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WIND: North Carolina’s vast potential for wind energy is threatened as Duke Energy’s decarbonization plans envision a smaller role for offshore projects than the governor has called for. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
Construction of Virginia’s first onshore wind farm has moved slowly since 2016 because developers have had trouble finding a buyer for its electricity. (Roanoke Times)
• Dominion Energy asks Virginia regulators to approve a customer surcharge to pay for continuing work on its planned offshore wind farm. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

CLIMATE:
An Arctic cold front blasts across the Southeast as it develops into a winter storm that will test power grids and states’ responses to extreme winter weather. (Washington Post, Texas Tribune)
• Texas cities and nonprofits warn their resources to keep unhoused people warm are stretched to capacity amid a surge of migrants. (Texas Tribune, NBC News)
• An expert discusses gas industry weatherization reforms implemented after natural gas problems caused the vast majority of Texas’ unplanned outages during the 2021 winter storm. (KXAN)
• A Florida city commission signals support for a development moratorium in flood zones until a review of its stormwater management and drainage regulations. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

SOLAR:
• Solar developers are looking for a new site to build a 200 MW solar farm in Louisiana after local officials reject tax breaks for the project. (The Advocate)
• A new Mississippi law taking effect in January will allow school districts served by Entergy Mississippi or Mississippi Power to enter into power purchase agreements with third-party solar operators. (Mississippi Today)
• An environmental law firm releases a report on six Southeast states finding solar capacity has grown from 10,000 MW in 2018 to more than 23,000 MW today. (news release)

OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Senate approves six nominees to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board, restoring it to its full nine-member size for the first time in more than 20 months. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

OIL & GAS:
• The Biden administration approves a permit for an energy company to send natural gas from Texas and other states to a liquified natural gas terminal on Mexico’s Pacific Coast for export to Asia. (Houston Chronicle)
• West Virginia oil and gas drilling regulators appeal a court ruling, seeking to redirect a challenge to a law involving the landowners’ property rights with regard to natural gas and horizontal well drilling. (Weirton Daily Times)

CARBON CAPTURE: Louisiana residents fight state regulators’ approval of a company’s test well permit required to build its planned $4.5-billion blue hydrogen manufacturing complex with carbon capture and storage beneath a lake. (The Advocate)

COAL: Appalachian land restoration advocates lobby Congress to let states use abandoned mine land infrastructure funding to treat acid mine drainage. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

NUCLEAR: A Canadian company will acquire a Virginia property on the largest undeveloped uranium deposit in the country, leading experts to discuss the pros and cons of uranium mining. (Cardinal News)

RENEWABLES: Students from several Virginia schools build a holiday light display powered by solar panels and a 25-foot wind turbine. (Virginian-Pilot)

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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.