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Trade Commission Will Hear Solar Tariff Case

Source: By Diane Cardwell, The New York Times • Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017

An unusual trade case that could upend the domestic solar market is set for a hearing on Tuesday before the United States International Trade Commission in Washington. Petitioners in the case — two American affiliates of overseas solar equipment manufacturers — are seeking steep tariffs on foreign-made cells and modules to counteract the low price of imports, often from Chinese manufacturers

Op-Ed: Federal Climate Report Demands Action, Not Debate Over Semantics

Source: By Ernie Shea, 25x25 • Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2017

Two events have conjoined on the national stage this week, serving to underscore the reality that climactic conditions continue to pose new challenges to agricultural and forestry producers that are working to adapt to those changes, and it has reinforced the critical role that front-line agencies like USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) play in meeting the needs of farmers, ranchers and forestland owners.

The Eclipse Will Give Us a Glimpse of the Future of Natural Gas

Source: By Chris Martin, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2017

Natural gas is about to get a glimpse of its future role in the U.S. power mix as solar energy’s backup. During the upcoming Aug. 21 eclipse, operators of giant solar fields from California to the Carolinas will cede market share to fast-start natural gas generators as well as hydroelectric plants and other sources to fill the gaps as the sky darkens. The celestial event, the first total solar eclipse visible in the lower 48 states since 1979, will provide owners of gas turbines a chance to shine even as the fossil-fuel is expected to be displaced over time by solar and wind energy.

New York Third In Nation For Wind Energy

Source: By JAY SHAH, WSHU • Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2017

A new report by the federal government finds that New York is third in the nation for the number of wind energy projects built since 2003. The state produces more than 1,800 megawatts. A single megawatt is enough to power 360 to 500 homes.

Target Will Buy 100MW of Wind Energy to Power 150 Stores

Source: By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2017

Target Corp. agreed to buy 100 megawatts of output from an Infinity Renewables wind project in Kansas. Power from the 474-megawatt Solomon Forks wind facility will help offset the energy used at 150 Target stores in the area, Santa Barbara, California-based Infinity said in an emailed statement Wednesday. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530 Feeding Power Grids in Europe

Source: By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2017

Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid. Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles.

California company submits plans to build solar facility in Nevada

Source: By Ben Botkin, Las Vegas Review Journal • Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2017

A California company wants to build a 1,600-megawatt solar energy generation facility in Nye County. Sandstone Solar Energy’s preliminary plans for the facility on 20,000 acres of federal public lands were in a filing sent this week to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.

US offshore pipeline ‘tops 24GW’

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2017

The US has more than 20 offshore wind projects in the pipeline with over 24GW of potential installed capacity, according to the Department of Energy (DoE). Most projects are planned for the northeast Atlantic, but schemes are also in the pipeline in the southeast Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes, DoE said in one of three reports focussed on wind energy in the US.

Staid utility investing world upended by green energy revolution: James Saft

Source: By James Saft, Reuters • Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2017

“Numerous key markets recently reached an inflection point where renewables have become the cheapest form of new power generation, a dynamic we see spreading to nearly every country we cover by 2020,” Morgan Stanley analysts said in a report released in July. “We project large reductions in carbon intensity in the global power sector, driven by the seismic shift in renewables.”

Judge skeptical of both sides in Trump order fight

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, August 11th, 2017

A federal judge  grappled with whether President Trump had the authority to issue an executive order requiring agencies to scrap two regulations for every new one created. At a hearing, District of Columbia U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss appeared skeptical at times of the government’s claims that the order was consistent with prior administrations’ actions to review regulations.