COAL: Four family-owned businesses with roots in southwestern Virginia’s coal economy turn toward storage and renewable energy with state grant funding. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Federal regulators take over coal mining oversight from Oklahoma on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation after the Supreme Court reestablished tribal jurisdiction on the land last year. (E&E News, subscription)
• Virginia lawmakers kill a proposal by Gov. Ralph Northam to funnel savings from cutting a coal tax credit to a state university in the coalfields. (Kingsport Times News)

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UTILITIES:
• Duke Energy’s fossil fuel holdings and slow tilt toward renewables make it a target for activists and more than 20 local governments in North Carolina that have made zero-carbon-footprint pledges. (New Republic)
• San Antonio’s city-owned electric utility adds credits to the bills of customers who lost power for more than 24 hours in February’s storm and outages. (San Antonio Express News)

GRID: Public records show Texas’ regulators found themselves short of crucial information during the February outages before pivoting to attack renewables and shift blame from the oil and gas industry. (Gizmodo)

NUCLEAR: Texas lawmakers advance legislation to ban spent nuclear fuel rods from being disposed of or stored in the state while lowering fees on a company that runs a disposal site for lower-risk radioactive waste. (Texas Tribune, Corpus Christi Caller Times)

OVERSIGHT:
• West Virginia lawmakers consider bills to change how fossil fuel infrastructure is valued for taxation in ways that could cost local governments millions in revenue. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, Mountain State Spotlight)
• Texas regulators begin revising a pricing rule to avoid “absurd results” when natural gas prices soar as they did during February’s outages. (S&P Global)
• Houston-area lawmakers respond to questions about what they are doing to reform Texas’ electricity market as they consider more than 200 proposed bills to change the system. (KPRC)

SOLAR:
• An Arkansas city invests in solar power by spurning power purchase agreements in favor of trading land for outright ownership of a solar farm. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• Mississippi regulators approve a 1.3 MW solar farm with 5 MW of battery storage capacity. (Mississippi Business Journal)
• A renewables company tests an uncertain Texas energy market still reeling from February’s outages by seeking equity for three solar farms, with a total 520 MW of power already contracted. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES:
• Federal regulators approve operations for a 24-mile gas pipeline to a Louisiana export facility currently under construction. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• West Virginia lawmakers advance a resolution of support for the long-canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

BIOMASS: Georgia residents organize against a biomass plant that would involve mining of heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. (Brunswick News)

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OIL & GAS: A Louisiana man pushes for new safety measures around the storage of oil tanks after a February explosion killed his 14-year-old daughter. (DeSmog)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A new electric vehicle charger goes into service at a food co-op in Kentucky. (WUKY)
• A North Carolina church is one of 29 sites that will receive an electric vehicle charger funded by a state settlement with Volkswagen and the EPA. (Carteret County News-Times)

Mason Adams

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.