Analysis out this week from the Brattle Group estimates the Trump administration’s coal and nuclear support plan could cost between $9.7 billion and $17.2 billion annually.

Working off of the light details presented in a draft memorandum released by Bloomberg in May, the Brattle Group analyzed several scenarios the administration might utilize to support nuclear and coal-fired power plants. 

One assumes the government would pay an average $50 per kilowatt flat-rate to all plants, costing $16.7 billion a year. In another, facilities experiencing shortfalls would be compensated directly at a customized level between $43 to $58 per kilowatt, costing between $9.7 and $17.2

Since Duke acquired REC Solar, the two have worked on microgrid projects and a solar farm in Hawaii.

REC Solar’s project capacity is still catching up with its refined strategy, about six months after Duke Energy Renewables (DER) fully acquired the commercial solar developer.

According to GTM Research, the company installed 1.5 megawatts in Q1 2018, compared to 14 megawatts in the same timeframe last year. It’s REC’s lowest quarter since mid-2015. Taken together with 2017 installations, REC’s positioning fell to 12 among commercial developers, compared to its third-place ranking at the end of 2017. 

GTM Research senior solar analyst Michelle Davis said the quarterly dip in installations doesn’t necessarily indicate trouble for REC, since commercial markets can be lumpy quarter-to-quarter. Instead, she said

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Trade groups representing plastic recyclers in Europe and the U.S. are working together on a common definition of the word "recyclable" in an effort to reduce confusion in the marketplace.

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California has been making good progress toward its ambitious clean energy goals, and now the state may aim to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy and zero-carbon sources by 2045. 

But some challenges remain. An often-overlooked hurdle is interconnecting wholesale distributed generation (wholesale DG, or WDG) projects to the grid. WDG refers to distributed energy resources (DER), often commercial-scale solar projects, that connect to the distribution grid and sell the electricity they produce to the local utility to serve local energy demand.

Interconnecting a WDG project in California is an unpredictable process that can be arduous and expensive,

On the whole, studies say that regionalization would lead to greater job growth in California.

Should California expand its energy markets to incorporate the rest of the Western United States? 

This vital question for California’s energy future has been the subject of vigorous debate for years now. Supporters say it will allow California to access ever-cheaper wind and solar power from across the region, driving down energy costs and boosting jobs and the economy, while pressuring uncompetitive fossil fuel-fired power plants to shut down. 

Opponents fear it will drive renewables investment and jobs out of state, support coal plants owned by Rocky Mountain states utility Pacificorp and others, and open California grid operator CAISO to losing its independence to determine its

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