SOLAR: The largest solar manufacturer in the U.S. says it will build a new factory in the Southeast because of recently passed incentives in the climate spending package. (CNBC)

• Duke Energy completes the last of ten 74.9 MW solar projects in Florida, achieving its goal to provide 700 MW of solar power to customers there. (news release)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority allows the 153 municipalities and power cooperatives in its territory to generate up to 5% of their power from other suppliers in hopes of encouraging more utility-scale solar projects. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

• Hyundai stands to lose big from new rules that halt subsidies for electric vehicles made outside North America, even as it moves to build a factory in Georgia. (Reuters)
• California’s plan to prohibit sales of new gasoline-powered cars by 2030 helped spur Toyota’s plans to build an electric vehicle battery plant in North Carolina. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• The global shift to electric vehicles could ramp up lithium mining in North Carolina, spurring a debate over whether clean technology is truly clean for everyone. (Grist)

WIND: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt dismisses new federal green energy incentives as unnecessary, even though his wind energy-rich state stands to benefit. (Financial Times)

• A judge rules that Texas can’t prohibit Florida-based NextEra from building a transmission project linking to an external grid, potentially boosting MISO and Southwest Power Pool. (S&P Global)
• Entergy begins work on a $100 million transmission project in southwestern Louisiana. (news release)
• Dominion Energy proposes a new 500 kV transmission line to accommodate growing demand from northern Virginia data centers. (LoudounNow)

STORAGE: An energy startup announces it will locate a factory to build cobalt-free electric batteries in northern West Virginia. (Associated Press)

• Experts blame the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, on decades of under-investment and deferred maintenance, as well as climate change’s worsening effects. (Washington Post)
• Alabama receives $8.56 million in federal funds to repair roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Sally in 2020 and tornadoes that hit a year later. (Montgomery Advertiser)

POLITICS: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin moves forward with plans to withdraw Virginia from a regional carbon market, while activists work to stop him. (WDBJ, WMRA)

• Dominion Energy sells a West Virginia-based gas company to Hearthstone Utilities, which says it will add 100 jobs. (Morgantown News)
• A Tulane University professor predicts Louisiana will benefit from offshore wind and continued production of natural gas even as oil declines because of a shift from gasoline-powered to electric vehicles. (Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)

CARBON CAPTURE: An oil company and its subsidiary announce they’ll begin engineering and building a direct air capture plant in Texas to reduce emissions from their operations in the Permian Basin. (news release)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Residents of a small North Carolina town complain about round-the-clock noise produced by a cryptocurrency data center. (Washington Post)

UTILITIES: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board elects to keep base electric rates level and will also extend about $230 million of pandemic rate relief next year. (Chattanoogan, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

COMMENTARY: A Tennessee Valley Authority official complains a newspaper conflated the flow of electricity between neighboring electric utilities with sales, leading to “incorrect” and “irresponsible” conclusions that TVA had purchased power from MISO last summer. (Commercial Appeal)

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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.