Climate Clips: Electric buses to tap solar power using new method for D.C. region

The first microgrid to power electric buses will soon make its debut in the Washington region as transit agencies nationwide increasingly look to the sun — rather than diesel — to fuel their fleets.

See the full story at The Washington Post.

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Regulators Approve $55 Minimum Bill for Dominion Shared Solar. It Would Be the Most Expensive in the Country, Critics Say
Virginia Mercury
State regulators have approved a $55.10 minimum bill for a new Dominion Energy shared solar program, which critics contend would be the highest such charge in the country and make the program too expensive to attract developers and customers.

Questions Loom As Virginia Develops Electric Vehicle Plan
Richmond Times-Dispatch
With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, the federal government wants Virginia to establish an electric vehicle fast charging network. But if ongoing legislative battles in statehouses across the U.S. are any indication, that won’t be easy.

Maryland Awards Funds For Three More Microgrid Projects
Microgrid Knowledge
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has awarded another $359,065 for microgrids as part of its Resilient Maryland Planning Program.

New Virginia Solar Programs Aim To Convert Homeowners
VPM News
A growing number of Virginians are turning to solar power. In recent years, Solarize Virginia’s Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) has been expanding to cater to this growth.

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EPA Retains Tools To Cut Power Sector GHG Emissions Despite Supreme Court Curbing its Authority: Attorneys
Utility Dive
The Environmental Protection Agency still has pathways for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday that took away one possible avenue, according to legal experts.

3 Climate Rules Threatened By the Supreme Court Decision
E&E News
The Supreme Court ruling last week that clipped EPA’s authority to regulate global warming pollution will likely open the door to a flood of challenges claiming government agencies are overstepping their mission to tackle climate change.

Federal Incentives Needed for ‘Wholesale Shift’ To Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks: Third Way
Utility Dive
The total cost of ownership of electric trucks is declining and in some instances may already be cheaper than gas or diesel options, but federal policies and incentives are still required to encourage a “wholesale shift.”

Biden Administration Proposes Requiring States To Set Tailpipe Emissions Targets
The U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday announced it is proposing to require that state transportation agencies set new targets for reducing tailpipe emissions on the national highway system.

This Virtual Power Plant Is Trying to Tackle a Housing Crisis and an Energy Crisis All at Once
Inside Climate News
A Bay Area project combines subsidized housing with solar and battery systems that work together to support the larger grid.