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August 16, 2017

Solar Developers and Panel Makers Clash Over Tariff Request

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-08-16 06:40:30

Dozens of solar industry executives, government officials and foreign diplomats gathered here on Tuesday to urge federal trade commissioners to reject a petition from two troubled domestic solar equipment manufacturers to impose steep tariffs and minimum price guarantees on similar imports. At risk, they argued, is the future of the solar industry itself. [ read more … ]

Solar trade case weighs whether protection will save or sink industry

By Ana Swanson, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-08-16 06:40:04

Two solar manufacturers are begging the federal government for help, arguing that without protection from a flood of cheap imports, the United States risks losing its own domestic solar industry. But as they made their arguments before a commission on Tuesday, they faced an opponent: much of the rest of their industry. In a hushed, wood-paneled hearing room in the heart of Washington, companies Suniva and SolarWorld urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to impose steep tariffs on imports of solar cells and modules, which are assembled into panels and used to harvest solar energy, under a rarely used section of U.S. trade law known as Section 201.
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Unlikely allies try to sway White House before trade decision

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-16 06:40:48

In an event matching the upside-down politics of 2017, some ideologically right-wing voices are allied with the solar industry’s main lobby group in a trade case that could shape the future of solar power. Consider this: The American Legislative Exchange Council is on the same team as the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar’s main trade group. ALEC is the conservative boogeyman that helped state lawmakers workshop a rash of bills to scrap incentives for rooftop solar installations. [ read more … ]

FERC chairman takes heat for comments on coal, nuclear

Sam Mintz and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-08-16 06:41:14

The new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman’s comments on coal and nuclear power on an agency podcast this week have sparked criticism from watchdog groups that say the FERC leader is opening the door to politics at the agency. In an interview on FERC’s “Open Access” podcast, Chairman Neil Chatterjee said coal and nuclear energy — “baseload” power sources — should be “properly compensated,” emphasizing coal’s importance to his home state, Kentucky, and to the country’s fuel mix [ read more … ]

Judge, citing climate risks, halts Mont. mine expansion

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-16 06:41:37

A federal judge this week halted the expansion of a coal mine in Montana, finding that regulators failed to adequately assess the project’s climate impacts. Senior Judge Donald Molloy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana threw out the environmental assessment prepared by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for the project. [ read more … ]

Big Oil Follows Silicon Valley Into Backing Green Energy Firms

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-08-16 06:43:31

Major oil companies are joining Silicon Valley in backing energy-technology start-ups, a signal that that those with the deepest pockets in the industry are casting around for a new strategy. From Royal Dutch Shell Plc to Total SA and Exxon Mobil Corp., the biggest investor-owned oil companies are dribbling money into ventures probing the edge of energy technologies. The investments go beyond wind and solar power into projects that improve electricity grids and brew new fuels from renewable resources.
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Investor giant puts more emphasis on climate risks

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-16 06:41:59

An official at the mutual fund giant Vanguard said yesterday the company is discussing climate change with more companies than “ever before,” and he called the topic a priority. “Vanguard has prioritized climate risk on engagement agenda, and we have discussed the topic with more companies over the past year than ever before,” Glenn Booraem, investment stewardship officer at Vanguard Funds, said in a statement. [ read more … ]

German Onshore Wind Power Costs Plummet in Second Auction

By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-08-16 06:42:17

The cost electricity from the next bunch of onshore wind farms in Germany fell by a quarter in a government auction for power purchase contracts run by the regulator Bnetza. Bidders dominated by citizen groups won about 1 gigawatt of capacity at an average price of 4.28 euro cents per kilowatt-hour (5.03 U.S. cents/KWh), the Bonn-based agency said on Tuesday. That’s a reduction from the average of 5.71 cents/KWh from the first contest of its kind held in May and much lower than the average of 5.70 euro cents/KWh estimated by Bloomberg New Energy Finance for prevailing prices across the region. [ read more … ]

Wind alliance backs NY offshore

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-08-16 06:42:35

A coalition of business, environmental and community leaders has backed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make offshore wind the focus of New York’s renewable energy plan. Ahead of a series of public meetings hosted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York Offshore Wind Alliance (NYOWA) has voiced its support for developing green energy off the state’s coastline. [ read more … ]

Pruitt slams ‘false narrative’ on climate report

Nina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-16 06:42:52

U.S. EPA boss Scott Pruitt is downplaying the importance of a climate report that has sparked concerns that the Trump administration will ignore global warming data that don’t fit with its political agenda. Speaking to an Iowa TV news program Sunday, Pruitt criticized what he called a “false narrative” surrounding scientists’ fears that Pruitt and President Trump might dismiss the findings from 13 federal agencies that climate change is already clearly affecting the United States. [ read more … ]

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