COAL: Federal officials propose a new rule to limit coal miners’ exposure to silica, a dust linked to the recent surge in severe black lung disease cases. (NPR)

• West Virginia residents sue the second largest U.S. coal mine operator because they say its mining practices are releasing methane that’s damaged their homes and property. (Inside Climate News)
• Kentucky pays out more than $74 million to 29 counties in coal severance revenue. (WCHS)
• An investigation finds a miner’s death at a West Virginia coal mine with a long history of safety violations occurred after he was pinned beneath a vehicle. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OVERSIGHT: Public utility commissioners who decide whether states get their power from renewables and fossil fuels and make rate decisions are overwhelmingly White and male, and few have environmental backgrounds, a pair of studies find. (Energy News Network)

• U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm warns that electing Republicans could lead to a reversal in Georgia’s clean energy construction boom if they roll back federal incentives for solar panel and electric vehicle makers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Utility Dive)
• Virginia is among the states that could see huge job gains if a regional grid organization moves to accelerate its processing of more than 250 GW of energy projects in queue — most of them for renewable or battery storage projects. (Inside Climate News)

SOLAR: A Virginia county board considers a 135 MW solar farm and new commercial solar rules that developers warn could “make solar illegal” in much of the county. (Daily Progress)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle maker Rivian sees an uptick in production and delivery numbers for the second quarter of 2023 as it moves to build a factory in Georgia. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Federal regulators release an environmental document as a step toward approval of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to build 32 miles of pipeline to supply a natural gas plant that would replace a Tennessee coal-fired power plant. (E&E News, subscription)

• Elected North Carolina officials take sides on the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s Southgate extension amid the developer’s request for an extension on the project. (News & Observer)
• Environmental groups continue to sue to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline even after Congress included its forced completion in a deal to raise the debt limit. (Augusta Free Press)

GRID: State regulators threaten Kentucky Power with fines for not doing enough to shore up power supplies ahead of a winter storm-related shortfall late last year. (Kentucky Lantern)

CARBON CAPTURE: A company plans to convert some of its 4,000 miles of natural gas pipelines in Louisiana for carbon capture despite a lack of federal rules and safety standards. (Inside Climate News)

• Shifts in natural gas and short-term commercial paper markets led Dominion Energy to borrow $1.74 billion from its parent company, triggering a request to Virginia regulators to allow it to spread out its fuel costs over several years. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• West Virginia regulators approve a request from Appalachian Power to receive up to $500 million through 2024 from its parent company, American Electric Power. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A new law changing how Virginia regulators set rates for Dominion Energy takes effect. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Dominion Energy expands a program to charge customers more for using electricity during times of high demand while offering lower rates during “off-peak” hours. (WRIC)

• The head of an energy company argues oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico should be protected as a global energy source with a shrinking carbon footprint. (The Advocate)
• Two members of a conservative conservation group hail Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee for taking action to attract nuclear energy development. (Tennessean)

More from the Energy News Network: Midwest | Southeast | Northeast | West

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.