OIL & GAS: A Georgia community questions the safety of a nearby liquified natural gas terminal amid a ramp-up in exports and leaks and fires at terminals elsewhere. (The Current)

• A fire and subsequent closure of a Texas natural gas export facility continues to reverberate across the globe because of high demand and the fuel’s pivotal role in shaping geopolitics. (Bloomberg)
• A new study finds Georgia has seen 59 large gas leaks since 2010, resulting in at least two deaths and more than $30 million in damages. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, subscription)
• The number of petroleum engineering students drops 83% from 2017, largely due to concern over the future of fossil fuels. (Bloomberg)

• Demand for electricity on the Texas power grid hit an all-time high Tuesday, surpassing officials’ projected peak for the season a month ahead of expectations. (Austin American-Statesman)
June’s heat wave taxed the power grid in North Carolina and South Carolina like never before, offering a likely preview of the future as climate change produces hotter weather. (Winston-Salem Journal)

• Electric vehicle maker Canoo says construction of its Oklahoma factory is running behind schedule. (KNWA)
• An appliance maker announces it will deploy a fleet of electric freight vehicles between its warehouses and manufacturing facilities across the Southeast. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

• A Louisiana parish council approves a study of solar farms’ effects as local officials develop an ordinance, but declines to place a moratorium on new projects in the meantime. (The Advocate)
• A Virginia clean energy nonprofit partners with a local government to help consumers research and install rooftop solar panels. (VPM)

COAL: Officials say the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision limiting the EPA’s ability to regulate power plant emissions won’t change a Texas municipal utility’s plans to close its coal plant or reduce carbon emissions. (San Antonio Report)

WIND: A southern Virginia college develops the state’s first wind technician training program certified by an international organization. (Cardinal News)

UTILITIES: Georgia Power files a plan with state regulators to set rates, invest nearly $7 billion in transmission and distribution improvements, and deploy more solar, wind, hydro, and energy storage resources. (Daily Energy Insider)  

• A new study finds the heavily industrialized stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans accounts for more than half of Louisiana’s greenhouse gas emissions some years. (WWNO)
• Florida lawmakers and advocacy organizations condemn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to limit the EPA’s power to regulate carbon emissions, saying the state is disproportionately affected by extreme weather resulting from climate change. (Florida Phoenix)

HYDROPOWER: Eastern Tennessee researchers consider retrofitting thousands of dams that could generate up to 12 GW of power. (CleanTechnica)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Crypto-mining firms increasingly eye flared natural gas in Texas as an opportunity to power their operations. (Texas Standard)

DECARBONIZATION: A North Carolina researcher studies how to grow microalgae that produces an ingredient to aid in reducing cement’s carbon footprint. (Coastal Review)

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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.