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Trump issues 30 percent tariff on solar imports

SOLAR: President Trump issues a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and modules, which will decline over a four-year period, dealing a blow to much of the U.S. solar industry. (Greentech Media)

• Industry leaders say the tariff on imported solar equipment will lead to about 23,000 job losses in the U.S. (Quartz)
• The Commerce Ministry of China says President Trump abused U.S. trade remedy measures by imposing tariffs on imported solar equipment. (Associated Press)

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RENEWABLES: South Miami’s mayor is one of the country’s greenest, fighting off attempts by Florida Power & Light to install high-power transmission lines while working to help homeowners boost their renewable energy efforts. (Southeast Energy News)

HYDROPOWER: Canadian dams that could help Massachusetts meet its climate targets face strong opposition from indigenous communities, who accuse project developers of “cultural genocide.” (Boston Globe)

CARBON CREDITS: Delta airlines partners with Duke University to purchase of 5,000 “carbon credits,” which they say will offset carbon from all Duke business travel on Delta in 2017. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

RESEARCH: Analysts in Minnesota are joining others across the country to create standardized data from utilities that helps counties and cities understand energy use for climate programs. (Midwest Energy News)

• A $2.5 billion equity investment won’t change the decision of Ohio-based FirstEnergy to divest from its nuclear and coal-fired power plants. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pittsburgh Business Times)
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• Puerto Rico’s governor says he plans to sell the island’s troubled state-owned electric utility, PREPA. (Reuters)

• An oil and gas drilling rig explodes in Oklahoma, leaving five workers unaccounted for. (CNN)
• Tribal officials, environmentalists and others file dozens of protests to stop federal land managers from leasing parcels in northwestern New Mexico for oil and gas development, saying they are too close to culturally significant sites. (Associated Press)
• A Native American tribe says it won’t agree to provide backup water to cool a proposed natural gas plant in Rhode Island. (Associated Press)

• The federal government gives its go-ahead to start construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia, marking the first time the project has met all the requirements for construction along its 303-mile route. (Roanoke Times)
• A coalition of environmental groups files an appeal of Virginia’s water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Bay Journal)

• A legal fight over a coal export terminal in San Francisco could decide the future of Utah’s coal industry. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Ports in the mid-Atlantic are benefiting from what appears to be a U.S. coal-export revival. (Virginian-Pilot)

• Large-scale energy storage projects are making natural gas obsolete, says the managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund. (GreenBiz)
• A former U.S. EPA official asks whether the Trump administration has been a gift to the coal industry, as Murray Energy’s CEO has claimed: “The short answer to that question is no.” (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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