Climate Clips: Turning poop into power in Montgomery County

Ride On buses will soon be powered by what you flush away in Montgomery County, Maryland. The county and WSSC Water have reached a five-year agreement aimed at capturing methane gas during the wastewater treatment process and turning it into fuel called “Renewable Natural Gas” that will then be used to power the county’s Ride On bus fleet.

See the full story at WTOP News.

More DMV News

Metro To Use Federal Grant For Electric Buses, Garage Conversion
The Washington Post
The $104 million grant will pay for 100 buses and a technological conversion of the Cinder Bed garage in Virginia to house them.

Utility Regulator: Md. Must Consider Cost To Ratepayers In Setting Clean Energy Goals
The Baltimore Sun
With Maryland’s economy showing signs of weakness as it recovers from the effects of the pandemic, the state should take care to exercise restraint in pursuing additional, expensive energy and climate policies on the backs of utility ratepayers at a time when many are still having trouble paying their utility bills..

Cleargen Funds Microgrid Project In Montgomery County
The Daily Record
ClearGen LLC, have updated the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) in Derwood into an integrated, state-of-the-art microgrid. The solar panels on the rooftop and carport have a total capacity of 572 kW. In case of power outages, the facility also connects emergency generators to ensure seamless operations for the animal shelter’s critical services.

Ride Southwest’s New EV Transit Vehicles
DC’s first Mobility Innovation District (The MID), has officially launched its Circuit Rideshare public transit program for Southwest DC and parts of the Navy Yard neighborhood.

National and International News

16 States, DC Are Under Air Quality Alerts From Canada’s Wildfire Smoke
The Hill
The wildfires in Canada have caused another thick layer of smoke to descend upon parts of the United States, prompting air quality alerts across 16 states and Washington, D.C.

The US’ Billion-Dollar EV Bus Program Can’t Keep Up With Demand
Canary Media
A new round of $1.7B in clean-bus grants saw $8.7B in applications. A carve-out for low-emissions fossil-fueled buses further limits federal EV bus funding.

Tweak In EPA’s Renewable Fuels Program Could ‘Transform Food Waste Recycling,’ Biogas Experts Say
Waste Dive
The EPA’s update to the Renewable Fuel Standards program published Wednesday includes some small tweaks that could have a big impact on anaerobic digesters and the biogas industry, those involved in the industry say.

Tesla May Have Already Won The Charging Wars
The New York Times
Deals with Ford and G.M. will make it easier to find a charger but could give Elon Musk control of critical infrastructure.

U.S. Department Of The Treasury, IRS Release Guidance On Provisions To Expand Reach Of Clean Energy Tax Credits Through President Biden’s Investing In America Agenda
U.S. Department of the Treasury
President Biden on Monday will announce millions of dollars in funding toward climate resilience efforts during a visit to a Northern California nature preserve, where he will highlight efforts to combat climate change.