Energy news in brief

** Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo resigns days after the FBI searched his home as part of an investigation into the state’s power plant subsidy law bribery scandal reported

** Reuters reported that Enbridge says construction has started on a Pennsylvania solar project that will help power operations for a natural gas pipeline. 

** The Trump administration is moving to loosen rules around offshore drilling in the Arctic to encourage oil and gas development there.

** Opponents of a power line through Maine say they now have one-third of the required signatures to put a referendum on the ballot that would require legislative approval for the project reported the Salem News.

** The Federal Aviation Administration reopens its review of a planned western Virginia wind farm after it neglected to notify some government officials and public airports about the public comment period according to the Roanoke Times.

** General Motors says a pending breakthrough will make the cost of an electric vehicle equal to internal combustion models within five years and also increase vehicles’ range per charge according to the Associated Press.

** The publicly owned utility serving the Lincoln, Nebraska, region sets a goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 reported KRVN.

** The Sandusky Register reports that developers plan a $100 million, 125 MW solar project in northern Ohio.

** Bloomberg Law reports how after four years of attacks by President Trump, Californians expect to play an influential role in shaping policy under President-elect Biden, including on climate and equity issues.

** Consumer advocates want a $166 million penalty levied against PG&E for failing to inform almost 400,000 ratepayers of three of the utility’s planned blackouts in 2019 reported KPIX.

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