Climate Clips: Renewables make up 16% of District of Columbia electricity sales, new data shows

About 16% of the electricity sold in the District of Columbia last year came from renewable energy sources, according to data released Monday by the city’s utility regulators.

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New PSC Chair Vows to ‘Leave no Marylander Behind’ as Moore Looks to Remake Agency
Maryland Matters
Fredrick H. Hoover, the new chair of the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), vowed to follow the lead of the man who appointed him, Gov. Wes Moore (D), and “leave no Marylander behind” as he takes over a powerful regulatory agency that will increasingly have more say over how the state confronts climate change.

State Can Achieve Its 60% Emissions Reduction Goal, UMD Analysis Shows
Maryland Today
Maryland can meet its climate goals—the most ambitious in the nation—by implementing existing policies and finding opportunities for new emissions reductions across sectors ranging from energy to transportation, according to a report submitted today by Gov. Wes Moore to the General Assembly that was based on analysis and modeling by the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland.

Northeast Church Installs Over 400 Solar Panels Above Its Parking Lot
The Washington Informer
Congregants of Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church can now leave their cars under the shade of a huge solar panel installation over their parking lot. The installation went online in early June and will lower energy bills for more than 70 District households, according to D.C.-based clean energy nonprofit Groundswell.

Country’s Largest Grid Operator Must Process and Connect Backlogged Clean Energy Projects, a New Report Says
Inside Climate News
Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana have the most to gain in jobs and new investment if PJM, the country’s largest grid operator, can fix some of the problems now leading to long delays in clean energy projects, a new report says.

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EPA Seeks to Clash Chemical Plants’ Cancer-Causing Emissions
Environmental Health News
A key mandate will require on-site air monitoring for the estimated 128 chemical plants that emit one or more of six cancer-causing pollutants, including ethylene oxide, used to sterilize medical equipment, and chloroprene, used in the manufacture of the synthetic rubber neoprene. The updated regulations stand to cut national emissions of ethylene oxide by 63% and chloroprene by 74%. Overall, frontline communities’ excess risk from inhaling these hazardous chemicals is expected to drop by 96%, the EPA indicated.

A Key Piece of the Solar Supply Chain Will Now Be Made in America
Canary Media
Enphase produced its first U.S.-made solar microinverter today — and President Biden was at the factory to tout the role his climate law played in making it happen.

US Electric Vehicle Goals Will Require Up to $127B to Install 28M Chargers by 2030: NREL
Utility Dive
There will be 30 million to 42 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads in 2030, requiring a rapid, widespread buildout of charging infrastructure that will be focused on homes and multi-family residences, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

June Extremes Suggest Parts of the Climate System Are Reaching Tipping Points
Inside Climate News
June 2023 may be remembered as the start of a big change in the climate system, with many key global indicators flashing red warning lights amid signs that some systems are tipping toward a new state from which they may not recover.

Zero-emission Fleets in the Spotlight as EPA, California Propose New Rules
Waste Dive
Waste haulers are confronting a busy season of emissions regulations as the EPA proposes new guidelines and California finalizes its own zero-emission standards.