OIL & GAS: The Gulf Coast’s hasty buildout of the gas export industry has fueled the U.S.’s rise to become the world’s top natural gas exporter but also exposed coastal residents to air pollution from flares and leaks. (Grist/The Lens)

ALSO: A company reports record-breaking volumes of gas transportation in the Permian Basin, suggesting the oil and gas industry will build out additional infrastructure to produce even more. (S&P Global)

• Workforce developers in Georgia and neighboring states prepare for more than 13,000 new jobs for Hyundai’s electric vehicle and EV battery manufacturing facility and related suppliers. (Savannah Morning News)
• A company announces plans to build a Texas manufacturing facility for electric vehicle chargers. (EV Report)

• Texas’ grid manager reports solar power is contributing nearly 20% of the state’s electricity and keeping the grid stable amid soaring summer power demand. (Dallas Morning News)
• Solar generation is becoming more popular in Texas, with residential solar growing by 43% from 2022 to 2023 and 29% for utilities and small facilities. (Bryan-College Station Eagle)

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers say they still expect to complete construction of the embattled project by the end of the year. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Filings show Dominion Energy plans to launch a program mandated by Virginia lawmakers to cap electric bills for eligible low-income customers. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

• Texas officials express concern about recently discovered Chinese malware and its potential to disrupt the power grid. (KTBC)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority announces it will invest $2.8 billion in its transmission system, including a new switching station and power lines in Kentucky. (WVLT, Eagle Post)

EMISSIONS: Florida regulators worry the U.S. EPA’s proposal to more tightly regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could drive up power bills and hurt grid reliability. (WUSF)

COAL: Retired coal miners and their labor union complain to a court that five of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies have depleted an escrow account to cover prescription drugs and aren’t communicating about how they’ll fix it. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: An Arkansas lawmaker calls for a special legislative session to address crypto-mining and has drafted bills to set noise limits and address power grid concerns. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

BIOGAS: A North Carolina company announces it’s begun operations at a South Carolina plant to collect landfill gas and develop it into renewable natural gas. (Bioenergy Insight)

CLIMATE: Experts detect the first U.S. cases of malaria in 20 years in Florida and Texas, with some analysts worry this may be a “canary in the coal mine” moment for how climate change is altering how the disease spreads. (Inside Climate News) 

COMMENTARY:  Remembrances of West Virginia’s 1972 Buffalo Creek coal slurry spill were carried out with no criticism of the coal industry or the company responsible for the disaster, writes the author of a related historical novel. (Floyd County Chronicle & Times)

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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.