OIL & GAS: Federal officials announce they’ll spend $33 million on capping orphaned oil and gas wells in Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and other states, including 163 abandoned wells in Louisiana’s federal wildlife refuges. (E&E News, NOLA.com)

ELECTRICITY: Texas leads the nation with 21.974 GW in clean power installations in the first quarter of 2022, and a 998 MW wind farm in Oklahoma is the nation’s single largest project during that time. (S&P Global)

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• Electric vehicle makers increasingly invest in Southeast states and the U.S. generally to exert more control over their supply chains. (Marketplace)
• A North Carolina electric vehicle advocate pushes for more chargers in a formerly redlined area of Charlotte with a largely Black population, instead of just White, higher-income parts of the city. (WJZY)

• A Virginia university announces it will source 100% of its power needs from a 17 MW solar farm. (Cardinal News)
• A North Carolina electric cooperative begins use of a 500 kW solar array to power its headquarters. (Smoky Mountain News)
• Duke Energy begins operations at a 74.9 MW solar farm in Florida. (news release)
• A Tennessee solar company says it has revised contract wording that withheld payments to customers who shared negative reviews, following news reports and the launch of a state investigation. (WHAS)

STORAGE: An energy company begins operation of a 260 MW battery storage facility in Texas, making it the largest on the state grid. (Daily Energy Insider)

CLIMATE: Florida lawmakers pass legislation that includes more than $2 billion to shore up the insurance industry after companies cancel policies ahead of hurricane season due to increasingly severe weather and high payouts. (Florida Phoenix)

HYDROELECTRIC: The Tennessee Valley Authority completes a $326 million repair of a dam in northeastern Tennessee, restoring full hydro generation and lake levels. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

• A nonprofit grid watchdog warns that much of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana face a power capacity shortfall amid tight grid conditions around the country. (Fox Business)
• A company that makes electrical power infrastructure components announces it will invest $2.25 million to locate its headquarters in Kentucky. (Murray Ledger & Times)

PIPELINES: A natural gas company warns Texas residents they may hear the loud sound today of a routine release of pressure off a 9.5-mile pipeline. (KLTV)

COAL: A federal judge finds a coal company in contempt of court for failing to submit court-ordered cleanup plans at two southern West Virginia mine sites. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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ACTIVISM: Florida elected officials and environmental advocates gather for the first time since the pandemic for an annual rally that first began after a BP oil spill to raise awareness of clean energy and environmental issues. (Tampa Bay Newspapers)

COMMENTARY: Texas should look to solar and other renewables to secure its grid as the state’s population continues to grow and even boom in some places, writes an editorial board. (Tyler Morning Telegraph)

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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.