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Feds reviewing Musk tweet about disabling driver monitoring

DETROIT — A tweet from Elon Musk indicating that Tesla might allow some owners who are testing a “Full Self-Driving” system to disable an alert that reminds them to keep their hands on the steering wheel has drawn attention from US safety regulators.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it asked Tesla for more information about the tweet. Last week, the agency said the issue is now part of a broader investigation into at least 14 Teslas that have crashed into emergency vehicles while using the Autopilot driver assist system.Since 2021, Tesla has been beta-testing “Full Self-Driving” using owners who haven’t been trained on the system but are actively monitored by the company. Earlier this year, Tesla said 160,000, roughly 15 percent of Teslas now on US roads, were...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Solar, Wind & EV's

 

ERCOT to Texas Supremes: ‘Quite Literally, Chaos Will Follow’

If the Texas Legislature wanted the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to be immune from civil lawsuits, it would have passed laws stating so, lawyers representing two large energy companies told the Texas Supreme Court during oral arguments Monday.San Antonio-based CPS Energy and Dallas-based Panda Power Funds have sued ERCOT separately in their hometown courts seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for allegedly erroneous decisions that ERCOT made that negatively impacted the companies. READ FULL ARTICLE...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Energy Crisis

 

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Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Utility Companies, Video

 

US Rejects Oil Offers in First Attempt to Replenish Stockpiles

(Bloomberg) -- The Biden administration is delaying the replenishment of the nation’s emergency oil reserve after deciding the offers it received were either too expensive or didn’t meet the required specifications, according to people familiar with the matter.The Department of Energy rejected the several offers it got for a potential purchase in February, said the people, who asked not to be identified as details of the process haven’t been published. The department outlined its intention in December to begin restocking the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, starting with a purchase of 3 million barrels next month. The plan follows the historic 180 million-barrel release of oil from the reserve ordered by President Joe Biden as he sought to tame the high gasoline prices in the aftermath of...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Oil/Gas

 

India approves $2.3 billion to develop green hydrogen

Marking its biggest effort yet to make India a global hub for production, use and export of hydrogen, the Indian federal government approved $2.3 billion funding with an aim to grow various segments of the green hydrogen sector in India.ENGALURU, India -- The government has approved $2.3 billion to support production, use and exports of green hydrogen, aiming to make India a global hub for the nascent industry.The funding, announced late Wednesday, i s a first step toward establishing the capacity to make at least 5 million metric tons of green hydrogen by the end of this decade.Green hydrogen is hydrogen that is produced through the electrolysis of water, powered by electricity generated from renewable sources of energy. Most of the world’s hydrogen is produced using fossil fuels,...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Hydroelectric

 

Why Are Energy Prices So High? Some Experts Blame Deregulation.

California and the 34 other states that have deregulated all or parts of their electricity system tend to have higher rates than the rest of the country.When California, New York, Texas and other states began deregulating their electricity markets in the 1990s, officials promised that those changes would foster competition and make energy more affordable.But it hasn’t worked out that way.Average retail electricity costs in the 35 states that have partly or entirely broken apart the generation, transmission and retail distribution of energy into separate businesses have risen faster than rates in the 15 states that have not deregulated, including Florida and Oregon. That difference has persisted for much of the last two decades or so, including in the last year, when energy prices increased...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Power Rates

 

UN says ozone layer slowly healing, hole to mend by 2066

DENVER (AP) — Earth’s protective ozone layer is slowly but noticeably healing at a pace that would fully mend the hole over Antarctica in about 43 years, a new United Nations report says.A once-every-four-years scientific assessment found recovery in progress, more than 35 years after every nation in the world agreed to stop producing chemicals that chomp on the layer of ozone in Earth’s atmosphere that shields the planet from harmful radiation linked to skin cancer, cataracts and crop damage.“In the upper stratosphere and in the ozone hole we see things getting better,” said Paul Newman, co-chair of the scientific assessment.The progress is slow, according to the report presented Monday at the American Meteorological Society convention in Denver. The global average amount of ozone 18...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Climate Change

 

CES 2023: Companies tout environmental tech innovations

LAS VEGAS — (AP) — The mottled bright green leaves of a pothos plant stood out against the flashy expanse of electric vehicles and smart products at the CES tech show in Las Vegas this year. This particular version of the familiar houseplant was bioengineered to remove 30 times the amount of indoor air pollutants of a typical house plant, according to Neoplants, the Paris-based company that created it.Customers are already joining a waitlist for seedlings still in the nursery.Neoplants founder and CEO Lionel Mora is a passionate former Google employee who sings a bit of a different tune than other founders at the electronics convention, with its technology-can-solve-anything vibe. He says before people turn to engineering solutions, they need to address consumption. But, "when it comes to...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Climate Change

 

How do Electric Transmission Lines Work?

WATCH ON YOUTUBEDiscussing some of the fascinating engineering that goes into overhead electric power transmission lines. In the past, power generating plants were only able to serve their local areas. As power plants grew larger and further away from populated areas, the need for ways to efficiently move electricity over long distances has become more and more important. Stringing power lines across the landscape to connect cities to power plants may seem as simple as connecting an extension cord to an outlet, but the engineering behind these electric superhighways is more complicated and fascinating than you might think. ...

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Utility Companies, Video

 

How Would a Nuclear EMP Affect the Power Grid? VIDEO

WATCH ON YOUTUBEHow a nuclear blast in the upper atmosphere could disable the power grid....

Published on 1/11/2023 (20 days ago) Energy Crisis, Video

 

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