Energy news in brief

** Hurricane Laura left about 900,000 U.S. homes and businesses without power across the Gulf Coast region. 

** Energy companies continue efforts to restore operations at Gulf Coast offshore platforms and refineries shut down by Hurricane Laura, as the port near Lake Charles recovers from significant damage. 

** California grid regulators approved the largest utility-led electric vehicle charging deployment in the country. The new program allows Southern California Edison to spend $436 million of ratepayer funds to install 38,000 light-duty electric car chargers.

** Ohio regulators may reconsider a ruling next month on plans for a Lake Erie pilot wind energy project.

** Wisconsin regulators consider requiring utilities to develop pilot electric vehicle programs.

** Amazon says it intends to add more than 1,800 Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles to its European delivery fleet this year. It’s the latest sign of Amazon’s push into EVs, following plans unveiled last year to buy 100,000 vehicles from American startup Rivian and have 10,000 of them in operation by 2022.

** The future of an offshore oil drilling moratorium off the coast of Florida could hinge on the outcome of the presidential election.

** A group of Wheeling, West Virginia, residents file a petition to stop traffic from a pipeline project from passing by their homes, which they say is dangerous. 

** Wyoming environmental regulators say the state’s effort to clean up abandoned coal mines is creating much-needed jobs and funneling millions of dollars into local economies.

** The Navajo Transitional Energy Company lays off 80 workers at a Wyoming mine who had previously been furloughed in May.

 

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