Energy news in brief around the US and world

** Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday asked U.S. customs officials to explain why three major Chinese solar energy companies were excluded from a list of importers whose products are banned under a new law aimed at cracking down on forced labor.

** White House sources say the Biden administration is opening the door to approving major fossil fuel projects — including the Willow oil drilling development in Alaska — in hopes of securing Sen. Joe Manchin’s vote for the stalled Build Back Better climate bill.

** Federal officials take unprecedented conservation measures in an attempt to keep Lake Powell reservoir levels high enough for Glen Canyon Dam to continue generating hydropower.

** The Michigan Public Service Commission has requested data and information on the safety risks of Canadian energy giant Enbridge’s Line 5, noting their application to build a proposed replacement for the segment that runs under the Straits of Mackinac lacks in engineering and safety information, including on the risks of explosion.

** A tank at an oil and gas well in Wyoming catches fire, injuring one person.


** GE found how tough the wind industry is and decided to shelve plans for a wind turbine plant in the United Kingdom.

** Japan plans to provide support to India to drive the transition to clean energy, expanding a programme it launched last year for Southeast Asian nations, Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda said on Wednesday.

** Sri Lank’s government has been toppled by its people who were angry over a growing energy and food crisis.

** A group representing the Ukrainian diaspora said on Tuesday it was seeking a judicial review of the Canadian government’s decision to return a repaired turbine to Germany that is needed for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.