Energy briefs

** BP has put all new offshore wind projects on pause as the oil company’s new chief executive seeks to focus more heavily on fossil fuels. Murray Auchincloss, who became permanent head of the business at the start of the year, has also frozen hiring in the offshore wind division.

** California lawmakers advance legislation that would fine oil companies $10,000 daily for operating low-producing wells near homes and schools.

** A developer proposes an offshore wind power facility off Hawaii’s coast.

** Conservative Climate Caucus founder Rep. John Curtis wins the Utah Republican primary for Mitt Romney’s Senate seat.

** The Havasupai Tribe continues to push back against a uranium mine reopening near the Grand Canyon, saying it could contaminate their drinking water source.

** About 55 percent of the water emanating from U.S. rivers is vulnerable to pollution, due to their lack of protections under the Clean Water Act, a new study has found.


** Team USA has confirmed that it will bring its own air conditioning units for American athletes to use in their rooms in the Olympic Village at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. The news came after games organizers said no AC would be provided in the accommodation.

** Turkish billionaire Robert Yuksel Yildirim’s holding company signed a $750 million investment for the construction of an ammonia plant in eastern Venezuela, according to a senior government official.

** In the months that followed its invasion of Ukraine and punitive Western restrictions imposed in response, Russia amassed a shadow fleet to ferry its oil around the world. Now there is growing evidence Moscow has begun to do the same for liquefied natural gas.

** The European Union marginally revised its proposed tariffs on electric vehicles imported from China after receiving more information from the affected companies, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

** A jet fuel shortage in Japan that’s been impacting the nation’s domestic airports has now expanded to one of its largest aerodromes. Narita airport in Tokyo said the fuel crunch was affecting operations of six Asian carriers and the plans of some 57 flights a week currently. It didn’t name the six airlines.