Energy briefs

** Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin filed a brief with the Supreme Court Tuesday asking the high court to reinstate the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 303-mile natural gas pipeline under construction.

** Swedish manufacturer Husqvarna on Monday announced that its 874,000-SF Nashville production facility will be shutting down, affecting about 700 jobs. The plant will be closed at the end of 2024.

** A United Nations agency warned of an increased risk of heart attacks and deaths as the northern hemisphere reeled from heat waves Tuesday.

** Phoenix broke its heat record Tuesday, with the city hitting 19 consecutive days of 110 degrees or hotter.

** A prolonged heat wave in Arizona drives peak electricity demand across the state to record highs, but utilities say the grid can withstand the strain. 

** John Kerry, U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, is ending his trip to China without any concrete commitments to reduce emissions.

** A federal appeals court rejects tribal nations’ and conservationists’ bid to block construction at the Thacker Pass lithium mine in northern Nevada.

** U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland defends the Biden administration’s approval of the Willow oil and gas drilling project in Alaska, saying it will bring jobs and revenue to the region. 

** Washington state’s oil industry and Democratic lawmakers spar over rising gasoline prices, with the former blaming a new carbon cap-and-trade program and the latter price gouging.


** Pemex’s long legacy of corruption continues. Mexico’s beleaguered state-run oil company has been a hotbed of bribery and weak regulation for decades. Despite the fact that Mexico’s current president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, ran on a vehemently anti-corruption platform, his determination to make Pemex great again has led to a problematically lenient stance toward the oil company’s ongoing transgressions.

**  Petroleos Mexicanos is responding to an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of a deadly explosion at one of the state-owned company’s natural gas platforms. Scientist Guillermo Tamburini Beliveau detected the leak July 4, days before the blast off the coast of Mexico’s Campeche, Greenpeace and others said in a statement.

** China represents an increasing threat to the US power grid, lawmakers were told Tuesday during a hearing in which they were warned a cyberattack from the nation could plunge military and other sensitive sites into darkness.

** When Shanghai held its international auto show this spring, the world’s biggest names were there: Toyota, Ford, BMW and more. But it was Chinese brands such as BYD and NIO that stood out, with electric vehicles that are cutting edge — and affordable. China’s electric vehicle companies have grown rapidly in recent years, becoming major competitors for American automakers like Tesla.

** Electricity prices in Europe fell into negative territory over the weekend as the region’s green-energy push resulted in an abundance of supply. On Saturday, prices for the following day dipped below zero in about a dozen countries, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, according to Epex Spot SE data cited by Bloomberg.