RENEWABLES: West Virginia lawmakers’ approval of Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s planned $500 million solar and industrial plant required bypassing state regulators who have frequently hampered renewable energy projects — effectively leaving Berkshire Hathaway to operate without rate regulation. (Mountain State Spotlight)

SOLAR:
• A Korean solar manufacturer streamlines its operations in that country to focus on production at its U.S. factory in Georgia, where it will benefit from federal tax incentives. (Korea JoongAng Daily)
• South Carolina solar has exploded from fewer than 3,000 installations in 2016 to more than 30,000 today, with more than 4,000 in the metro county around Charleston. (Post and Courier)
• A North Carolina county board unanimously rejects a proposed 200 MW solar farm because of its size, its location in an agricultural area, and potential effects on flooding and water supply. (Port City Daily)
• A solar company announces a 200 MW power purchase agreement with Procter and Gamble at a Texas solar farm. (news release)

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WIND: Entergy announces it will explore offshore wind projects in the Gulf of Mexico to meet Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ call to develop 5 GW of wind power by 2035. (NOLA.com)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: U.S. EPA administrator Michael Regan visits the North Carolina community whose fight against a landfill is acknowledged as the start of the environmental justice movement to announce a federal environmental justice office. (North Carolina Health News, Associated Press)

CARBON CAPTURE: Exxon’s planned $100 billion carbon-capture mega-project in Houston is already fueling federal support for the technology and could unlock hundreds of billions of dollars more if it proves successful. (Inside Climate News)

OVERSIGHT: Arkansas’ top utility regulator ends eight years in the job and will likely become a consultant, though his solar power advocacy could eventually land him a federal job. (Arkansas Business)

GRID:
• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declares a state of emergency and warns residents to prepare for Hurricane Ian to make landfall. (Tampa Bay Times, CNN)
• Power has been restored to about half of the 3.1 million people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona knocked out power to the entire island a week ago. (Bloomberg)

TRANSITION: A company prepares to open West Virginia’s first coal-to-carbon processing plant in what advocates say will explode into a $100-billion-a-year industry over the next several years. (Bluefield Daily-Telegraph)

UTILITIES: A coalition of Texas unions rallies outside Austin’s municipal utility headquarters to call for stronger safety protections for construction workers on renewable energy projects amid unpopular rate increases. (KXAN)

EMISSIONS: Virginia Tech will receive $80 million for a pilot program to pay farmers to implement crop and livestock practices to curb greenhouse emissions. (Virginia Business)

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CLIMATE: The Southeast leads the U.S. in total power outages since 2000, caused largely by hurricanes and other extreme weather. (WSFA)

COMMENTARY: A gas company executive calls for completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, but an editorial board questions the wisdom of overruling a federal appeals court just to get the project done. (Roanoke Times)

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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.