Energy news in brief

** In Nebraska, wind energy now provides 14% of the electricity for the state.  Tax revenue from the wind projects is up to $3 million just for local schools..

** Ships traversing the Straits of Mackinac may soon get a warning message before they cross: Hoist your anchors. Enbridge Energy is awaiting federal approval to implement a warning system that will notify ships of the U.S. Coast Guard’s no-anchor zone in the Straits, where Enbridge’s Line 5 oil and gas pipeline lies on the lakebottom.

** California Gov. Newsom declared a statewide state of emergency as wildfires spread through the state’s wine country. The state’s largest ever planned blackout affects more than two million people. The Kincade Fire in the Sonoma region prompted evacuation orders for more than 180,000 residents.

** The Associated Press reports environmental groups plan to challenge the Interior Department’s planned lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by year’s end in federal court.

**  Exxon Mobil Corporation will release its third quarter 2019 financial results Friday morning. The release will be at 6:30 a.m. central time. Two hours later, Neil Hansen, vice president and secretary will review the results in a listen-only conference call.