PIPELINES: Colonial Pipeline announces a 2020 North Carolina gasoline leak spilled 30 times the original estimate of 63,000 gallons, making it the largest U.S. gasoline pipeline spill on record. (E&E News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Ford projects it will build two million electric vehicles annually by 2026 after investing $50 billion, including at factories under construction in Tennessee and Kentucky. (Motor Authority)
• A New Zealand company announces plans to install 6,000 electric vehicle chargers in Florida at commercial sites, parking lots and other developments. (Associated Press)
• Oklahoma lawmakers consider what to do with $698 million that had been set aside to woo a Panasonic battery plant recently announced for Kansas. (Norman Transcript)
• Georgia will pay out $1.8 billion in incentives and tax exemptions to secure a Hyundai electric vehicle and battery factory. (Korea Herald)
• The Mexican state of Nuevo Leon adds a U.S. border crossing lane devoted to Tesla to facilitate passage between the electric vehicle maker’s Austin factory parts suppliers in Mexico. (Clean Technica)
• A Texas development features homes that all include a 4 kW solar panel package to cover most power needs. (Texarkana Gazette)

WIND: Enel announces completion of a 350 MW wind facility paired with a battery storage facility in Texas. (Abilene Reporter News)

SOLAR: A Virginia county sees construction of a 62.5 MW Dominion Energy solar farm and 1 MW solar facility. (Orange County Review)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The U.S. EPA tests soil samples in two Atlanta neighborhoods as it considers designating a new Superfund site, leaving Black residents worried that cleanup and gentrification will push them out. (Inside Climate News)

OIL & GAS: An energy analysis group says the oil and gas industry has added back only half of the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a May jobs report shows the jobs increase may already have plateaued. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

TRANSITION: A former coal camp’s municipal government is dissolved by a Kentucky county after years without maintaining services or infrastructure. (Ohio Valley ReSource)

GRID:
• High power demand and Texas’ grid manager’s efforts to boost reliability create windfall profits for some generators and could add $1.5 billion to customer bills this year. (Utility Dive)
• Florida Power & Light launches a grid improvement program in a northwestern Florida county whose service area it acquired in 2019. (Destin Log)

UTILITIES: A South Carolina county receives a $15,000 grant from Dominion Energy to hold resiliency and emergency preparedness campaigns for the public and in schools. (SC Now)

BIOMASS: European lawmakers debate whether to include wood pellets as a carbon-neutral coal alternative, with big ramifications for a market leader with operations in North Carolina and South Carolina. (WFAE)

POLITICS: Experts question U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s assertion that investing in climate programs would worsen inflation. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Climate change is quickly becoming an urgent matter that requires our immediate attention to avoid imminent disaster, writes an editorial board. (Winston-Salem Journal)

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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.