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CLEAN ENERGY: Long known as the oil capital of the U.S., Texas has become the top producer of renewable energy in the U.S., ranking as the top wind power generator and second only to California for solar. (Business Insider)

ALSO: Amazon announces plans to develop a 100 MW solar farm and two wind farms in Oklahoma, collectively totaling 618 MW. (KOSU)


SOLAR: A wave of door-to-door solar “sales bros” emanating partly from Florida, with little actual knowledge of the technology and a tendency to lie to close sales, could threaten consumer confidence in the clean energy transition. (Time)



CARBON CAPTURE: Louisiana regulators discuss a large planned carbon-capture facility that aims to remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere using chemical reactions. (KPLC)


WIND: A lackluster August auction of wind energy leases in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted some companies to ease off their plans to enter the market. (Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)

STORAGE: A Canadian lithium company announces a 96.1% recovery rate over two months at its Arkansas demonstration plant. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)


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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.