Nissan Motors did not unveil a new electric vehicle at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. 

The Japanese automaker had a sizable expo display, but opted not hold a high-production press event. Instead, Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of France-based Renault, chairman and former CEO of Japan-based Nissan, and chairman of Mitsubishi Motors, held a media Q&A in a conference room.

There were no spotlights and no music -- not even a PowerPoint presentation. 

The event seemed to reflect the automaker’s current market strategy, which Ghosn said is centered on deploying next generation vehicle technology, rather than peddling concepts -- which is common at CES. For

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After long delays, the company begins making some versions of its glass roofing tiles in a new Buffalo factory
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Tesla has started manufacturing its long-awaited photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) roofing tiles at a new factory in Buffalo, New York, and customers who plunked down $1,000 deposits last year could start to see their new roofs in the next few months, Reuters reported.

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Tax equity investors are still analyzing the clean energy impacts of the tax bill.

Tax equity investors have mostly kept quiet on how the Republican tax bill, which President Trump signed into law in December, may impact their participation in the clean energy market. 

During a Thursday webinar from law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, investors emphasized that the market remains in limbo. However, big financial entities are getting clarity about the future of tax equity, which makes up 40 to 50 percent of financing for solar projects and 50 to 60 percent for wind projects. 

“We’re in a moment of reset and investors are evaluating their positions,” said Jack Cargas, managing director of renewable energy finance at Bank of America Merrill

Trump isn't bringing back coal.

When President Trump took office, U.S. coal was in a state of decline. Between 2007 and 2016, coal production and consumption each fell by more than a third, and mining jobs fell from 125,000 to 75,000.

Trump promised to reverse that trend. Did his deregulatory agenda work?

In 2017, U.S. coal production grew by 6 percent. That increase, however, came from a factor unrelated to Trump Administration policy: demand in foreign markets. Meanwhile, domestic coal consumption fell by 2.4 percent last year.

This week, we talk with Trevor Houser, a partner with the Rhodium Group, about where things stand in America's coal sector. It still

Regulators did not rule in line with a stakeholder settlement.

California regulators have approved a plan to close Diablo Canyon, the state’s last nuclear power plant, that has environmental and clean energy groups, local communities, and even utility Pacific Gas & Electric crying foul over the results. 

On Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a plan for PG&E to close the Central Coast plant by 2025, and recover $241.2 million in costs to pay for it, mostly expenditures associated with paying employees to run the plant through its closure. 

That’s half the amount of money -- $448 million -- for worker retention, retraining and community support that PG&E, the Natural Resources Defense Council, unions and community

Donald Trump will soon decide whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels.

President Trump has two weeks left to decide whether to impose trade remedies on imported solar equipment. If he follows the guidance of his advisers, big changes could be coming to the solar industry.

E&E News reported that Trump is expected to receive a formal recommendation to move forward with trade penalties as early as Friday, according to industry sources.

Insiders said the president discussed potential tariffs on Tuesday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn. 

Troubled solar manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld launched the trade case last year under an obscure section of

Last month at Greentech Media's Energy Storage Summit, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel, Crowdsourced Market Insights: Role of Energy Storage in Creating the Grid of the Future. This panel employed a unique structure where our experts on stage were asked to interpret and weigh in as 500 attendees answered live polling questions on the top themes in the market. 

The results, with additional context from our research, are presented in a new research report, available for free here. Below, I summarize some key findings.

Storage will displace natural gas peakers (eventually!)

Only 1 percent of attendees feel

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