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Solar tariffs produce mixed results for manufacturing

SOLAR: President Trump promised his tariffs would create “lots of really great jobs.” So far, results for the solar industry have been mixed. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Despite criticism of solar roads as being inefficient and expensive, a Georgia foundation plans to continue research of the technology. (Energy News Network)
Iowa may be the next battleground over net metering as the state’s largest utility backs a bill critics say would “decimate” distributed solar. (Energy News Network)
• Wisconsin regulators will decide the fate of two massive proposed solar projects that would quadruple the state’s solar capacity. (Energy News Network)

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CITIES: A new Bloomberg-backed climate initiative aims to help cities deploy 2.8 gigawatts of renewables by 2021. (Greentech Media)

TRANSPORTATION: A Feb. 28 deadline looms for Duke University to agree to cooperate with a light rail project between Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A California-based company that pioneered electric motorcycle manufacturing in the U.S. releases two new models in an attempt to stave off competition from Harley Davidson and others entering the small, but growing industry. (CNBC)

WIND:
A Rhode Island fishing board voted this weekend to accept a $4.3 million compensation package from developers of an offshore wind farm. (Providence Journal)
Days after Ford announced a major wind purchasing agreement through DTE Energy, General Motors announces it will do the same. (Recharge)

OIL & GAS:
Maine Gov. Janet Mills removes the state from a coalition backing offshore drilling. (Bloomberg)
• Texas oil production is high, but the state is experiencing the same high gas prices as other parts of the country. (Texas Standard)
• Booming oil and gas production in Texas has led to an increase in traffic injuries and fatalities, state officials say. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court denies Dominion Energy’s request to reconsider a ruling that vacated a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests. (Richmond Times- Dispatch)
• Federal regulators approve TransCanada’s request to put part of the Mountaineer XPress natural gas pipeline in West Virginia into service. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: A draft bill in Pennsylvania would reclassify nuclear plants as “zero emissions energy.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

GRID: The CEO of grid operator PJM says planned closures of nuclear and coal plants won’t impact reliability. (Bloomberg)

EMISSIONS:
• A recent policy forum in Washington D.C. explored the economic benefits of cutting reliance on fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)
• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ pledge to cut carbon emissions is a major policy shift for the state, but it faces economic and political challenges. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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POLITICS:  
Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls climate change “an existential crisis” and a human rights issue. (CNN)
• Washington’s governor and likely presidential candidate Jay Inslee praised New Mexico’s governor for her recent efforts to boost clean energy. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Don’t believe the myth that California’s government-run energy programs aren’t signing contracts for new supplies, says the CEO of a local community choice aggregator. (Greentech Media)
A Maine professor says the Green New Deal offers a viable path to fight climate change. (Bangor Daily News)
• The Michigan Democratic Black Caucus says out-of-state solar lobbyists are pushing lawmakers to maintain policies that are unfair to all ratepayers. (Bridge Magazine)

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