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Federal trade agency to hear final arguments on solar tariffs today

SOLAR: More than 30 witnesses will argue for and against solar tariffs at a final trade hearing in Washington, D.C., today. (Greentech Media)

• The Solar Energy Industries Association unveils a plan for President Trump to grow U.S. solar manufacturing without the use of tariffs. (Utility Dive)
• Emails obtained by E&E News show that bankrupt solar manufacturer Suniva was in talks with federal trade officials as early as March, almost a month before it launched a petition for tariffs on imported solar panels.
• A group-buying program for residential solar customers in Philadelphia will launch a second round that includes an option for subsidized financing for low- and moderate-income households. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Maine utility regulators delay a rule that gradually reduces net-metering rates for new rooftop solar customers. (Portland Press Herald)

POLICY: Industry analysts expect at least some tax provisions that are harmful to clean energy to survive in the final version of the federal tax bill. (InsideClimate News, Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power said Tuesday that Toshiba will speed up a $3.2 billion payment to the troubled Vogtle nuclear plant project by Dec. 15, following the release of a new report that said the project was no longer economic. (Washington Post)

• The Trump administration will auction off 10 million acres of land in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve today. (Reuters)
• The American Petroleum Institute launches a voluntary program to cut methane emissions from oil and gas operations, but environmentalists say the program — which fails to set numerical goals — is not strong enough to impact climate change. (Reuters)
• ExxonMobil comes out against a proposal that would push the Trump administration to rescind an Obama-era EPA finding that greenhouse gases are harmful. (The Hill)
• A gas industry group says it recruited roughly 10,000 people to advocate for its companies and oppose pipeline activists. (Huffington Post)
• The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that found the Interior Department acted improperly by pushing back a deadline for oil and gas companies to comply with an Obama-era rule limiting methane pollution from drilling operations on federal land. (The Hill)
• Natural gas accounted for 42 percent of electricity generation in the South last year, exceeding the national average of 34 percent. (Natural Gas Intel)

CARBON CAPTURE: A pilot plant in Houston is using carbon-capture technology that could change how natural gas is used to generate electricity. (Quartz)

• Exxon wants Massachusetts’ top court to block a climate change probe of the company that’s being spearheaded by the state’s attorney general. (Reuters)
• A new map released by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication shows bipartisan support for clean energy policies despite deep divides on accepting climate science. (Midwest Energy News)
• At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago, former President Obama says mayors, business leaders and academics are the “new face of American leadership on climate change.” (USA Today)
• More than 45 mayors sign an agreement to create emissions reduction plans that equal or exceed the U.S. Paris agreement targets. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: The crypto-currency bitcoin is slowing the effort to transition away from fossil fuels, and it’s getting worse, says a meteorologist and contributing writer for Grist.

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