Other energy updates

** Hawaiian Electric faces scrutiny and lawsuits for not de-energizing power lines as high winds and dry conditions gripped Hawaii in the leadup to the deadly Maui wildfires.

** A Montana judge ruled Monday that the state is violating its residents’ right to a clean environment, delivering a major victory to the 16 kids, teens and young adults behind the first U.S. youth-led climate trial.

** California is planning to develop offshore wind at a depth and scale never before attempted in the world. A new offshore wind proposal, driven by the Biden and Newsom administrations’ efforts to dramatically increase clean energy, would erect dozens of massive turbines with blades as long as a football field in an area of the Pacific Ocean nearly 10 times the size of Manhattan.

** A new report estimates that by 2030, Massachusetts will need to spend billions of dollars to build 10,000 fast chargers and 35,000 Level 2 chargers to support the number of electric vehicles it wants to see on the road.

**  President Joe Biden’s administration has agreed to investigate how California manages its water after some Native American tribes and environmental groups complained the state’s policies are “rooted in white supremacy.”

** Exxon Mobil on Monday for the first time registered arbitration awards against Venezuela with a U.S. federal court in Delaware that soon plans an auction of shares in Venezuela-owned oil refiner Citgo Petroleum.


** Activists and environmental groups including the Sierra Club sued Puerto Rico’s government Monday over the planned location of dozens of renewable energy projects meant to ease the U.S. territory’s power woes. The lawsuit claims the projects would be built on lands that are ecologically sensitive and of high agricultural value, a violation of local laws.

** Alberta will never comply with a Canadian government plan to phase out carbon emissions from power generation by 2035, Premier Danielle Smith said.

** Thailand’s largest natural gas producer is ramping up output to avoid a renewed power crisis.