EFFICIENCY: Usually critical North Carolina clean energy advocates praise Duke Energy for a recently finalized program that will allow homeowners and renters to reimburse the utility over time for more efficient heat pumps, water heaters, and other home upgrades. (Energy News Network)


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POLLUTION: The U.S. EPA continues to dismiss calls to relocate residents from a West Virginia town with high cancer rates where electrical transformers with cancer-causing chemicals were stored. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL & GAS: Work has begun to cap abandoned oil and gas wells at a national wildlife refuge and other federal property in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL ASH: An environmental group’s new list of power plants that store coal ash in surface lagoons includes two facilities in northern Georgia. (Rome News-Tribune)

HYDROGEN: West Virginia and partners in the Appalachian region pursue federal funding for a hydrogen hub despite unanswered questions about its environmental and economic impacts. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla fans believe the company is close to finally launching sales of its Cybertruck built at its Texas factory. (TheStreet)

POLITICS: Elected leaders and reporters question liabilities listed on coal magnate and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s campaign finance forms. (WV Metro News)


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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.