Energy news in brief

** Saudi Arabia intends to raise its oil output in April after committing to unilaterally cut 1 million barrels per day of crude production in February and March in an effort to boost global prices, according to advisers to the kingdom, though they said the plans could be reversed if circumstances change reported Morning Consult.

** DTE Energy officials in Michigan say operational problems with wind turbines like those seen in Texas are unlikely in Michigan because the equipment is prepared for cold weather.

** A century after the global shipping fleet ran largely on coal, the world’s largest shipping line is taking a historic step toward not using fossil fuels for propulsion. All newly constructed vessels owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk will have to be able to use carbon-neutral fuels, such as clean methanol and ammonia, as well as traditional oil-based products, the company said in a statement.

** Boston University buys all of its electricity from a South Dakota wind farm, reasoning that it has a greater climate impact than buying locally sourced renewable energy.

** Analysts and officials in Maryland and New York say a grid failure like the one crippling Texas is unlikely in the East due to cold weather preparedness, market regulation and other factors.

** North Carolina’s governor nominates an official with the environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund  to lead the state’s environmental regulatory agency, replacing Michael Regan, who was nominated to lead the EPA.

** Baker Hughes announced it is acquiring ARMS Reliability, a leading global provider of reliability solutions to some of the world’s largest industrial companies across a wide range of industries including mining, oil and gas, power, manufacturing, and utilities. The acquisition deepens Baker Hughes’ industrial asset performance management (APM) capabilities.

** Ohio electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors wants the state to allow the company to directly sell its vehicles to customers rather than auto dealerships.

** House Democrats’ public lands package includes conservation bills aiming to protect Colorado and California wilderness as well as  legislation that would permanently protect the Grand Canyon area from uranium mining.

** A Wyoming county denies a permit application for a commercial solar energy facility in a unanimous vote, citing a number of concerns including information that contradicted what county officials had been told previously.

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