U.S. Energy News

Western lawmakers seek repeal of Trump solar tariffs

SOLAR: U.S. Senators from Nevada and New Mexico introduce a bill seeking to repeal President Trump’s recent tariff on imported solar panels. (Nevada Independent)

ALSO:
• An Ohio manufacturer says President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs have put it at a “huge disadvantage” against foreign competitors. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Department of Energy announces a $3 million prize to help boost domestic solar manufacturing. (news release)
• A change in China’s policy on large solar arrays is expected to cause further turmoil for manufacturers. (CNBC)
• A North Carolina community wants to make rooftop solar panels mandatory on new homes, but state law doesn’t allow for it. (WWAY)

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UTILITIES:
• Xcel Energy’s CEO says “it’s not a matter of if we’re going to retire our coal fleet in this nation, it’s just a matter of when.” (Greentech Media)
• The small utility that serves Aspen, Colorado is already running entirely on clean energy, and recent upgrades to a Nebraska wind farm will help it cut costs even further. (Western Energy News)
• A Great River Energy executive discusses how the Minnesota cooperative will reach a 50 percent renewable energy target by 2030. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID:
• Energy experts say the Trump administration’s plan to bail out struggling power plants
is a direct challenge to FERC, which the Energy Department says isn’t doing enough to address Russian cyberattacks. (E&E News)
• An Energy Department official says the agency does not have a cost estimate for the proposed bailout of uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (RTO Insider)

WIND: Maine’s offshore wind industry could support over 2,100 jobs annually through 2030, according to a new report. (Mainebiz)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Boston’s mayor unveils a multi-city initiative to lower the cost of renewable energy by asking developers for price estimates to meet collective energy demands. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• A move by Congressional Democrats from Nevada to strip funding for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project dies on the House floor. (Las Vegas Review Journal)
• Santee Cooper wants to settle out of court its legal battle with South Carolina electric cooperatives over the utility charging customers for unfinished nuclear reactors. (Post and Courier)

TRANSMISSION: Clothing retailer Patagonia encourages customers to oppose a controversial transmission line that would cut through a scenic gorge in Maine to deliver Canadian hydroelectricity to Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators face allegations of cherry-picking data to approve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will disproportionately impact communities of color. (Pacific Standard)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Honda and General Motors will partner on “next-generation” EV batteries that allow for higher energy density, smaller packaging and faster re-charging. (CNET)

COMMENTARY: A case for how small modular reactors could help revive the nuclear industry. (The Conversation)

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