Climate Clips: COG Board adopts a new regional tree canopy goal

Officials on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors adopted a new regional tree canopy goal last week as area leaders work to meet broader climate goals for 2030 and beyond.

See the full story at the COG Newsroom.

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Utility Benefit Assistance Program Isn’t Reaching Enough Virginians, State Report Says
Virginia Mercury
A recent state report shows that federal help for people struggling to pay utility bills is decreasing, reaching only a fraction of the Virginians who need it and covering only a fraction of the costs they face.

Most Utility Customers in Maryland to See Increased Charges on Bills
Fox Baltimore
Most Maryland utility customers will temporarily see increased charges on their bills for utility-run energy programs, according to the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel (OPC).

Data Center Bills Don’t Get Much Traction in Virginia
The Bay Journal
Virginia lawmakers introduced more than a dozen bills this session trying to add oversight to what they see as unrestrained data center growth in the state. They all failed.

As Maryland General Assembly Session Ends, Advocates Consider Successes, Failures and Backdoor Maneuvers
Inside Climate News
Environmental advocates chide the Moore administration for failing to make significant headway in advancing Maryland’s climate goals.

National and International News

The US Just Beat its Goal to Permit 25 GW of Clean Energy by 2025
The US Department of the Interior has now permitted more than 25 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy projects – surpassing its original 25 GW by 2025 goal.

Which US states generate the most solar and wind energy?
Canary Media
Renewable energy is surging remarkably in the U.S., with solar and wind power installations springing up across the country. A new report from Climate Central tracks the meteoric growth of these clean energy sources over the past decade, painting a clear picture of which states are emerging as renewable powerhouses.

The First All-Electric Tugboat in the US is About to Launch
Canary Media
With their roaring diesel engines, tugboats push, pull and guide much larger vessels into port and out to sea. They are small but mighty — and incredibly dirty, spewing huge amounts of toxic exhaust and planet-warming emissions every year. Now, however, the humble harbor craft is going electric.

5 Ways Cities Can Accelerate EV Charger Deployments Equitably
Smart Cities Dive
As more electric vehicles get on the road, cities and counties are considering how to equitably build out the public charging infrastructure needed to power such vehicles. The third quarter 2023 report on EV charging infrastructure trends from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory identifies some of the current charging disparities.

DOE Finalizes Efficiency Standards for Lightbulbs to Save Americans Billions on Household Energy Bills
Clean Technica
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today finalized Congressionally-mandated energy efficiency standards for general service lamps (GSLs), which include the most common types of residential and commercial lightbulbs. These standards— which will go into effect in July of 2028 for newly produced bulbs—are expected to save American families $1.6 billion annually on household energy costs, significantly cut energy waste, and slash harmful greenhouse gas pollution.