Energy news in brief

** OPEC +’s current production agreement will stay in place per an announcement the group made on Wednesday. It will maintain the 400K bbl/day hike scheduled for October. Reports stated the group took less than an hour to make the announcement.

** A federal court declines to hear Republican-led states’ challenge to the Biden administration’s plans to account for the social cost of carbon emissions.

** Entergy New Orleans predicts it could begin restoring power to the city as early as Wednesday afternoon, although numerous downed lines will delay its work.

** Early reports to state and federal officials confirm numerous releases of oil and a variety of chemicals in southeastern Louisiana on the day before and the day of Hurricane Ida’s arrival.

** Two Pike Electric workers contracted with Alabama Power are killed while working on storm restoration.

** Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker promotes his plan to use federal relief funds on a billion dollars worth of environmental projects.

** Dry natural gas production from shale formations in the Appalachian Basin that spans Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio has been growing since 2008, and monthly production has recently set new record highs. Production in the region reached 32.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in December 2020, and it averaged 31.9 Bcf/d during the first half of 2021, the highest average for a six-month period since production began in 2008.

** Skokie, Illinois-based biotech company LanzaTech is partnering with chemical tech company Twelve on technology to transform carbon dioxide emissions into polypropylene, a commonly used plastic traditionally made from fossil fuels. The partners received a $200,000 grant from the social change firm Impact Squared reported Centered.

** Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennesse licensed its electric vehicle wireless charging technology to EV charging company HEVO. The system reportedly offers the world’s highest power levels in the smallest package and could enable contact-free charging as EVs drive at highway speeds.

** Oregon regulators fine a Portland oil storage company $25,000 for conducting construction work without a permit while its application to expand the terminal was pending.

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