U.S. Energy News

Chinese manufacturer invests in India to circumvent U.S. tariffs

SOLAR: Chinese solar manufacturer Longi Solar Technology says it will invest $309 million to double its operations in India, which is exempt from U.S. import tariffs. (Associated Press, Greentech Media)

• The Rocky Mountain Institute says modular, standardized and preassembled solar products could cut costs by 20 cents per watt peak over the next 12 months. (GreenBiz)
• A New York architect who proposed a solar concept for the U.S.-Mexico border wall sues President Trump for claiming the idea as his own. (Houston Chronicle)
• The head of South Carolina’s new conservative solar coalition answers questions about the politics of solar, ranging from net-metering to President Trump’s tariff on imported solar parts. (Southeast Energy News)

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EFFICIENCY: Xcel Energy is preparing a pilot program in two Minneapolis neighborhoods that will automatically enroll more than 10,000 customers into time-of-use rates during peak hours. (Midwest Energy News)

• Atlantic coastal states are increasingly embracing wind energy – a stark contrast to the Trump administration’s decision to allow offshore oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast. (Scientific American)
• Council members in Ocean City, Maryland, unanimously pass a resolution opposing a proposed offshore wind project. (Delmarva Daily Times)

• A California utility will supply two ski resorts with 100 percent renewable energy and install Tesla batteries for backup power. (GreenBiz)
• Clean energy consultants are still seeing strong corporate interest in direct renewables investment, despite an uncertain tax equity market. (Greentech Media)
• Rhode Island officials plan to issue requests for proposals for up to 400 megawatts of renewable energy to help meet the state’s goal of 1,000 megawatts by the end of 2020. (Providence Journal)

OIL & GAS: Houston drilling services provider Halliburton is waging an aggressive campaign to persuade the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel some of its competitor’s fracking-related patents. (Bloomberg)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Washington’s Attorney General warns Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that he is prepared to sue if his state is not removed from offshore drilling plans proposed by the Trump administration. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Shareholders in Marathon Petroleum Corp. call on the company, which bought a minority interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline, to explain how it identifies and addresses environmental and social risks when making business decisions. (InsideClimate News)

COAL: A Wyoming lawmaker proposees a bill that would increase the state’s severance tax on coal from 7 to 9.2 percent to fill the gap generated by the potential reduction in federal fees on Wyoming coal. (Casper Star Tribune)

• A New Jersey Senate committee postpones a hearing on a nuclear subsidy bill, which could cost ratepayers about $4 billion a decade. (Utility Dive)
• Florida-based NextEra Energy files a lawsuit against the Nuclear Energy Institute, saying the trade group took retaliatory action in response to NextEra’s withdrawal from the organization. (Greentech Media)
• Florida Power & Light applies for a second, 20-year license renewal for its Turkey Point nuclear plant, which is a first for a U.S. nuclear plant. (Daily Energy Insider)

GRID: State regulators are divided over proposed changes to ISO-New England’s capacity markets. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: Puerto Rico’s public utility submits a new fiscal plan as it moves towards privatization, but many groups invested in the island’s power system are still at odds. (Greentech Media)

• New wind and solar plants are offering the cheapest power available in places like Colorado, and states need to help utilities transition away from less efficient fossil fuel plants, say contributing writers to The New York Times.
The facts don’t support arguments that a recent cold snap showed a need for more pipeline projects to meet natural gas demand, says a senior policy analyst at Natural Resource Defense Council.

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