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May 21, 2024

Environmental Regulations

The Brattle Group
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. 
DOE
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.
Western Area Power Administration
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.
DOE/NREL
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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FERC Denies Permit for Pumped Storage Hydro on Navajo Land
FERC denied an application for a 3.6-MW pumped storage hydropower facility on the Little Colorado River in Arizona —  entirely on Navajo Nation land — after the tribe protested that it had not been consulted with by the developer.
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The Future of Natural Gas with Growing Demand and Climate Targets
A DOE report on resource adequacy says firms investing in natural gas capacity could be retrofitted with carbon capture and storage, or the ability to burn clean hydrogen.
Senate ENR Committee
Granholm Defends DOE’s 2025 Budget at Senate Hearing
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm defended her department’s $51 billion budget proposal for FY25 before hostile Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
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EPA Rejects Stationary Combustion Turbine Emissions Request
EPA rejected an industry petition to exempt stationary combustion turbines from hazardous air pollutant regulations.

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