Climate Clips: New EV charging stations to dot highways beginning next year

Hundreds of new electric vehicle charging stations will open as soon as next year along highways in the greater Washington region and nationwide as part of a multibillion-dollar plan to deploy fast-charging systems for a growing fleet of electric cars.

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How the Pandemic Has Shaped Commuting in the D.C. Area
Washington Post
A new Washington-area commuter survey confirms what many residents have sensed for more than 2½ years: Remote work has soared during the pandemic, while workers heading to the office are driving alone more and taking transit less.

Dominion Sets $1.27 Billion Solar Plan
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Dominion Energy is planning a solar energy program that will generate more than 800 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 200,000 homes.

The Region Won’t Meet 2025 Deadline to Restore the Chesapeake Bay. What Went Wrong?
Billions of dollars have been spent over the past 40 years trying to clean up the Chesapeake Bay – the nation’s largest estuary. Recently, though, officials have acknowledged they likely won’t meet the deadline to restore the bay by 2025.

Dominion acquires Virginia BESS project from Equinor-owned developer in long-term clean energy plan
Energy Storage News
US utility Dominion Energy has taken another small step towards fulfilling its role in Virginia’s energy transition with the acquisition of a 15.7MW battery storage project in development.

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EPA to Further Slash Emissions from Climate Super-Pollutants
The Washington Post
The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans Thursday to further cut emissions of climate super-pollutants widely used in air conditioning and refrigeration, the latest step in the United States’ effort to phase down the potent greenhouse gases.

US Awards $2.8B in Grants for EV Batteries in 12 States
AP News
The Biden administration on Wednesday awarded $2.8 billion in grants to boost domestic manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles in 12 states.

Xcel, First Solar, Other Clean Energy Companies Warn Building Standard Change Threatens Wind, Solar Projects
Utility Dive
A Federal Emergency Management Agency advisory panel proposal that would increase construction standards to help ensure wind and solar projects operate through extreme weather would unnecessarily drive up costs, likely dooming some projects, clean energy companies and trade groups said Tuesday.

Once Cheap, Wind and Solar Prices Are Up 34%. What’s the Outlook?
Inside Climate News
Renewable energy costs are rising along with those of all electricity sources—but the Inflation Reduction Act sets the stage for prices to decline again.

Battery Capacity in the US More Than Tripled Since the Start of 2021: Report
Utility Dive
Battery capacity in the U.S. has more than tripled, to 6,702 MW, since the start of 2021, according to an Oct. 12 report by Zpryme, an Austin, Texas-based research company.