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Report predicts solar rebound in 2019

SOLAR: After tariffs on imported panels led to a slowdown last year, U.S. solar installations are projected to grow by 14 percent this year thanks to lower equipment prices, according to a consultancy’s outlook. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Projections for utility-scale solar from 2020 to 2022 now exceed forecasts made before the Trump administration’s tariffs set back the industry. (Greentech Media)
• Miami-Dade County, Florida enters an agreement with Florida Power & Light to install floating solar panels on an airport lake. (Miami Today)

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WIND: A price cap in Massachusetts’ offshore wind law has advocates encouraging a faster procurement process to take advantage of federal tax credits. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES:
New Mexico lawmakers pass a landmark energy bill committing state to using 100 percent carbon-free by 2045. (Greentech Media)
• A review of corporate climate commitments shows they are still relatively uncommon among larger U.S. companies. (GreenBiz)
• An executive with Minnesota-based 3M discusses how the company plans to hit 100 percent renewable energy targets. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SMART GRID:
• A Michigan utility’s urban “energy district” attracts attention from microgrid advocates who see room for growth in the region. (Energy News Network)
• American Electric Power launches the latest utility contest for startups with solutions for smart grid, efficiency and other energy tech. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS:
• BP’s top executive tells industry leaders they should engage with Green New Deal supporters on climate solutions, or risk losing the trust of society. (Reuters)
• Shell, BP and Exxon ask the Trump administration to tighten regulations on methane leaks instead of weakening Obama-era rules. (E&E News, subscription)
• An environmental group publishes leaked memos they say proves the federal government is “flying blind” with its plan to allow drilling in a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. (Alaska’s Energy Desk)

TRANSPORTATION: Lawmakers in Minnesota and Iowa look to increase fees on electric vehicles and hybrids to make up for lost gasoline tax revenue. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• The sponsor of Pennsylvania’s nuclear subsidy bill said he acted because U.S. Department of Energy officials told him not to wait for federal action. (Utility Dive)
“Very, very strong” natural gas interests in Pennsylvania and Ohio will likely make the nuclear debate there different than in other states. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES:
• Entergy’s CEO says utilities have to “reshape the grid” and that the utility is updating technology across its divisions. (Greentech Media)
• The outgoing chief of the Tennessee Valley Authority is PG&E’s top pick to become its next chief executive officer. (Los Angeles Times)

GRID: Wind energy advocates say grid operator PJM’s proposal to change how wind and solar capacity values are credited doesn’t take into account performance improvements from the past decade. (RTO Insider)

PIPELINES:
Pennsylvania’s attorney general still has few details after formally announcing its investigation into the Mariner East 2 pipeline, but says “we will leave no stone unturned in this case.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Federal officials and the Dakota Access pipeline developer say tribes’ request for extensive information on the project is vague and overly broad. (Associated Press)

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BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA issues rules allowing year-round sales of gasoline blended with higher levels of ethanol. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• Baltimore-based athletic apparel make Under Armour will detail within a year its plans to address climate change in response to questions from a large shareholder, the New York State pension fund. (Baltimore Sun)
• Nevada agrees to meet the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement, joining 22 other states pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (The Nevada Independent)

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