UTILITIES: A coalition of local governments has pushed Georgia Power to include more renewables and efficiency measures in its long-term energy plan, which state regulators are scheduled to vote on today. (Decaturish)

• Memphis, Tennessee’s municipal utility will delay a recommendation on whether to break with the Tennessee Valley Authority and buy electricity from other sources until early September. (Commercial Appeal)
• Florida Power & Light argues back against legal challenges to a settlement that increased its electric rates. (WFOR)

• The president of a Virginia advocacy group discusses the ecological advantages of setting policy goals that stabilize consumption and population to protect the environment and stabilize the climate. (Energy News Network)
• North Carolina’s fishing industry tries to adapt to climate change as extreme weather damages coastal access points and warming seas shift fish populations. (Carolina Public Press)
• As a heat wave blankets Texas, more than 150,000 people share a viral Facebook post falsely claiming that shading one’s air conditioner increases its performance. (Texas Monthly)

CLEAN ENERGY: North Carolina and the United Kingdom sign a deal to expand economic ties and accelerate clean energy technology while working to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Coastal Review, Associated Press)

• Florida ranks second nationally for registered electric vehicles, but advocates hope the placement of more chargers will boost adoption even more. (WLRN)
• North Carolina lawmakers reduce the job creation requirement that Toyota must meet to receive the full amount of state incentives at its planned electric vehicle battery plant, from 5,000 employees to 4,500. (Winston-Salem Journal)

• An environmental group files notice to sue Alabama Power over its plans to leave more than 21 million tons of coal ash buried in unlined lagoons. (AL.com)
• A federal judge orders a Kentucky coal company to pay $1,000 a day for a 51-day period until it files a plan showing how it will address pollution at two West Virginia coal mine sites. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, subscription; Associated Press)
• Dominion Energy will implode a power station boiler and smokestack at a shuttered Virginia coal-fired plant today. (South Boston News & Record)

• Oil and gas companies eye new liquified natural gas export terminals on the Gulf Coast and pipelines in the Permian Basin amid rising demand in European and Asian markets. (Reuters)
• Four members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation press federal regulators to approve the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s request for a four-year construction extension. (WV Metro News)
• A Kentucky county will receive federal funding to build a natural gas pipeline. (WYMT)

• A Louisiana family complains it’s receiving Entergy power bills even after its lines were disconnected just after Hurricane Ida. (WVUE)
• An Arkansas utility asks its customers to conserve power and water due to high temperatures and low rainfall. (KARK)

STORAGE: A battery company partners with the Georgia National Guard to hire more military veterans at its Georgia factory. (Capitol Beat News Service)

TRANSITION: A developer unveils plans to develop a resort on two former Appalachian Power parcels in Virginia that were recently sold at auction. (Franklin News-Post)

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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.