Climate & Resilience: Page 3


  • A Volvo VNR Electric charges at the high-powered chargers available to fleets at TEC Equipment, Fontana.
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    White House earmarks $1.5B in push for freight decarbonization

    The largest piece of the president’s plan provides $1 billion to cities, states and tribes to replace heavy-duty vehicles.

    By Larry Avila • April 26, 2024
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    Results are in for a Los Angeles cool pavement experiment

    The covered neighborhood saw cooling benefits, a new study finds. But some researchers contend shade is king when it comes to protecting people from heat.

    By April 26, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Smart Cities Dive

    From worsening climate change to a shifting transportation landscape and the housing affordability crisis, cities have their work cut out for them in 2024.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    EPA awards $7B to 60 low-income solar access programs

    The funds will support community solar programs as well as initiatives to provide loans and grants to low-income households looking to install rooftop solar, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    By Emma Penrod • April 24, 2024
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    What 54 climate adaptation plans say about how communities are preparing

    Nature-based approaches constitute the largest category of total planned strategies, researchers found. They highlighted examples of progress and innovation from a variety of communities.

    By April 24, 2024
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    Want a 7-day forecast of heat risk near you? Check out this new federal tool.

    The tool accounts for how unusual heat is in a specific location and pulls in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data on what that means for public health, federal officials said Monday.

    By April 23, 2024
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    US EPA designates 2 types of PFAS as hazardous substances

    The long-awaited move is meant to hold polluters accountable. The Environmental Protection Agency says it won’t focus on enforcement at municipal landfills and water utilities.

    By Megan Quinn • April 22, 2024
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    Air quality data is now widely available, but what should communities do with it?

    With air quality sensors now costing as little as $100, some communities are hoping for more federal guidance on how to use them to support decision-making and regulation. 

    By April 19, 2024
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    Electric bus, railcar purchases sought by Chicago-based transit authority

    The region’s three major transit agencies are hoping $375 million in Inflation Reduction Act funds will usher along their transition to zero-emission fleets by 2040.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Boston teams with climate tech company to map floods as they happen

    The low-lying coastal city will use the technology to target alerts, evacuations and post-disaster resources to the neighborhoods that most need the support. 

    By April 16, 2024
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    80 transportation infrastructure resilience projects get $830M from USDOT

    The grants are the first of their kind dedicated to protecting surface transportation systems from climate change-driven extreme weather, the agency said.

    By Julie Strupp • April 15, 2024
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    5 ways cities can accelerate EV charger deployments equitably

    Seek community input, learn from other cities, reduce regulatory barriers and other ideas from participants in the DOE’s Clean Energy to Communities Program.

    By Iulia Gheorghiu • April 12, 2024
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    DOE awards $27M for communities to plan a clean-energy future

    This is the first funding round for the Energy Future Grants initiative, which launched last year to help communities plan for transportation and building electrification, microgrids and solar projects.

    By April 11, 2024
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    How cities are building out public EV charging infrastructure

    As more electric vehicles hit the road, municipalities and property owners are working with contractors to deploy EV chargers at libraries, airports, parks and other sites.

    By Joe Burns • April 10, 2024
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    Rooftop heat pump technologies can save US businesses $5B annually: DOE

    A new U.S. Department of Energy program aims to bring higher-efficiency rooftop heat pump technologies to market as soon as 2027.

    By Nish Amarnath • April 9, 2024
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    This city wants to deconstruct buildings to balance climate goals with growth

    Tacoma, Washington’s city council recently directed the city manager to propose ways to boost deconstruction and salvage in the community. It may be challenging given that demolition is often cheaper and easier.

    By April 9, 2024
  • Inside the rise of groundwater-based geothermal heat pumps

    The technology, which is cost-effective across 75% of the U.S. landmass and ideal for space-constrained users, could eventually displace utility gas service, proponents say.

    By Brian Martucci • April 5, 2024
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    These 8 nonprofits got $20B from the Biden administration for local clean energy financing. Now what?

    The “green bank” funds must be obligated by September 2024 amid efforts by Republican lawmakers to repeal the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

    By April 5, 2024
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    High-priority local actions in Biden’s new plan to slash building GHG emissions

    The Department of Energy blueprint lays out specific goals to lower U.S. building emissions 90% by 2050 compared with 2005 levels.

    By April 3, 2024
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    Opinion

    Utilities must come clean about the full value of community solar

    Utilities often oppose customer-driven, third-party-owned energy projects like community solar because they threaten to supplant utility investments and utility shareholder profits.

    By Jeff Cramer and John Farrell • April 3, 2024
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    IRS direct pay framework opens doors for tax-exempt entities to access clean energy credits

    The U.S. Treasury Department’s final rule for the program paves the way for organizations to receive more than 30% of a project’s cost in direct cash payments for clean energy investments.

    By Brian Martucci • April 2, 2024
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    New Mexico regulators approve El Paso Electric $11M EV plan, including low-income rebates

    The rebate program has a total budget of $200,000 and will be available to 50 customers. El Paso Electric will also offer smart charging programs and incentives for charging equipment.

    By Robert Walton • April 1, 2024
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    Phoenix passes worker heat safety ordinance amid rising deaths

    The measure is the result of labor demands and record high temperatures in the city in 2023.

    By Ginger Christ • March 28, 2024
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    What’s stifling city climate action? Municipal finance practices, one report says

    The Boston University researchers highlight how city funding approaches make emissions reduction projects easier to move forward than climate adaptation projects.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Opinion

    Local government climate coalitions are delivering state policy results

    Environmental justice legislation in Colorado and energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in Wisconsin are two recent coalition accomplishments.

    By Lindsay Ex and Erick Shambarger • March 26, 2024
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    To chart its path away from gas, Massachusetts launches energy transformation office

    Headed by a former utility executive, the office will convene a task force with representatives from utilities, municipalities, business, labor and the supply chain industry.

    By March 25, 2024