Energy briefs

** The Biden administration is expected to announce new tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles this week, extending Trump-era policies aimed at boosting domestic manufacturing.

** Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is joining Sen. Joe Manchin to back a resolution to repeal rules allowing some Chinese-made battery parts to qualify for U.S. electric vehicle tax credits.

** A federal judge denies a request by several major oil industry corporations to move New York City’s lawsuit seeking compensation for climate change out of state court.

** A rupture of the Mountain Valley Pipeline during hydrostatic testing has exacerbated fears of Virginia and West Virginia residents about the controversial project’s safety and reliability as the pipeline seeks permission from federal regulators to begin operations.

**  Donald Trump vowed to issue an executive order targeting offshore wind development if he wins a second term as president, making his most explicit threat yet toward the growing industry.

** Ford has started cutting orders from battery suppliers to stem growing losses on plug-in electric vehicles, which are now estimated around $100,000 per car.

** A $6.6 million fuel industry ad campaign is targeting President Biden and Democratic Senate candidates over support for tougher emissions standards for cars.


** A tiny, low-priced electric car called the Seagull has American automakers and politicians trembling. The car, launched last year by Chinese automaker BYD, sells for around $12,000 in China, but drives well and is put together with craftsmanship that rivals U.S. electric vehicles that cost three times as much. A shorter-range version costs under $10,000.

** Ukraine has been ramping up attacks on Russian oil refineries in recent months as it seeks to hamper Russian export revenues and curtail fuel supplies to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces. In one of the latest attacks, Ukrainian drones struck an oil refinery in Russia’s Kaluga region, setting it on fire, the RIA state news agency reported on Friday, per Reuters.

** Russia has found vast oil and gas reserves in the Antarctic, much of it in areas claimed by the UK. The surveys are a prelude to bringing in drilling rigs to exploit the pristine region for fossil fuels, MPs have warned.

** The world’s biggest nuclear plant is likely to resume generation this year after more than a decade offline, part of a revival of the technology that will help ease Japanese power costs, according to BloombergNEF.