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June 18, 2018

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Energy sector on edge as Trump, China impose tariffs

Christa Marshall and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:35:08

President Trump slapped tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports last week, including nuclear reactors, batteries, vehicles and agricultural equipment. The action prompted angry retaliatory threats from China, with the country’s commerce ministry vowing to “immediately introduce taxation measures of the same scale and the same strength.” [ read more … ]

Trump’s Tariffs Are a ‘Glancing Blow’ for Wind Power, Batteries

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:35:35

President Donald Trump’s tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports include duties on components for wind turbines, nuclear reactors and batteries — but they are unlikely to cripple any of those industries. Less than 2 percent of wind turbines installed in the U.S. since 2010 were imported from China, Stephen Munro, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said in an email Friday. [ read more … ]

Trump Picks Economic Winners, Guided by Nostalgia

By Brad Plumer and Jim Tankersley, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:35:54

The president’s attempts to boost domestic steel manufacturing and coal mining have come largely through policies that limit foreign competition, like tariffs, and proposals to prevent coal-fired power plants from closing. Those efforts have produced only modest job gains so far in two blue-collar sectors that Mr. Trump championed in his run to the White House. But they have injected uncertainty into a host of other growing industries — such as advanced manufacturing, natural gas production and renewable energy generation — that have helped drive American job creation since the Great Recession. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

How the Trump-China Trade Fight Is Rippling Through Corporate America

By Crayton Harrison and Jack Kaskey, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:38:50

President Donald Trump’s tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports include duties on components for wind turbines, nuclear reactors and batteries — but they are unlikely to cripple any of those industries. Less than 2 percent of wind turbines installed in the U.S. since 2010 were imported from China, Stephen Munro, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said in an email Friday. [ read more … ]

Trump announces new solar tariffs

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:36:43

President Trump floated new tariffs on solar imports last week, sparking outrage from the industry’s lead trade group. The White House announced $50 billion worth of tariffs on a variety of Chinese imports this morning, causing angry retaliation from the Asian country. Nuclear reactors, lithium-ion battery components, vehicles and agriculture equipment all are slated for higher U.S. import fees. [ read more … ]

NV Energy 2.3-cent solar contract could set new price record

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:37:06

A new solar energy contract proposed by NV Energy could set a price record for the resource in the United States, researchers say.  On June 1, NV Energy filed for approval of a 300 MW power purchase agreement with the Eagle Shadow Mountain solar project at $23.76/MWh for 25 years. That price beats a $24.99/MWh contract signed this month in Arizona that GTM Research says was the lowest-cost solar contract in the nation. [ read more … ]

Suniva, starter of trade battle, seeks new life

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:37:58

Suniva Inc., the solar manufacturer at the center of a divisive trade battle, might return to business after its biggest creditor managed to maneuver its assets out of bankruptcy. That creditor, SQN Capital Management, announced yesterday that it had acquired the licenses, intellectual property and equipment of Suniva, and “plans are in process to restart operations as soon as possible.” [ read more … ]

Department of Energy Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research

By Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:37:21

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to administer an $18.5 million offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium. The consortium is a cooperative innovation hub that will bring together industry, academia, government and other stakeholders to advance offshore wind plant technologies, develop innovative methods for wind resource and site characterization, and develop advanced technology solutions for installation, operation, maintenance, and supply chain. [ read more … ]

Hickenlooper calls for climate action

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:37:39

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) disparaged the Trump administration last night for creating roadblocks to state-level attempts to address climate change. At the same time, he urged Centennial State residents to pursue nonpartisan approaches for a cleaner environment.
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Infrastructure executives offer warning on grid’s growing gas reliance

Blake Sobczak, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:39:08

The U.S. electric sector’s growing reliance on natural gas “could severely delay restoration from a sustained outage,” a presidential advisory group warned yesterday. The National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which consists of 20 executives from various industries, including energy, telecommunications and transportation, agreed to review the grid’s fuel supply chain as part of a wider study of catastrophic power outages due by the end of the year. [ read more … ]

Trump’s Coal Gambit May Yield Political Points But Not Mining Jobs

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-06-18 04:39:25

The Trump administration’s plan for reviving coal power plants is unlikely to resurrect mining jobs but may boost the president’s support among crucial Rust Belt voters before the midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress. President Donald Trump has asked Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take immediate action to stem closures of coal and nuclear power plants. A draft plan invokes national security concerns to justify dramatic steps, such as mandating electricity purchases from the plants. [ read more … ]

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