Climate Clips: The region is less than halfway to its 2030 climate goals, leaders optimistic

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments met on Wednesday, March 9, for the first in-person meeting since the pandemic. The group discussed regional goals, including climate goals, and how each connects to one another.

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County Working to Cut Emissions, Climate-Related Incidents
Montgomery County Media
Declaring climate change “an issue of our time,” Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Acting Director Adriana Hochberg said the county reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 19% as of 2018 as compared to what emissions were in 2005.

As Virginia Nets Another $74 Million, RGGI Uncertainty Lingers
Virginia Mercury
Power producers in the northeastern and Mid-Atlantic carbon market known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative paid a record price for carbon allowances in the first auction of 2022, which netted Virginia $74.2 million for flood protection and low-income energy efficiency programs.

Senate Moves to Pass Climate Solutions Now Act After a Marathon Floor Session
Maryland Matters
After four hours of debate and a series of failed attempts by Republicans to amend it, a sweeping climate change bill won preliminary approval in the Maryland Senate on Thursday.

Accounting for Clean-Energy Capacity Value in PJM Would Lower Costs, Emissions, RMI Study Finds
Utility Dive
PJM’s Resource Adequacy Senior Task Force is exploring possible changes to its capacity market, including ways to help states meet their clean-energy goals through the grid operator’s markets.

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Will U.S. Climate Goals Withstand Russia’s War?
E&E News
On his first day as president, Joe Biden pledged to tackle climate change. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has thrown a wrench into Biden’s climate agenda.

What Does the Russian Oil Ban Mean for the Clean Energy Transition?
Inside Climate News
President Biden announced today that the United States was banning all imports of Russian oil, gas, and coal, the latest in a series of severe economic sanctions being waged against President Vladimir Putin for his unprovoked war in Ukraine.

EPA Strategy Curbs Coal, Spotlights Gas, and Renewables
E&E News
EPA Administrator Michael Regan today laid out his agency’s full power-sector game plan, previewing a slate of upcoming rulemakings that will speed the end of coal as the mainstay of U.S. power generation while refocusing the regulatory spotlight on natural gas.

Redlining Means 45 Million Americans are Breathing Dirtier Air, 50 Years After it Ended
The Washington Post
Decades of federal housing discrimination did not only depress home values, lower job opportunities, and spur poverty in communities deemed undesirable because of race. It’s why 45 million Americans are breathing dirtier air today, according to a landmark study released Wednesday.