PIPELINES: Construction on the long-stalled Mountain Valley Pipeline remains in a stalemate across courtrooms, boardrooms, regulatory agencies and Congress, although an expert sees a narrow path that could quickly end the legal fight and allow completion this year. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• A West Virginia Congress member adds an amendment to Republican House energy legislation to force completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
• A Georgia equine therapy business worries it will be forced to close because it’s in the path of a planned 29-mile natural gas pipeline. (WSB-TV)


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CLIMATE: Voters in El Paso, Texas, consider amending the city charter to set aggressive renewable energy goals and prioritize controlling carbon emissions in a testing ground for climate activists’ use of local initiatives. (Texas Tribune)

SOLAR:
• North Carolina solar advocates worry Duke Energy’s plan to add a new monthly fee and reduce rates for net-metering will slow the transition to renewables. (WFAE)
• A Virginia planning commission delays its vote on an 8 MW solar farm to allow the developer more time to work with neighbors. (Virginian-Pilot)
• A planned Kentucky solar farm could be delayed as a county considers a one-year moratorium on ground-mounted solar projects. (News-Enterprise)
• A North Carolina county votes to rezone 1,000 acres for a solar farm. (WNCT)
• A sheriff’s office investigates vandalism at an Arkansas solar farm where 162 panels were destroyed. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Georgia lawmakers pass legislation to regulate electric vehicle chargers, allow businesses to charge for electricity by the kilowatt hour, and tax the power at public charging stations for road construction. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

GRID:
• Kentucky adopts a new law, effective immediately, that prohibits utilities from retiring fossil fuel plants until they can prove to state regulators that grid reliability won’t be affected. (WKYU)
• Texas lawmakers are deliberately choosing fossil fuels over renewables as they try to shore up the power grid, proposing billions in public spending on new gas plants but trying to limit growth and drive up costs for wind and solar. (Dallas Morning News)

OIL & GAS:
• A report documents the heavy use of PFAS in Texas oil and gas drilling and calls for more restriction of the “forever chemicals.” (Floodlight/Grist)
• Oil and gas companies worry they won’t be able to find enough workers to staff the massive buildout of liquified natural gas terminals expected in Louisiana and Texas. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• West Virginia regulators order an audit of lobbying expenses by FirstEnergy’s subsidiaries because of their connections to the Ohio bribery scandal. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• An Austin official warns Texas legislation to prevent the transfer of utility revenue to cities’ general funds could result in a tax increase. (Austin Monitor)

POLITICS: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin unsuccessfully tried to win a lithium plant for an industrial park where he’d previously ruled out a Ford battery plant because of its connection to a Chinese company. (Cardinal News)

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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.