SOLAR: Qualified elderly, low-income households in Virginia are receiving free weatherization and solar installations through a Dominion Energy pilot program that grew out of Republican-sponsored 2019 legislation. (Energy News Network)



COAL: South Carolina regulators fine the state-owned power utility for repeatedly spewing harmful air pollution from an aging coal-fired power plant on the coast. (The State)

EFFICIENCY: Virginia officials say residents in a key county are underutilizing publicly-funded weatherization and electric vehicle incentives to reduce emissions and lower their bills. (Tysons Reporter)

GRID: The head of a South Carolina electric cooperative warns Congress members the state’s surging population is outpacing the power grid’s capacity and will likely lead to more outages. (WYFF)

HYDROGEN: Florida Power & Light launches a pilot project to use water and solar power to create “green” hydrogen that will then be blended with natural gas to generate electricity. (WLRN)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The United Auto Workers expands its strike to Ford’s largest and most profitable U.S. factory in Kentucky, which is also home to two planned electric vehicle battery plants that are part of the automaker’s shift to EVs. (Detroit News)

FINANCE: Oklahoma lawmakers rethink a 2022 law requiring the state treasurer divest from “financial companies that boycott energy companies” because of concerns state entities are losing money. (Tulsa World)


UTILITIES: The Tennessee Valley Authority and Memphis, Tennessee’s municipal authority hand out nearly a half-million dollars in bill assistance after meter issues caused customers to receive multiple delayed bills in short order. (Commercial Appeal)


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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.