POLITICS:
• Observers believe a new North Carolina law aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions contains errors and ambiguities that could lead to lengthy court battles or even allow Duke Energy to build a raft of fossil gas plants in place of solar and wind farms. (Energy News Network)
• Virginia’s GOP candidate for governor releases an ad titled “Dark Money, Big Favors” that attacks his Democratic opponent for his ties to Dominion Energy when he was previously governor. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

UTILITIES:
• Florida city officials question the propriety of gifts and sponsorships paid out by its municipal natural gas utility. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A small South Carolina town sues Dominion Energy for allegedly failing to follow the trimming standards set by a 2019 tree protection agreement. (Post and Courier)
• A northern Virginia city presses Dominion Energy for restitution after a power outage closed businesses for hours during an art festival in early October. (ALX Now)
• U.S. appeals court judges seem disinclined to hold a failed utility company liable for a contractor’s failure to give advanced warning of mass layoffs from a construction project at a nuclear facility in South Carolina. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• A Florida professor argues for relaxing state regulations around power purchase agreements to spur the state’s solar industry. (Spectrum News)
• A Florida planning and zoning board recommends approval of a 74.5 MW solar farm. (Lake Wales News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tennessee hires a CEO to oversee the industrial “megasite” near Memphis where Ford will build electric trucks and electric vehicle batteries. (Commercial Appeal)

OIL & GAS: Natural gas company Williams will launch a focus on certified responsibly sourced gas, which has a smaller carbon footprint, beginning in the Haynesville shale of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

COAL:
• A federal workplace safety agency moves to secure property in West Virginia to build a facility to research underground miner health and safety. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• West Virginia lawmakers collect feedback from residents about how they should spend federal funding that includes $38.9 billion to revitalize coal communities. (WVNS)

CLIMATE: A West Virginia climate change nonprofit holds a webinar on carbon dioxide removal solutions. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL ASH: A Georgia court upholds a decision allowing Georgia Power to charge $525 million to ratepayers to cover the cost of closing 29 coal ash ponds at 11 power plants. (Capital Beat News Service/Newnan Times-Herald)

HYDRO: A North Carolina county approves a lease with Duke Energy to build out a recreation site on a lake to maintain its hydroelectric operating license with federal regulators. (Lincoln Times-News)

COMMENTARY:
• A Republican state senator in Tennessee calls for the federal government to invest in battery production and research and encourage automakers to produce more electric cars and trucks to boost the state’s burgeoning electric vehicle industry. (Tennessean)
• A clean energy group calls for the Tennessee Valley Authority to drop its opposition to a proposed solar and storage project in Jackson, Tennessee. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

Mason Adams

Mason has worked as a journalist since 2001, covering Appalachian communities and the issues that affect them. He compiles the Southeast Energy News digest. Mason previously worked as a wildlife biologist before moving into journalism by freelancing at Coast Weekly in Monterey, California, before taking an internship in 2001 at High Country News. He wrote for the Enterprise Mountaineer in western North Carolina and the Roanoke Times in western Virginia before going freelance in 2012. His work has appeared in Southerly, Daily Yonder, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, WVPB’s Inside Appalachia and elsewhere. Mason was born and raised in Clifton Forge, Virginia, and now lives with his family and a small herd of goats in Floyd County, Virginia.