U.S. Energy News

Two-sided solar panels get a pass from Trump tariffs

SOLAR: U.S. trade officials say a new type of bifacial solar panel will be exempted from Trump administration tariffs. (Reuters)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A bill to require New Hampshire to get 25% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025 has been sent to Gov. Chris Sununu. (NHPR)
• Maine passed a Green New Deal bill that focuses on workforce initiatives but omits a proposed 80% renewable portfolio standard. (Greentech Media)
Minnesota expands property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing to new construction instead of just energy retrofits. (Energy News Network)

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STORAGE:
Iowa officials consider a battery storage tax credit among other recommendations to boost energy storage in the state. (Energy News Network)
• An Alaska town has installed a 1 MW battery storage system to supplement its hydropower system during times of peak demand. (Greentech Media)

WIND:
• A Kansas study finds no “statistically significant changes” in aggregate rural home values from nearby wind projects within three years of operation. (Hutchinson News)
U.S. senators introduce a bill to promote offshore wind worker training a week after similar legislation was introduced in the House. (Cape Cod Times)

COAL:
Eastern states struggling to meet federal ozone standards may ask Pennnsylvania to enact stricter controls on its coal-fired power plants. (Bloomberg)
• Environmental groups say the Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal ash cleanup plan at a Memphis coal plant involves pumping dangerous amounts of arsenic into the Mississippi River. (Commercial Appeal)

NUCLEAR:
• A congressional committee rejects an amendment to fund a restart of the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak sends a letter to Congress stating he is “totally opposed” to efforts to restart the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain waste site. (Nevada Independent)

TRANSMISSION:
New Mexico regulators defer a decision on whether Facebook should pay for half of a new transmission line. (Albuquerque Journal)
After pioneering the use of drones to inspect transmission lines, Xcel Energy is now using them to build one in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
Maine Gov. Janet Mills vetoes two bills giving communities more control over power line siting that were aimed at a project to import Canadian hydropower through the state. (Press Herald)
• A New York town is at the crossroads of the state’s energy conflicts as it considers resolutions related to a proposed natural gas pipeline and a transmission line for clean energy. (Times Union)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Two major electric vehicle charging networks partner to create one platform for users to access more charging stations. (CNET)

OIL & GAS: Environmental groups are stepping up legal attacks on fossil fuel leases on federal land. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: Crop art in northeastern Nebraska is the latest sign of protest against the Keystone XL pipeline. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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CLIMATE:
A bill to establish a cap-and-trade program in Oregon advances to the state House, despite opposition from loggers and other industrial groups. (Oregonian, Associated Press)
• The think tank charged with fleshing out the federal Green New Deal plan doesn’t plan to publish policy specifics until early next year. (The Atlantic)

COMMENTARY:
• President Trump can’t stop coal’s death spiral, and his trade war may speed it up, a columnist writes. (ThinkProgress)
Coal communities often left out of the conversation about renewable energy are becoming clean energy leaders, an advocate writes. (Environment America)

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