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November 1, 2017

Solar Industry Sighs in Relief at Small Import Tariff Proposals

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-01 06:04:29

The U.S. International Trade Commission recommended tariffs on imported solar panels of as much as 35 percent during a hearing Tuesday. The independent agency will send its proposals to President Donald Trump, who faces a January deadline to make the final decision. [ read more … ]

Solar Tariffs a Threat to Residential Systems in 13 States

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-01 06:04:57

Tariffs on imported solar panels could threaten the economics of residential power systems in as many as 13 U.S. states, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [ read more … ]

Federal trade panel calls for restrictions on imported solar cells — which Trump could soon implement

By Chris Moorney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-11-01 06:05:18

In a closely watched trade case, the four commissioners of the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday voiced their support for tariffs and other import restrictions to protect domestic solar companies from an influx of cheap solar panels being produced overseas. [ read more … ]

To Protect U.S. Solar Manufacturing, Trade Body Recommends Limits on Imports

By ANA SWANSON, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-11-01 06:05:35

Trade officials recommended on Tuesday that the United States impose restrictions on solar power equipment purchased from abroad, including tariffs of up to 35 percent, setting the stage for one of President Trump’s first major trade decisions. [ read more … ]

Trade panel recommends tariffs of up to 35%

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-01 06:05:59

A U.S. trade panel today backed tariffs as high as 35 percent on imported solar components, giving President Trump a road map to overhaul U.S. policy and enact trade barriers that could spike prices. Two members of the U.S. International Trade Commission — an independent federal agency — recommended tariffs of 30 percent on solar cells after 1 gigawatt of imports, and a 30 percent tariff on solar modules, with decreases occurring over four years. [ read more … ]

MidAmerican is building up to 170 wind turbines in Poweshiek County

By Donnelle Eller and Jason Noble, The Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-11-01 06:08:01

MidAmerican Energy Co. plans to build a new wind farm in Poweshiek County, the third Iowa site selected for the utility’s $3.6 billion wind project that was announced in 2016. Altogether, MidAmerican plans to build 1,000 wind turbines that will generate 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity when it’s completed in December 2019. [ read more … ]

UN Environment Chief: US Likely to Live Up to Paris Accord

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-11-01 06:06:18

The head of the U.N. environment program said Tuesday the United States is likely to live up to the Paris climate deal despite President Donald Trump’s planned pullout, because “all the big American companies” are working toward greener operations.
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CO2 levels hit 800,000-year record

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-01 06:06:35

The rate of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere accelerated at an unprecedented pace last year and has reached levels not seen in 800,000 years. [ read more … ]

Carbon dioxide is gushing into Earth’s atmosphere at record pace

By Angela Fritz, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-11-01 06:07:02

The concentration of CO2, a planet-warming greenhouse gas, set a new record in 2016, according to a report by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization. The year-to-year spike in CO2, from 400 ppm in 2015 to 403.3 ppm in 2016, also represents the biggest annual jump on record, some of which can be attributed to the 2015-2016 El Nino. [ read more … ]

Climate change fueling disasters, disease in ‘potentially irreversible’ ways, report warns

By Ben Guarino and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-11-01 06:07:39

Climate change significantly imperils public health globally, according to a new report that chronicles the many hazards and symptoms already being seen. The authors describe its manifestations as “unequivocal and potentially irreversible.” [ read more … ]

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