Climate Clips: Solar and Environmental Groups Applaud Signing of Maryland’s Brighter Tomorrow Act

Today, leading solar and environmental organizations celebrated Maryland Governor Wes Moore for signing the Brighter Tomorrow Act (SB 783), landmark legislation to expand solar energy access and adoption across the state.

See the full story at Environment America.

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Twenty-Five Years After Maryland Deregulated Its Retail Energy Market, a Huge Win Looms For Energy Justice Advocates
Inside Climate News
Senate Bill 1 adds new consumer protections and regulatory oversight to Maryland’s retail electricity and gas markets to protect Marylanders, especially low-income residents, from being preyed on by energy vendors.

Can’t Install Your Own Solar Panels? Some Areas Let You Join a Community Project.
Virginia Mercury
The energy model, known as community solar, is growing across the country. It allows people who rent homes or who can’t install rooftop panels on their own properties to subscribe to mid-size solar projects on nearby farms, schools or big-box stores.

Here’s How a Prince George’s Co. Facility is Making Better, Safer Batteries
Maryland Matters
It may not be a stretch to say that the future will be powered out of Beltsville — and the future will come faster in the U.S. Army. A company called ION Storage Systems, which was invented in a lab at the University of Maryland, is now up and running at its production facility in Beltsville.

County Trees Threatened by Climate Change, Development, Invasive Plants and Bugs
MoCo 360
Trees in Montgomery County are facing several threats, including invasive plants and bugs, climate change, and development—even as the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments encourages its jurisdictions to try to ensure at least 50% tree canopy coverage for the region through 2050.

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DOE Unveils Critical Grid Corridors for Biden Climate Goals
E&E News
The Department of Energy on Wednesday announced its initial selection of 10 federal corridors for the development of multistate, ultra-high-capacity electric transmission lines — advancing President Joe Biden’s goal of shipping more carbon-free energy across the country.

23 States, Rural Co-Ops Sue EPA Over ‘Unlawful, Unreasonable’ Power Plant Rules
Utility Dive
A coalition of 23 states and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association on Thursday filed separate lawsuits in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, petitioning for review of power plant rules finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in April.

PJM, MISO to Study Transmission Upgrades to Bolster Interregional Power Flows
Utility Dive
In response to state utility regulators and other advocates, the PJM Interconnection and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator have agreed to look for possible near-term transmission upgrades that would increase power flows between their footprints.

U.S. Coal-Fired Electricity Generation Decreased in 2022 & 2023
Electricity generation from units that primarily consume coal in the U.S. Lower 48 states decreased for all hours of the day by about 23% between 2021 and 2023, according to Form EIA-930, Hourly and Daily Balancing Authority Operations Report. Most of the decline occurred between 2022 and 2023 when coal-fired generation fell by 19%, and the average natural gas spot price at the Henry Hub decreased by more than 60%.

Brutal heatwaves and submerged cities: what a 3C world would look like
The Guardian
Global heating is likely to soar past internationally agreed limits, according to a Guardian survey of hundreds of leading climate experts, bringing catastrophic heatwaves, floods, and storms.