Climate change has led to rising sea levels, record heat, heavier rains, and more severe weather over the past few years in our region, all conditions that diminish the longevity of our beloved cherry blossoms.
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Va. Lawmakers Pass Energy Bill, ‘Skinny’ Budget As Session Ends
Unable to agree on several key pieces of the budget, including whether to enact the additional $1 billion in tax cuts Gov. Glenn Youngkin is seeking, lawmakers opted to pass a “skinny” spending bill and allow House and Senate negotiators to carry on with their broader discussions.
Bill Would Require Utilities to Deliver on Promised Renewable Energy
Despite assurances from WGL Energy about the origin of the energy, Anne Manuel recently came to learn that the premium she was paying wasn’t going directly to a nearby supplier. Instead, it was being used by the utility to purchase clean energy credits from out-of-state renewable energy suppliers.
Maryland Governor Taps Gas Industry Official To Help Regulate Gas Industry
The Washington Post
In his inaugural address, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (D) pledged to speed the state’s shift away from fossil fuels and toward 100 percent clean energy by 2035.
General Assembly Deal Sets Dominion Profits For Two Years While Overhauling Regulatory System
The decision came down to the wire, but on Saturday afternoon Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office and the General Assembly reached a deal on sweeping legislation to adjust Dominion Energy’s profit margin and reform the state’s system of electric utility regulation.
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The U.S. Has Billions for Wind and Solar Projects. Good Luck Plugging Them In.
New York Times
Plans to install 3,000 acres of solar panels in Kentucky and Virginia are delayed for years. Wind farms in Minnesota and North Dakota have been abruptly canceled. And programs to encourage Massachusetts and Maine residents to adopt solar power are faltering.
Which U.S. Cities Will Fare Best In a Warming World — and Which Will Be Hit Hardest?
The Washington Post
Global warming will reshape the economies of American cities, and at the top of the list of metro areas that will be worst hit is San Francisco, according to a report by Moody’s Analytics released Thursday.
EV Charging Infrastructure is ‘Inadequate and Plagued With Non-Functioning Stations’: J.D. Power
As sales of electric vehicles continue to grow, inoperable and poorly maintained public charging stations increasingly frustrate drivers, according to an ongoing study by J.D. Power, the consumer data analysis firm known for its automobile quality and dependability studies.
Jimmy Carter’s Presidency Was Defined by Energy
Last week Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, began home hospice care at the age of 98. The news prompted tributes to a man known for his dedication to promoting peace and fighting disease, who has led a famously modest post-presidential life in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.
Explainer-Biden’s EV Highway Takes Shape
Armed with billions of dollars, the Biden administration is embarking on the biggest transformation of the U.S. consumer driving landscape in generations, hoping to blanket the nation’s highways with electric vehicle chargers.