Climate Clips: Md. pursues one of the most ambitious climate change plans in the U.S.

Maryland lawmakers passed an omnibus climate change bill on Thursday designed to give the state some of the most aggressive environmental goals in the country — if the bill survives a veto threat from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

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More Than 800 Solar Projects in Bay States Stuck Waiting for Review
The Bay Journal
The rollout of solar and other renewable energy projects that Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are counting on to end fossil-fuel reliance is caught up in a review bottleneck that is severely hampering the transition.

Power Plays: Grid Upgrades, Renewable Energy on Horizon
Virginia Business
Virginia’s largest electric utilities are deploying an array of technologies as they decarbonize, digitalize and decentralize their power grids to meet the state’s and their own clean energy goals.

Virginia General Assembly Delivers Mixed Results for the Environment
The Bay Journal
The Virginia session ended March 12 with the House and Senate still needing to negotiate a final budget deal, and many environmental initiatives hang in the balance.

How a Virginia Bill Could Upend the State’s Unique Citizen Oversight Boards
Energy News Network
Peter Anderson, the Virginia policy director with Appalachian Voices, explains how Senate Bill 657 threatens to take authority from two citizen boards in the wake of a controversial gas pipeline compressor station decision last year.

National and International News

Biden Administration Announces New Funding to Make Homes Energy-Efficient
Washington Post
Amid surging inflation and energy price spikes, the Biden administration on Wednesday announced plans to spend roughly $3.2 billion to retrofit hundreds of thousands of homes in low-income communities with the aim of slashing Americans’ energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

How Biden’s Budget Would Change the Energy Sector
Energy Wire
The White House released a budget proposal yesterday for fiscal 2023 that would deploy billions of dollars toward carrying out President Biden’s climate and clean energy priorities at the Department of Energy and related agencies.

Switching to Zero-Emission Cars and Trucks Could Save More Than 100,000 Lives Over the Next Three Decades
More than 100,000 lives could be saved over the next 30 years if the United States switches to zero-emission vehicles powered by a zero-emission grid, according to a new report by the American Lung Association.

Biden Admin to Roll Out New Fuel Efficiency Rule Today
E&E News
The Biden administration is set to announce a new fuel economy rule today as high gas prices and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have renewed calls to reduce domestic reliance on foreign oil.

Can the World Overshoot its Climate Targets — and Then Fix it Later?
Scientists are documenting changes that are much more widespread and more negative than anticipated for the 1.09 degrees Celsius of global warming that has occurred to date. This has opened up a whole new realm of understanding of what the impacts of overshoot might entail.