Utility Dive – A final decision on a high-profile solar trade case is coming "pretty soon," President Donald Trump said on Wednesday. However he declined to say how harsh the potential trade duties would be.
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Greentech Media – As the calendar inches into 2018, clean energy costs keep getting closer to their projected parity with traditional fossil fuel sources.`
Utility Dive – The Atlantic Coast Pipeline faces setbacks after North Carolina's Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources rejected the erosion and sediment control plan for the northern portion of the pipeline's route across the state.
San Francisco Chronicle – California’s last nuclear power plant — Diablo Canyon, whose contentious birth helped shape the modern environmental movement — will close in 2025.
UPI – Renewable power in the United States setting records, though reliability issues surfaced last year during the August solar eclipse.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, FERC rejects coal and nuclear energy market bailout plan; all offshore water open for drilling, except possibly Florida; and China could lead the world in renewables.
The Roanoke Times – As construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline draws closer, a coalition of environmental groups is asking a federal appeals court to issue a stay that would stop the project in its tracks.
Bloomberg – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission instead asked grid operators to suggest their own ideas to make the system more resilient.
Reuters – China said on Friday it plans to create several “super-large” coal mining companies by the end of 2020 as the world’s biggest producer of the fuel ramps up years of efforts to streamline the fragmented sector and slash outdated capacity.
E&E News – The Interior Department yesterday laid out its five-year program to open up vast new areas to offshore leasing. But it will take the offshore industry much longer than that to return to its pre-oil-bust glory, analysts say.
The Washington Post – Under the proposal, only one of 26 planning areas in the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean would be off limits to oil and gas exploration, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.