Big Oil’s climate overtures draw skepticism

OIL & GAS: A shift is underway as major oil companies invest in renewables, but experts are skeptical whether it represents a true transition. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• Greenpeace protesters who shut down a Texas oil and gas port by dangling from a bridge last week are the first to be charged under a new state law that makes it a felony to disrupt energy ports and pipelines. (Reuters)
• Analysts say the massive Permian Basin oil shale play will not be enough to plug the hole in the market created by the weekend attack on Saudi Arabia. (Wall Street Journal)

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Ford, GM ramp up electric pickup development

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford and General Motors ramp up development of electric versions of popular truck models to head off Tesla. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Sacramento, California, prepares to test a hyperlocal EV charging program that will use a Chicago company’s blockchain software to track customer rewards. (Energy News Network)
• Toyota is researching how to power cars entirely by solar power, but the technology is likely still decades away from becoming reality. (Los Angeles Times)

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OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. House votes to reverse the 2017 law that allows oil and gas drilling in part of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as the Interior Department releases a plan calling for drilling on the entire coastal plain.

House passes bill banning new offshore drilling

OIL & GAS: The U.S. House passes bills banning new offshore oil and gas leasing off the Atlantic, Pacific, and Florida Gulf coasts. (CNBC)

ALSO:
• The House is expected to vote today on a measure to ban drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve; Alaska’s delegation opposes the bill. (Reuters, Anchorage Daily News)
• T. Boone Pickens, an Oklahoma oil tycoon who became an advocate for alternative energy sources, dies at age 91. (New York Times)
• Shale producers keep finding ways to cut costs with cheap fracking systems, but the installations cost service companies more to build. (Reuters)

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California solar/storage deal beats natural gas on price

SOLAR: Los Angeles’ city utility approves a deal with a solar-storage project that will provide roughly 7% of the city’s electricity needs — even at night — at a price cheaper than natural gas. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
• A fight over a solar project planned near a Civil War battlefield in Virginia is likely to repeat itself across the country, industry experts say. (Washington Post)
• Massachusetts developers say new rules to limit solar development in rural areas including farmland will limit new projects. (Boston Globe)
• A Kentucky utility partners with Maker’s Mark bourbon distillery to build a solar array that will generate 268,000 kWh per year. (Power Engineering)

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Pipeline rejection drives electrification push in New York

NATURAL GAS: More buildings in New York City and Long Island are going electric after state regulators rejected a new natural gas pipeline to the region. (Financial Times) 

ALSO: The economics of natural gas-fired power plants will be crushed by wind, solar, and batteries by 2035, a Rocky Mountain Institute study finds. (Bloomberg) 

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OIL & GAS:
• A Philadelphia refinery closed by a June explosion paid bonuses of $4.5 million to executives two weeks before it declared bankruptcy in July. (Reuters)
• Under legislation approved by California lawmakers, new oil or gas projects approved in federally protected areas would be prohibited from having pipelines or other essential infrastructure cross state lands.