Climate Clips: WMATA Set Out a Timeline to Electrify its Buses. A DC Council Roundtable Asks: Why Not Sooner?

In July, Metro’s Board of Directors approved plans to fully convert the WMATA bus fleet to electric buses over the next two decades, by 2045. Up to 12 electric buses could be rolled out in a pilot program in 2023, and the system plans to stop buying gas and diesel-powered buses by 2030.

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Montgomery County’s Microgrid Electric Bus Depot Under Construction
Microgrid Knowledge
Construction of a 5.6 MW microgrid with distributed energy generation, energy storage, and over 2 MW of charging capacity is now underway at the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., after groundbreaking on Sept. 9.

Every Block Matters in the Fight for Safer Streets and the Climate
Greater Greater Washington
In the wake of both the tragic death of one of DC’s youngest cyclists and another dire warning on climate change from global scientists, it is jarring to be caught up in debates about the merits of a bike lane project at the block-by-block level. The city finally broke ground last month on the C Street Project, which aims to transform Capitol Hill’s eastern gateway from near-highway conditions to a safer, slower street.

Dominion Energy Proposes Largest Expansion of Solar and Energy Storage for Benefit of Customers
PR Newswire
In its second annual clean energy filing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), Dominion Energy Virginia has proposed the largest group yet of new solar and energy storage projects in Virginia for the benefit of its customers. The proposed projects are another significant step toward achieving the goals of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA).

Dominion to Partner on Solar Project in Virginia Coalfields
Associated Press
A global conservation nonprofit and Virginia’s largest electricity utility announced plans Monday to develop what they say will be a large-scale solar project on former surface mines in the southwest Virginia coalfields.

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The Challenges of Putting Clean Energy Goals Into Action
Utility Dive
Around the United States and worldwide, governments and companies are setting ambitious clean energy and decarbonization goals. While critical for establishing a direction and foundation for policymaking, regulatory activities and investments, setting the targets is arguably the easiest task.

What to Watch This Fall at DOE, Interior, FERC
E&E News
The Biden administration is expected to make pivotal decisions at federal agencies this fall that could steer its clean energy agenda for years, but its efforts may be thwarted by senior positions that are not yet filled, regulations that are running behind, and Congress, observers say.

5 Issues to Watch as Reconciliation Talks Intensify
E&E News
Negotiations over President Biden’s energy and environment agenda will center on the Senate this week after the House finished drafting its version of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan.

Global Methane Pledge Offers Hope on Climate in Lead Up to Glasgow
Inside Climate News
The United States and the European Union pledged on Friday to reduce methane emissions by at least 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030, ushering in the start of what they hope will be a “global methane pledge” to quickly address warming, as the next round of international climate negotiations nears.

The Rate of Global Warming During Next 25 Years Could Be Double What it Was in the Previous 50, a Renowned Climate Scientist Warns
Inside Climate News
James Hansen, a climate scientist who shook Washington when he told Congress 33 years ago that human emissions of greenhouse gases were cooking the planet, is now warning that he expects the rate of global warming to double in the next 20 years.