Energy quick reads

** Environmentalists are urging the White House to use an obscure legal tool to thwart TC Energy Corp.’s planned expansion of a natural gas pipeline in the Pacific Northwest that they say would stoke climate change.

** Freezing temperatures sweeping the US shut in more than half of North Dakota’s oil production and curbed refinery operations in Texas.

** Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal agency that supplies power to 10 million people in the region, recommended on Tuesday that customers conserve electricity as cold weather sweeps across the US.

** Kentucky’s largest utility has built what it says is the state’s first utility-scale wind turbine in an effort to test the potential of wind energy.

** U.S. homes and businesses used a record amount of natural gas on Tuesday as demand for the fuel for heating and power generation soared during an Arctic blast that also cut gas output to near a 13-month low by freezing wells.

** This year’s US presidential election will help determine whether the world stems global warming fast enough to avoid its most severe impacts, according to John Kerry, the country’s climate envoy.


** OPEC’s top official said forecasts that oil demand is heading toward a peak will prove just as misguided as earlier predictions that supply was reaching its zenith.

** A crucial oil pipeline that’s been shut for almost 10 months is being held up further by disagreements with producers over payments, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani said.

** Shell said Tuesday it agreed to sell its onshore business in Nigeria’s Niger Delta to a consortium of companies in a deal worth $2.4 billion, the latest move by the energy company to limit its exposure in the West African nation amid long-running complaints of environmental pollution caused by the oil industry.