Climate Clips: As Industry Struggles, Federal, State Offshore Wind Goals Could Get Tougher to Meet

Good news or bad news first? Because there was plenty of both last week for the fledgling U.S. offshore wind industry.

See the full story at the Virginia Mercury.

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Alexandria agrees to clean up coal tar polluting the Potomac River
Washington Post
The city of Alexandria has agreed to halt the leak of coal tar into the Potomac River once and for all and to clean up the mess, as part of the settlement of a federal lawsuit brought by an environmental organization last year.

Energy Tech Testbed to Develop Projects on 65K Acres in Virginia’s Wise Co.
Virginia Mercury
A public-private initiative that aims to test out emerging energy technologies on Southwest Virginia lands formerly mined for coal has signed an agreement to develop its projects on 65,000 acres primarily located in Wise County that are owned by a major natural gas and pipeline company.

Spill of Plastic Pellets in Maryland Reveals the Polluting Potential of ‘Nurdles’
Maryland Matters
A train that derailed in the Anacostia River watershed on Sept. 23 introduced local officials to a source of pollution no one was quite prepared to handle: nurdles.

More MISO-PJM Transmission Transfer Capacity Could Save Over $15B by 2035: Report
Utility Dive
Increased transmission capacity between the PJM Interconnection and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator could save $15 billion by 2035 by reducing the need for generating capacity, according to a report released Thursday by the American Council on Renewable Energy.


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IRA-Driven Electrification, Other Steps Could Cut Building GHG Emissions Up to 70%: EPA
Utility Dive
Inflation Reduction Act incentives have the potential to reduce building greenhouse gas emissions through 2035 more than emissions in any other end-use sector, according to a recent report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA’s ‘Supercharged’ Pollution Prevention Grants Aim to Bolster Zero Waste Initiatives
Utility Dive
The U.S. EPA is doling out millions of dollars in pollution prevention, or P2, grants to local governments looking to prevent waste thanks to increased funding levels. That includes nearly $16 million in grants announced earlier this month to 24 state and local governments and universities.

IRA Clean Energy Projects Could Create 403,000 Jobs: E2 Report
Utility Dive
The large-scale clean energy projects announced in the year after the Inflation Reduction Act was passed could add 403,000 new jobs in the U.S. and as much as $156 billion to the GDP during construction, says a report from business group E2.

Famed Climate Scientist Has a New, Dire Prediction
Washington Post
Thirty-five years ago, NASA climate scientist James Hansen stood before Congress with a bold declaration: Humans are causing an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s changing our climate. Some scoffed, but in the decades that followed, people saw how prescient this warning was.

‘Loss and Damage’ Deal Struck to Help Countries Worst Hit by Climate Crisis
The Guardian
Countries have agreed on key measures to supply funds to the world’s most vulnerable people to repair the damage from climate breakdown.