Energy news in brief

** Marathon would pay $82,000 in fines, invest in air filtration systems and boost data reporting under a consent order with state regulators following an emissions release at its Detroit refinery late last year. 

** Canadian National Railroad says a $100 million plan to upgrade and expand its system in Wisconsin will lower transportation emissions by avoiding truck deliveries. 

** The Iowa Farmers Union questions Sen. Joni Ernst’s support for the state’s ethanol sector after she backed pandemic-related aid for the petroleum industry.

** Opponents of a Maine transmission line say they still have not received requested information on police surveillance of their group.

** As the Southeast grapples with a pandemic and record heat waves, utilities like Georgia Power prepare to reinstate shut-offs for customers who can’t pay their bills.

**  San Antonio, Texas, utility CPS Energy solicits information from solar and storage developers as part of a plan to double its solar capacity.

** Oil and gas companies and utilities fund police foundations in cities like New Orleans, according to a report by a nonprofit think tank. 

** A federal judge rules that a coal company owned by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is liable for more than 3,000 violations of federal clean water standards due to pollution from a mine.

** The Trump administration plans to nominate Virginia State Corporation Commission Chair Mark Christie to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

** Experts debate whether a massive solar and storage project powering a Nevada data center can be replicated.

** Wyoming is set to revive its challenge to the Obama-era Waste Prevention Rule that sets methane emissions standards on public and tribal lands.

** Navajo Transitional Energy Company announces it is rehiring 73 furloughed employees at its Montana coal mine.

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