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Energy Secretary Rick Perry wants to secure grid resiliency by subsidizing coal & nuclear

by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has turned to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in an effort to revitalize the country’s coal and nuclear industries by essentially subsidizing their sectors based on a misguided belief that their technologies are the only way to bring stability to the country’s electricity grid. […]

Renewable energy out in the cold

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg The prospects for a broad tax reform with lower corporate rates has excited business leaders and boosted the stock market — except for renewable energy. Tax reform “will make renewables more expensive,” Keith Martin, a partner at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, said in an interview Tuesday at Infocast’s Solar Connect […]

How solar energy saved a Puerto Rican farm from Hurricane Maria

by Hugh Bronstein and Gabriel Stargardter, Reuters BARRANQUITAS, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – While his competitors wait for diesel to restart generators knocked out by Hurricane Maria, flower grower Hector Santiago is already back in business because of solar panels powering his 40-acre (16.2-hectare) nursery in central Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is in a near […]

Storms spur $22 billion investment in battery-backed grids

by Chris Martin, Bloomberg Growing demand for more resilient power supplies will spur $22.3 billion of global investment in battery-backed local energy systems over the next decade, according to Navigant Research. Villages and homes in far-flung places will drive the expansion of microgrids, small-scale solar systems with batteries that can retain power until it’s needed. […]

General Motors is going all electric

by Alex Davies, Wired After more than a century peddling vehicles that pollute the atmosphere, General Motors is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. This morning, the American automotive giant announced that it is working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future. That starts with two new, fully electric models next year—then at least 18 more […]

Suniva, SolarWorld and their opponents file new trade remedy proposals

by Julia Pyper and Julian Spector, Greentech Media The Section 201 solar trade case moved into the remedy phase this week as stakeholders filed recommendations on how to shore up the U.S. solar cell and module manufacturing business. The proposals were submitted in response to the U.S. International Trade Commission’s determination last week that imported […]

Riverside County solar project scores $131-million deal with Central Valley farm district

by Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun California Gov. Jerry Brown couldn’t get a 100 percent renewable energy mandate across the finish line in Sacramento this month, and the Trump administration is eyeing protectionist trade policies that critics say would drive up the price of solar panels. But despite those headwinds, clean energy is still a […]