NUCLEAR: A former top Westinghouse Electric Co. executive is charged with 16 felony counts for allegedly helping cover up cost overruns and delays that doomed the construction of two South Carolina nuclear reactors. (Reuters)

UTILITIES:
• Protesters rallied outside of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board meeting Wednesday, criticizing the utility’s handling of coal ash cleanup and calling for more rapid decarbonization. (PV Magazine)
• Texas regulators’ decision on whether to extend loans to utilities to recoup winter storm losses could end up increasing residents’ bills. (Austin American-Statesman)
• Duke Energy selects several locations across North Carolina for its site readiness program, which aims to build necessary infrastructure to turn sites into industrial and manufacturing hubs. (Winston-Salem Journal)

SOLAR:
• Florida Power and Light says its 409 MW solar-powered battery system, set to be the world’s largest, is 75% complete. (Electrek)
• A Florida Power and Light subsidiary begins construction of two solar farms that will together generate 150 MW. (Renewable Energy World)
• Louisiana State University researchers say the state’s focus on carbon capture development could lead it to ignore more than $6 billion in solar investments that could supply much of its electricity needs. (Louisiana Illuminator)
• A renewables developer announces plans to build a 50 MW solar facility in South Carolina. (WSPA)
• Kentucky regulators will hold a public hearing to consider a proposed 60 MW solar array and have received a request for permission to build a separate 250 MW array, which would be the state’s largest. (News-Enterprise, Gleaner)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Louisiana’s environmental department awards $1.7 million in Volkswagen settlement money to communities to build 82 electric vehicle charging stations. (NOLA)
• Virginia releases $10.5 million of Volkswagen settlement funds to buy electric buses in Loudoun County. (Loudoun Times)
• Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory rolls out the first U.S.-made pre-production units of its electric SUV. (Electrek)
• A coastal Alabama city council votes to install five charging stations downtown. (Gulf Coast News Today)
• Georgia Power opens new fast electric vehicle chargers in a Georgia town. (WALB)

TRANSMISSION: Oklahoma landowners feel hopeless as they try to fight Transource Energy’s 80-mile transmission line slated to cross their properties. (Tulsa World)

NATURAL GAS: The Port of New Orleans and a natural gas distributor partner to develop liquefied natural gas fueling services for ships that arrive at the port. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• A Virginia sport fisher says he’s seen many new fish arrive as aquatic life form reefs on Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project turbines. (WTKR)
• A Louisiana-based tugboat company merges with an offshore energy services provider to provide installation and maintenance support for the offshore wind industry. (WorkBoat)

CLIMATE:
Louisiana’s heavy industrial emissions pose challenges to its efforts to combat climate change. (WWNO)
• After two disastrous hurricanes last year, coastal Louisiana residents struggle to decide whether to return and rebuild or restart their lives elsewhere. (Christian Science Monitor)