** The parent of Liberty Utilities still plans to pursue its Kentucky Power acquisition but also is cutting its dividend 40%.
** More than 140 people have filed complaints against a Tennessee solar company that’s now under investigation in three states.
** Texas natural gas generators did better during last month’s cold snap than in the 2021 winter storm, but a 34% drop in capacity points to continued challenges and drives calls for additional grid reform.
** Scientists call for restrictions on oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico to protect a newly discovered, high endangered species of whale.
** Tennessee residents rally against an energy company’s plans to build a 32-mile natural gas pipeline to a transitioning coal plant.
** Some developers say a plan under consideration in Ann Arbor, Michigan to ban gas connections in new buildings would shift too quickly and result in higher construction costs.
** The Nebraska Public Power District will study the state’s potential to host small modular nuclear reactors.
** One day of strikes and protests against a planned pension reform in France will not disrupt refinery operations, TotalEnergies’ chief executive said on Wednesday evening, but this could change if the strikes were to last.
** The British North Sea’s biggest oil and gas producer Harbour Energy (HBR.L) told its staff that it plans job cuts in the wake of a windfall tax imposed on the sector last year, the company said on Wednesday.
** Converting sugarcane to bio-ethanol is driving communities in Brazil towards more sustainably-fuelled transport.
** The World Bank expects energy prices to decline by 11% in 2023 after this year’s 60% surge following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, slower global growth and COVID-19 restrictions in China could lead to a deeper fall, it says.
** The drop in Russian fossil fuel exports following its invasion of Ukraine will transform the global energy landscape for decades and can help speed up the green energy transition, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
** India has been increasing its oil imports from Russia – so much so that they made up 23% of the country’s total oil intake in September, their highest ever share. India is also now Russia’s second-biggest oil customer after China.