. in a marshy area surrounded by farmland that’s about 140 miles northwest of Fargo, according to Andrew Kirking, emergency management director for Foster County.

** Mexico-based cross-border trucking operators are struggling to comply with California’s Advanced Clean Fleets rule, which could begin affecting trucks crossing the border into the U.S. in 2025. Many of the trucks in Mexico are old used diesel trucks originally from the U.S.

** Tesla shareholders were in court on Monday to argue that an unprecedented request for more than $7 billion in attorneys’ fees to be paid by the company is “outlandish,” the latest twist in a legal showdown over Musk‘s $56 billion pay package.

** Elon Musk’s SpaceX is at odds with environmental activists over its Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas. A Sunday report by The New York Times said operations at Starbase in Boca Chica — which includes a rocket launchpad and a production facility— have damaged the local environment.

** New York passes new regulations requiring the use of lower-emission concrete in government projects, like roads and airports.

** Both of the candidates in the race for West Virginia governor support coal in a state that still gets up to 90% of its power from the fossil fuel that’s waning elsewhere.


** The European Union has made major strides away from reliance on dirty energy sources to alternative forms of energy, a new report showed. Think tank Ember said the EU increased wind and solar power generation by 46% from 2019 to 2023. Last year, the EU set a binding target of at least 42.5% renewable energy sources by 2030 — with an aim to reach 45%.

** Indian engineers are warning about possible prolonged energy blackouts in the north of the country due to increased demand amid searing heat, The Guardian reported.

** An Indian family dynasty nicknamed “the Rockefellers of Uganda” have joined forces with General Electric (GE) to propose a series of mini-nuclear reactors in Britain. The Madhvanis, who trace their history in Uganda back to the 19th century, head a conglomerate spanning sugar farming, steel production, construction, hotels and insurance.