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March 28, 2018

Top Stories

Judge leaves solar tariffs in place

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-03-28 06:48:35

A judge in the U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday rejected requests for a stay of U.S. solar tariffs pending an appeal. Silfab Solar, Heliene, Canadian Solar (USA) and Canadian Solar Solutions had been hoping the court would block the 30 percent tariff the Trump administration imposed on imported solar panel and solar cells last month. [ read more … ]

California attorney general says ready to defend vehicle efficiency standards

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-03-28 06:49:00

California is prepared to sue the Environmental Protection Agency if it tries to weaken Obama-era vehicle efficiency standards, the state’s attorney general said on Tuesday, setting up another in a series of legal fights between Sacramento and the Trump administration. The EPA is expected to declare by April 1 that current rules aimed at doubling average fleet-wide fuel efficiency to about 50 miles (80 km) per gallon by 2025 are “not appropriate,” sources told Reuters last week. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Coal crucial during ‘bomb cyclone’ — DOE study

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-28 06:49:29

The Department of Energy publicized a new report today bolstering a claim it has made regularly during the Trump administration: The electric grid needs coal plants in order to keep the lights on during extreme weather. The analysis by the National Energy Technology Laboratory examined power generation in the eastern United States during the “bomb cyclone,” an extreme weather event in late December and early January that caused freezing temperatures and high electricity demand. [ read more … ]

Connecticut legislature poised to act as community solar collides with net metering

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-28 06:50:00

Connecticut’s community solar law has run head-on into the state’s net metering debate. State legislators are scheduled to decide this week whether to move two key bills forward. One would mandate a new community solar program for the state. Among the many energy issues covered in the second is a controversial change to net energy metering [ read more … ]

New Ballot Measure Crops up in Arizona Clean Energy Fight

By MELISSA DANIELS, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-03-28 06:50:40

Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature are moving to put their own version of an increased renewable energy mandate on the November ballot. If approved, the new measure would compete with one being circulated by Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona. Both measures would insert a constitutional mandate to require 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2030 — but the new legislative version would allow state utility regulators to sidestep the standards by finding they might raise customer bills or cause reliability concerns. [ read more … ]

N.J. sends drilling ban to governor’s desk

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-28 06:50:22

New Jersey’s Senate unanimously voted yesterday to ban offshore oil and gas exploration and development that could affect state waters, putting the state at the forefront of opposition to a Trump administration push to open up new offshore areas for drilling. The bill would bar the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection from approving permits or drawing up plans for offshore development, both within and outside state waters. The agency would also be required to review any plans for development off the Atlantic coast. [ read more … ]

Study finds flood of ‘extreme’ errors in EIA projections

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-28 06:50:58

The Energy Department’s projections of everything from future oil prices to coal use became much more inaccurate in the past decade and created wide uncertainty for businesses, according to new research from Carnegie Mellon University. [ read more … ]

Meet Trump’s new climate guy

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-28 06:51:12

Wells Griffith’s path to overseeing the Trump administration’s international energy and climate strategy began on a much smaller stage — “the social Shell.” Griffith’s grandfather started the gas station that’s well-known in Mobile, Ala. Griffith’s father, Preston, still runs the place and answers the phone. (“I’m very honored for the work he’s doing for President Trump,” the elder Griffith said, declining further comment.) It’s the type of place where employees run out to clean windshields, asked or not, when motorists refuel. [ read more … ]

 

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