Energy news in brief

** The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported U.S. petroleum consumption decreased to a 25-year low in 2020. The 18.1 million barrels a day of petroleum products consumed decreased in every energy-consuming sector.

** U.S. oil company ConocoPhillips is aiming to collect some $115 million that Jamaica’s government owes Venezuela to partly enforce a $2 billion arbitral award, Jamaican court records show.

** Russia is supplying more oil to the U.S. than any other foreign producer aside from Canada as American refiners scour the globe for gasoline-rich feedstocks to feed surging motor-fuel demand.

** President Joe Biden was set to sign an executive order Thursday that sets a target for zero-emissions vehicles to account for half of all automobiles sold in the U.S. by 2030, according to senior administration officials, an ambitious goal that hinges on major investments by the federal government on charging stations and other infrastructure.

** Mexico’s president said Wednesday he will call on the National Guard to protect gas delivery trucks after drivers and crews went on strike to protest government price controls.

** Oil giant BP looks to begin construction on a 345 MW solar project in Louisiana by October and sell power to companies such as McDonalds and eBay.

** North Dakota regulators order a Minnesota utility to remove a wind turbine after a rancher argued it was too close to their farmhouse.

** Indigenous and environmental groups call on the Biden administration to permanently ban oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

** The Biden administration issues a final rule allowing oil companies to disturb polar bears and Pacific walruses during exploration and drilling in the Beaufort Sea and Western Arctic.

** Cheniere Energy, Inc. announced the publication of a peer-reviewed, liquefied natural gas life cycle assessment study which allows for improved greenhouse gas emissions assessment. The study has been published in the American Chemical Society Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Journal.

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