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First Solar shares drop after tariff recommendation

SOLAR: Federal trade officials recommend tariffs and quotas on imported solar equipment, but fail to meet Suniva and SolarWorld’s demands for relief. (Greentech Media, Washington Post)

ALSO:
• Shares for thin-film panel developer First Solar plunge 10 percent after federal trade officials recommend moderate trade remedies. (Motley Fool)
• Entergy Arkansas files plans with state regulators to build what would be the state’s largest solar farm. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• A collaborative project among leaders in Chicago-area communities looks to make it easier for residents and developers to create new markets for rooftop solar. (Midwest Energy News)

STORAGE:
• An inquiry underway in Massachusetts will force the state Department of Public Utilities to rule on the eligibility of energy storage systems to qualify for net metering. (Utility Dive)
• An Iowa-based solar installer is offering a storage solution that could cut power bills in half for some large electricity customers in a state with high demand charges. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• Norway-based Statoil says it wants to develop a wind farm with a capacity of up to 1 gigawatt off the coast of New York. (Reuters)
• Oregon-based Avangrid Renewables makes a lease agreement for a 142-turbine wind farm in New Mexico, which is slated to be the largest in the state. (Albuquerque Business First)
• A consultant with a wind developer in Iowa describes a “shocking” scene where police believe wind energy opponents placed dead rabbits around a wind turbine to attract eagles and other birds into the path of the turbine blades. (KWWL)

GRID: New research outlines how energy markets can evolve to integrate ever higher amounts of renewable generation like wind and solar. (Greentech Media)

TECHNOLOGY: A New York startup is preparing to expand internationally after building the world’s first blockchain microgrid in Brooklyn. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla plans to nearly double the number of supercharger stations in Texas by the end of 2018. (San Antonio Business Journal)

COAL:
• A U.S. District Judge says a Montana coal mine can continue work on an expansion project while the government reconsiders the climate change impacts, temporarily averting dozens of layoffs. (Associated Press)
• Pennsylvania-based Consol Energy is splitting into a coal company and a natural gas company, after selling many of its West Virginia coal mines in recent years in a move to exit the industry. (Metro News)
• A test plant coming to Wyoming will work on producing cleaner burning coal that creates more energy than untreated coal. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: With much of the easiest oil already pumped, fracking companies are failing to meet expectations and investors are demanding that they sell off weaker holdings and pay down their debt. (Bloomberg)

POLLUTION: Exxon Mobil agrees to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty and spend $300 million on pollution-control technology at plants along the Gulf Coast to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act by releasing excess pollution. (New York Times)

PIPELINES: Developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline say they will modify plans for crossing waterways based on requests from North Carolina’s DEQ, as opponents there and in Virginia and West Virginia continue to push state regulators to shut down projects. (Rocky Mount Telegram, Natural Gas Intel)

NUCLEAR: SCANA announces that its CEO is retiring at the end of the year, making him the second leader involved in South Carolina’s failed Summer nuclear project to step aside without being fired. (Associated Press)

POLICY:
• As FERC considers an Energy Department proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear plants, parties on both sides of the debate are preparing alternative plans for how the agency can improve grid reliability. (Greentech Media)
• Utah regulators are seeking public input on how to spend its $35 million share of a $15.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen over its emissions cheating scandal. (Deseret News)

COMMENTARY:
• President Trump’s claim that he “turned West Virginia around” economically by cutting regulations on coal mining is undeserved, says a reporter for the Washington Post.
• A University of Chicago professor says states with high potential for wind energy not only face barriers with the Department of Energy’s proposal to save coal and nuclear plants, but also “political and regulatory realities” that continue to hold back development. (Forbes)
• A new study on the effects of pollution suggests clean energy is literally a lifesaver, says the associate communications director of the Sierra Club. (Huffington Post)

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