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Trade-Case Decision Leaves Trump in a Position to Gut U.S. Solar Industry

Politico: A federal trade panel declared Friday that surging imports of solar panels have hurt U.S. manufacturers — a decision that will allow President Donald Trump to penalize Chinese companies but could also choke off the fast-growing green energy industry in the U.S. The U.S. International Trade Commission voted to uphold a complaint brought by […]

September 25, 2017 Read More →

Arch Coal, in Nod to Market Trends, Abandons Lease-Expansion Application

SNL: Arch Coal Inc. has withdrawn its application for a lease on a federal tract of land in Wyoming that would have expanded its Black Thunder mine. The request to lease the West Hilight tract was withdrawn at the end of August, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management confirmed in an email. “We currently have […]

September 25, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Puerto Rico Electricity Crisis Heightens Debate Over Privatization vs. Public Control

Slate.com: A 2016 report on PREPA commissioned by the Puerto Rican government is scathing. In the latter months of that year, for example, Puerto Ricans experienced four to five times the number of service outages as U.S. customers on average, though they pay the second-highest rates in the U.S. after Hawaii. Instead of investing in […]

September 25, 2017 Read More →

Cloud Peak Energy, in Standing Behind Push for Access to More Federally-Owned Coal, Ignores Market Momentum

Gillette News Record: When Cloud Peak Energy applied in 2015 to open up 3,508 acres of public land to expand the Antelope mine south of Wright, it couldn’t know the industry was on the cusp of a historic downturn spurred by low natural gas prices and increased federal regulation on carbon dioxide emissions and federal […]

September 25, 2017 Read More →

Ohio: ‘Wind Is Our Shale’

Midwest Energy News: Two bills in the Ohio Senate aim to ease restrictions in a 2014 law that have effectively blocked the development of new commercial wind farms in the state. “We have stopped further development of wind projects in the state of Ohio while everyone else around the country seems to be progressing,” said […]

September 25, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Hurricane Maria Gives Puerto Rico an Opening to Shake Off Some Shackles and Build a Modern Electricity Grid

IEEFA Update: Hurricane Maria Gives Puerto Rico an Opening to Shake Off Some Shackles and Build a Modern Electricity Grid

Less Debt, a Decentralized Grid, Abundant Sunshine

It isn’t known yet exactly how badly damaged Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure is, but the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria is severe. While the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) tweeted yesterday that “the process of recovery will be extensive, but not impossible” the agency has released no estimates on how long it will take […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Cracks in the War on Wind

Evolution, Tipping Points, ‘Hollow Showmanship’

Bloomberg New Energy Finance this week put out what has to be the chart of the week in its depiction of the rapid evolution of wind turbines. Reproduced here, it reminds you a little of an old textbook evolution-of-man chart (Lucy to Piltdown to Neanderthal to Cromagnum). Progress in wind-turbine technology is happening a lot […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →

Renewables in Australian Coal Country

Simon Nicholas (IEEFA) for Corporate Knights: Defying the policy uncertainty that has held back utility-scale solar across most of the rest of Australia, renewables investment is gathering pace across Queensland, a region traditionally known as coal country. Collinsville, a North Queensland town with strong ties to coal, is already host to two solar projects: Edify […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →

Green Energy Opportunity Seen in Devastation

Washington Examiner: The energy and environmental think tank Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis put out a release eyeing a way to use the power outage as a clean energy staging point. “The blackout caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, coming on the heels of damage from Hurricane Irma, highlights a long-festering need […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →

Puerto Rico Faces Tough Choices in Restoring Power Supply

Marketplace (American Public Radio): The entire island of Puerto Rico is still without power today in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Local officials said it could take months to repair the damage and restore full service. And it won’t be easy. The utility was already around $9 billion in debt before the hurricane and had […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →