Climate Clips: First solar canopy installed at Metro’s Anacostia Station

Metro has reached a milestone at Anacostia Station, the first of four stations where solar carports are being installed. After breaking ground in the fall, SunPower Corporation completed the installation of the first solar canopy atop the Anacostia parking garage, consisting of 240 solar panels.

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TPB Supports 11 Local Planning Projects That Promote Walkable, Bikeable, and Transit-Oriented Communities
COG Newsroom
At its monthly meeting on April 20, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at COG approved 11 planning and design projects totaling $630,000 in technical assistance through its Transportation Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program.

Devising Regulations Is the Next Step After Montgomery County Council Passes Bill Setting Building Energy Performance Standards
Bethesda Beat
County officials will now begin implementing legislation passed Tuesday by the County Council that’s designed to improve environmental standards and requirements for several county buildings countywide.

Two US Electrical Grid Operators Claim That New Rules for Coal Ash Could Make Electricity Supplies Less Reliable
Inside Climate News
Two of the nation’s grid operators are warning the Environmental Protection Agency that enforcement of coal ash regulations poses risks to the reliability of electrical service over a large part of the country.

Monthly Fee Would Withhold Solar’s Financial Benefits from Virginia Renters
Energy News Network
Dominion Energy is proposing a monthly fee for an upcoming multifamily shared solar program that exceeds a typical regular electric bill, which advocates say would prevent customers from benefiting from the program.

National and International News

Billions of Federal Dollars to Cut Emissions Will Come with Few Strings Attached
Washington Post
The U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday launched a $6.4 billion emissions reduction program created under last year’s infrastructure law, giving states broad leeway to spend the money as Washington seeks to guide states toward greener policies.

In an Effort to Make Schools Greener, the White House is Offering Billions of Dollars
Kamila Harris announced a new, multibillion-dollar federal push to renovate public schools in ways that are healthier both for children and the planet – and often, that saves money too.

Renewables are Growing — But a Backlog of Projects is Holding Up a Greener Grid
Wait times to connect to the grid are going up, and more projects are dropping out in the process. A study found that as of 2021, the average power project was spending 4 years in the queue, compared to just 2.1 years in the decade leading up to 2010. The number of projects withdrawing from the whole process each year seems to be going up, too.

FERC Unveils Transmission Plan Seen as Key for Renewables
E&E News
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released a proposal yesterday that could play a pivotal role in modernizing the nation’s power grid and advancing the transition to clean energy.