Energy news in brief

** The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has voted to approve support for PennEast’s $1 billion shale gas pipeline in New Jersey that’s been stalled by a dispute over whether it can seize state-owned land for construction won the backing of the nation’s top energy regulator. The vote came as PennEast prepares to take its case to the US Supreme Court.

** Kansas City utility Evergy pledges to add 660 MW of wind after an activist investor criticized the utility’s lack of commitment to renewables.

** U.S. metro areas will need to expand workplace and public fast-charging stations by 400% in the next five years to service expected growth in EVs, a report finds.

** Colorado officials announce initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency at cannabis cultivating businesses in the state.

** BLM’s lease of public lands in Park County, Wyoming for potential energy exploration has sparked conflict between the state’s petroleum industry and environmentalists concerned about sage grouse habitat.

** Energy Products Partners announces the activation of its Permian Basin cryogenic natural gas processing plant in West Texas.

** Two new studies rank Denver, Colorado among the top 10 worst cities in the U.S. for hazardous air pollution, with elevated levels on more than 260 days a year for the past two years.

** Washington state’s House passed a bill aiming to limit the amount of carbon dioxide and related greenhouse gases released by transportation fuels and increase the number of electric vehicles in the state.