Climate Clips: Arlington County helps put solar financing on the menu in historic first for Virginia

Arlington County is the first jurisdiction in Virginia to serve up an innovative financing deal using private sector funding for businesses looking to become more sustainable.

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The Region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan will be Revamped to Prioritize Ways to Curb Climate Change
Greater Greater Washington
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted last month to commit to a new long-range plan that better addresses climate change.

Judge Weighs Manufacturers’ Lawsuit to Overturn Virginia Carbon Market Regulation
Virginia Mercury
Despite Virginia’s participation in two carbon auctions netting the state almost $90 million, Virginia manufacturers are continuing to fight an environmental regulation outlining the carbon-trading program.

Maryland RFI Seeks Microgrid Information to Help Electrify Bus Fleet
Microgrid Knowledge
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued a request for information (RFI) for firms that can plan, provide, operate, and maintain facilities for bus electrification, and it is considering incorporating microgrids into the project.

Supreme Court Decision Could Revive the Potomac Pipeline Project
Maryland Matters
The U.S. Supreme Court sided with a pipeline company on Tuesday, ruling that pipeline projects with federal approval can seize state-owned land to build natural gas pipelines. This could speed construction of a controversial pipeline proposed to run through a narrow stretch of Maryland.

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Global Warming Cauldron Boils Over in the Northwest in One of the Most Intense Heat Waves on Record Worldwide
Inside Climate News
The latest in a seemingly endless series of heatwaves around the world hit the Pacific Northwest last weekend and will continue through the week, showing that even regions with cool coastlines and lush forests cannot avoid the blistering extremes of global warming.

The Grid’s Big Looming Problem: Getting Power to Where it’s Needed
The Washington Post
In the punishing heatwave that has struck the Pacific Northwest, about 17,000 electricity customers were without power in Washington state on Monday evening. Nearly 20,000 more were in blackouts in Idaho, Oregon, California, and Nevada. Those aren’t devastating numbers, but they are a reminder that the electric grid in America is frayed and always operating close to the edge.

Study: EPA Underestimated Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Development
The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has underestimated methane emissions caused by oil and gas production by as much as 76 percent, according to research published Tuesday in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

How the Gas Industry is Trying to Keep Crappy Heaters on the Market
The American Gas Association, or AGA, the gas industry’s most powerful trade group, says it supports energy efficiency. It is a member of the Alliance to Save Energy, a bipartisan nonprofit that advocates for a stronger federal energy efficiency policy. But in federal rulemakings, the AGA is fighting the prospect of getting more efficient natural gas heating equipment on the market.