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September 21, 2017

Solar trade case could fall to ‘unbridled’ Trump

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-21 06:43:08

A closely watched decision coming tomorrow could put the fate of the U.S. solar industry squarely in the hands of a White House that’s looking to hit China, the looming adversary in the case, on trade. The International Trade Commission is expected to rule in favor of a pair of solar companies pressing for punitive measures against Chinese firms that they say have unfairly flooded the market with cheap solar cells and modules, according to sources familiar with the case. The panel is short one member, but the companies that brought the petition would win in a split ruling. [ read more … ]

Military leaders join fight ahead of solar trade decision

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-21 06:43:53

A group of former U.S. military officials are urging the Trump administration to reject solar tariffs, sending one of many letters flying this week ahead of a long-awaited ruling. The U.S. International Trade Commission is set to decide Friday whether two solar manufacturing companies are experiencing “serious injury” because of a flood of cheap solar imports, primarily from Asia. [ read more … ]

How Can U.S. States Fight Climate Change if Trump Quits the Paris Accord?

By BRAD PLUMER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-09-21 06:45:43

In the months since President Trump declared that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate deal, 14 state governors have vowed to continue upholding the agreement and press ahead with policies to fight global warming. But a key question has always lingered: How much can these states really do on climate by themselves, without help from the federal government? [ read more … ]

Governors denounce Trump, announce progress to Paris targets

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-21 06:44:23

A coalition of 14 states and the territory of Puerto Rico are on target to meet their share of the U.S. commitment under the international Paris climate accord to reduce emissions linked to global warming. Democratic Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Jerry Brown of California and Jay Inslee of Washington made the announcement today in New York City. Joined by former Secretary of State John Kerry, the governors discussed how states would fill the void on climate action abandoned by the Trump administration. [ read more … ]

Former Missouri governor takes on transmission developer’s legal challenge

By Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-09-21 06:44:51

In the wake of one more rejection this morning from the Missouri Public Service Commission, the company trying to develop a high-voltage transmission line to ferry new wind energy from the Midwest to the eastern U.S. has a new tool in its kit: former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Clean Line Energy Partners, which has run into numerous obstacles in Missouri in the course of trying to develop a long-distance, high-voltage transmission line across several states, has hired Nixon as a legal adviser to guide it through the next legal hurdle. [ read more … ]

‘Tough issues’ abound as China Ambassador Branstad tackles North Korea and trade

By Kyle Munson, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-09-21 06:45:10

It was almost possible to listen Wednesday evening to Ambassador Terry Branstad speak to a roomful of Iowans on the opposite side of the globe and forget how drastically his life and global politics have changed in the last year. Branstad and a cast of familiar Iowa characters reminisced about the unlikely winding road that began with an Iowa Sister States relationship forged in 1983 between Iowa and China’s Hebei province. [ read more … ]

Storage gets boost as 100% renewables, grid expansion fail in California

By Peter Maloney, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2017-09-21 06:46:15

One of Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) key agenda items is expanding the California Independent System Operator’s electricity market to include neighboring states. A full western ISO would provide a ready market for the state’s production of solar power, which can push power prices into negative territory during peak generation. Being able to export solar power when production is high, or import renewable resources from surrounding states when in-state renewable production is low, would help the state better manage its grid and incorporate more renewable resources. [ read more … ]

Calif. cities sue oil giants: ‘Now the bill has come due’

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-21 06:46:46

San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., unveiled lawsuits yesterday against five oil companies, arguing that a handful of deep-pocketed corporations have put the future and health of both cities in jeopardy, despite the industry’s long-standing knowledge of man-made climate change. [ read more … ]

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