Fire-related risks for utilities higher in California than Australia, Fitch says
Electric utilities in California and Australia face similar challenges serving wildfire-prone regions, but Fitch Ratings assigned a lower "exposure to environmental impacts" risk score to two utilities in Australia than it gave to three major electric companies in the Golden State.
SEC proposed rule would have blocked 614 ESG resolutions since 2010, data shows
Since 2010, more than 600 environmental, social and governance-related resolutions likely would have never advanced under a newly proposed rule by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to data the Sustainable Investments Institute shared with S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Brookfield Renewable Partners secures sustainability-linked credit facility
Brookfield Renewable Partners LP closed a bilateral, incentive-linked corporate revolving credit facility with BNP Paribas, according to a Jan. 6 news release.
NY agency seeks to overturn FERC orders that sidelined it on pipeline permit
A New York state agency, pushed out of a permitting role by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after the state agency decided against the Williams Cos. Inc.-led Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC natural gas transportation project, wants its authority back.
US Congress: Climate, clean energy tax bills to be 'front and center' in 2020
Despite facing low odds of enactment, U.S. lawmakers are likely to keep pushing ambitious legislation in 2020 to address climate change as they sharpen their messages on the issue ahead of the November elections.
Equinor to reduce emissions by 40% in 2030, to near zero by 2050
Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor ASA said Jan. 6 that it aims to decrease the greenhouse gas emissions from its offshore fields and onshore facilities by 40% by 2030, 70% by 2040 and to "near zero" by 2050.
US DOE to invest $25M in gas infrastructure technology projects
The U.S. Energy Department announced it will invest nearly $25 million in 16 projects designed to improve the safety and efficiency of natural gas production and transportation infrastructure.
EPA science panel questions Trump energy rule rollbacks
A federal advisory panel that provides scientific guidance to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns with some of the Trump administration's efforts to undo or relax environmental regulations affecting the energy sector.
US coal mining fatalities drop 60% this decade from 1990s, 43% from 2000s
Average annual fatalities in the U.S. coal mining sector over the last decade fell about 60% from the 1990s and nearly 43% from the 2000s.