CLIMATE: Eastern Kentucky families face the prospect of a winter without stable housing after their homes were destroyed in July flooding. (Ohio Valley ReSource, BBC)

ALSO: Pandemic complications and related labor shortages have left some North Carolina residents without permanent housing nearly six years after they were displaced by Hurricane Matthew. (Associated Press)

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WIND: Virginia regulators extend the response period for their reconsideration of a performance guarantee on Dominion Energy’s proposed offshore wind project, which the utility says might scuttle the entire project. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL:
• Federal inspectors recommend the Tennessee Valley Authority address coal dust, flue gas and staffing at a Tennessee coal-fired power plant if the utility wants to continue operating the plant until its scheduled retirement next year. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Virginia scientists study ways to extract rare earth elements from tailings and acid mine drainage left over from coal mining operations. (Cardinal News)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal regulators grant a 40-year license extension for a South Carolina factory that’s one of only three facilities in the country that makes fuel for nuclear plants. (Associated Press)
• Federal regulators announce extra inspections of a Louisiana nuclear power plant after learning an offsite radiation monitor was miscalibrated for more than a decade. (Associated Press) 

SOLAR:
• Arkansas professors announce a tool for state poultry growers to determine whether producing solar power makes sense for their farms. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• A solar developer considers commercial-scale solar development on abandoned mine land at four Virginia sites. (Coalfield Progress, subscription)
• A Virginia county considers a draft ordinance to guide large-scale solar energy development. (Martinsville Bulletin)
• A solar-powered aerospace titanium manufacturing facility will locate in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, subscription)

POLITICS: Progressive Democrats look to derail plans to attach permitting reform legislation for energy projects such as the Mountain Valley Pipeline to a stopgap spending bill. (E&E News)

COAL ASH: North Carolina residents see elevated thyroid cancer rates in a community where coal ash is stored at a Duke Energy coal and natural gas plant. (Daily Tar Heel)

GRID: Texas regulators tell state lawmakers grid reforms are working to ensure reliability, but they’re already starting to hear blowback from constituents about the costs of new winterization rules. (KTBC)

UTILITIES: A bankruptcy judge allows Texas’ largest power cooperative to begin soliciting votes on a bankruptcy restructuring proposal that includes a $1.4 billion payment to end a dispute over price spikes stemming from last year’s winter storm. (Reuters)

EMISSIONS: A North Carolina health care system announces plans to cut more than a third of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by mid-century. (Winston-Salem Journal)

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DATA CENTERS: Residents in Northern Virginia neighborhoods next to a growing number of data centers complain about the noise from constantly whirring fans needed to cool the centers. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Two environmental activists decry plans to ship crude oil by rail from Utah to Texas, adding as much carbon pollution to the region as a new refinery. (Beaumont Enterprise)

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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.