Climate Clips: D.C.-area leaders consider prioritizing equity in transportation and land use planning

Officials in the Washington region are considering whether to prioritize historically underserved areas with high concentrations of minority and low-income residents when deciding where to target affordable housing, transportation investments and other improvements.

See the full story at The Washington Post.

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Officials Begin Work on Community Choice Energy, a Piece of Climate Action Plan
Bethesda Magazine
As Montgomery County works on a Climate Action Plan, state legislation passed this year has already started the process for one component: community choice energy.

Metro Announces All-Electric Bus Facility in Northwest DC
Metro has unveiled plans for the system’s first all-electric bus garage, in what it says is a major step toward transitioning to a fully zero-emission fleet over the next three decades.

PJM Making Changes That Could Put Substantially More Clean Energy on The Grid
Union of Concerned Scientists
PJM, the regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in 13 states and the District of Columbia, has two proposals before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that, if approved, could result in substantially more clean energy on the grid.

Dominion Accelerates Solar and Storage Buildout Plans 
Virginia Mercury
A plan filed by Dominion Energy with state regulators last week for how it intends to comply with the Virginia Clean Economy Act, a 2020 law that will require the electric utility to be carbon-free by 2045, calls for an acceleration of the company’s deployment of solar and storage.

National and International News

Biden Vows to Double Aid on Climate Change, One of the Key Issues Facing Leaders
New York Times
President Biden said on Tuesday that his administration would seek to double aid aimed at helping developing nations address climate change, raising a pledge he made in April to about $11.4 billion a year by 2024.

US Can Meet Paris Climate Commitments but will Need to Rely Heavily on Electric Utilities
Utility Dive
It is possible for the United States to meet its climate commitments in the Paris Agreement and halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but the effort will rely heavily on rapid decarbonization in the electric power sector. Getting there will require “an all-of-society approach,” including investment and regulation from the federal government alongside efforts from local, state and business leaders.

Biden Administration Unveils Plan to Protect Workers and Communities from Extreme Heat
Inside Climate News
The Biden Administration announced new measures on Monday to protect Americans from extreme heat after hundreds perished during unprecedented heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest this summer, and power outages from Hurricane Ida last month killed elderly Louisiana residents as temperatures soared.

Natural Gas Prices Are Rising. Here’s Why That Helps the Cleanest (and Dirtiest) Electricity Sources
Inside Climate News
U.S. gas prices have soared in the last month because of disruptions to gas infrastructure, a hot summer that boosted gas demand and economic growth, as the country emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. The rising demand is taking place at a time when supply has not yet caught up, resulting in low levels of gas reserves in storage.

EPA Targets Potent Greenhouse Gases, Bringing US Into Compliance With the Kigali Amendment
Inside Climate News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday issued a landmark climate rule that will phase down U.S. production and use of potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.