Climate Clips: Amid a massive American clean energy shift, grid operators play catch-up

While grid operators say they’re doing their best to manage the renewable transition while ensuring reliability and keeping costs stable, critics contend they are only just now coming to grips with the new demands of a changing power system on their markets and interconnection queues.

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Virginia Weatherization Program is Changing Lives, But Gov. Youngkin Wants to Cut Off Its Funding Source
Energy News Network
A Virginia program that uses money from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to help low-income residents with deferred maintenance and energy efficiency overhauls has been hailed by advocates as a national model. Youngkin’s administration has targeted RGGI withdrawal as a priority.

What Virginia Wants to Do With $100 Million in Electric Vehicle Charging Money
Virginia Mercury
As efforts to speed up the transition to electric vehicles intensify, Virginia is expected to receive $100 million from the federal government over the next five years to install public electric vehicle charging stations.

Regulators Approve Dominion Bill Increase for Rising Fuel Costs; Appalachian Power Also Seeking Hike
Virginia Mercury
Dominion customers will see their monthly electricity bills increase as a result of rising fuel costs, with Appalachian Power Company seeking similar hikes on the same grounds.

Virginia Tech Receives $80 Million Grant, Largest in School History
Cardinal News
Virginia Tech received an $80 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to pilot a program that will pay producers to implement climate-smart practices on farms of all sizes and commodities, an initiative that could have significant impacts on curbing climate-changing gases.

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DOE, Federal Agencies to Draft Plan for Slashing Transportation Carbon Emissions
Utility Dive
The Biden administration intends to release a plan in mid-December for slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector related to funding streams created through the bipartisan infrastructure law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

The Pathway to 90% Clean Electricity Is Mostly Clear. The Last 10%, Not So Much
Inside Climate News
The United States gets about 40 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources, including renewables and nuclear, and researchers have a pretty good idea of how to cost-effectively get to about 90 percent. A new paper suggests six different approaches for the difficult final steps necessary to get to a 100% carbon-free grid—and each has its pros and cons.

It’s Common to Charge Electric Vehicles at Night. That Will Be a Problem.
Washington Post
As electric vehicles hit the road around the country, hundreds of thousands of Americans are beginning to learn the ins and outs of car charging: how to install home chargers, where to find public charging stations, and how to avoid the dreaded “range anxiety.”

DOE Opens $7B Hydrogen Hub Funding Opportunity, Issues Draft Production Standard
Utility Dive
The U.S. Department of Energy is now accepting applications for $7 billion in funding to develop at least a half dozen regional clean hydrogen hubs across the country. Alongside the funding opportunity announcement, the agency issued guidance for a draft production standard for qualifying clean hydrogen projects.

U.S. Ratifies Global Treaty Curbing Climate Super-Pollutants
Washington Post
With broad bipartisan support, the Senate on Wednesday ratified by a 69-27 vote a global treaty that would sharply limit the emissions of super-pollutants that frequently leak from air conditioners and other types of refrigeration.