U.S. Energy News

Solar companies ‘plan for the worst’ after tariff decision

SOLAR: The U.S. solar industry reacts to the news that a petition for solar tariffs brought by Suniva and SolarWorld will move forward and ultimately be decided by President Trump. (Greentech Media, Mother Jones)

• Colorado solar executives say tariffs have “the potential to stop Colorado’s and the nation’s solar industry dead in its tracks.” (Denver Business Journal)
• Kansas regulators say utility customers who generate their own electricity can be charged higher rates to maintain the grid, a decision advocates say will have short-term harm on the state’s residential solar sector. (Lawrence Journal-World)

WIND: State senators in Ohio say bills to reduce the setback restrictions on wind turbines have enough support to pass, but they will still need approval from the House. (Midwest Energy News)

• In an effort to save money and lower emissions, Microsoft is testing whether natural gas-powered fuel cells can help its data centers unplug from the power grid. (Seattle Times)
• A startup that’s using blockchain technology to sell electricity directly to consumers raises $40 million. (Greentech Media)

GRID: In an effort to reduce customer costs, a group of 10 electricity service providers says it will join the Southwest Power Pool, which serves a region from North Dakota to northern Texas. (Denver Post)

UTILITIES: Grid pilot programs help keep the cost and risk of innovation low for utilities as more programs are being ordered by state regulators. (Utility Dive)

• Colorado health regulators confirm that state landfills have been illegally burying low-level radioactive waste from the oil and gas industry. (Denver Post)
• Researchers say increased oil and gas development has the potential to damage an area surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico and are calling for more protections. (Associated Press)

COAL: Duke Energy announces it will post maps of coal ash risks to its website, following lawsuit threats from environmental groups. (Associated Press)

CARBON CAPTURE: The Energy Department announces $36 million in funding to advance carbon capture technologies following the failure of the Kemper “clean coal” plant in Mississippi. (Platts)

• Unlicensed workers designed parts of the Summer nuclear project in South Carolina without having the work approved by engineers, which is a potentially criminal shortcut that raises even more questions the project’s failure. (Post and Courier)
• A developer says it is possible to finish two abandoned nuclear reactors in Alabama within the next several years. (Times Free Press)

POLITICS: A copy of EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s schedule shows he has a history of meeting with automobile and fossil fuel interests and then making policy decisions that favor those groups. (Washington Post)

POLICY: The Trump administration is considering policies that would favor coal and nuclear power over renewable energy options. (The Hill)

CAP-AND-TRADE: Ontario joins Quebec to become the second Canadian province to join California’s cap-and-trade market. (Associated Press)

• Solar tariffs would hurt U.S. solar companies, as well as the steel, glass and aluminum industry, says the president and CEO of SunPower. (Huffington Post)
• Wind power has increased electric reliability and helped the environment and economy in Texas, says the senior director of research at the American Wind Energy Association. (Houston Chronicle)

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