ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As the United Auto Workers strike expands, the union’s deal with Mack Trucks, which doesn’t cover a non-unionized electric truck plant in Virginia, shows how automakers could move more jobs to electric vehicle factories in Southeastern states with “right to work” laws. (Winston-Salem Journal)


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EMISSIONS: Virginia begins to craft plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after the U.S. EPA awards $6 million to the state, three regional planning organizations and the Monacan Indian Nation. (Virginia Mercury)

SOLAR: A nonprofit financial institution launches a program that offers solar panel leases with no up-front cost to low- and moderate-income Georgia homeowners. (Georgia Current)

COAL: A federal judge declines to dismiss conservationists’ lawsuit against Alabama Power’s plan to store coal ash near a waterway. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

OIL & GAS: A Florida county launches a website to provide updates about a proposed fossil and bio-fuel terminal. (Spectrum News)

POLITICS: Climate change has gone largely unacknowledged in the Kentucky governor’s race as Democratic incumbent Gov. Andy Beshear largely avoids mention of fossil fuels as he walks a tightrope in the coal-heavy state. (Louisville Courier Journal)


  • Mississippi regulators press Entergy to bring back local call centers after residents complained about not receiving useful phone assistance during outages over the summer. (WAPT)
  • Kentucky officials laud Kentucky Power for upgrading electrical infrastructure at a 1,400-acre “mega site” the state is shopping to companies in different industries. (Lexington Herald-Leader)


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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.