POLITICS: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes legislation that would redefine “clean energy” to promote new nuclear plants and change state regulations to speed approval of a Mountain Valley Pipeline spur and ease regulation of hog waste lagoons. (WFAE, WUNC)

ALSO: Virginia is holding unusually consequential state legislative elections this year, with landmark, Democratic-passed climate laws at stake. (E&E News)

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NUCLEAR: Texas regulators begin looking for ways to facilitate the development of small modular nuclear reactors in the state. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: A Dallas-based company looks to sell off crude oil assets as it shifts its focus to natural gas in the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

GRID: Texas’ grid operator forecasts the possibility of a supply shortfall in December, with highest risk in the hour just before solar production ramps up. (S&P Global)





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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.