Climate Clips: Maryland legislation would incentivize low-income community solar, increase net-metering cap

Together with the community solar industry, environmental and low-income advocates today cheered the finalization of legislation in Maryland that will improve the state’s clean energy economy while increasing access to solar energy for underserved communities.

See the full story at Solar Power World.

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Flood Fund Oversight to Remain with Executive Branch
Virginia Mercury
Virginia’s Community Flood Preparedness Fund, a pot of millions of dollars earmarked for community flood protection work across the state, will remain under the oversight of the executive branch despite recent legislative efforts to shift authority to an appointed citizen board.

[Montgomery] County’s Response to Climate Change Moves Front and Center in County Executive Race
Bethesda Beat
Elrich and Democratic rivals spar over speed and substance of steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Hop on the Bus? Metrobus Ridership Is Up as Gas Prices Soar
NBC Washington
New ridership numbers from Metro show a spike as some riders say they’re noticing more people on trains and buses in the D.C. area.

D.C.’s Climate Change Response Is in The Hands of An Obscure, Unelected Commission
Three individuals appointed by the mayor (and not directly accountable to voters) could stand in the way of the city meeting its climate goals, or they could push the District to take aggressive climate action, according to environmentalists and lawmakers who are urging the D.C. Public Service Commission to take a more proactive role in fighting climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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Biden Using Building Codes Against Inflation, Climate Change
E&E News
President Joe Biden announced an initiative today to strengthen adherence to disaster resilience and energy efficiency building codes as the White House looks to address climate change while also mitigating a summer of skyrocketing energy prices.

DOE Launches Grid Interconnection Initiative to Cut ‘Gridlock’ Hampering Clean Energy Progress
Utility Dive
In an effort to spur clean energy development, the U.S. Department of Energy is launching a program to improve the grid interconnection process through a partnership with utilities, grid operators, state and tribal governments, clean energy developers, energy justice organizations, and other stakeholders.

Inside Clean Energy: The US’s New Record in Renewables, Explained in Three Charts
Inside Climate News
To make a swift transition to a cleaner grid, the United States needs to set records for renewable electricity generation pretty much every single quarter. So far in 2022, the numbers are encouraging.

The Simple, Impactful Way to Make Cars Cleaner
While many car companies are driving toward a future filled with electrons, it’s their conventional cars that will be most consequential for the global climate in the meantime.

A New GOP Climate Plan Is Long on Fossil Fuels, Short on Specifics
Inside Climate News
House Republicans unveiled the initiative in New Mexico’s Permian Basin, with one backer referring to “the awesomeness and the goodness” of the oil and gas industry. An environmentalist called it greenhouse gaslighting.