Energy news in brief

**  U.S. energy regulators on Tuesday upheld Oregon’s denial for a clean water permit for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, dealing a blow to plans for an export terminal favored by the Trump administration.

**  Officials in Washington state denied a key permit for a large proposed methanol plant Tuesday, saying the project that aims to send the chemical to China to be used in everything from fabrics and contact lenses to iPhones and medical equipment would pump out too much pollution.

** Global energy majors including Royal Dutch Shell and Total are expected to benefit most from January’s gas price spike, beating rival trading houses and non-integrated producers thanks to their access to multiple sources of the fuel.

** The Trump administration said on Tuesday it had issued drilling leases on more than 400,000 acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), delivering on a promise to fossil-fuel proponents on President Donald Trump’s last full day in office reported Reuters.

** Wyoming lawmakers advance a utility-backed bill that would repeal net metering, which an advocate says if passed “essentially kills” the rooftop solar industry in the state according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

** The City of Los Angeles joins 27 states and municipalities in a lawsuit fighting a new Trump administration greenhouse gas emissions rule the city’s attorney says creates an “arbitrary” threshold reported the City News Service.

** Automotive News reported startup manufacturer Rivian raises $2.65 billion in a new round of financing as it moves closer to production of its electric pickup truck.

** Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont tells an environmental forum he “does not want to build” a 650 MW natural gas power plant in the eastern part of the state that is pending before regulators.

** California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday that he is involved in nine new lawsuits against Trump’s environmental rollbacks on Trump’s last full day in office.

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