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May 18, 2024

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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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FERC Issues Transmission Rule Without ROFR Changes, Christie’s Vote
FERC issued Order 1920, its long-awaited final rule on long-term regional transmission planning and cost allocation, but it could not fulfill hopes for a unanimous vote.
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FERC Poised to Overhaul Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation
FERC is taking the rare step of holding a special open meeting May 13, a Monday, to vote on a proposal to overhaul its transmission planning and cost allocation rules. 
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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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Maryland Offers OSW Developer More Lucrative Terms
Maryland will allow its lone remaining contracted offshore wind developer to seek higher compensation and other changes for the wind farms it is proposing off the Delmarva Peninsula.
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Constellation to Maximize Nuclear Fleet’s Output
Constellation Energy is looking at squeezing more megawatts out of existing reactors, extending their operational lives and building new generation beside existing facilities.
Siemens Energy
Siemens Energy Announces Restructuring of Wind Business
Siemens Energy has begun a multiyear restructuring of its wind power business, which has temporarily halted sales of certain onshore turbine models due to quality control problems. 
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Stronger Renewable Energy Standard Sought in Vermont
The Vermont Legislature has approved a bill that would update the state’s Renewable Energy Standard and move it toward 100% renewable electricity by 2030. 
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ACP: Clean Energy Construction Increases in 1st Quarter
Nearly 5.6 GW of new solar, wind and storage capacity was added in the United States in the first quarter of 2024, the American Clean Power Association reported.
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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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