• Toyota announces the Camry, produced in a Kentucky factory and the best-selling car in the U.S., will only be available as a hybrid. (WDRB)
  • An auto parts maker connected to Toyota will build a third Georgia factory to make electrical converters for hybrid vehicles. (Associated Press)


WIND: Dominion Energy forges forward with its plans to develop an offshore wind industry hub in Virginia despite the cancellation of a major turbine factory. (Virginia Mercury)

COAL ASH: Georgia environmentalists want the U.S. EPA to intervene after state regulators approve Georgia Power’s plan to leave coal ash partially submerged in groundwater at a power plant. (Rome News-Tribune)


SOLAR: Two companies contract for the power produced by a 270 MW solar farm under construction in Texas. (PV Magazine)

STORAGE: Dominion Energy and a Virginia university partner to install a 1.5 MW metal-hydrogen battery as a back-up power source at a multi-purpose center. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL: An investigation finds federal officials severely underestimated the extent of black lung disease in Appalachia’s coal-producing regions, as well as the likely impact of a new regulation to limit miners’ exposure to silica dust. (NPR)



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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.