OIL & GAS: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the federal climate package he agreed to includes changing the federal permitting process for energy projects and steps to allow the Mountain Valley Pipeline to complete work. (WV Metro News, New York Times)

• Senate Democrats’ climate package would require federal officials to reinstate a Gulf of Mexico lease sale that was blocked this year by a federal judge. (E&E News)
• West Virginia regulators hold a public hearing on Dominion Energy’s plan to sell a natural gas company to an Illinois-based gas and water supplier. (Exponent Telegram)

• Texas’ grid operator projects power demand will again break records this week, but says it has enough resources to meet that demand. (Reuters)
• Regional grid officials show West Virginia lawmakers how much more the state relies on coal than other grid members, but also acknowledge a backlog of solar projects to come. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, subscription)

NUCLEAR: Arkansas regulators reject a $142 million settlement with Entergy over cost overruns at a Mississippi nuclear plant because it does not include cash refunds for customers. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

• After Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear questions why the state keeps getting flooded, Twitter users and four academic experts provide a succinct answer: worsening climate change. (Inside Climate News)
• A 30-year-old coal miner trying to get home to his wife and 10-week-old son was among those who died in Kentucky’s floods last week, while another miner and his wife waded through water to save five children and two mothers stuck on a roof. (Lexington Herald-Leader, CNN)
• During a visit to Miami, Vice President Kamala Harris announces more than $1 billion in federal grants to help communities prepare for and respond to climate-related disasters. (Associated Press)
• Sarasota, Florida, saw a 50% increase in the number of 90-degree days between 1996 and 2019, which were often intensified because of heat islands. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tennessee awards $5.2 million in grants to install 32 electric vehicle fast chargers at 13 sites along major highways. (Associated Press)

• Mississippi officials announce 421,000 Entergy customers in the state can receive an $80 refund after a $300 million settlement. (news release)
Duke Energy names a new chief financial officer and new chief commercial officer. (news release)

STORAGE: A company will build a Kentucky factory to make advanced, sustainable battery materials from recycled lithium-ion batteries. (Associated Press, WPSD)

An Arkansas pastor calls on churches to commit to conduct energy audits and then reach zero carbon by 2030. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• A novelist notes that many Americans haven’t noticed widespread flooding in Appalachia because society’s lost connection to nature makes it easy to ignore climate change’s effects on rural areas. (The Atlantic)
• North Carolina’s climate-change deniers owe an apology to the millions of Americans affected by extreme weather and massive cleanup and infrastructure costs, writes the director of a news site. (NC Policy Watch)

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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.