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SOLAR: North Carolina’s attorney general asks to postpone a Duke Energy proposal to alter rooftop solar net-metering policies that grew out of a settlement reached in South Carolina and North Carolina, but which solar installers largely oppose. (Canary Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Truck manufacturer Navistar opens a Texas factory to make heavy-duty trucks powered by diesel or electric engines, and may eventually build hydrogen trucks as well. (San Antonio Report)
• An Arkansas regional planning commission nominates a key 22-mile stretch of highway to be turned into an alternative fuel corridor for electric vehicles. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

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WIND: Louisiana lawmakers advance a bill to expand the size of allowable wind energy projects off the Gulf Coast as the state seeks to entice investors and developers. (Louisiana Illuminator)

OIL & GAS:
• A gas and oil producer plans to build an industrial-scale carbon capture plant in the Permian Basin. (S&P Global)
• Surging natural gas prices after last year’s winter storm and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine lead a growing number of Oklahomans to seek assistance paying their gas bills. (Tahlequah Daily Press)
• The former head of a Permian Basin oil association dismisses a proposed federal tax on oil companies as too broad. (KWES)

GRID:
• More than 11,000 Duke Energy customers in North Carolina lose power after a fire at a substation. (WCNC)
• Louisiana regulators will decide whether to hire outside consultants to review the resiliency of the state’s electrical grid. (Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)

COAL: Crews demolish several smokestacks at a shuttered coal-fired power plant in Kentucky. (WEVV)

UTILITIES:
• Federal regulators will let Dominion Energy’s shareholders vote on a resolution calling on the utility to describe its plan for stranded natural gas infrastructure. (E&E News)
Federal officials issue safety citations to the Tennessee Valley Authority and two other companies after a worker was electrocuted at a coal-fired plant in Tennessee. (Business Insurance)

POLITICS: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin outlines the energy policies he supports and opposes as Democrats look to move forward on a climate spending package. (The Hill, E&E News)

CLIMATE: Appalachia, New England and other regions are beginning to attract new residents who are moving away from rising seas, rampant wildfires and other extreme weather driven by climate change. (Yale Environment 360)

ECONOMY: A nonprofit’s new report says Arkansas can grow its economy through more environmental training for workers as “green jobs” become more widespread. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

ADVOCACY: A judge finds an Appalachian environmental nonprofit violated federal law by firing two employees and discouraging union organizing before it dissolved last year. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COMMENTARY: The struggles of a West Virginia community near the mouth of a coal mine raise questions about Clean Air Act standards, writes a member of an Appalachian advocacy group. (Appalachian Voices)

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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.