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Tariffs will not stop JinkoSolar's US expansion, executives say

Executives at China-based JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. indicated March 22 that the manufacturer is moving ahead with plans to assemble solar panels at a plant in Jacksonville, Fla., regardless of whether it is exempt from new tariffs on imported solar cells.

US LNG exports need gas infrastructure at home, abroad

New natural gas infrastructure is needed in U.S. and overseas markets to maximize the potential for American LNG exports, said policymakers and industry leaders at an event in Washington, D.C.

Carbon capture, inland waterways receive spending bumps in FY'18 budget

Funding for carbon capture and storage technology increased 13.5% in Congress' fiscal-year 2018 omnibus spending bill compared to the previous year's budget, while inland waterways projects in coal country also received important financing.


* Global energy related carbon dioxide emissions climbed 1.4% in 2017 even as U.S. levels declined for the third year in a row, the International Energy Agency said in a March 22 report.

* Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill directing the state Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules governing the installation, interconnection and use of customer-sited energy storage systems.

* South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. recently indicated that its ratepayers will pay at least $3.8 billion for the scrapped V.C. Summer V.C. Summer nuclear reactors, while Santee Cooper estimates its customers face a 7% to 8% rate hike to pay off its nuclear debt.

* New Mexico's Los Alamos County is delaying its decision on whether to remain a partner in a proposed nuclear generating facility pilot project, dubbed the Carbon Free Power Project, according to The Los Amos Monitor.

* Energy Secretary Rick Perry cited competition from China and Russia in defending continued negotiations with Saudi Arabia on a potential civil nuclear power deal, The Hill in Washington, D.C., reported.

* Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC creditors approved a restructuring plan that includes the company's $4.6 billion sale to Brookfield Business Partners LP, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

* Dominion Energy Inc. is seeking regulatory approval to increase its electric rates to recover investments tied to an undergrounding transmission project, The Associated Press reported.

Natural gas/Oil

* Global LNG demand is expected to exceed 300 million tonnes per year in 2018, but demand growth may then taper for a few years before picking back up in the 2020s, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report.

* U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced a bipartisan bill that would permanently authorize a program to allow for dedicated funding for review of permit applications with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for some infrastructure projects.

* British Columbia's government is offering tax breaks and other incentives as one of the province's last proposed LNG projects nears a final investment decision.

* NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. is seeking approval from Canada's National Energy Board for a settlement that the TransCanada Corp. subsidiary reached with concerned parties on the annual costs to operate its system for 2018 and 2019.

* Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a bill that supports increased production of renewable natural gas as an energy source for the state. The Northwest Gas Association has voiced its support for the law.

* Oil sands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. has pared output amid wide price discounts to U.S. benchmark crude and a lack of access to rail shipping.

* Liberty Utilities Co. has hired Analysis Group to carry out an economic valuation of its proposed Granite Bridge natural gas pipeline project, the New Hampshire Business Review reported.

* The Lax Kw'alaams Indian Band is suing the federal and the British Columbia governments for banning oil tankers, the Financial Post reported.

* The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approved an underground injection control well permit for Windfall Oil & Gas Inc.'s Frank & Susan Zelman No. 1 in Clearfield County.


* Ramaco Resources Inc. anticipates increasing its sales prices as the market becomes more familiar with its metallurgical coal products and it gains new customers, executives said.

* A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill March 22 to promote research and development of carbon capture technologies, including through expedited carbon dioxide pipeline permitting. Supporters of the bill say these technologies will be crucial to maintaining demand for coal and other fossil fuels in a carbon-constrained economy.

* The United Mine Workers of America will reportedly endorse incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin for reelection, Reuters reported, citing sources.


* The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a net 86-Bcf withdrawal from natural gas inventories in the Lower 48 during the week ended March 16 that was below the consensus estimate coming into the day and mixed against averages.

* Following recent losses after the latest Western Climate Initiative quarterly auction, secondary market prices for California carbon allowances edged higher.

* After ending the prior session 2.1 cents lower at $2.617/MMBtu, NYMEX April natural gas futures were near unchanged overnight ahead of the Friday, March 23, open, as market participants considered changing fundamentals.

* Price action for power dailies could be choppy in the week's closing session Friday, March 23, in line with diverging demand expectations coming off the weekend.

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* Legislatures in 46 states and the District of Columbia convened sessions in January, with several adjourning as quickly as two months later. Roughly 242 energy-related measures were either introduced in 2018 or were carried over from the prior legislative sessions.


"The growth in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2017 is a strong warning for global efforts to combat climate change, and demonstrates that current efforts are insufficient to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement," the International Energy Agency said in a March 22 report that found that global CO2 emissions increased by 460 million tonnes to a record high of 32.5 billion tonnes in 2017.

The day ahead

* Early morning futures indicators pointed to a lower opening for the U.S. equity markets. To view more SNL equity market indexes, click here. To view more SNL Energy commodities prices, click here.

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