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SOLAR: Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators for approval to procure 1,300 MW of new solar capacity in the state and South Carolina. (Daily Energy Insider)

ALSO: A renewables company announces it has secured three utility-scale solar projects in Louisiana and Mississippi totalling 390 MW. (news release)

OIL & GAS: An oil company wants to sell credits in California’s transportation carbon market to finance construction of a Texas carbon-capture plant, which will pump carbon into aging oil fields to squeeze out more petroleum. (Inside Climate News)

BIOGAS: A North Carolina renewables company tinkers with a method to process hog waste into biogas and other products while transforming industrialized hog operations to benefit nearby, largely minority neighborhoods. (N.C. Policy Watch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The Piedmont North Carolina region aims to build on the recent announcements of a Vietnamese electric vehicle maker and Toyota EV battery factory to attract more economic development. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• Automaker DeLorean teases an image of its new electric vehicle that will be made at a factory in San Antonio, Texas. (Laredo Morning Times)

NUCLEAR:
• A nuclear fuel company announces it will open a reactor fuel fabrication facility in eastern Tennessee. (Oak Ridger)
• A Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plant in Alabama is operating again after a weekend fire. (WAFF)

HYDROGEN: The U.S. Department of Energy funds a project to explore converting an Alabama natural gas plant to produce, store and run on hydrogen. (Utility Dive)

EMISSIONS: A North Carolina steel company with a history of past violations seeks an air quality permit from West Virginia regulators for a planned sheet steel mill. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, subscription)

BIOMASS:
• An industrial wood pellet manufacturer announces plans to open a plant in Mississippi as part of its plan to double production over the next five years. (Mississippi Today)
• A biomass company opens a new wood pellet plant in Alabama. (Biomass Magazine)

UTILITIES: A  Florida Panhandle city council unanimously votes to send a letter to state regulators voicing concern over Florida Power & Light’s rising power bills, while two nearby counties in western Florida make moves to follow suit. (Pensacola News Journal, WFOR, NorthEscambia.com)

CLIMATE:
• A Virginia city hires an energy auditing firm to review its 40 buildings, including city schools, for energy efficiency and opportunities to add renewable energy systems. (Daily Progress)
• The question of energy use and its resulting carbon footprint complicates efforts to push indoor agriculture as a climate solution and job creator in Appalachian Kentucky. (Civil Eats)

COMMENTARY:
• A recently passed Florida bill to restrict net-metering would reinforce the state’s dependence on imported natural gas, writes the head of a conservative clean energy group. (The Invading Sea)
• Georgia regulators should press Georgia Power to take more aggressive action to meet emission reduction targets, writes a climate activist. (Georgia Recorder)

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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.