Climate Clips: DC Metro Area Ranks Second on EPA’s 2023 List of Top Cities with ENERGY STAR

The ranking underscores the dedication of the DC Metro Area to enhance energy efficiency in buildings through technical assistance, best practices, and training offered to property owners and managers. This not only enables monetary savings but also decreases carbon emissions. Since 2010, the District has consistently been at the top of this list, intermittently switching positions with Los Angeles.

See the full story at the Department of Energy and Environment.

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Permanent Solar Energy Program Launched in Maryland
Maryland is now the 23rd state in the nation with a permanent community solar program. Nautilus Solar Energy says the technology will improve living conditions and save energy.

Dominion Seeks to Expand Rate Program Designed to Shift Grid Demand
Virginia Mercury
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The Potomac Has Improved, But Forest Loss and Climate Change Remain Threats
Washington Informer
The Potomac River — described once by President Lyndon Johnson as “a river of decaying sewage and rotten algae” in 1965 — is now on track to become safe for swimming and fishing year-round by 2030, Potomac Conservancy president Hedrick Belin said at a press conference Tuesday. The organization gave the river’s health a “B” grade on the 2023 report card released at the event, up from a “D” in 2011.

Potomac Edison Incentivizes Electric Vehicle Charging During Off-Peak Hours to Save Residential Customers Money and Take Pressure Off the Electric Grid
CISION PR Newswire
Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is now offering electric vehicle (EV) drivers the option to enroll in a program that can help them save money by charging their EV during off-peak hours. The program is also designed to benefit the entire region by taking some pressure off the electric grid during periods of heavy use, particularly in the hot summer months.

National and International News

The U.S. Needs Minerals for Electric Cars. Everyone Else Wants Them Too
New York Times
The United States is entering an array of agreements to secure the critical minerals necessary for the energy transition, but it’s not clear which of the arrangements can succeed.

U.S. Federal Government Takes Next Steps On Infrastructure Bill EV Charging
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We Looked At 1,200 Possibilities For the Planet’s Future. These are Our Best Hope
Washington Post
The Washington Post examined over 1,200 different scenarios for climate change over the coming century based on the models produced by the world’s leading climate scientists and considered in a key 2022 report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Federal Regulations Fail to Contain Methane Emissions from Landfills
Inside Climate News
Methane emissions from landfills—one of the largest sources of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions—could be reduced through stronger regulations and better emissions monitoring, according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project, an environmental organization based in Washington.