SOLAR: North Carolina’s solar industry is divided over Duke Energy’s proposed net metering reforms, which advocates say are better than similar proposals in other states but opponents say need more study. (Energy News Network)

• Solar advocates say a recommended $55 per month minimum charge for Dominion Energy’s new Virginia community solar program would be the highest in the nation and hurt its chances of success. (Virginia Mercury)
• A Kentucky county prepares its land-use ordinance for the arrival of solar farms, which have begun appearing in nearby counties. (Messenger-Inquirer) 

• The emerging debate over Rivian’s electric vehicle factory in Georgia exemplifies broader tensions between the need to build emissions-free infrastructure and the impulse to preserve unspoiled lands. (New York Times)
• Oklahoma waived competitive bidding requirements to award electric vehicle maker Canoo a contract for up to 1,000 electric vehicles, documents show. (The Frontier)
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and EPA administrator Michael Regan join leaders from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to celebrate its purchase of the first electric-vehicle school bus in the state. (Associated Press)
• A Florida transit authority wins a federal $18.4 million grant to purchase 14 electric buses and charging stations. (St. Pete Catalyst)
• Florida Power & Light begins to purchase and install electric vehicle chargers in southwestern Florida, with plans to support nearly 200 electric school buses in addition to cars. (WINK)

PIPELINES: A Virginia family argues the Mountain Valley Pipeline should pay $650,000 to compensate for taking its land by eminent domain as a jury trial begins. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS: A drilling firm challenges a decision last fall by Florida regulators to deny it a permit for exploratory drilling for oil beneath the Florida Everglades. (WGCU)

OVERSIGHT: Former Trump administration EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler will serve as an advisor to Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin after Senate Democrats rejected his appointment to a Cabinet post. (Associated Press)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Kentucky emerges as a small bitcoin mining powerhouse whose fossil fuel-heavy energy sources mean it produces more carbon from cryptocurrency mining than any U.S. state. (Reuters)

PUBLIC LANDS: Members of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma call on Congress for tribes to have more say in managing public lands. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: A Virginia city considers using $3.7 million in pandemic relief to pay for past-due water bills. (Progress-Index)

• A retired U.S. Army commander calls for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto a bill to end net metering because it would hurt the growing solar industry and likely boost demand for Russian energy. (Miami Herald)
• Louisiana’s adoption of a climate action plan means nothing if the state doesn’t back it with action by changing longstanding land-use patterns and investing in renewable energy sources, writes a planner. (The Advocate)
• A former oil trader now in solar calls for a turn from fossil fuels toward renewables to reduce the country’s vulnerability to oil wars and create clean energy jobs in coal country. (Virginia Mercury)

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.