SOLAR: Georgia Power struggles to keep up with large companies’ demand for solar energy, leading companies like social media giant Meta and electric vehicle maker Rivan to source power from a cooperative. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ALSO:
• A company withdraws plans to build a 60 MW solar farm in Kentucky after its application to connect to the regional grid is delayed 18 times. (Paducah Sun)
• Danish developer Ørsted prepares to break ground on a 471 MW solar farm in Texas. (PV Magazine)
• Two West Virginia utilities sign a deal to supply a town with renewable energy, advancing their plans to build five solar farms totaling 50 MW. (news release)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Virginia Senate Democrats defeat a Republican attempt to repeal the state’s adoption of California’s Clean Car standards, which set strict vehicle emissions limits and mandate that all new vehicles sold be zero-emission beginning in 2035. (Virginia Mercury)
• Virginia Democrats blast Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s decision to withdraw the state from consideration for a Ford electric vehicle battery plant because of the involvement of a Chinese company. (Virginia Business)

GRID:
• A North Carolina electrical substation is damaged by gunfire after similar incidents last month, but no power outages result this time. (Associated Press)
• Puerto Rican officials move to privatize power generation, prompting questions and criticism that the change will do little to improve reliability while further delaying transition to renewables. (NBC News)
• North Texas residents fight a company’s plan to build a 20-mile transmission line because it would displace a dozen people, affect the tree canopy and impact commercial development. (KDFW)
• In his third inaugural address, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touts reforms to the state power grid but says there’s more work yet to do. (San Antonio Report)

WIND: Wind farms have become an iconic part of Texas’ landscape, with more than 17,000 turbines producing more wind power than all but three countries in the world. (Texas Monthly)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. officials forecast oil output in the Permian Basin will grow to record levels in February, fueling record production across the U.S. (Reuters)
• Texas oil and gas industry officials predict a leveling off of production in the Permian Basin this year but otherwise expect high growth through 2040. (KWES)

NUCLEAR: Federal officials find equipment at an Entergy nuclear power plant in Louisiana was improperly calibrated, potentially low-balling the public health threat of radioactive gases had there been an accident last year. (The Advocate)

BUILDINGS: A developer breaks ground on a building with multi-family housing and retail that will be the first net zero energy facility in Huntsville, Alabama. (AL.com)

COAL: West Virginia lawmakers advance bills to adjust coal property tax valuation and to reboot a state economic development office to better support the coal industry. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OVERSIGHT:
• Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders appoints a former chair of the state Republican Party to lead the powerful state board that regulates power and gas utilities. (Arkansas Times)
West Virginia’s environmental regulation agency reveals during a budget presentation that more than 15% of its positions are unfilled. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

CLIMATE: Officials find climate change increases the risk of sickness and death for people with diabetes, disproportionately affecting Florida because of its high rate of people with diabetes. (Miami Herald)

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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.