U.S. Energy News

Officials hear final arguments over whether to adopt solar tariffs

SOLAR:
• Federal officials hear final arguments on whether to impose tariffs on imported solar equipment in the Suniva-SolarWorld case, as states brace for potential job impacts. (Greentech Media, Texas Tribune)
• Recent hurricanes are driving interest in prefabricated homes equipped for solar power, particularly in the Florida Keys and Virgin Islands. (InsideClimate News)

STORAGE: Tesla may be struggling to meet energy-storage delivery commitments to Australia after switching cell suppliers. (Greentech Media)

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WIND:
• New York proposes four new sites for wind energy projects in the Atlantic Ocean. (Associated Press)
• Alliant Energy announces plans to start construction on a 300 megawatt wind farm in northwest Iowa. (Sioux City Journal)

POLICY:
• Fossil fuel subsidies cost U.S. taxpayers more than $20 billion annually, according to a new report. (Common Dreams)
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to redefine how coal and nuclear power plants are compensated for the electricity they provide to the power grid is uniting fossil-fuel and renewable-energy advocates against him. (Washington Post)

CLIMATE:
• New York’s mayor releases a plan to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, including limiting fossil fuel use for large buildings and lowering emissions from private vehicles. (Curbed)
• A top diplomat from the United Kingdom discusses his recent trip to Chicago, where he met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to talk climate change and other clean energy issues. (Midwest Energy News)

REGULATION:
• The EPA misses a Monday deadline to begin implementing ozone pollution regulations, drawing criticism from environmental groups. (The Hill)
• Advocates want North Carolina lawmakers to confirm two appointments to the state utilities commission this week before it considers Duke Energy’s bid to hike residential electric bills 16.7 percent. (Southeast Energy News)

OVERSIGHT: Travel documents show EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has met far more often with officials at companies the agency is meant to regulate, including the fossil fuel industry, than environmental groups. (New York Times)

FRACKING: Colorado residents are powerless to keep fracking out of their neighborhoods due to an obscure law that forces communities to lease the minerals beneath their properties as long as one person consents. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS: A Republican tax plan appears to scrap commitments to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, which could have significant implications for U.S. oil production and the climate. (Washington Post)

PIPELINES:
• Following a court order to consider downstream emissions in its environmental reviews of pipelines, FERC has concluded a group of pipeline projects could boost Florida’s greenhouse gas emissions between 3.7 and 9.7 percent. (Utility Dive)
• The Virginia DEQ will make its recommendations in December about water quality permits needed for the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduces a bill that would use excess mine cleanup funds to pay for coal miners’ pensions. (The Hill)
• A panel of experts at an event in Ohio this week said the Trump administration’s shifts in energy and environmental policy likely won’t change the downward trajectory of America’s coal sector. (Midwest Energy News)

ENVIRONMENT: Human activities like mining, dam-building and fracking have caused 730 earthquakes over the past 150 years, according to a recent study. (National Geographic)

GRID:
• California’s grid operator suggests a new procurement round to settle the question of whether to build a natural gas plant or use energy storage. (Greentech Media)
• A variety of experts say there is no evidence that the U.S. grid’s reliability is in jeopardy based on coal and nuclear retirements, despite the Department of Energy’s claims. (E&E News)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina lawmakers questioned Santee Cooper’s CEO about whether the now-failed Summer nuclear project should have been abandoned long ago, though he said he pushed for better oversight of the project. (Post and Courier, Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy advocates are recognized for their efforts in helping get Atlanta to 100 percent renewable energy. (Southeast Energy News)
• While the International Trade Commission is holding hearings to discuss remedies to proposed solar import tariffs, ultimately “President Trump holds the cards,” says a contributor to Forbes.

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