UTILITIES: About 30,000 Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. customers lost power in October after utilities resumed disconnections for non-payment. (Tampa Bay Times)

• Amid the pandemic, Duke Energy reports more than $170 million in delinquent bills for its customers across North Carolina, a 12% increase from last year. (WLOS)
• Mississippi Power announces it will build a “smart neighborhood” of between 100 and 150 homes. (Smart Energy International)

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FOSSIL FUELS: A new study says most fossil fuel plants will reach their useful life spans by 2035, and replacing them will be less expensive than previously thought. (Energy News Network)

GAS & OIL: Dominion Energy cancels plans for a 500 MW natural gas peaking plant at an industrial park in southern Virginia. (Danville Register & Bee) 

• Kyle, Texas, receives the first part of a $2.7 million settlement from Kinder Morgan for a 430-mile gas pipeline that will affect five miles in the city. (Austin American-Statesman)
• A southern Virginia lawmaker coordinated with an energy lobbyist to support an extension of the construction deadline for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Energy and Policy Institute)

• Explosives destroy a giant 1,001-foot smokestack as part of an effort to clean up what used to be the Tennessee Valley Authority’s biggest coal power plant in Alabama. (AL.com)
• West Virginia residents express concerns about the environmental effects of a proposed underground mine testing facility. (The Inter-Mountain)

• Residents in a central Texas county organize to fight a 1,700-acre, 200 MW solar farm. (Austin American-Statesman)
• A local advocacy group wants a moratorium on solar projects in a central Virginia county until it revamps its ordinance to address water quality and other issues. (Kenbridge Victoria Dispatch)
• A western Virginia county sets a January public hearing for an 880-acre solar project, after turning down a previous project in 2019 after months of debate. (The News Leader)

• Volvo Trucks North America will begin making a battery-powered electric truck at its western Virginia plant in 2021. (Virginia Business)
• An Atlanta suburb installs a section of solar roadway that produces energy for an electric vehicle charging station. (Smart Cities World)

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• A Florida home-energy financing program falters after a newspaper investigation found that companies were sticking participants with risky loans tied to their property tax bills. (Tampa Bay Times)
• As Virginia leaders plan a significant shift toward clean energy in coming years, energy efficiency plays an important role in reducing grid load and smoothing the transition. (Virginia Mercury)
• Northwest Florida State College reduced its energy consumption by two-thirds and saved $6 million over seven years after implementing a sustainability plan. (University Business)

WIND: South Texas border counties hope for bumps in tax revenue and economic activity from a series of wind energy projects. (Border Report)

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.