ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Virginia’s participation in a regional climate initiative funds top-of-the-line energy efficiency measures during a phased renovation of 450 apartments and townhomes in a public housing complex. (Energy News Network)

• Florida’s second largest municipal utility moves to buy a natural gas-fired power plant as part of a plan to retire two coal plants by 2027 and transition to 100% clean energy by midcentury. (WMFE)
• A bipartisan majority of more than 60% of Virginians supports efforts to cut fossil fuels, strengthen energy efficiency and shift to clean energy by 2050, according to polling by a conservative clean-energy group. (Virginia Mercury)

SOLAR: A Louisiana landowner and solar company propose a 3,400-acre solar farm to provide power for Entergy, generating opposition from some neighbors. (KPLC)

OIL & GAS: Mississippi officials mark the beginning of a natural gas line expansion project by Atmos Gas. (Starkville Daily News)

• Landowners in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline seek a temporary injunction to prevent blasting over concerns it could contaminate their well water and that of others downstream. (Roanoke Times)
• Atlanta Gas Light contractors complete portions of a pipeline through a Georgia city to an International Paper plant. (Rome News-Tribune)

• A nonprofit Appalachian law firm holds an online conference to discuss the challenges, assistance programs and potential policy fixes for people with black lung disease. (WTVQ)
• Two West Virginia coal miners die in unrelated incidents. (WV MetroNews)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Texas city installs two electric vehicle chargers as part of a downtown renovation project. (Texarkana Gazette)

• Florida Power & Light informs state regulators it has reached a settlement with customer and business representatives that will increase its base electric rates and add more solar generation. (News Service of Florida/WJCT)
• A Texas utility asks state regulators to approve a program to deploy advanced digital electric meters to retail customers. (Marshall News Messenger)
• A municipal utility in southern Virginia asks customers to conserve energy today due to high demand amid higher-than-average summer temperatures. (WFXR)
• A city-owned utility in west Texas presses for rate increases to boost grid reliability. (KTSM)

• Federal regulators collect public comments on a proposed 69-turbine wind farm off the shore of North Carolina. (Public Radio East)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Texas lures crypto miners through incentives like generous programs that pay out when large industrial and commercial customers curtail energy consumption during periods of high demand. (S&P Global)

• A recent report on climate change contains especially dire warnings for Louisiana, where a third of the state will likely be hit as the Gulf of Mexico rises by 1½ feet or more in the next 30 years. (
• Georgia officials and clean energy advocates meet to talk about solar energy, electric vehicles and sustainability ahead of a two-day climate conference. (Brunswick News)

COMMENTARY: Natural gas development has not generated economic prosperity for West Virginia, spotlighting the state’s need to shift from its reliance on fossil fuels, writes the co-author of a study on natural gas in Appalachian communities. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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.