Climate Clips: Virginia legislators mull ways to keep power bills down amid Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative debate

Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration is seeking a regulatory route to remove Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by the end of next year. The reason? Utilities are passing on to consumers costs associated with participation in RGGI.

See the full story at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Virginia Lawmakers Didn’t Address Gas, Diesel Vehicle Ban in Special Session
ABC 7 News
In Richmond, Va., lawmakers discussed appointments Wednesday during a special session, including an appointment to a vacant position for Commissioner of the State Corporation Commission. But no votes were taken on cutting ties with California’s emissions rules that would ban gas-powered vehicles in Virginia by 2035.

County Seeks Pitches for Contest on Ways to Boost Energy Efficiency
Fairfax County has issued a call for innovators to pitch solutions that work toward carbon neutrality and clean energy. “Pitch and Pilot” aims to find and pilot new projects that improve energy efficiency, increase renewable electricity use, and encourage the use of electric vehicles.

Is Hydrogen Overhyped? A Virginia Clean Energy Advocate Doesn’t Think So
Energy News Network
For decades, hydrogen has been touted as the fuel of tomorrow — a day yet to come. Alleyn Harned is realistic about the limitations of producing hydrogen from renewable energy. But he still sees it as a critical piece of the puzzle for reducing emissions.

Maryland Doubles Down on Offshore Wind With $1.6 Million Investment
Delmarva Now
Offshore wind projects like those by US Wind and Ørsted were boosted Wednesday as the Maryland Energy Administration added $1.6 million to fund additional projects by emerging companies.

National and International News

‘Huge Amount of Money’ in Climate Law Could Spawn Gas Bans
E&E News
The climate and energy law signed by President Joe Biden last month may reshape a national tug of war over gas bans and electrification, with the outcome influencing emissions and fossil fuel development for decades.

Climate Law: What to Watch at Interior, FERC, and DOE
E&E News
The Department of Energy, Interior Department, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are grappling with how to implement the landmark climate law and carry out President Joe Biden’s priorities for shifting the country towards low-carbon energy.

Few States Have Comprehensive Plans to Integrate the Expected Surge in EVs. ACEEE Wants to Change That
Utility Dive
Electric vehicle adoption is growing rapidly and utilities are spending billions of dollars to support necessary charging infrastructure. But the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy warns that only a few states have adopted a comprehensive planning approach for transportation electrification investments and that more must be done to ensure they are made equitably.

Remember That Coal Surge Last Year? Yeah, It’s Over
Inside Climate News
Renewable energy rose to make up nearly one-fourth of the electricity generated in the United States in the second quarter of this year, while coal generation declined.

‘Transformational’: Could America’s New Green Bank Be a Climate Gamechanger?
The Guardian
The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund provides $27bn in funding for projects aimed at lowering America’s planet-heating emissions. Some of those funds, roughly $7bn, will be dedicated to clean energy deployment in low-income communities – but the vast majority of the funds will be used to create America’s first national green bank, an initiative long championed by climate activists.