SOLAR: Virginia climate advocates develop a climate justice scorecard to measure the social and environmental impacts of large-scale solar projects on their neighbors. (Energy News Network)

• Arkansas lawmakers hear clashing arguments from solar advocates and utilities as they consider rolling back net-metering policies, eventually emerging with a compromise bill that makes small adjustments to grandfathering and other details. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Advocate)
• A Kentucky county board member suggests adjusting zoning regulations to address solar decommissioning. (WKDZ)

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WIND: The Biden administration announces it will auction off roughly 300,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore wind development. (Houston Chronicle, The Hill)

• Georgia lawmakers advance bills to allow businesses to sell power from electric vehicle chargers by the kilowatt hour and to set guidelines for new taxes to replace a drop in fuel revenue. (Georgia Recorder)
Electric boats and low-carbon sustainable marine fuels draw increasing attention at the Miami International Boat Show. (WLRN)
• Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine touts electric buses in a school district that will electrify about a third of its fleet this year. (Lynchburg News & Advance)

• Virginia lawmakers negotiate toward a compromise between two slightly different versions of legislation adjusting how regulators set allowable profit for Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power. (Virginia Mercury)
• Duke Energy begins the process of revising its legally mandated long-term plan for reducing carbon emissions in North Carolina. (WFAE)

COAL: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice pleads with an energy company to purchase and operate a coal-fired power plant that’s slated for closure in June. (Weirton Daily Times)

OIL & GAS: A Texas Gulf Coast liquified natural gas export facility prepares to resume commercial operations for the first time since a June fire. (Inside Climate News/Texas Observer) 

TRANSITION: West Virginia officials cheer a company’s plans to build a titanium melt facility powered by a solar energy micro-grid, saying it  could make the area a hub for the aerospace industry. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)

RENEWABLE GAS:  A subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities announces plans to build and operate a dairy manure renewable natural gas plant in Florida. (news release)

• Austin, Texas’ electric utility begins developing reforms after extensive and persistent power outages during last month’s winter storm. (Austin Monitor)
• Records reveal miscommunication between Duke Energy and law enforcement over security measures after December attacks on North Carolina substations. (WSOC)
• Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces Nucor Corp. will build an advanced manufacturing facility to make transmission towers. (news release)

CLIMATE: A Houston-area Texas county prepares to release revamped flood plain maps that will be the first in the country to use a more accurate assessment of homes and businesses at risk. (Houston Chronicle)

• The defeat of Republican attempts to repeal Virginia’s clean cars law ensures the state can take full advantage of new federal incentives, writes an energy analyst. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• A student reporter at a Texas university calls for the installation of more electric vehicle chargers on campus. (Baylor Lariat)

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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.