Climate Clips: Alexandria’s tree coverage growing, but there’s room for improvement

The City of Alexandria released an Alexandria Tree Canopy Assessment done by the University of Vermont that tracked the change in the city’s tree canopy between 2014 and 2018. The results are mostly positive.

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PJM Releases Road Map for Creating ‘Grid of the Future’ to Handle Coming Renewables, Storage Wave
Utility Dive
The PJM Interconnection has developed a roadmap for handling the various changes affecting its system, including the retirement of fossil-fueled generation, growth in renewable energy and storage, and the electrification of the transportation and building sectors.

Power Prices Jumped 51% in PJM, 85% in New England in Q1 Due to Rising Gas Prices
Utility Dive
Electricity prices jumped 51%, to $80.28/MWh, in the first quarter of 2022 from $53.30/MWh in that period a year ago in the PJM Interconnection wholesale market, partly driven by an increase in natural gas prices, the grid operator’s market monitor said in a report released Thursday.

What’s ‘Reasonable and Prudent’ When it Comes to Dominion Offshore Wind Project’s Costs?
Virginia Mercury
Dominion Energy is seeking approval to build what will be the largest offshore wind power project in the United States off the coast of Virginia Beach, pitched by the company, some lawmakers, and business groups as key to positioning Virginia as a hub for an industry on the cusp of a boom.

Shareholders Ask Dominion for Report on Risk of Stranded Natural Gas Assets
Virginia Mercury
After a shareholder vote Wednesday, Dominion Energy will issue a report on how it is responding to the risk of stranded natural gas assets as the global response to climate change intensifies.

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Earth Has a 50-50 Chance of Hitting a Grim Global Warming Milestone in the Next Five Years
Inside Climate News
The Earth’s average annual temperature will soon have its first spike above the 1.5 degree Celsius cap set for post-Industrial Revolution warming by the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to a new five-year climate outlook from the World Meteorological Organization. There is now a 50-50 chance that the world will temporarily cross the 1.5-degree threshold sometime in the next five years.

Creaky U.S. Power Grid Threatens Progress on Renewables, EVs
After decades of struggle, the U.S. clean-energy business is booming, with soaring electric-car sales and fast growth in wind and solar power. The nation’s transmission network, plagued by outages and increasingly severe weather, needs a trillion-dollar overhaul to handle the Biden administration’s promised clean-energy revolution. No one is taking charge of that problem.

EVs Can Be Cheaper On a Monthly Basis Than Gas-Powered Cars
Canary Media
For the 85 percent of Americans who finance their purchases of new cars, it’s how their monthly costs add up that really matters. And if you’re focusing on your monthly loan payments, why not also consider how much it costs to fuel and maintain your car every month, and bundle that into your calculations?

States Band Together to Push for Nationwide Fleet Electrification
Utility Dive
The Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle initiative has been working since 2020 to develop recommendations for policymakers on how to push truck and bus electrifications in their state. Led by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management Initiative, the group includes 17 states from across the country as well as Quebec and Washington, D.C.

The Secrets to Passing Climate Legislation — Even in Red States
In 2019, renewable power was having a moment — but not where you’d expect. Arkansas, South Carolina, and Utah, among the reddest of red states, passed landmark legislation paving the way for expanding solar and wind power.