EFFICIENCY: After Republican state lawmakers blocked any changes to the state building code until 2031, North Carolina clean energy advocates look for incentives and other ways to build energy efficiency into new housing stock. (Energy News Network) 



EMISSIONS: West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joins Indiana and Ohio to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block the Biden administration’s “Good Neighbor Plan” to prevent emissions within states’ borders from significantly affecting other states’ air quality. (Bluefield Daily-Telegraph)


HYDROGEN: Oklahoma officials remain optimistic about the state’s ability to become a hydrogen industry leader even after the Biden administration rejects its bid to become a federally funded hydrogen hub. (Oklahoma Voice)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: With cryptocurrency prices falling, a developer moves to replace the planned second phase of a Texas crypto mine with a battery storage facility. (Energy Storage News)

PIPELINES: Three more protesters are arrested in Virginia after locking themselves to Mountain Valley Pipeline construction equipment. (WDBJ)

GRID: The Tennessee Valley Authority says it spent $8 million over the summer winterizing its coal, gas and hydro fleets. (WTVC)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy asks Florida regulators to pass along $91.9 million in storm-related costs from Hurricane Idalia to its customers. (News Service of Florida)


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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.