Energy quick reads

** Strong winds and rain have knocked out power for nearly 600,000 customers in California, particularly along the coast, according to the tracking website Winds reached 98 mph in Santa Clara, and the San Francisco International Airport saw winds near 60 mph.

** Bank of America backtracks on its commitment not to finance new coal mines, coal-fired power plants or Arctic drilling projects after receiving pressure from states threatening to withdraw their business.

** A Nebraska lawmaker calls for increased regulation and more local oversight of the use of eminent domain for transmission and pipeline projects.

** Iowa’s Senate Republican leader opposes a bill that would let a minority of lawmakers decide whether eminent domain could be used on a pipeline project. 

** Shutting down a Springdale, Pennsylvania, coal power plant will require up to $17 million in transmission line upgrades to carry in power from elsewhere.

** New York legislators discuss amending the state’s fracking ban to include gas extraction using carbon dioxide, a method claimed by a Texas energy company to be environmentally friendly.


** Devastating wildfires tearing through swaths of Chile have killed more than 100 people, authorities said Sunday, as they warned that the death toll was set to rise.

** After banning e-scooters, Paris voted Sunday to triple parking charges for SUVs.

** The Kraft Heinz Company has signed an agreement with Carlton Power, the UK energy infrastructure development company, to study the development of a renewable green hydrogen plant at its Kitt Green manufacturing plant in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

** Heavy snow hit the Tokyo area on Monday, disrupting trains and grounding more than 100 flights, with transport officials cautioning drivers to avoid nonessential travel.