Trump Says Solar Tariff Decision Is Coming ‘Pretty Soon’

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would soon announce a decision on whether to impose tariffs on imported solar cells and modules in the high-stakes Section 201 trade case. The president criticized American trading partners for dumping subsidized solar products in the U.S. market, causing distress for domestic solar panel manufacturers. “You know, they dump… Continue reading Trump Says Solar Tariff Decision Is Coming ‘Pretty Soon’

Solar Trade Case Settlement, Exemptions May Still Be in the Works

Time is running out for President Trump to rule on the Section 201 solar trade case. With a fast-approaching deadline of Jan. 26, trade case stakeholders are making their final attempts to sway the president — and nervously placing their bets on what’s to come. When a decision will come remains unclear. Sources told E&E… Continue reading Solar Trade Case Settlement, Exemptions May Still Be in the Works

IRENA: Global Renewable Energy Prices Will Be Competitive With Fossil Fuels by 2020

As the calendar inches into 2018, clean energy costs keep getting closer to their projected parity with traditional fossil fuel sources.  According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), all types of clean energy — which in IRENA's definition includes bioenergy-for-power and hydropower — will fall within the cost range of… Continue reading IRENA: Global Renewable Energy Prices Will Be Competitive With Fossil Fuels by 2020

China More Than Doubles America’s 2017 Investments in Clean Energy, in a ‘Runaway’ Year

China hit record levels of clean energy investment in 2017, according to the latest annual analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).  The country increased its clean energy spending last year by 24 percent, to a total of $132.6 billion. Most of that money, $86.5 billion, went to solar. BNEF estimates China installed a “runaway” 53 gigawatts… Continue reading China More Than Doubles America’s 2017 Investments in Clean Energy, in a ‘Runaway’ Year

Shell Takes a Major Stake in US Solar Developer

International energy giant Shell has become the largest shareholder of U.S. solar project developer, owner and operator Silicon Ranch Corporation.  Under the agreement announced today, Shell will acquire a 43.83 percent interest in Nashville-based Silicon Ranch from Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager. The deal is valued up to $217 million in cash,… Continue reading Shell Takes a Major Stake in US Solar Developer

Bringing It All Together: The Importance of Dispute Resolution in the Interconnection Process

Throughout the Interstate Renewable Energy Council's interconnection blog series, we have discussed best practices for the “rules of the road” in interconnection, from increasing transparency, to fairly allocating system upgrade costs, to integrating energy storage into interconnection procedures. And one thread connecting most of the topics we’ve covered is that there is nearly always a chance for disagreements to arise,… Continue reading Bringing It All Together: The Importance of Dispute Resolution in the Interconnection Process

The ‘Spectre’ and ‘Meltdown’ Chip Vulnerabilities Could Affect Grid Hardware

Grid infrastructure could be at risk from a microprocessor vulnerability that has shaken up the IT industry, warn analysts. Dima Tokar, co-founder and chief technology officer at the internet-of-things analysis firm MachNation, said a security loophole unveiled this month could be present in many energy plant components.  “This vulnerability is wide-reaching and affects many different… Continue reading The ‘Spectre’ and ‘Meltdown’ Chip Vulnerabilities Could Affect Grid Hardware