Report: Rollback of auto emissions rules won’t derail EV growth

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Weakening federal fuel efficiency standards is unlikely to slow progress on electric vehicles, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
• Amid production problems and staff departures, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tells employees the company will undergo a “thorough reorganization.” (Reuters)

SOLAR: A law requiring solar panels on new homes in California could lower residential solar prices to as little as $1 per watt by decreasing soft costs. (PV Magazine)

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Report: California solar home mandate will boost sales by 14 percent

SOLAR:
• A mandate requiring solar panels on new California homes is expected to boost residential solar sales 14 percent from 2020 through 2023, according to a new analysis. (Greentech Media)
• Eight senators urge the Trump administration to exempt industrial-sized solar panels from its solar import tariff. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: Tesla CEO Elon Musk hints at a gigawatt-hour-scale energy storage project during a recent earnings call. (Greentech Media)

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WIND: A new database of U.S. commercial wind turbines shows that Kern County, California, leads with 4,581 turbines — more than every state in the Northeast combined.

Pruitt wants EPA to consider energy effects when setting clean air laws

EPA: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issues an emergency memorandum to change how federal clean air laws are made, saying the agency’s advisers should consider any adverse economic or energy effects. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• A White House spokesperson says President Trump is pleased with the job Pruitt has done as EPA administrator, but his ethical investigations “have raised some concerns.” (Reuters)
• Pruitt is seeking extra help defending himself from an onslaught of ethical scandals through a private legal defense fund, but that may come with ethical issues of its own. (Mother Jones)

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CLIMATE:
• The Pentagon revised an Obama-era Defense Department report to minimize climate change threats to military bases and installations, according to an unpublished draft obtained by The Washington Post. • Washington state’s King County files a climate change lawsuit against five prominent fossil fuel companies and asks them to establish a fund to pay for the effects of global warming.

California will require solar panels on new homes

SOLAR: The California Energy Commission votes unanimously to require solar panels on all new homes starting in 2020. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• New England’s grid operator says behind-the-meter solar installations, followed by energy efficiency, will be the primary factors driving down demand over the next decade. (Utility Dive)
• Newport, New Hampshire voters approve a 2.2-MW solar energy project, which will be the largest municipal solar installation project in the state. (Solar Power World)

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Survey: Most voters oppose Trump plan to expand offshore drilling

OFFSHORE DRILLING: More than half of voters oppose a Trump administration plan to expand offshore drilling, while two-thirds support states’ rights to request exemptions, according to a recent survey. (The Hill)

COAL: The Energy Department is seeking input on a plan to fund the development of small-scale, modular coal plants, which would be ready for construction by 2025. (The Hill)

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RENEWABLES:
• Virginia regulators reject Dominion Energy’s proposal to offer 100 percent renewable energy plans to large customers, saying it would give the company “extraordinary discretion” in setting prices. (Greentech Media)
• China has nearly 3.9 million renewable energy jobs, while the United States has less than 790,000, according to a new report.