In the news today…
- Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that a new federal program could help establish microgrids in rural West Virginia communities that have struggled with reliability issues.
- E&E Energywire reports the Russian invasion of Ukraine may have sparked the “first truly global energy crisis,” but it won’t stave off the decline of fossil fuels or create a need to tap new oil and gas fields, the International Energy Agency said Thursday.
- Mining.com reports Freeport-McMoRan Inc. is in talks about buying an Arizona copper smelter from Grupo Mexico SAB as the US mining giant seeks to increase its domestic processing capacity, according to people familiar with the matter.
- E&E Greenwire reports countries putting restrictions on the global minerals trade — as the U.S. did recently with a key electric vehicle tax credit — threatens the speed of the energy transition, the International Energy Agency said in a report Thursday.