- “Storm Damage Prompts NextEra Energy To Shut Duane Arnold Nuclear Plant Early” • NextEra Energy Resources said it will not restart the reactor at the Duane Arnold Energy Center before its permanent closing date. The 622-MW Iowa nuclear plant was scheduled to close on Oct. 30, 2020, but on August 10, it was damaged by a storm. [S&P Global]
- “Dow Jones Throws ExxonMobil Overboard In Massive Index Shakeup” • ExxonMobil has been kicked out of the Dow Jones Industrial Average index and replaced by a technology company that sells software that allows large companies to track sales and other information, Salesforce.com. ExxonMobil has been part of the Dow index for 92 years. [CleanTechnica]
- “Tesla Air? Elon Musk Hints Tesla Could Mass Produce 400 Wh/kg Batteries In Three To Four Years” • Elon Musk suggested on Twitter that Tesla may be able to mass produce batteries with 50% more energy density in three to four years, which could enable electric airplanes. Musk has been interested in pushing electric aircraft for years. [CleanTechnica]
- “Study: Black Turbine Blades Reduced Bird Mortality By 72%” • Bird death from turbine collisions dropped by 71.9% where a turbine blade was black, compared with unpainted turbines at the same wind farm, findings published in the peer-reviewed journal Ecology and Evolution show. Trained dogs have tracked dead birds at the site for ten years. [E&E News]
- “Green Party Candidates Likely Won’t Be On Montana Ballots Following Supreme Court Action” • Green Party candidates for key congressional races will likely not appear on Montana ballots this fall after the US Supreme Court declined to take up an emergency petition from the state’s Republican secretary of state. [CNN]
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