ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Hurricane Ida leaves its deepest marks on marginalized communities and people of color who already lost their livelihoods to the pandemic in a region of longstanding racial and social inequality. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Coastal Louisiana tribes are among the most at risk of displacement due to climate change, but say a lack of specialized federal programs has impeded their relocation. (Inside Climate News)

SOLAR:
• Hurricane Ida prompts Louisiana customers to add solar and battery storage even years after state lawmakers and regulators scrapped a generous solar credit program and cut the net-metering standard in favor of lower rates. (NOLA.com)
• A Louisiana solar company deploys 12 solar power stations at firehouses, churches and other disaster supply sites in hurricane-damaged areas. (news release)
Abandoned mine land funding will help pay for a commercial solar farm on a reclaimed coal mine in southwestern Virginia. (Bristol Herald-Courier, Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
• Arkansas solar advocates and businesses welcome the Biden administration’s plan to grow solar to account for 40% of the nation’s electricity in 15 years. (KNWA)
• A Lutheran church in central Virginia converts to solar power, making it the largest nonprofit-owned solar system in Charlottesville and one of the largest in the state. (WVIR)

OIL & GAS:
More than 2,300 oil and chemical spills have been reported in the two weeks since Hurricane Ida, and about 900 have yet to be investigated, but the volume of spills confirmed so far seems significantly less than the 10.8 million barrels released during two hurricanes in 2005. (NOLA.com)
• Oklahoma landowners complain about the lack of state accountability around management and cleanup of radioactive material at oil and gas sites. (Oklahoman)

PIPELINES: Environmental groups express concern about an energy company’s plan to run a pipeline beneath the Ohio River to move natural gas from Kentucky to an Indiana peaker plant. (WBOI)

NUCLEAR: Clean energy advocates and business groups are among those intervening in regulatory discussions over Georgia Power’s construction of new units at Plant Vogtle. (Augusta Chronicle)

WIND:
• A Louisiana-based power company begins operations at the second of three wind farms that will provide power to 440,000 homes in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. (KSLA)
• Congressional discussion of a $3.5 trillion spending bill includes federal development of wind power off the coasts of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and in the Gulf of Mexico. (Georgia Recorder)

GRID:
• Renewable energy advocates argue that hardening grid infrastructure and shifting from fossil fuels to power sources closer to consumers can safeguard the grid in storm-vulnerable New Orleans while also lowering power bills for low-income customers. (National Geographic)
• About 100,000 Louisiana customers remain without power two weeks after Hurricane Ida as forecasters eye the potential effects of Tropical Storm Nicholas, which is still in the Gulf. (NOLA.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors takes a more intensive role with South Korea’s LG Corp to fix problems that have led to battery fires in Chevrolet Bolts and represent potential challenges for the company’s EV ambitions. (Reuters)

STORAGE: A company announces plans to build a commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Alabama, complementing the region’s emerging electric vehicle manufacturing sector. (CleanTechnica)

COMMENTARY: Louisville’s commitment to reach 100% renewable energy by 2040 requires citizen engagement and a sustained commitment from the community, writes a freelance author. (Courier-Journal) 

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.