SOLAR: An architecture group will offset emissions from renovating its Washington, D.C., headquarters by funding rooftop solar on dozens of Habitat for Humanity homes in Virginia. (Energy News Network)
• The Arkansas state senate passes a bill to dismantle the state’s net metering policy and instead credit solar customers for power they produce at a lower wholesale rate. (Arkansas Times)
• A Virginia county board votes to restrict new solar projects to no closer than 2,000 feet of any town boundary as residents request a moratorium on new projects until further review of their collective impacts. (Gazette-Virginian)
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WIND: An energy company announces plans to develop a 1,200 MW wind farm on 45,000 acres in Oklahoma. (KWTV)
• South Carolina looks to train 4,000 workers for Volkswagen-backed Scout Motors’ planned electric vehicle factory. (The State)
• A Vietnamese electric vehicle maker has struggled to break into U.S. markets but hopes a planned North Carolina factory slated to begin production in 2024 will help. (CNBC)
• New Orleans purchases its first electric vehicles in the form of 10 Chevrolet Bolts for use in seven city departments. (NOLA.com)
• Hertz announces plans to triple its electric vehicle fleet in Houston, Texas, by bringing 2,100 rental EVs in partnership with the city. (news release)
• A manufacturer announces it will build a carbon-neutral North Carolina factory to build passenger rail cars with battery and hydrogen propulsion. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• Delta Air Lines announces a goal to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 during a Florida conference. (Miami Herald)
• A Texas transit agency pursues a conceptual transportation hub to include electric vehicle charging stations along with a garage and trolley bus. (Eagle)
• Florida regulators approve a draft rule to revise the state’s energy efficiency regulations for the first time in 30 years, but critics say it doesn’t go far enough. (WUWF)
• A North Carolina county partners with a nonprofit and others for a $250,000 initiative to implement energy efficiency projects for homeowners. (WUNC)
OIL & GAS:
• Sprawling carbon-capture facilities like one proposed in Texas could allow the fossil fuel industry to argue it’s fighting climate change while still spewing other kinds of pollution like soot and smog. (The Verge)
• A natural gas company points to retail load growth as a sign of economic strength in Oklahoma and Arkansas. (Oklahoman)
• Virginia regulators extend the comment period and limit the scope of a proposed rule to allow data centers to run emergency generators if their power needs exceed the grid. (Bay Journal)
• A Tennessee mayor urges the city council to update its climate plan to make city operations carbon neutral by 2040 and decarbonize the entire community by 2050. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
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STORAGE: Researchers at the University of Texas publish a study finding salt caverns might be used to store hydrogen for future power generation. (Daily Texan)
COMMENTARY: A coastal Virginia city should approve a proposal to incorporate transmission lines from the planned 3,500 MW Kitty Hawk offshore wind project to ensure clean energy and economic benefits, writes a wind advocate. (Virginian-Pilot)