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

Fluence offers the utility-scale Advancion platform, as well as the C&I Siestorage and a solar-storage hybrid system.

The first storage supergroup has arrived.

Fluence, the new joint venture from major industry players Siemens and AES Energy Storage, kicked off operations in the new year. The company is positioning itself as a global heavyweight system provider capable of tackling everything from commercial projects up to the rarefied "100 megawatt club."

"We’ve been one of the early leaders," COO John Zahurancik told GTM. "We’re planning to stay there as one of the leaders. We’re looking at things all over the world."

The pairing combines AES' decade of experience developing large utility-scale storage with Siemens' commercial expertise and global sales presence. The

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

The state of play for energy policy and politics under Trump.

Nearly one year after President Trump was sworn into office, we’re re-examining the state of energy politics in Washington.

Our post-election episodes were some of our most popular shows of last year. This week, we’re returning to the subject now that we’ve got experience, and not just speculation.

Amy Harder, an energy and climate reporter with Axios, joins us to talk about a wide range of topics: deregulation, solar tariffs, ANWR drilling, carbon taxes, an infrastructure bill, and the future of climate negotiations.

We'll start the conversation by discussing FERC's rejection of Rick Perry’s attempt to backstop retiring coal and nuke plants

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

Regressive solar policies have stopped solar activity in Alabama.

As residential solar markets go, Alabama is about as small as you can get. 

Among the 43 states plus D.C. that GTM Research tracks individually, it ranks 42. It has just 1 megawatt of residential systems installed. According to GTM Research solar analyst Austin Perea, it’s hardly “a blip on the radar.”

“In the realm of what’s happening in residential solar, I’d say what’s happening in Alabama may be the least important thing,” said Perea. 

How did the state win that distinction? Through a mix of regressive policies.

Alabama doesn't have net metering, but it does have a fixed fee on any residential

One FERC commissioner called Perry's proposal a

Legal experts have been saying for months that Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to upend energy markets in order to prop up uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants was destined to fail.

Monday’s unanimous dismissal by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission -- an independent agency with four of its five members appointed by President Trump -- only confirmed that view. 

But whatever its deficiencies (and there were many), the DOE’s notice of public rulemaking, or NOPR, has started the conversation about grid reliability and resilience that Perry told Congress he’d wanted it to spark. For starters, it provided a definition for grid "resilience" -- a term

A chill has hit home solar. According to GTM Research’s latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report, Q3 2017 was the third consecutive quarter that the residential solar market fell by installation volume.

It's easy to blame the “big three” for this downturn -- collectively, SolarCity, Vivint Solar and Sunrun are down 32 percent in installation volume over the first three quarters of 2016, according to the latest U.S. PV Leaderboard. At the same time, we talk about the rest of the market -- the long tail -- as though it were an aggregate force tempering the downfalls of the behemoth big three.

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