Energy news in brief

** President Biden highlights clean energy promises in his first address to Congress, including his commitment to make the U.S. a leader in electric vehicle and battery production.

** Building enough wind, solar and other renewable energy sources to achieve an emissions-free grid by 2035 will require a chunk of land the size of South Dakota, an estimate suggests.

** The historically coal-reliant Tennessee Valley Authority considers phasing out the last of its aging coal power plants by 2035 — possibly to begin new lives as sites for small nuclear reactors.

** NextEra Energy withdraws its offer to buy Santee Cooper, effectively ending a years-long debate among South Carolina officials over whether to sell the troubled, stated-owned utility.

** NextEra Energy is working with a developer to build Minnesota’s first landfill renewable natural gas production facility.

** Entergy’s quarterly revenue and profit surge from a spike in demand for heating during February’s winter storm.

** A bill to declare Louisiana a “fossil fuel sanctuary state” and resist federal laws or regulations negatively affecting the industry stalls in the state legislature.

** Toyota plans to add 1,400 jobs at an Indiana manufacturing plant to build a new electrified SUV model.

** The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case over whether a private energy company should be able to seize state land to build the PennEast pipeline.

** The number of electric vehicles worldwide will likely grow from 11 million today to 145 million by 2030, a report predicts, though the number could hit 230 million if governments encourage production.

** Utah Sen. Mike Lee says President Biden’s moratorium on new federal oil and gas leasing on public lands is a “crippling blow” to Utahns financially reliant on the industry.

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