HURRICANE IAN: Hurricane Ian intensifies into a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and is expected to make landfall on Florida tonight, driving intense preparations and evacuations. (New York Times, Tampa Bay Times)
• Ahead of its arrival, Hurricane Ian has brought strong winds and offshoot tornados which have led to power outages for 8,000 people in Florida. (Florida Politics)
• Florida’s 55 electric utilities brace for Hurricane Ian after it knocks out power in Cuba, with 22,000 workers from Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light set to respond to anticipated outages. (S&P Global, New York Times, WOFL)
• As Hurricane Ian’s path shifts and the threat of storm surge to Tampa diminishes, Tampa Electric Co. reverses its earlier plans to shut down power in the city. (Tampa Bay Times)
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WIND: Dominion Energy is in a standoff with Virginia regulators who want to apply a performance guarantee to protect ratepayers if the utility’s $9.8 billion offshore wind farm falls short of expectations, with clean energy advocates largely backing the additional consumer protections. (Energy News Network)
• U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin agrees to remove his permitting reform legislation from a congressional spending measure for lack of support, triggering relief from U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and anti-Mountain Valley Pipeline activists. (Associated Press, Virginia Mercury)
• A longtime West Virginia journalist explains U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s commitment to the Mountain Valley Pipeline comes as the state’s energy economy is transitioning largely from coal to natural gas. (Grid)
• A rural Virginia county board unanimously approves an ordinance detailing the process to approve large scale solar energy facilities. (Martinsville Bulletin)
• An Arkansas bank breaks ground on a planned 219 kW solar array that will cover 79% of its electricity usage at five branches. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• As Ford gears up to build two electric vehicle batteries in Kentucky, it’s also expanding its existing truck plant near Louisville. (Associated Press)
• Texas will use up to $408 million in federal funding to build its electric vehicle charging network, beginning with 50 locations along interstates in its first year. (Texas Tribune)
GRID: Hundreds of thousands in Puerto Rico still don’t have power nine days after Hurricane Fiona knocked out the island’s power grid. (NPR)
CARBON CAPTURE: A Louisiana parish board approves a year-long moratorium on injection wells used in carbon capture to allow for more time to study the technology’s effects. (The Advocate)
NUCLEAR: Tennessee officials commit to partnering with the U.S. EPA to clean up a former nuclear site formerly occupied by a company that was repeatedly cited for not properly handling radioactive materials. (Oak Ridger)
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MINERALS: A North Carolina critical minerals company announces it will build a recycled titanium manufacturing site in Virginia. (Cardinal News)
• Appalachian advocacy groups herald U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s removal of language to force completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline from a congressional spending bill. (POWHR, Appalachian Voices)
• An environmental group recommends North Carolina join a regional carbon market to maximize benefits from decarbonizing its electric sector. (Environmental Defense Fund)
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