Bloomberg – Despite tariffs that President Trump imposed on imported panels, the US installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first quarter.
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Reuters – Bailing out nuclear and coal-fired power plants will not toughen the U.S. power grid against cyber attacks as the Trump administration claims, according to cyber experts, because hackers would still have a wide array of options.
The New York Times – When President Trump announced on June 1 last year that the United States would exit the Paris climate deal, many of America’s largest corporations said they would honor the agreement anyway, vowing to pursue cleaner energy.
Utility Dive – The Trump administration is planning to bail out coal and nuclear plants at risk of closure under the authority of two seldom-used federal laws, according to a memo made public Friday.
Utility Dive – President Trump directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to stop the closure of coal and nuclear plants, pushed offline by cheaper electricity from natural gas and renewables.
The Hill – The Department of Energy is seeking comment on plans to invest in the development of small-scale, modular coal plants they are deeming the "power plants of the future."
Pacific Standard – As the Trump administration attempts to roll back regulations on coal ash ponds, a new report highlights the dangers posed by storing toxic waste next to rivers.
Utility Dive – Utilities are welcoming a historic rooftop solar building code in California, but urging caution with its implementation in order to protect non-solar customers.
Science – President Trump announced that he will nominate a senior official at the Department of Energy’s technology commercialization program, and a former member of the White House staff under President Obama, to lead the department’s $6 billion Office of Science.
Solar Industry – The greatest number of actions on grid modernization during the quarter related to advanced metering infrastructure rules, energy storage deployment, grid modernization investigations, and utility business model reforms.
E&E News – The Trump administration is considering forming "a new, central institution" to advocate for natural gas and coal technology and exports, according to a document E&E News obtained from an administration source.