UTILITIES: A North Carolina manufacturers group moves to block a Duke Energy customer assistance program designed to reduce energy burdens on the utility’s poorest residential customers. (Energy News Network) 

ELECTRICITY: State legislatures in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina are among those expanding definitions of clean energy to include power from gas, wood-burning, or nuclear plants. (E&E News)


  • An India-based electric vehicle battery maker announces it will build a $650 million graphite anode factory near Wilmington, North Carolina. (WRAL) 
  • A source says Ford plans to produce an “all new” electric vehicle at a Louisville, Kentucky, assembly plant that once made gas-powered SUVs. (WDRB)
  • Ford tells analysts it plans to delay production at a second Kentucky electric vehicle battery plant until 2025, though construction continues. (WDRB) 
  • A Dominion Energy program in Virginia to help customers pay for EV charging infrastructure hasn’t drawn any participants in its first year. (Virginia Mercury) 
  • Gulf Coast states watch the electric vehicle transition with excitement and anxiety about its potential impact on the region’s economy. (WWNO) 
  • An Austin, Texas, bikeshare program wins an $11.3 million federal grant to expand service and transition to a fully electric bicycle fleet. (Austin Monitor) 


WIND: Wind development is outpacing grid expansion in Oklahoma and other parts of the Southwest Power Pool, prompting companies to also invest in storage. (Reuters) 

COAL: A new federal labor report flags nearly 1,600 mine safety inspection reports from 2018 to 2021 that were incomplete or inaccurate. (WOWK) 

OIL & GAS: A New Orleans federal appeals court pauses a contested Gulf of Mexico oil and gas auction after industry advocates challenged its reduced scope. (The Advocate)



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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.