Energy news in brief

** Indigenous advocates are set to continue opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, which could begin construction in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska this month.

**The Justice Department ended an antitrust investigation into whether Ford, Volkswagen, Honda and BMW illegally coordinated last year when they agreed to follow California’s stringent vehicle fuel-economy targets.

** The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider the nomination of Katharine MacGregor to be deputy Interior secretary on Tuesday, as well as the nomination of Lanny Erdos to be director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

** U.S. solar manufacturing increased since tariffs were placed on imported solar panels and cells two years ago, said a report Friday by the U.S. International Trade Commission. According to the report, employment and production sank in 2018 but increased in the first half of last year.

**  Environmentalists have withdrawn their lawsuit accusing the BLM of failing to  adequately analyze the environmental potential impact of three oil and gas leases in eastern Arizona.

** NorthWestern Energy’s application for a permit to place a natural gas pipeline under Montana’s Gallatin River has neighbors worried.

** Advocates say investment in rooftop solar in Utah is waning because of a decrease in the compensation rate paid to customers.

** Colorado State University-Pueblo officials say the campus is the first in the state to achieve zero net electric efficiency thanks to its 22 acre solar project.

** An exploration of the Trump administration’s final management plans for Utah’s reduced Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments finds that a drilling and mining boom is unlikely.