Climate Clips: Solar for All program gets a federal boost

The Inflation Reduction Act was passed into law in August and with it, the largest investment in climate change mitigation ever passed through Congress.

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Loudoun County Passes New Rules to Limit Data Center Growth
Data Center Frontier
Loudoun is among the first areas to pass regulations specifically designed to manage data center growth. But it won’t be the last, as the explosive growth of cloud computing drives a global digital infrastructure-building boom.

Prince George’s County Faces Increased Flooding with the Rise of Climate Change
The Washington Informer
As climate changes intensifies, Prince George’s County continues to be affected in a variety of ways. This summer, a higher frequency of storms and intense heatwaves have stressed out homeowners and renters alike.

Dominion Shared Solar Minimum Bill to Remain $55.10 Per Month
Virginia Mercury
Dominion Energy customers who enroll in a new shared solar program will be required to pay a monthly minimum bill that critics say is too high.

Meet the Multimillion-Dollar Building Deliberately Built to Drown
Washington Post
As coastal cities wrestle with increasing threats from rising waters, a nonprofit’s costly new headquarters offers an answer that is both defiant and prescient.

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FEMA Plan Sparks Fears of Renewables Slowdown
E&E News
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is proposing stricter requirements for renewable installations to withstand natural disasters, prompting warnings from industry groups that say the plan is a severe threat to clean energy and the growth of solar power.

States Will Play Key Role in Implementing Climate Law
Washington Post
The recently passed climate law will position the United States to achieve 73 to 76 percent clean electricity by 2030 — within striking distance of President Biden’s goal of 80 percent clean electricity by the end of the decade, according to multiple independent modelers.

Highway Carbon Rule an Early Test of SCOTUS Climate Ruling
E&E News
A proposal by the Biden administration to require all states to track and reduce on-road vehicle greenhouse gas emissions is facing scrutiny — and likely legal challenges — from opponents.

Will Tough Standards for Heat Pump Tax Credits Hurt Adoption?
Canary Media
Industry insiders spar over whether the climate bill’s $2,000 tax credit for heat pumps should require higher-efficiency models or loosen standards to expand the market.

Northeast Embraces First-of-a-Kind Virtual Power Plant
E&E News
New England became the first regional energy market to use a virtual power plant this summer, with thousands of home solar and battery storage projects exporting power to the grid.