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Forecast: California and Texas to be hardest hit by Trump solar tariffs

SOLAR: A state-by-state analysis shows California and Texas will be the hardest hit by President Trump’s new solar tariffs. Idaho and Montana will see the steepest percentage declines. (Greentech Media)

• Shanghai-based JinkoSolar is finalizing plans to build an advanced solar manufacturing facility in the United States, which will provide around 1.75 gigawatts of high-efficiency solar modules over three years. (Greentech Media)
• In a Q&A, the former chair of South Carolina’s Republican Party discusses new solar tariffs, the V.C. Summer nuclear plant debacle and a state bill that would eliminate the state’s net metering cap. (Greentech Media)

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• The Trump administration wants to cut funding for the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs by 72 percent in 2019, according to draft budget documents. (Washington Post)
• The Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts would be “devastating” to NREL, a federal laboratory in Colorado that has been a pioneer in solar, wind and biofuel technologies. (Denver Post)

COAL: A senior Trump administration official in the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy says his “total purpose” is to help create coal jobs in the United States. (The Hill)

STORAGE: The Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting issued a record number of battery storage permits in 2017, the vast majority of which were for residential solar-plus-storage projects. (Pacific Business News)

WIND: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy sets a goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and revives an incentive program shelved by former Gov. Chris Christie. (NorthJersey.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Greater adoption of electric vehicles could strain the power grid without proper planning, experts say. (Utility Dive)

CAP-AND-TRADE: Critics say a plan to spend the money raised from California’s cap-and-trade program doesn’t do enough for disadvantaged communities that are hardest hit by fossil-fuel pollution. (Grist)

CARBON PRICING: Seven Northeast states, along with Washington and Oregon, form a coalition to push carbon pricing at the local level. (ThinkProgress)

DIVESTMENT: New York’s pension fund will double its investment in companies with plans to reduce their carbon emissions. (InsideClimate News)

• New U.S. tax laws will give the country’s oil industry a $190 billion boost, according to a consultant. (Bloomberg)
• Chevron and Total announce a major oil discovery 75 miles from the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A Trump administration plan to expand offshore drilling has the potential to cause over 5,000 spills, leaking more than 34 million gallons of oil into U.S. waters, according to a new analysis. (Common Dreams)

• The South Carolina House votes to suspend ratepayers’ $37 million in monthly payments to SCANA for its failed Summer nuclear project, potentially dooming a proposed takeover by Virginia-based Dominion Energy. (Post and Courier)
• Southern California utilities reach a $775 million settlement to reimburse residential customers who felt they paid too much towards the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: A hydro-power transmission project is garnering controversy in Massachusetts, despite local support for clean energy. (Greentech Media)

• The Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts to renewable energy and efficiency programs won’t stop the clean energy revolution, but it will cost America jobs, says a columnist for ThinkProgress.
• The Trump administration’s coordinated effort to revive the U.S. coal industry is “deeply and irrevocably futile,” says a writer at Vox.
• A Trump administration tariff on imported solar panels is “too little, too late” to promote solar manufacturing, says a member of Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council. (The Hill)

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