Energy news in brief

** Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette will be in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday to meet with members of the region’s energy industry and to discuss the “current state of energy markets,” the Energy Department announced.

** Bayer stock tumbled on Tuesday, after a district judge hinted he would reject part of the company’s $10.9 billion plan to settle lawsuits claiming Roundup causes cancer. The German chemicals giant announced at the end of June it had agreed to pay up to $10.9 billion to settle close to 100,000 lawsuits claiming Roundup had caused cancer.

** Shell may sell one of its refineries in southern Louisiana and various facilities associated with the site.

** More than 1,000 sheep are helping to control vegetation at a Tennessee solar farm.

** Climate activists say they see a “new era” of clean energy after three major pipelines were canceled or dealt major setbacks this week. 

** The temporary closure of the Dakota Access Pipeline will not affect Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline, according to the company that owns both projects.

** Houston-based Vistra Energy was the top emitter of carbon dioxide in the U.S. power sector in 2018, followed by Duke Energy and Southern Company, according to an environmental group’s report.

** Dutch electric vehicle charging manufacturer EVBox moves forward with establishing its first North American headquarters near Chicago.

** Regulators in multiple Midwest states have rejected utility requests to recover pandemic-related revenue losses from customers, though longer term changes may be in store.

** Activists hope recent victories against major pipeline projects will carry momentum into Michigan as they seek to remove Line 5 from the Straits of Mackinac.

** Native American tribes and conservationists want 350,000 acres of public land in southern Nevada designated a national monument to protect it from mining, energy development, utility lines, and road construction.

** New Mexico Democratic U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland says an infrastructure bill passed by the House would move the state towards an equitable renewable energy revolution.

** The City of Durango, Colorado is awarded a $55,000 state grant to build electric vehicle infrastructure.

** A new report indicates Wyoming’s energy decline began before the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the state.

** The White House has announced that the public lands infrastructure projects being fast-tracked as part of its pandemic response will not be made public. The infrastructure projects are those identified in the wake of President Trump’s June executive order that calls on agencies to weaken required environmental reviews of projects to be built during the current pandemic.

** A union representing almost 1,000 Midwest EPA workers endorsed Joe Biden for president on Tuesday.

** 23% and 38%—That’s how much the stock prices of big residential solar players Sunrun and Vivint Solar respectively soared yesterday as the market absorbed news of Sunrun’s $3.2 billion deal to acquire its competitor.

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