Climate Clips: Resilient Fairfax Plan Honored with APA Award

Resilient Fairfax, the county’s plan to address the effects of changing climate on residents, businesses, and critical infrastructure, has been honored with an Award for Excellence in Sustainability by the American Planning Association.

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William & Mary Unveils Details of Plan to Replace Virginia Coastal Policy Center
Virginia Mercury
Following William & Mary’s announcement it plans to close its widely respected Virginia Coastal Policy Center this summer, the university has unveiled a new initiative to address sea level rise and stormwater flooding.

Maryland Can Build More Than 3,500 MW of Energy Storage by 2033: Report
Utility Dive
Maryland can build more than 3,500 MW of energy storage by 2033, saving ratepayers as much as $100 million a year by 2033, according to preliminary findings in a recent report.

RGGI Speeds Declines in Power Plant Emissions and Spurs Economic Growth: Acadia Report
Utility Dive
Economic growth and declines in carbon dioxide power plant emissions and retail electricity prices have been more significant in nine states that have consistently participated in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative than in other states, a clean energy research and advocacy group said Tuesday.

DEQ Diesel-Generator Variance Proposal Looks Unworkable as Data Centers, County Supervisors Push Back
Loudoun-Times Mirror
Last year, Dominion Energy revealed that it had failed to upgrade its electric transmission infrastructure quickly enough to keep up with future demand for power data centers in eastern Loudoun County.

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Suddenly, the US is a Climate Policy Trendsetter
Canary Media
In a head-spinning reversal, other Western nations are scrambling to replicate or counter the cleantech manufacturing perks in Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.

For the First Time in Nearly Two Decades, the EPA Announces New Rules to Limit Toxic Air Pollutants From Chemical and Plastics Plants
Inside Climate News
The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency used the smokestacks of Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley” as the backdrop on Thursday to announce new rules aimed at reducing harmful, toxic emissions from chemical and plastics plants across the country.

Strategic EV Charging Could Eliminate the Need for Costly New Infrastructure
Researchers of a new peer-reviewed study say they’ve developed the “first detailed roadmap” for how the United States can achieve its ambitious climate pledge to slash the country’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.

IRS Guidance Clarifies ‘Energy Community’ Definition for IRA Tax Credit Eligibility
Utility Dive
The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday issued guidance that establishes which projects can qualify for the energy community bonus credit included in the Inflation Reduction Act.

The US’ First Commercial Offshore Wind Farm Kicks Off Turbine Construction
The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has okayed the construction of turbines at the US’ first commercial offshore wind farm.