Climate Clips: Dominion, Dulles Airport break ground on huge solar farm

Dominion Energy breaks ground Aug. 22 on what will be the largest energy project ever developed at a U.S. airport. In partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Dominion Energy will convert a large area of unused land at Dulles International Airport to collect and store solar energy.

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A Nice Day At MACo — Time to Think About Disasters
Maryland Matters
Even on a pleasant, breezy, partly sunny day in Ocean City, with the waters of Assawoman Bay lapping gently against the pedestrian promenade behind the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, it’s hard not to think about extreme weather. A severe storm, gale-force winds, even sunny day flooding — it wouldn’t take much for the bay water to come lapping up over the barrier and on to the shore, creating havoc in the coastal resort town.

Can Cutting Fees and Red Tape Help Lure Solar Companies Back to This Virginia County?
Energy News Network
One by one, tiny solar companies abandoned their rooftop ambitions in Prince William, defeated by tangles of red tape in the booming Northern Virginia county.

COG Wants DC Tour Buses and Other Commercial Drivers to Stop Idling
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has launched a three-week Turn Off Your Engine campaign to educate truck and bus drivers about the benefits, both environmental and financial, from reducing idling their parked vehicles’ engines.

Utility Regulator Recommends Suspension of Dominion’s Rules For Connecting New Solar to Grid
Virginia Mercury
A Virginia utility regulator is recommending that rules set by Dominion Energy for how new generation sources can connect to the grid should be paused after solar developers argued they are throttling the development of new solar projects around the state.

National and International News

Your Cheat Sheet to the Climate Law’s Consumer Incentives
Canary Media
The climate law delivers a game-changing bonanza of clean energy incentives to consumers. With a historic $8.8 billion in funding for rebates, plus an array of generous tax credits that have no federal spending cap, there’s never been a better time to start plotting out a roadmap for ditching fossil-fuel-burning appliances and electrifying your home, according to Sage Briscoe, director of federal policy at electrification nonprofit Rewiring America.

Millions Struggle to Pay AC Bills in Heat Waves. Federal Aid Reaches Only a Fraction
AP News
As climate change ratchets up temperatures across the U.S., millions of the poorest Americans grapple with the same agonizing decisions — between perilous indoor heat or paying costly bills. While President Joe Biden has invested billions into federal programs that subsidize the poorest Americans’ energy costs, the money reaches only a fraction of the most vulnerable during the sweltering summer months.

US Virtual Power Plants Expected to Proliferate as Reliability Needs Rise With Increasing Renewables
Utility Dive
As an increasing supply of renewable energy resources requires greater reliability and resiliency for the power grid, virtual power plants are emerging as one way to ensure the supply of electricity always meets the demand.

Amtrak Begins its First Electric Bus Service to Complement Train Schedules
Smart Cities Dive
Amtrak’s first electric bus began operating Wednesday between Seattle and Bellingham, Washington, to supplement two daily round-trip trains. The round-trip bus journey of nearly 200 miles will run on a single charge using a Van Hool 45-foot motor coach that can seat up to 60 passengers.

Judge Rules in Favor of Montana Youths in Landmark Climate Decision
Washington Post
The court determined that a provision in the Montana Environmental Policy Act has harmed the state’s environment and the young plaintiffs by preventing Montana from considering the climate impacts of energy projects. The provision is accordingly unconstitutional, the court said.