EFFICIENCY: A North Carolina House committee advances legislation that would block a proposed update to the state’s building energy conservation code that is opposed by developers, an unexpected development amid ongoing negotiations to hear builders’ concerns. (Energy News Network)

• A company that makes materials used in electric vehicle batteries announces a $500 million facility in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, that will bring 562 full-time jobs and add to the state’s growing EV manufacturing sector. (LPM News)
• A Georgia bill to establish new taxes and rules for electric vehicle charging is heading to the governor’s desk with mixed reviews from advocates. (GPB)

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HYDROGEN: A coastal Virginia regional economic development agency is seeking $6.5 billion in federal funding to kick-start a local green hydrogen industry. (Virginia Pilot)

RENEWABLES: Coal industry influence and climate change denial have helped keep Kentucky dead last among states for wind and solar generation. (Inside Climate News)

GRID: A data center industry group asks regulators to withdraw a controversial proposal that would have offered them variances to operate on-site diesel backup generators during periods of high grid power demand. (Loudoun Times)

• A Virginia county voted to “put the brakes” on solar development after complaints from residents about aesthetics and other issues. (Chatham Star Tribune)
• A Virginia business group hosts a networking event to help local companies and contractors with solar developers. (Gazette-Virginian)
• A Georgia elementary school powers up newly installed solar panels that are expected to save the district about $6,000 per year in energy costs. (WTOC)

OFFSHORE WIND: Louisiana utility Entergy enters a partnership with an international energy company to explore the offshore wind market for the Gulf of Mexico. (Politico, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar are among the top 10 recipients of oil and gas industry contributions in the U.S. House, according to a new report. (The Hill)

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NUCLEAR: The federal government names a new resident inspector at Georgia’s Plant Vogtle as it prepares to bring two new units online. (WRDW)

CLIMATE: A new study concludes that climate change has made the type of storms that spawn deadly tornadoes more likely in the mid-South region. (Grist)

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Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.