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WIND: North Carolina officials and clean energy advocates anticipate a massive buildout of offshore wind energy in the coming years, beginning with the 2,500 MW Kitty Hawk Offshore project. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UTILITIES:
• Georgia Power outlines its plans to close nine coal-burning units and three oil-burning units by 2028 and replace them with natural gas from other utilities and by adding 2,300 MW of renewables by 2029. (Capitol Beat News Service)
• The Memphis city council votes overwhelmingly to hire an independent energy consultant to review bids to replace the Tennessee Valley Authority as the city’s electricity supplier. (Commercial Appeal)

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SOLAR:
• Three North Carolina climate justice groups oppose Duke Energy’s plan to change net-metering rules, saying it would disadvantage future low-income solar customers. (Daily Tar Heel)
• A solar company announces plans to build a 125 MW solar farm in South Carolina. (WOLO)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority seeks public input on its proposal to build a 173 MW solar farm in Kentucky. (Bowling Green Daily News)
Dominion Energy closes part of a Virginia solar farm until officials investigate two recent fires. (Richmond Times-Dispatch) 

OVERSIGHT: U.S. senators criticize the Tennessee Valley Authority for its limited clean power generation, and say its board nominees lack geographic representation. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

POLITICS:
• Environmental and progressive activists prepare to protest U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin for making millions from coal interests while protecting fossil fuels and blocking climate legislation, while West Virginia law enforcement gears up to respond. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, WBOY)
• Louisiana lawmakers block legislation to exclude wind and solar power plants from property tax exemptions offered to industrial and manufacturing facilities in return for new jobs. (Louisiana Illuminator)
• Louisiana’s attorney general and fossil fuel trade groups hail a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that temporarily revives a Trump-era rule to fast-track energy projects. (Reuters, Associated Press)
• Virginia budget negotiators clash over whether to include hundreds of millions of dollars from a regional carbon trading market, echoing a broader debate over participation in the program. (WVTF, E&E News)

COAL:
• Northern Virginia officials disagree with Dominion Energy’s plan to build an on-site landfill for more than 4 million cubic yards of coal ash near a retired power plant. (Northern Virginia Magazine)
• Organized labor groups rally to support Alabama miners who have been striking against a coal company for a year. (AL.com)

FOSSIL FUELS: Experts point to supply chain challenges as a potential stumbling block to West Virginia coal and natural gas companies’ hopes of increasing exports to Europe amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

TRANSPORTATION: Four mayors in Florida’s Tampa Bay region call for using more mass transit, improving energy efficiency in buildings, and implementing more solar farms and electric vehicles. (Tampa Bay Times)

GRID: A Virginia county approves the rezoning of land for Amazon data centers and a Dominion Energy electrical substation to power them. (Culpeper Star-Exponent)

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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.