After a packed week of news, make sure you grab your boxed wine paired with Cheeze-Its (yes, that’s a thing) and jump into the news! Everyone’s talking about Mike Tyson heading back to the ring and Taylor Swift’s new album drop that beat out Kanye West’s upcoming album “Donda.” Tay-Tay’s latest even has an energy nod referencing Rebekah Harkness, the wife of Standard Oil heir William Hale Harkness.
While some of us feel old as the movie “Clueless” turns 25, not everyone is lumping themselves into the same category. In fact, for anyone feeling old out there, you can always take selfie tips from 78-year old Martha Stewart by checking out her perfect pool selfie that had Instagram buzzing.
Speaking of perfect images, don’t miss this video capturing a lightning strike behind the Statue of Liberty. Finally, before you start worrying about our national coin shortage, don’t miss this story about a new mysterious ‘blue hole’ discovered off Florida’s Gulf Coast. While there were plenty of exciting things this week, we’re sure there are also some exciting pieces of energy news to get you ready for the weekend. As always, you can check out last week’s list here.
1A glimpse at Puerto Rico’s proposed ocean-powered energy plant
Puerto Rico announced plans to construct a deep-ocean energy complex, which will include an experimental 500-kilowatt ocean thermal energy conversion plant. If completed, it would be the largest generator of its type in the world. (Oooooo. Ahhhhhhhh) Bloomberg explains how frigid ocean water pumped more than a mile beneath the surface will power it.
2Pittsburgh’s new microgrid is making news
Construction started on a microgrid for Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), marking a first-of-its-kind initiative among major U.S. airports. Utility Dive breaks down the microgrid components, including five natural gas-fired generators and nearly 7,800 solar panels – expected to produce enough energy to power the equivalent of 13,000 homes.
3Talk about frontline heroes – how about the amazing roughneck U.S. cowboys who drilled Britain’s secret WWII oil wells
There is new attention to the little-known story of a small group of Americans who searched for “black gold” in the heart of besieged Britain decades ago. CNET tells the amazing energy story of what happened when Oklahoman oilmen were stationed with English monks.
4In 2020, we needed the new electric Mustang
Trying to push the limits of electric vehicle performance, Ford created an electric Mustang Mach-E SUV with seven electric motors that can produce a total of up to 1,400 horsepower. Vroom vroom! CNN Business reveals how this new “one-of-a-kind demonstration car” was created to show the potential of electric vehicles and to help engineers to research ways to increase their power.
5The longer the blades, the better the costs
Energy Department researchers found that longer wind turbine blades manufactured over the last decade have allowed wind developers to produce more power. E&E News reports on how the increase in average blade size is a primary determinant of the size of the circular path traveled by the blades.