Energy briefs

**  A nonprofit backed by Chris Hohn, the billionaire money manager behind TCI Fund Management, says climate investors need to move into the highest-emitting sectors if they’re to effectively bring about a low-carbon energy transition.

** North Dakota officials approve a $32 million loan for a processing facility that will convert natural gas into liquid hydrocarbon products. 

** Evanston, Illinois, is among U.S. communities banning gasoline-powered leaf blowers to cut down on noise and pollution, drawing pushback from the landscaping industry. 

** Houston has installed 30% more electric vehicle stations since last April, data shows.

** Federal regulators consider approving a large liquified natural gas export terminal in Louisiana.

** The U.S. EPA launches an investigation of how Texas regulates the injection of wastewater, gas and chemicals into the ground, rattling state officials who want the state to oversee carbon capture and sequestration.


** A fire likely sparked by exploding lithium batteries swept through a manufacturing factory near South Korea’s capital on Monday, killing 22 mostly Chinese migrant workers and injuring eight, officials said.

** The government of India has sanctioned new interstate transmission system schemes worth Rs135.95bn ($1.63bn) to facilitate the evacuation of 9GW of renewable energy from the states of Rajasthan and Karnataka.

** Covestro AG said it’s entering concrete negotiations with suitor Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. on a potential takeover that could value the German chemical company at about €11.7 billion ($12.5 billion).