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Forecast: Solar tariffs will reduce U.S. installations by 11 percent

SOLAR: President Trump signs a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels into law, saying it will benefit consumers and “create a lot of jobs.” (Reuters, The Hill)

ALSO:
• Trade case petitioner SolarWorld Americas continues to hire at its Oregon plant and expects to have around 500 employees by the second half of the year. (Portland Business Journal)
• New tariffs will lead to an 11 percent reduction in U.S. solar installations through 2022, according to an analysis. (Greentech Media)
• Tesla says it is “committed to expanding its domestic manufacturing … regardless of the solar tariff decision.” (Buffalo Business First)
• A solar farm in North Carolina braces for the effects of the tariff. (New York Times)

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WIND: A politically controversial wind farm is now the biggest property taxpayer in two rural North Carolina counties. (Southeast Energy News)

RENEWABLES: Wind and solar jobs outnumber coal and gas jobs in 30 states, according to a new report. (North American Windpower)

GRID:
• FERC’s chairman says the bulk power system “performed relatively well” during a cold snap on the East Coast in early January. (Utility Dive)
• A new study from the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado finds that drivers who plug in their electric cars during times of high electricity demand might be harming the grid. (Nature)

REGULATION: Federal regulators approve new rules, procedures and standards submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: A hearing next month in Ohio on plans by American Electric Power will address issues ranging from subsidies for coal plants to a proposed electric program. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL & GAS:
• Five people are pronounced dead after an Oklahoma oil well explosion. (Reuters)
• The Oklahoma Supreme Court strikes down a state workers’ compensation law that exempted oil and gas companies from being sued when a worker is killed or injured on the job. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: At least 15 governors of coastal states are fighting the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan, but analysts don’t expect a rush into newly opened waters. (New York Times)

COAL: An assistant secretary at the Department of Energy says a recent cold snap on the East Coast illustrates why the country needs coal energy. (The Hill)

CARBON TAX: With Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has reason to believe he can deliver the country’s first carbon tax this year. (E&E News)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tells state lawmakers he’ll sign legislation that blocks SCE&G from continuing to charge customers for the now-failed Summer nuclear project. (The State)

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EPA: Scientists are suing the EPA for banning certain researchers from serving on its advisory committees. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• As renewable energy becomes increasingly affordable, fossil fuels are moving further away from profitability, says the Communications Director at Energy Innovation. (Forbes)
• The U.S. military has been forward-thinking on climate change, but its focus on adaptation will not be useful for helping the country mitigate climate damage, says David Roberts. (Vox)
• New tariffs on imported solar equipment are unlikely to decrease China’s huge advantage in solar-panel manufacturing, and could even be beneficial, says a reporter for Quartz.

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