Energy news in brief

**  The Oklahoma  Space Industry Development Authority meets Wednesday in Oklahoma City. The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation headquarters at the state capitol.

** Bob Murray, former CEO and founder of the bankrupt Murray Energy Corp. has dropped his defamation lawsuit against late-night tv show host John Oliver. Murray filed suit in 2017 after HBO and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” was critical of Murray, saying he looked like a “geriatric Dr. Evil.”

** California Gov. Gavin Newsom has accused his state’s largest utility company of mismanaging funds he said it should have used to upgrade an aging electrical grid prone to deadly wildfires. But over the past two decades, Newsom (D) and his wife have accepted more than $700,000 from the Pacific Gas & Electric Co., its foundation and its employees as the utility has supported his political campaigns, his ballot initiatives, his inauguration festivities and his wife’s foundation, including her film projects, according to records reviewed by The Washington Post.

**  Several wind farm construction projects in northeast South Dakota have resulted in hundreds of workers brought to the Watertown area. Codington, Grant, Roberts and Clark counties have wind farm construction projects that started last summer.

** The Albuquerque Journal reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to take over the regulation of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s rates, effectively stripping New Mexico and three other states of any rate-making authority over the wholesale power supplier. The move could have significant repercussions for the roughly 1.3 million consumers served by 43 electric cooperatives in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska that receive their wholesale power from Tri-State.

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