Energy news in brief

** PennEast Pipeline said on Monday it would cease development of the natural gas pipeline it proposed to build from Pennsylvania to New Jersey because the project had not yet received all the required permits.

** The Biden administration puts the brakes on oil and gas drilling permit approvals after coming under fire for issuing too many.

** Widening power shortages in China have halted production at numerous factories including many supplying Apple and Tesla, while some shops in the northeast operated by candlelight and malls shut early as the economic toll of the squeeze mounted.

** BP said nearly a third of its British petrol stations had run out of the two main grades of fuel on Sunday as panic buying forced the government to suspend competition laws and allow firms to work together to ease shortages.

** Support for electrified charging roads is gaining traction in the United States and two states, Indiana and Michigan are currently planning to construct their own roads and highways that can charge electric vehicles (EVs) as they drive.

** Top African oil exporters Nigeria and Angola will struggle to boost output to their OPEC quota levels until at least next year as underinvestment and nagging maintenance problems continue to hobble output, sources at their respective oil firms warn.

** Electric startup Rivian has won the race to put the first electric pickup into customer hands. “After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line,” founder and CEO RJ Scaringe tweeted Sept. 14.

** Northern California prosecutors charge Pacific Gas & Electric with manslaughter and other crimes relating to a fire sparked by the utility’s equipment last year.

** An earthquake briefly knocked out power Friday to Marathon Petroleum Corp’s 360-barrel-per-day Los Angeles refinery, forcing it to flare off excess gases.

** The University of Minnesota will phase out all of its investments in fossil fuel-related companies over the next five to seven years following pressure from students calling for more climate action.

** Ten advocacy groups form a coalition to lobby for the development of wind power off the North Carolina coast.

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