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March 23, 2018

Top Stories

China May Hike Tariffs on US Pork, Aluminum, Other Goods

By Joe McDonald, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-03-23 06:35:05

China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation in a tariff dispute with President Donald Trump and girded for a bigger battle over technology policy as financial markets sank on fears of disruption to global commerce. The proposed measures would impose a 25 percent tariff on pork and aluminum scrap, mirroring Trump’s 25 percent charge on steel, according to the Commerce Ministry. A second list of goods including wine, apples, ethanol and stainless steel pipe would be charged 15 percent, the same margin as Trump’s tariff hike on aluminum. [ read more … ]

Energy interests wary as Trump orders China tariffs

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-23 06:35:23

President Trump vowed yesterday to impose annual tariffs of about $60 billion on Chinese imports as part of a broad trade plan that could hit renewable and energy technologies. In a signed memorandum, Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to propose a list of products for 25 percent tariffs that includes “aerospace, information and communication technology and machinery.”An investigative report released  by the White House on China’s trade policies repeatedly mentions solar and vehicle technology. USTR conducted the review at Trump’s direction under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump’s Steel Tariffs May Take a Swipe at Battery-Storage Market

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-03-23 06:35:59

The burgeoning battery-storage industry may become the latest to feel the sting of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. Prices for lithium-ion battery packs dropped 24 percent last year as it became cheaper to make them, according to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. But steel tariffs threaten to increase battery-installation costs by as much as 3 percent. [ read more … ]

Microsoft buying power from 750,000 solar panels

By Todd Bishop, GeekWire  •    •  Posted 2018-03-23 06:36:22

Microsoft just announced what it calls “the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy ever in the United States,” buying 315 megawatts from two new solar projects in Virginia as part of its ongoing effort to power its global data centers with renewable energy. The power will come from 750,000 solar panels spread across 2,000 acres at projects called Pleinmont I and II. With the purchase, the company says its total renewable energy portfolio will reach 1.2 gigawatts globally, which a Microsoft representative described as “enough power to light up 100 million LED bulbs, or send Marty McFly back to the future.” [ read more … ]

Spending bill boosts ARPA-E, spurns Yucca Mountain

Christa Marshall and Sam Mintz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-03-23 06:36:41

The massive spending package unveiled yesterday by Congress ignores President Trump’s budget request for steep cuts at the Department of Energy, as well as his attempt to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project. Instead of eliminating the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, DOE’s innovation arm, the package increases funding to a record level of $353 million. The Weatherization Assistance Program, which Trump also wanted to kill, would get a more than $20 million boost to $248 million. The deal keeps state energy grants and the Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program intact. [ read more … ]

Judge in climate case made skeptics disclose their donors

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-23 06:37:07

A group of climate skeptics who weighed in on climate lawsuits in California revealed their recent funding, and court documents show their donors are a mix of fossil fuel companies and conservative think tanks. U.S. District Judge William Alsup requested the funding sources and affiliations of the climate contrarians who submitted a friend-of-the-court brief arguing against mainstream research related to rising temperatures [ read more … ]

Oil company blames humans for warming but refuses guilt

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-23 06:37:20

Chevron Corp. walked a narrow line yesterday in acknowledging humans’ role in climate change while highlighting uncertainties that could help shield it from cities’ claims for damages stemming from sea-level rise. The California-based oil giant fielded questions from a federal judge on its understanding of climate change science, while the other four oil companies named by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland as contributing to climate change stayed silent. [ read more … ]

Norway country loves Teslas and petroleum

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-23 06:37:33

Norway is a study in climate change contradictions. The Nordic country of 5.2 million inhabitants has earned its place in the top tier of global climate champions, waging war against deforestation abroad while using renewable energy to power its Teslas at home. [ read more … ]

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