Climate Clips: Anticipating climate threats to infrastructure, VDOT unveils first resilience plan

Rapid changes to the environment will endanger state and local infrastructure in the coming decades, according to a new report from the Virginia Department of Transportation. The department released its first resilience plan that outlines how these changes — primarily increased flooding — could impact Virginians’ transportation needs and what officials will do about them.

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US Reaches 140k Public EV Charging Ports as Key Federal Official Says $90B Infrastructure Investment Needed
Utility Dive
About 140,000 public electric vehicle charging ports operate in the United States and government officials said Wednesday that number is expected to grow rapidly as billions of dollars in federal funding are used to build out a national charging network.

After Substation Attacks, FERC Orders NERC to Consider Increasing Grid Security Requirements
Utility Dive
Following attacks on substations and other energy infrastructure, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday ordered the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to determine whether physical security grid reliability standards should be strengthened.

Energy Giants, Bill Gates Back Effort to Map ‘Clean’ Hydrogen
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New Clean Energy Investments Have Topped $40B Since the IRA Passed, Report Says
Utility Dive
Clean energy investments soared in a recent three-month period, totaling $40 billion and equaling the entire amount invested in 2021, according to an industry group.

DOT to Provide $1.5 Billion for Hard-to-Fund Transportation Projects
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The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide $1.5 billion in funding for transportation projects that have significant local or regional impact and improve safety and equity, according to a press release on Thursday.