ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Georgia’s state House approves legislation designed to prepare the state for electric vehicles, establishing a tax on charging station use and that customers should pay by the kilowatt-hour. (Capital Beat)

• North Carolina officials lay out a state clean transportation plan that calls for transitioning to electric vehicles, reducing overall vehicle miles driven, and expanding charging infrastructure. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• EV sales have grown quietly but exponentially in Southwest Florida, where new showrooms and charging stations are in the works. (Gulf Shore Business)
• A Texas city will use a company’s software to predict where additional electric vehicle charging stations are most needed. (Government Technology)
• The maker of a two-seat, three-wheeled electric vehicle expands its sales to include North Carolina and South Carolina. (WRAL)

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• A Norwegian battery start-up company is accelerating its investment at a Georgia plant in response to Inflation Reduction Act tax credits. (Reuters)
• Oklahoma lawmakers are fast-tracking a $698 million economic incentive package to attract an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant. (Express Star)

• North Carolina and Denmark sign a memorandum of understanding to share information on offshore wind development and regulation. (News & Observer)
• A federal official says private developers’ focus on building transmission lines to serve single projects could slow offshore wind development. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: A Texas community celebrates a newly completed 250 MW solar farm that will provide lease payments to dozens of property owners and a windfall of tax revenue for local schools and government. (Waco Tribune) 

• Kentucky lawmakers advance a bill to slow coal-fired power plant retirements despite objections from the state’s major utilities. (S&P Global)
• Deutsche Bank says it won’t take on new clients that get more than 30% of revenue from coal and don’t have a “credible diversification plan.” (Reuters)
• A Georgia House bill seeks to align the state’s coal ash regulations with federal standards and prohibit storage in contact with groundwater. (GPB)

PIPELINES: A new federal study concludes again that the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s construction would not likely harm five threatened and endangered species in the project’s path. (Roanoke Times)

POLLUTION: Residents of a Northern Virginia county protest a proposed variance that would suspend air quality rules to allow data centers to operate diesel backup generators in the event of grid failures. (Inside Nova)

• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he wants to exclude renewable energy companies from an economic incentive bill being considered in the Legislature. (KXAN)
• Two Florida Republicans propose legislation barring local governments from establishing or enforcing restrictions on gas stoves. (Florida Politics)

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• Miami will host three major climate change events this weekend expected to draw hundreds of policymakers, celebrities and advocates. (Miami Herald)
• A Republican frontrunner for governor in Kentucky has a track record of undermining policies to combat climate change, which experts say could hurt the state’s long-term prosperity. (Louisville Public Media)

TRANSITION: A coalition looks to both preserve at-risk oil and gas jobs and attract new clean energy jobs to southeastern Louisiana. (WDSU)

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Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.