U.S. Energy News

Report: Solar tariffs have cost Americans $236.5 million so far

SOLAR: Americans have effectively paid a $236.5 million tax on installing solar in the six months since the Trump administration implemented solar tariffs, according to a report. (PV Magazine)

ALSO:
A Chicago initiative seeks proposals from solar developers to repurpose vacant brownfield properties on the city’s South and West sides. (WTTW)
Developers submit 71 utility-scale solar proposals in response to Connecticut’s request for clean energy bids. (PV Magazine)

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STORAGE: Iowa officials see huge potential for batteries to help make the most of the state’s wind and solar generation, and they hope to test it with new grant-funded projects. (Energy News Network)

GRID:
The electrical grid in West Texas is buckling under pressure from oil and gas drillers’ energy use, so they’re looking to solar and wind to help power their operations. (Dallas Morning News)
FirstEnergy’s plan to retire more than 4,000 MW of coal and diesel generating units in Ohio and Pennsylvania won’t harm reliability, according to a 30-day study conducted by grid operators. (S&P Global)

POLICY:
Environmental advocates gather in Chicago to speak out against the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy proposal. (Chicago Tribune)
The Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan rollback will cost almost 14,000 lives a year, according to an EPA estimate. (E&E News, subscription)
President Trump’s NAFTA revision ignores climate change and includes giveaways to fossil fuel companies, environmental groups say. (HuffPost)

COAL:
• A Colorado state legislator will introduce a bill next year that gives utilities a tool to speed the retirement of coal-fired power plants that are unable to compete with cheaper technologies. (Energy News Network)
• A nasty family fight over a Wyoming company’s plan to mine coal on a Montana reservation prompts the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to intervene. (WyoFile)

PIPELINES: Nebraska landowners transfer land to Native American tribes in hopes of disrupting the planned Keystone XL pipeline route. (Civil Eats)

UTILITIES: Dominion Energy expands into South Carolina as it tries to persuade regulators there to let it buy utility SCANA. (The State)

TRANSPORTATION: An attorney once dubbed the “Queen of Green” now leads California’s fight to block the Trump administration’s plan to freeze fuel economy standards. (The Atlantic)

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BIOFUELS: President Trump is expected to announce during an upcoming trip to Iowa the U.S. EPA will allow year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol blends. (Radio Iowa)

COMMENTARY:
• A solar executive says Houston should be a leader on alternative energy options like solar, not just oil and gas. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Trump administration plan to roll back auto emission standards likely won’t survive a legal challenge by California and other states, says the former counsel to the National Commission on Product Safety. (The Hill)

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