U.S. Energy News

Solar jobs decline again as industry blames Trump tariffs

SOLAR: U.S. solar job numbers declined for a second consecutive year, though several states still saw significant job growth. (Greentech Media, InsideClimate News)

• Senate Democrats ask federal regulators to finalize guidance that would open wholesale markets to aggregated solar and storage resources. (E&E News)
• Federal research finds strong potential for floating solar arrays to provide clean energy without taking up valuable land. (NBC News)
• A Minnesota community group is wary of a power wholesaler’s sudden involvement in a solar-plus-storage project. (Energy News Network)

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• President Trump urges the Tennessee Valley Authority to keep a Kentucky coal-fired power plant open despite the utility’s conclusion that it should be shut down. (Bloomberg, Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• The first coal plant to open in the U.S. since 2015 is set to go online in April at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where school officials say using coal is not ideal but point to a lack of options given its remote location. (Bloomberg)

• North Dakota lawmakers consider a bill restricting access to records involving security operations for “critical infrastructure” such as pipelines. (The Intercept)
• A retired high-ranking Army Corps of Engineers officer lobbied on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners to get key permits for the Dakota Access pipeline. (HuffPost)
• An activist who vandalized portions of the Dakota Access pipeline asks a judge to dismiss her as a defendant in a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit filed by the developer. (Associated Press)

• The mayor of Los Angeles backs off plans to spend billions of dollars upgrading three natural gas plants as the city shifts to clean energy. (Los Angeles Times)
• A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduce legislation prohibiting drilling in a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. (The Hill)
• Texas breaks a crude oil production record from the 1970s, producing more than 1.54 billion barrels in 2018. (Houston Chronicle)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA is considering a proposal to expand sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline without biofuel credit market reforms it had promised the oil industry to reduce their costs. (Reuters)

Oil and gas industry groups join calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down state zero-emission credit programs for nuclear plants. (E&E News, subscription)
• The Sierra Club fights to stop Tampa Electric from converting a coal-fired power plant into a natural gas plant. (Tampa Bay Times)

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CLIMATE: Officials in Concord, New Hampshire hope that other cities will follow their lead and adopt 100 percent renewable energy pledges. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY: A Maine newspaper endorses the Green New Deal: “If anybody has a better idea, they should speak up now.” (Kennebec Journal)

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