Climate Clips: Fairfax County releases draft plan to address costly climate change effects

Fairfax County has a plan to help address the local effects of climate change, which already contributes to storms and other challenges that have caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.

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Alexandria City Schools Awarded $2M for Electric School Buses
NBC Washington
Alexandria City Public Schools will soon buy 10 electric-powered school buses with more than $2 million in grant money. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality awarded ACPS $2,325,000, which covers the cost difference to buy the electric buses instead of diesel-powered buses.

Fort Detrick Adds Energy Storage to Solar Installation in Support of Army’s Resiliency Goals
PV Magazine
In 2016, Fort Detrick, in Frederick, Maryland, was home to one of the largest solar installations on the East Coast. Soon the original 18.6 MW installation will be supplemented with a 6 MW/h energy storage system.

Washington, D.C., is ‘Ideally Poised for Electrification,’ Sierra Club Finds. The City’s Gas Utility Disagrees.
Utility Dive
How Washington, D.C., reaches 2050 carbon neutrality could depend on the cost of renewable natural gas — which electrification advocates say is likely to be expensive.

Efforts to Develop Centralized Community Geothermal Heat Pumps Expand
S&P Global
The District of Columbia is soliciting design proposals for a community heat pump system, the latest pilot project to attempt to scale a decades-old geothermal heating and cooling technology to the neighborhood level.

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Community Methane Monitoring Fills Gaps Left by EPA
E&E News
When EPA issues its supplemental draft rule on methane later this year, it’s expected to propose a new role for air quality monitoring by nonprofits and fence-line communities sited near oil and gas development.

What if Apartment Listings Had to Include Energy-Efficiency Scores?
About a third of Americans rent their homes, and most have no way of knowing what their gas or electric costs might be before moving into a new place. A new study finds that if they did, they would be 21 percent more likely to choose an apartment with a good record on energy efficiency.

FERC Commissioners Respond to Elevated Power Outage Risks Across Two-Thirds of US
Utility Dive
At its monthly meeting Thursday, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members dissected the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s warning that roughly two-thirds of the United States face heightened risks of power outages this summer. Two commissioners pointed to the renewable energy shift as a key culprit in the “reliability crisis” while others called out extreme weather and drought.

Electric Evolution Increasingly Seen as Inevitable for Waste and Recycling Fleets
Utility Dive
Timeline predictions vary, but conversations at WasteExpo suggest growing consensus that refuse fleets are destined for electrification — shifting doubts from the trucks to the power infrastructure.

Corporate Clean Energy Procurement on Track for Another Record Year After Adding 11 GW in 2021
Utility Dive
Corporate procurement led to the installation of a record 11.06 GW of clean energy in 2021 and is already on pace to exceed this record in 2022. Despite challenges created by long interconnection queues, supply chain constraints and, most recently, the U.S. Department of Commerce investigation into solar imports from Southeast Asia, corporate demand for renewable energy continues to grow.