Climate Clips: Army Corps of Engineers propose changes to prevent Northern Va. flooding

The Army Corps of Engineers is trying to figure out if putting measures in place would help cut back on the risk of coastal flooding to public and private buildings along the west bank of the Potomac River.

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Four Maryland Nonprofits Receive Funding to Build Low-Income Solar
Solar Power World
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced $1.5 million in awards to build new solar on low-income Marylanders’ primary residences. Funding for this project is made possible through MEA’s Low Income Solar Grant Program, which is funded by the Strategic Energy Investment Fund.

States That Outlaw Gas Bans Account for 31% of US Residential/Commercial Gas Use
S&P Global
A legislative push to prohibit gas bans in buildings has protected access to natural gas utility services in states that account for almost a third of U.S. natural gas demand in the residential and commercial sectors.

Virginia Coal Production Climbs
Virginia Mercury
Virginia coal production remains high, fueled by ongoing demand for steel as the U.S. embarks on an ambitious program of infrastructure investment and disruptions in energy markets linked to the war in Ukraine.

Feds To Review Environmental Impact of Proposed Offshore Maryland Wind Energy Project
CBS Baltimore
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Monday it will conduct an environmental review of US Wind’s proposed wind farm project off the shore of Maryland.

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DOT Proposes Rules for National EV Charging Network, Including 97% Uptime and 150 kW Requirements
Utility Dive
DOT officials say the requirements proposed Thursday will help ensure EV drivers can easily find a working charging station anywhere in the U.S.

Biden Order Will Boost Heat Pumps and Building Insulation
Scientific American
Solar panels are getting their moment in the sun after President Joe Biden yesterday invoked the Defense Production Act to jump-start the renewable energy sector. But just as important — if less flashy — are two other things Biden’s order seeks to boost: heat pumps and insulation.

Scientists Say They’ve Created a Roadmap for Cutting US Emissions in Half by 2030
Inside Climate News
Researchers of a new peer-reviewed study say they’ve developed the “first detailed roadmap” for how the United States can achieve its ambitious climate pledge to slash the country’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. It’s a critical target that, if missed, would likely jeopardize the larger global efforts to prevent devastating runaway climate change.

DOE Aims to Decarbonize Heavy Industry With $8B Hydrogen Hub Project
Utility Dive
Industries and communities interested in securing a chunk of the $8 billion in federal funding up for grabs for hydrogen development projects got their first glimpse of what it will take to write a winning application with Monday’s release of a notice describing the DOE’s intended selection criteria.

Meet the Group Lobbying Against Climate Regulations — Using Your Utility Bill
Utility bills can hide as much as they reveal: They don’t indicate how much of the customer’s money is being used to build new power plants, for example, or to pay the CEO’s salary. They also don’t show how much of the bill goes toward political activity — things like lobbying expenses, or litigation against pollution controls.