U.S. Energy News

Key decision expected today on solar tariffs

• The International Trade Commission is expected to decide today whether two solar companies were harmed by foreign competition, which could lead to recommendations for tariffs. (Associated Press)
• Solar companies are concerned about major job losses if tariffs are imposed. (BBC News)
• Free-trade deals with South Korea, Mexico and other countries could dampen the impact of potential tariffs. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: The Colorado Springs utility board commits to 100 MW of new solar after a meeting that included a theatrical performance by advocates. (Colorado Springs Independent)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Mercedes will produce electric SUVs at an Alabama plant as part of a $1 billion expansion. (Birmingham Business Journal)

GRID: How Puerto Rico’s dependence on fossil fuels contributed to a massive power outage following Hurricane Maria. (Quartz)

• The EPA is seeking researchers from the libertarian Heartland Institute to discredit climate science. (E&E News)
• A new report says lack of a comprehensive strategy means New Jersey is not on track to meet its 2050 emissions targets. (NJ Spotlight)
• How tougher energy efficiency policies can help cities meet climate goals. (InsideClimate News)

• Federal investigators have subpoenaed documents related to the failed Summer nuclear expansion in South Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Decades after a meltdown make the plant famous, supporters of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant are again fighting for its survival. (Morning Call)
• Two Vermont tribes want more oversight of the cleanup of a former nuclear plant. (Associated Press)

HYDROPOWER: How excess Canadian hydropower could find its way to U.S. markets. (E&E News)

TRANSMISSION: The Illinois Supreme Court deals a blow to the proposed Rock Island Clean Line project, upholding a lower court decision that state regulators improperly approved the project that would move wind energy from Iowa and the Dakotas to the Chicago market. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

• President Trump’s nominees for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board include a coal executive and a leader from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (Nashville Public Radio)
• Customers say an Oregon cooperative is actively discouraging the adoption of renewable energy. (Columbia County Spotlight)

• A federal appeals court reverses a ruling that said the Bureau of Land Management couldn’t issue fracking regulations, but notes the Trump Administration will likely scrap the rules entirely. (Denver Post)
• Experts question whether the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility could withstand a major earthquake. (Los Angeles Daily News)

• A recent GAO report says federal regulators are unable to document how they assess risk on proposed pipelines. (StateImpact)
• Anti-pipeline protesters are putting more direct pressure on FERC. (Utility Dive)
A Pennsylvania homeowners association files a legal challenge to stop work on the Mariner pipeline. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
• More Nebraska landowners install solar panels along the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. (Wisconsin Gazette)

COMMENTARY: A former air pollution regulator in Virginia says President Trump’s “hypocrisy is breathtaking” when claiming to support coal communities but not showing interest in the health of people who live there. (Scientific American)

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