U.S. Energy News

Report: U.S. solar industry lost 10,000 jobs in 2017

SOLAR: The solar industry lost about 10,000 jobs in 2017, while Delaware, Minnesota, Iowa and Utah bucked the trend, according to a national census. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
Solar had a strong year in Colorado, and the outlook is even brighter as a result of a new energy storage law. (Denver Post)
• The largest community solar power project in New York, a 2.7 MW solar array in Sullivan County, has been completed and will power 350 homes and small businesses. (Solar Novus Today)

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WIND: Two aging wind farms in West Texas are “repowered” by more efficient turbines, creating a thriving new sector for the industry. (InsideClimate News)

RENEWABLES: Utilities are racing to spend billions of dollars on new renewable energy projects before federal tax incentives for wind and solar expire. (S&P Global Market Intelligence)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla owners and company officials push the New York Legislature to let the company open new stores in the state. (Associated Press)

REGULATION:
The Trump administration wants to block higher penalties for automakers who violate fuel efficiency standards, which were due to take effect in the 2019 model year. (The Hill)
A Trump administration effort to weaken fuel economy standards could start a battle with California, which has implemented its own standards in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2030. (The Hill)
A look at where the Trump administration’s key regulatory rollbacks stand, one year after the president signed the “energy independence” order. (E&E News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The EPA holds a final “listening session” in Wyoming on its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (Grist)

GRID:
A rule proposed in Texas illustrates some of the technological challenges of deploying battery storage on the grid. (Utility Dive)
A deeper look at Russia’s cyber attacks on the U.S. grid and what it could mean going forward. (Vox)
• Clean Line Energy Partners says its planned wind transmission projects in the Midwest aren’t affected by a recent decision to dissolve a partnership with the federal government on a similar project in Arkansas. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS: Michigan’s largest municipal utility approves plans for a $500 million natural gas plant to replace two coal plants. (Michigan Radio)

PIPELINES:
A district judge in Boston drops charges against 13 fuel pipeline protesters, saying they were not responsible by reason of necessity. (Common Dreams)
Protesters attempt to halt initial construction on the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines by keeping vigil in trees. (Washington Post, Roanoke Times)

COAL: Congress and the White House increase funding for 28 black lung clinics in 15 coal mining states. (NPR)

INVESTING:
Major banks invested $115 billion in tar sands, offshore drilling and coal mining projects last year, according to a new study. (Common Dreams)
A member of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers says the school needs to divest from fossil fuel stocks. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy Corp. will shutter a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania and two others in Ohio by 2021. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

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CLIMATE: Regional EPA staffers receive a list of eight “talking points” that direct them to emphasize the uncertainties of human-caused climate change. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
Using data to improve quality control could lower costs and raise the quality of solar installations, says the managing partner at Sustainabilist. (Greentech Media)
The Trump administration is right to roll back Obama-era oil and gas regulations because the industry is properly managing safety risks on its own, says an editor for the American Petroleum Institute. (The Hill)
The U.S. needs to preserve its remaining coal fleet to avert a grid reliability crisis, says the president of a consumer advocacy organization. (RealClearEnergy)

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