CARBON CAPTURE: ExxonMobil partners with two other energy companies to build a massive Louisiana carbon capture project to move 2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and fuel production of “blue” ammonia. (The Advocate, Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Recent disasters and studies show communities that have developed solar energy resources are more resilient against extreme weather events that knock out power. (Slate)
• A new report finds North Carolina produces 56 times more solar energy than in 2012 and now ranks fourth in the nation, although the industry has suffered recent setbacks. (WRAL, Fayetteville Observer)

FINANCE: BlackRock’s CEO insists the firm still invests billions in oil and gas companies after Louisiana seeks to divest $800 million and other states lash out over its “climate agenda.” (Bloomberg)

GRID:
• A company that makes equipment for utility and renewable energy markets will expand its Virginia manufacturing facility to make larger power transformers that operate at higher voltages. (Virginia Business)
• Duke Energy and an electric cooperative restore power to a Florida island for the first time since Hurricane Ian, although some residents are still without power. (WBBH)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• An electric vehicle maker that’s moving to Arkansas receives an order for 5,450 vehicles from a national fleet leasing company. (KFSM)
• Nissan announces it’s produced 5 million vehicles at a Mississippi plant, which a company official says “paves the path for electric vehicle production.” (Madison County Journal)

COAL: The U.S. Labor Department launches a campaign to raise awareness of a federal regulation that gives coal miners with black lung disease the right to be reassigned to a healthier part of the mine without retaliation or a pay cut. (Spectrum News)

CLIMATE: Hurricane Ian’s widespread damage illustrates the limits of the insurance industry’s ability to respond to increasingly extreme weather events driven by climate change. (New Republic)

UTILITIES:
• Climate advocates complain North Carolina regulators aren’t doing enough to shape Duke Energy’s state-required carbon reduction plan. (Public Radio East)
• Duke Energy Florida, municipal utilities in Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida, and an electric cooperative officially join the Southeast Energy Exchange Market, with trading expected to begin in 2023. (news release) 

EMISSIONS: A coalition of metro-area Washington, D.C., governments that includes nine Virginia localities announces it has met its 2020 goal of reducing net carbon emissions by 20% from 2005 levels. (Virginia Mercury)

NUCLEAR: An energy company and its subsidiary announce they’ll build an advanced nuclear fuel facility in eastern Tennessee. (Knoxville News & Sentinel)

POLITICS:
• Texas candidates compete for a relatively unknown state regulatory post that includes overseeing disaster recovery and oil and gas leases on state-owned land. (Houston Chronicle)
• Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke argue over escalating costs and reform to the Texas power grid after Winter Storm Uri, with experts finding elements of truth in both arguments. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: A policy fellow for a libertarian group complains U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s failed regulatory reform bill is a “swag bag of low-value procedural changes” that wouldn’t have saved even the Mountain Valley Pipeline without its explicit authorization of the project. (The Hill)

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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.