GRID: The late arrival of Hurricane Nicole this month following Hurricane Ian tested Florida’s changing grid as a model for other coastal communities as climate change makes hurricanes bigger and stronger. (E&E News)

STORAGE: A Norwegian company announces it will build a $2.6 billion electric battery factory in Georgia. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: The U.S. EPA issues 11 Clean Air Act and state environmental law-based violations against a large Louisiana iron plant as it investigates state regulators over allegations they discriminate against Black residents already facing poor air quality. (The Advocate)

SOLAR:
• Arkansas regulators approve a 250 MW Entergy solar plant on roughly 2,100 acres. (news release)
• A Virginia county considers permitting a 71 MW solar farm and substation. (Smithfield Times)
• A Virginia county board delays a vote on a 160-acre solar farm until a newly elected member can be seated. (Roanoke Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A North Carolina vehicle-sharing partnership will provide access to electric vehicles for residents and staff at affordable housing communities in Charlotte. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• A North Carolina city proposes purchasing eight hybrids and cutting back its planned purchase of dozens of gas-powered pickups after being criticized for buying traditional SUVs for its police department. (Winston-Salem Journal)

MINING: North Carolina residents push back against a large open-pit lithium mine proposed near Charlotte, illustrating the trade-offs needed to expand the electric vehicle industry. (WFAE)

HYDROGEN: The Tennessee Valley Authority partners with four utilities and a private company to seek federal funding for a proposed Southeast hydrogen hub. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

OVERSIGHT: A commission concludes Texas’ environmental regulatory agency is too “reluctant” to regulate industry and recommends state lawmakers  require it to focus enforcement on repeat violators and big offenders. (Texas Tribune)

UTILITIES: Memphis’ public utility company delays a vote to enter a “never-ending” contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority after environmental groups and community activists speak out against the decision. (Tennessee Lookout)

COAL: U.S. regulators project a quarter of all coal-fired capacity will be retired by 2029, with Texas and Tennessee among four states home to 42% of retirements. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: Texas’ water capacity ticks up slightly but is down 15.5% from a year ago, and some reservoirs have dwindled to puddles, demonstrating the effects of a regional drought. (KXAN)

POLLUTION:
• Memphis, Tennessee, residents press state and federal officials to carefully review a permit that allows storage, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste by a longtime pesticide maker. (Tennessee Lookout)
• A company that specializes in water quality is named as the source of a “forever chemical” that contaminated a Virginia city’s drinking water supply. (Roanoke Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The federal government should follow West Virginia’s lead in streamlining regulations to allow more nuclear power development, writes a policy manager for a conservative Alaska think tank. (Roanoke Times)
• North Carolina should restrict the size of electric vehicles made by a company receiving $1.2 billion in state incentives to build a factory, writes a columnist at a college newspaper. (Daily Tar Heel)
• The head of a retail energy trade group calls for Virginia to loosen the grip of Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power to open up the state’s energy market. (Virginian-Pilot, subscription)

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Mason Adams

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.