Climate Clips: Fairfax County sets goal of being carbon neutral by 2040

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt an updated energy strategy that commits the county to becoming carbon neutral by 2040 in its energy use in government buildings and transportation.

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Virginia Finally Has its First C-PACE Success Story, a Decade After Initial Law
Energy News Network
After more than a decade of false starts and fine-tuning, advocates hope an Arlington restaurant’s solar financing will represent an opening of the floodgates for commercial property assessed clean energy in the state.

Targeted Stimulus Investment in Advanced Energy Would Deliver Nearly $134 Billion to Virginia’s Economy
Advanced Energy Economy
Economic analysis finds $20 billion in targeted stimulus investment would have a seven-fold impact, increasing Virginia’s gross state product and adding nearly 840,000 new jobs.

Court Rejects Challenge to Virginia’s Carbon Rule
The Virginia Mercury
Richmond’s circuit court has a rejected a challenge filed by a group representing Virginia manufacturers who sought to thwart the state’s entry into a regional carbon-trading network.

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FERC Launches First Transmission Reforms in a Decade
E&E News
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission took a long-awaited step yesterday toward ushering in grid reforms that could dramatically speed up renewable energy growth and help advance the Biden administration’s zero-carbon electricity goals.

U.S. Treasury’s Yellen Says Carbon Pricing Can Work, with Caveats
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen acknowledged on Tuesday the use of carbon-pricing schemes such as a planned new European border levy but stressed such moves should take into account emission-cutting progress made in other ways.

Electrify America to Double Number of EV Chargers as Wave of Electric Vehicles Come to Market
Electrify America, the entity set up by Volkswagen as part of its settlement with U.S. regulators over its diesel emissions cheating scandal, said it will double the number of its electric vehicle fast charging stations in the United States and Canada by the end of 2025.

Corporate Giants Have Been Lobbying Against Their Own Emissions Targets
Almost every S&P 100 company plans to reduce its emissions. But only 40% have lobbied for science-based climate policy.