Climate Clips: Washington set to be 2nd East Coast city with gas ban

Washington, D.C., is expected to become the second East Coast city to ban fossil fuel boilers and water heaters in most new buildings, following the unanimous approval of two bills by the City Council this week that are supported by the mayor.

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Mid-Atlantic Shared Solar Advocates See Progress in D.C. But Setback in Virginia
Energy News Network
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Bethesda Magazine
The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to require that proposed bills be reviewed for their climate impact.

In Auto-Centric Montgomery, Planners Suggest Ways to Make Walking Safer
Washington Post
Montgomery County and other suburbs were designed for driving. As traffic worsens, planners are working to make walking safer and less stressful.

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ABC News 7
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EPA Faces Legal Dead Ends After SCOTUS Climate Decision
E&E News
Regulators at EPA will have to draft fresh carbon rules for power plants without knowing if they’ll survive the legal uncertainty created by the Supreme Court’s climate decision last month.

Some EVs Now Pay for Themselves in a Year
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Though you’ll pay more for them at the outset, electric vehicles are now a better deal than cars that run on gasoline, due to much lower fuel and maintenance costs and a $7,500 tax credit.

Coal, Solar and EVs: A Pitfall for Electric Utilities?
E&E News
For many companies, the ongoing shift to clean energy presents a massive financial opportunity. But for U.S. electric utilities, the transition may upend a longstanding business model.

High Energy Prices, Ukraine War and Rising Demand Response Potential Spur Energy Efficiency Efforts
Utility Dive
Energy efficiency, the cleanest, lowest cost, and most overlooked resource in the climate fight, is now part of the world’s pushback against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the International Energy Agency.