OFFSHORE WIND: The Interior Department approves Dominion Energy’s proposed 2.6 GW wind farm off the Virginia coast, which the utility’s CEO calls a “monumental achievement” for the company. (E&E News)

ALSO: The announcement comes as Ørsted pulls out of two offshore wind projects in New Jersey citing cost increases, underscoring the ongoing supply chain issues facing the industry. (Associated Press)




  • In a recently unsealed whistleblower lawsuit, a former Southern Company employee claims the company and its subsidiary, Mississippi Power, defrauded the federal government in its failed effort to build a $7.5 billion coal plant. (Associated Press)
  • Advocates say Alabama Power is exaggerating the costs of relocating 100 million tons of coal ash to comply with EPA groundwater rules. (

OIL & GAS: ExxonMobil has offered few details on its two-year-old plastic recycling facility in Houston, including how much winds up being turned into transportation fuels. (Inside Climate News)

GRID: Texas voters next week will decide on a ballot measure that provides $5 billion for new power plants, specifically excluding renewable energy and battery storage. (Texas Tribune)

PIPELINES: Equitrans says it still expects the Mountain Valley Pipeline to be completed early next year, at a cost more than double what it originally estimated. (Seeking Alpha)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy’s industrial customers ask regulators to halt a program that would bill them $1.70 a month to help fund bill relief for low-income households. (WFAE)

WASTE TO ENERGY: Tampa officials seek to use Inflation Reduction Act funds to expand a waste-to-energy plant as residents escalate concerns about health risks. (NBC News)

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Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.