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DC approves disputed Pepco rate increase in new approach to utility regulation

By Robert Walton Photo: Daquella manera

District of Columbia regulators on Friday approved Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco) multi-year rate plan (MRP), authorizing the utility to recover $108.6 million through higher rates over three years, from 2020 to 2022. The plan includes performance incentive mechanisms (PIMs) intended to incentivize the utility to stay aligned with the district’s goal of reaching 100% renewable energy by 2032. The Public Service Commission (PSC) says the decision is a “first step in adopting an alternative form of regulation for Pepco.”


Intense rainfall, hotter summers | A look at how climate change impacts DC area gardens

By Nathan Baca Photo: Becca Knier

 Gardeners around the D.C. metro area are already noticing it. Stronger storms, longer droughts and higher temperatures. All leading to wilted or dying flowers and vegetables that are part of global climate change.


DC Water Just Finished Digging A 5-Mile Tunnel 100 Feet Below The City

By Jacob Fenston

Chris has been underground since 2018, diligently digging, starting at RFK Stadium and slowly moving northwest. Now, Chris’s work is complete — a 5-mile long, 23-ft. wide tunnel that will soon prevent sewage overflows into the Anacostia River and stop flooding in low-lying neighborhoods, including Le Droit Park and Bloomingdale.


Early blooming of cherry blossoms concerns climate experts

By Farah Javed Photo: Jeff, Flickr

Thousands of people each year flock to cherry blossom festivals around the world. This year, however, these iconic pink trees are blooming early, and scientists believe climate change and urbanization are at fault.


Combating Climate Change: Essential, Not Optional

By Christopher Jones

As residents of the nation’s most political town, Washingtonians know that climate change is back on top of the White House agenda. Are they aware, however, of the mounting threats climate change poses to life in the District?


Opinion: The cicadas are coming. And they’re changing dramatically.

By Chris Simon Photo: James M. Thresher , The Washington Post

In late May 2017, my husband and I were walking around the leafy suburbs west of D.C. The noise of the cicadas was deafening. “Why are there so many cicadas” my friend’s 7-year-old son, Dylan, asked.


Rising waters trigger change for DC’s Tidal Basin

By Whitney Pipkin Photo: Sam Kittner , Tidal Basin Ideas Lab

A visit to the Tidal Basin in the District of Columbia should deliver sweeping views of cherry trees heavy with pink and white blooms this time of year, drawing millions of onlookers to the concrete shorelines annually.


DC first in Mid-Atlantic to require long-term renewable PPA for standard offer customers

By Robert Walton
  • Exelon-subsidiary Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) is working to reach a new renewable long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) to serve 5% of the District of Columbia’s Standard Offer Service (SOS) energy needs.

Solar synergy: How good timing and partnerships propelled a suburban D.C. county to its clean power goal

By Elizabeth McGowan

Arlington County is no slacker on addressing climate change. So it isn’t surprising that the District of Columbia suburb is on the verge of leapfrogging a goal of harvesting half of its electricity for government operations from renewable sources by next year.


In 2021 we must set more ambitious targets for zero-emission trucks and buses

By Larissa Koehler

There is no question that 2020 was a hard year — for some, it was the hardest year of their lives. Yet despite the historic difficulty of 2020, there were some climate and air quality bright spots. For example, the march toward zero-emission trucks and buses is on. In 2021, we should increase our ambition.