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March 16, 2018

Top Stories

Even under coal-boosting President Trump, U.S. solar is doing pretty well

By Chris Mooney, Washington Port  •    •  Posted 2018-03-16 06:17:50

The U.S. solar industry had its second-best year on record for installations in 2017, despite the election of an administration that promotes fossil fuels and some worry injected into the market by President Trump’s import tariffs, an analysis found Thursday. Utilities, individuals and businesses installed 10.6 billion watts of solar photovoltaic capacity during Trump’s first year in office, according to the analysis by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association [ read more … ]

Perry tries to pacify lawmakers furious with Trump budget

Sam Mintz and Christa Marshall, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-03-16 06:18:15

Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended his agency’s budget request this morning to House lawmakers who expressed frustrations about both specific line items and their interactions with the Trump administration. Republicans and Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee said they were disappointed in how long it had taken the Department of Energy to provide more information on its request, some of which had only arrived this morning. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

GOP is trying to prop up coal, but plants keep closing

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-16 06:18:36

President Trump has pledged a coal revival, but America’s utilities aren’t listening. U.S. power companies are set to unplug almost 12 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity this year, or about 4 percent of the American coal fleet, according to an E&E News review of federal figures. More than half of those retirements were announced after Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. [ read more … ]

Solar power: Here’s where your state now ranks

By Tom DiChristopher, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2018-03-16 06:18:53

If you live in South Carolina, congratulations. Your state vaulted nine spots and cracked into the top 20 markets for solar power capacity in 2017. The Solar Energy Industries Association on Thursday released its annual review of U.S. solar installations and with it comes a fresh ranking of capacity by state. [ read more … ]

The fast-melting Arctic is already messing with the ocean’s circulation, scientists say

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-03-16 06:19:11

Scientists studying a remote and icy stretch of the North Atlantic have found new evidence that fresh water, likely melted from Greenland or Arctic sea ice, may already be altering a key process that helps drives the global circulation of the oceans. In chilly waters on either side of Greenland, the ocean circulation “overturns,” as surface waters traveling northward become colder and more dense and eventually sink, traveling back southward toward Antarctica at extreme depths. This key sinking process is called convection. But too much fresh water at the surface could interfere with it, because with less salt, the water loses density and does not sink as easily. [ read more … ]

This AG is a climate champ. It’s a wild race to replace her

Josh Kurtz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-16 06:19:25

Lisa Madigan was elected Illinois attorney general in 2002 at the age of 36, breaking out of the state Senate even faster than a colleague named Barack Obama. Environmentalists at the time weren’t quite sure what to make of Madigan, a product of the fabled Cook County Democratic machine, whose father, Mike Madigan, was the long-serving and very powerful speaker of the Illinois House. [ read more … ]

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