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May 21, 2024

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Biden Doubles Down on Support for US Solar Manufacturing

The administration’s focus on growing a healthy, competitive solar supply chain combines Biden’s drive to stimulate private investment in clean tech manufacturing and jobs and bipartisan concerns about Chinese trade practices.

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Biden’s New Tariffs Target China’s Dominance in Solar, EV Markets
President Joe Biden directed the U.S. trade representative to slap steep new tariffs on Chinese goods, including semiconductors, solar cells, battery components and electric vehicles.
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Brattle Report Details Impact of ‘Lumpy’ Loads on Utility Forecasts
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Republican-led States Sue EPA over Power Plant Emissions Rule
Republican state attorneys general sued EPA seeking to stop implementation of the agency’s final rule aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal plants and new natural gas plants. 
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On the Road to NIETCs, DOE Issues Preliminary List of 10 Tx Corridors
DOE is looking to boost interregional transmission with its announcement of 10 proposed National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors, where projects could be eligible for a share of $2 billion in federal loans and special permitting under FERC’s backstop siting authority.
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Report: Small Nuclear Reactors not the Answer
A new report warns that small modular nuclear reactors are not the energy panacea that their proponents have described.
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EPA Finalizes Methane Reporting Rule for Oil and Gas Industry
EPA issued a final rule meant to strengthen, expand and update methane emissions reporting requirements for oil and natural gas systems, as required by the Inflation Reduction Act.
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Will Final Rules on EV Tax Credits Help or Hurt US Market Growth?
According to Kelley Blue Book, the slow-down in EV sales could be a sign that "EVs are almost mainstream cars in parts of the country. Segment growth typically slows as volume increases."
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White House CEQ Finalizes NEPA Changes, Rolls Back Trump Rule
The White House Council on Environmental Quality finalized a rule meant to modernize the federal environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act.
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DOE: AI Critical to US Clean Energy, Grid Modernization Goals
Streamlining and accelerating permitting is just one of the potential uses DOE envisions for AI to accelerate the U.S. power system’s transition to 100% clean energy and the modern, efficient, secure grid needed to reach that goal by 2035.

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