On Tuesday, Montgomery County announced a contract with AlphaStruxure, a joint venture of electric equipment giant Schneider Electric and private equity giant Carlyle Group, that will combine its clean energy, electric vehicles, and grid resiliency goals in one fell swoop.
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Fairfax County Furthers Local Efforts to Move Away from Fossil Fuels
As East Coast states face questions about fuel supplies related to the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, the D.C. area is making new moves away from fossil fuels and toward all-electric vehicles.
State Begins Rolling Out $20 Million in Volkswagen Money for Electric School Buses
On Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced it would make $20 million of the state’s Volkswagen settlement funds available for school districts to electrify their bus fleets.
With Approval of Dominion’s Renewables Plan, is it a ‘New Day’ or ‘Business as Usual’ for State Regulators?
State regulators’ blessing of Dominion Energy’s first annual plan for how it will meet the ambitious renewables targets set by the 2020 Virginia Clean Economy Act has sounded the starting bell of Virginia’s race to decarbonize its electric grid by midcentury.
DMME Changes Name as Virginia’s Energy Focus Shifts from Coal
The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy is changing in the wake of an overall drop in coal production and mine-related employment and a greater political and societal push for renewable energy: solar, wind, and geothermal.
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Biden Administration Approves Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm
New York Times
Construction on the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm is expected to begin this summer after the Biden administration gave final approval Tuesday to a project it hopes will herald a new era of wind energy across the United States.
Biden’s Pipeline Dilemma: How to Build a Clean Energy Future While Shoring Up the Present’s carbon-intensive Infrastructure
Inside Climate News
Even as President Joe Biden worked this week to shore up support for his push to invest $2 trillion in a new energy future for the United States, his administration found itself bombarded with the harsh realities of the nation’s oil-dependent present.
Climate Change Is Making Big Problems Bigger
The New York Times
The freshly compiled data, the federal government’s most comprehensive and up-to-date information yet, shows that a warming world is making life harder for Americans, in ways that threaten their health and safety, homes, and communities.
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