Energy news in brief

** The operator of a mid-Michigan dam that broke Tuesday, causing severe flooding, had its hydroelectric license revoked in 2018 by federal energy regulators due to numerous safety violations.

** Geronimo Energy proposes a 128 MW solar project in western South Dakota.

** A Kansas City suburb adopts an ordinance requiring new commercial and residential structures to be designed with a roof and electrical system that support solar arrays.

**  Kansas City, Missouri, is among the first cities to pilot zero-fare transit in an effort to drive up ridership of public transportation.

** Google says it will no longer build artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction following pressure from Greenpeace.

** Bankruptcy filings show Murray Energy paid nearly $1 million last year to a law firm that has fought wind and solar development in Ohio, a watchdog group reports.

** The University of California announces its investment portfolios are now free of fossil fuels after the sale of more than $1 billion in assets, becoming the largest university system in the U.S. to do so.

** The owner of two Powder River Basin mines has removed “coal” from its name and is making moves to shift its focus away from thermal coal and focus on metallurgical coal and other resources.

** Peabody’s CEO says a subsidiary is laying off more than half of its workforce at a Colorado coal mine due to reduced demand driven by market volatility and the coronavirus pandemic.

** The BLM is reportedly deluged with requests for cutting oil and gas industry royalty payments or suspending oil leases.

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