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Report: Number of solar installers and wind technicians to double by 2026

RENEWABLES: The number of solar installers and wind technicians is predicted to roughly double by 2026, with many new positions expected in red states. (CBS)

WIND:
• A legislative panel in Vermont votes in favor of a proposal to cap nighttime sound levels from wind turbines. (Associated Press)
• The Trump administration makes a deal with Denmark to expand cooperation on offshore wind power. (Reuters)
• An industry group says the federal production tax credit and corporate demand are continuing to drive wind development. (Platts, Huffington Post)
• Researchers say wind farms pose little threat to Nebraska’s prairie chickens and could actually create safer habitats by deterring predators. (NET Nebraska)

SOLAR:
• A New Jersey utility completes a solar-plus-storage project at a wastewater treatment plant that will keep it operational during an extended power outage. (Utility Dive)
• Utility-scale solar could see more than half of projected installations disappear if tariffs and other trade remedies are imposed, according to a new report. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Colorado State University receives a $6 million gift to promote energy efficiency research. (Denver Business Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• An autoworkers’ union files unfair labor practice charges against Tesla for firing about 400 employees earlier this month. (Reuters)
• A new study argues that utilities should be more aggressive in adopting electric vehicle infrastructure, and that they would be justified in passing along the cost to ratepayers. (Midwest Energy News)

BIOFUELS: Nine U.S. senators send a letter urging President Trump to change the country’s biofuels policy, saying they want a meeting to discuss the matter. (Reuters, The Hill)

NUCLEAR:
• Connecticut lawmakers vote in favor of a bill that allows state regulators to determine whether power from a nuclear plant should be sold on the clean energy market. (Associated Press)
• SCANA Corp. anticipates covering more than $200 million of the cost of its failed Summer nuclear plant. (Post and Courier)
• A national association of engineers sends a letter requesting a federal investigation into the Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

PIPELINES:
• Two activists are the first to be sentenced to jail time for protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)
• A University of North Dakota journalism professor resigns after the school refuses to let him conduct seminars on media coverage of the Dakota Access protests. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Washington’s Department of Natural Resources rejects a proposal to use state-owned lands for a major coal-export terminal along the Columbia River. (Associated Press)
• Scientists say a Trump administration plan to shrink Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument in order to boost coal mining could hurt dinosaur discoveries in the area. (Los Angeles Times)

GRID: The ongoing power outage caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is the worst electricity failure in U.S. history, according to a new report. (The Hill)

REGULATION: President Trump nominates a Kentucky coal industry consultant to serve as the nation’s top mining regulator. (The Hill)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Nineteen senators send a letter questioning EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s logic for repealing the Clean Power Plan, saying his proposal “uses mathematical sleights of hand” to overstate the rule’s costs and understate its benefits. (The Hill)

CARBON TAX: The CEO of NRG Energy, which owns almost 9 gigawatts of coal-fired power, says he supports imposing a price on carbon. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY:
• American consumers are interested in solar energy, but sales are suffering because the industry doesn’t put the customer first, says the CEO of EnergySage. (Greentech Media)
• Repealing the Clean Power Plan won’t revive the coal industry, and the Trump administration may not even be able to kill it, says an editor at Reuters.

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