Climate Clips: Tesla gets DMV commissioner’s nod to open three new stores in Virginia to sell its electric cars

Electric automobile maker Tesla Inc. has won approval from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for its plans to open three new stores in Virginia.

See the full story at The Richmond Times.

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How Montgomery County Embraced Electric Scooters and the Future of Shared Micromobility
Greater Greater Washington
In the past several years, electric scooters have popped up around the region, and cities all over the world, providing a quick and cheap mode of transportation…While these scooters may have seemed like a temporary fad at first, policy in some places, like Montgomery County, shows these e-scooters may be here to stay.

‘Strategic Underground’ Throughout Fairfax County
Vienna and Oakton Connection
“Strategic Underground is a system-wide initiative focusing on shortening outages following major storms,” said Dominion’s Heather Montville in their promotional video, where they moved to identify outage-prone lines. “Our goal for you is to provide minimal impact,” she said.

Coal fuels less and less Virginia electricity. But when should utilities pull the plug on plants?
Virginia Mercury
When Dominion Energy broke ground in 2008 on the largely coal-fired Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, then-Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling called it “the largest economic development project in the history of Southwest Virginia.”

Northam’s $250 Million HVAC Investment Leaves Education Advocates Underwhelmed
Virginia Mercury
Gov. Ralph Northam wants to allocate $250 million in federal relief funding for HVAC improvements in K-12 schools but education advocates and actual school system administrators want more equity in how the money is doled out and more flexibility in using it.

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Fate Of West Virginia Coal Plants May Rest With Virginia Regulators
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Appalachian Power said it could decide to close the John Amos and Mountaineer power plants in 2028 if the Virginia Corporation Commission denies its request to make upgrades to them.

EXCLUSIVE: Biden Mileage Rule to Exceed Obama Climate Goal
AP News
In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years, according to industry and government officials briefed on the plan. He’s then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules after that to forcefully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nudge 40% of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by the decade’s end.

Employment in the Energy Sector Will Dramatically Expand as Economies Decarbonize
About 18 million people currently work in the energy industry worldwide, a number that with robust climate action could increase to 26 million by 2050, according to new calculations.

Climate Scientists Meet As Floods, Fires, Droughts And Heat Waves Batter Countries
More than 200 of the world’s leading climate scientists will begin meeting today to finalize a landmark report summarizing how Earth’s climate has already changed, and what humans can expect for the rest of the century.