Climate Clips: President Biden Gives Shout Out to Montgomery County

President Joe Biden mentioned Montgomery County’s bus electrification program in his remarks Tuesday at the National Association of Counties Conference.

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Building More Virginia Data Centers Requires Increased Pollution Controls
Virginia Mercury
DEQ is now proposing that more than 100 data centers in Loudoun, Prince William and Fairfax counties be given a variance from air pollution controls so they can run their diesel generators any time the transmission system is strained.

Prince William County Public Schools to Install Solar Power on 12 Schools
Yahoo News
With a capacity of 7.9 megawatts total, the combined solar arrays will save the district more than $16 million in energy costs over the next 25 years.

Despite Cleanup Efforts, Chesapeake Bay Remains Pollution Challenge
Daily Record
Despite decades of conservation efforts, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation gave the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay a D+ in its recently released 2022 State of the Bay report.

Moore Administration Halts Hogan Attempt to Scale Back State’s Vehicle Emissions Testing
Maryland Matters
As former Gov. Larry Hogan (R) was heading out the door a few weeks ago, his administration attempted to push through changes to the state’s vehicle emissions inspection (VEIP) program — over the objections of environmentalists and a legislative panel that examines proposed state regulations.

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EPA Outlines $27B in Clean Energy Grants as Biden Administration Remains Open to National Green Bank
Utility Dive
The Biden administration on Tuesday sketched out plans to make almost $27 billion available for clean energy and climate projects through a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund authorized by the Inflation Reduction Act, with a focus on minority and low-income groups.

Biden Strikes EV Deal With Tesla, Others For Widespread Charging Station Access
Yahoo Finance
The Biden administration unveiled a new set of measures Wednesday designed to tackle a persistent problem with driving long distances in an electric vehicle (EV): finding a charging station that works for your car’s model.

Treasury, Energy Release Guidance on Inflation Reduction Act Programs to Incentivize Investments in Underserved Communities, Hard-Hit Coal Communities
US Department of Treasury
Today the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released information on key provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act to incentivize investment in underserved communities and hard-hit coal communities.

DOE Launches Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public and stakeholder input on the Department’s first-ever agency-related Foundation.

Electrifying US Ports Could Drive Sharp Cuts in Air Pollution
Canary Media
America’s waterfront communities could see a dramatic reduction in toxic air pollution if ports powered ships and trucks using only electricity instead of exhaust-spewing diesel engines, a new analysis found.