In the news today and from the weekend…
- The Washington Post reports conservatives are blaming renewable energy for California’s recent rolling blackouts.
- Argus reports renewable energy production has been creeping up on coal generation in the contiguous U.S.
- Mining.com reports the Pebble project has identified rhenium, a critical mineral for national security, in its potential deposits along with copper, gold, molybdenum and silver.
- Forbes reports a long legal battle is likely to occur over the legality of a joint venture between Peabody and Arch Resources.
- Argus reports steep cuts to US coal production have continued thus far in the third quarter, amid subdued demand from the electric power and steel sectors.
- E&E Energywire reports fossil fuel industries have lost more than 15% of their workforce since March, surpassing layoffs in the clean energy sector, according to an analysis published last week.
- Bismarck Tribune reports that developers are moving forward with plans for a 500 MW wind project in central North Dakota, hoping to complete it in 2022.
- Star Tribune reports that Xcel Energy looks to extend the lives of its existing nuclear plants while exploring options for smaller reactors as it transitions to entirely carbon-free power.