Climate Clips: Proposed bills aim to preserve Virginia’s tree canopy, forests

According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, lawmakers are considering several bills aimed at preserving trees in Virginia that have garnered bipartisan support.

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Maryland Insulators Union Receives Training Grant from Dept. of Energy
Expanding need for insulation apprentices in Prince George’s County helped to attract a big Department of Energy investment.

Utilities Plan Onsite Gas Storage to Improve Reliability; Critics Warn of Costs, Safety Concerns
Virginia Mercury
As the U.S. electric power system has become more reliant on natural gas plants, it’s also become more vulnerable to gas system failures.

Legislation Would Give Alexandria an Extra Year to Complete Sewer Upgrades
Virginia Mercury
Alexandria could get an extension of a state-imposed deadline to complete an overhaul of its combined sewer overflow system, a project that aims to prevent pollution from entering the Potomac River and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay.

Climate Plan’s Out. Now Comes the Hard Part: Paying For It.
Maryland Matters
Now that the Maryland Department of the Environment has released a comprehensive plan for meeting the state’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals, policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of state government face a big, all-consuming challenge: How to pay for it all.

National and International News

EV Charging, Hydrogen Build-Out Get $623M From Biden Administration
Smart Cities Dive
On Thursday, the Biden administration tapped 22 states and Puerto Rico to receive $623 million in grants to build electric vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

Growth in Low-Emissions Power Expected to Cover Demand – IEA
Power generated from low-emission sources, such as wind, solar, and nuclear, will be adequate to meet growth in global demand for the next three years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said, adding power sector emissions are on the decline.

King Coal Set to Lose Crown for Electricity Production: IEA
Renewables are set to displace coal as the top source of energy for electricity production globally in 2025, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

EU Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions Hit 60-Year Low
The Guardian
The European Union pumped out 8% less carbon dioxide from the fossil fuels it burned in 2023 than it did in 2022, the Guardian can reveal, pushing these emissions down to their lowest level in 60 years.

The Biggest Solar-Plus-Storage Project in the US Just Came Online
Canary Media
The largest combined solar and energy-storage project in the U.S. is now online and operating in California’s Mojave Desert.