UTILITIES: South Carolina regulators reject Duke Energy’s long-term planning documents, which could prompt the utility to shift away from fossil fuels toward solar and battery storage. (Utility Dive; E&E News, subscription)

• Florida regulators consider Florida Power & Light’s request for the largest rate increase in state history. (WFOR, Spectrum News)
• Florida Power & Light’s CEO says the threat of cyberattacks are likely to last “forever.” (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
• Clean energy advocates question why Mississippi Power’s long-term plan only gradually phases in solar generation even though it costs less than half that of power produced by a utility-owned fossil fuel plant. (PV Magazine)

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PIPELINES: West Virginia regulators will hold a public hearing this evening to discuss a permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross state waterways. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• The Tennessee Valley Authority considers retiring a Tennessee coal plant that 12 years ago was the site of the nation’s worst-ever coal ash spill. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• A coal ash barge is refloated after three months stranded aground off Florida’s coast. (WJCT)
• A conservationist argues the solar industry can replace jobs lost if a West Virginia coal-fired power plant is retired in 2028. (WOWK/WTRF)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An electric vehicle startup announces plans to build a factory in Oklahoma, fueling hope that the state may become a big player in the emerging EV market. (Stillwater News Press, Enid News & Eagle)

• Environmentalists lean on federal courts, lawmakers and the White House to renew drilling safety measures enacted after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill but weakened by the Trump administration. (Inside Climate News)
• Most natural gas royalty owners saw no revenue from the record-setting price spike during February’s winter storm. (The Oklahoman)
• A small Texas oil company sees its stock skyrocket after it’s touted on Reddit as a possible short squeeze. (E&E News, subscription)

• Duke Energy files for renewal of a 20-year license for a South Carolina nuclear power plant. (Greenville News)
• A unit in a Texas nuclear plant is operating again after a fire in the main transformer took it offline for nearly two weeks. (Dallas Morning News)

• A company breaks ground on a 625 KW solar project to supply 80% of the electricity needs for an Arkansas school district. (Arkansas Business)
State and federal lawmakers tout the solar panels installed on four out of five schools in a Virginia school system. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

WIND: A photo of a Texas wind turbine with wilted-looking blades from storm winds is circulated on Facebook and falsely labelled as having melted in a heat wave. (PolitiFact)

EMISSIONS: North Carolina regulators consider whether to join a cooperative effort among 11 states to cap and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the power sector. (North Carolina Health News)

POLITICS: Florida environmentalists say the state’s Democratic agriculture commissioner, who is running for governor in 2022, hasn’t acted decisively enough on climate change and energy efficiency. (Politico)

COMMENTARY: A Republican bill to replace coal power and revamp utility regulation in North Carolina appears tailored only to Duke Energy and not ratepayers, writes an editorial board. (Charlotte Observer)

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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.