CARBON CAPTURE: An oil company is building a billion-dollar complex to capture and store carbon emissions in Texas despite its failure on a previous project that never operated at more than a third of its capacity and was quietly sold last year for a fraction of its build cost. (Bloomberg)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper uses an executive order to increase the number of members on the state’s environmental justice advisory board and expand its mission into all 10 cabinet agencies. (Raleigh News & Observer)


WIND: The threat of hurricanes and relatively lower cost of producing energy elsewhere contributed to the failure of August’s auction of three offshore wind sites in the Gulf of Mexico. (NPR/Planet Money)



GEOTHERMAL: Construction has been underway for two years on a new geothermal project at Louisville, Kentucky’s airport to reduce carbon emissions and power its operations. (WLKY)


UTILITIES: Florida receives $106 million in federal funding to help low-income individuals and families pay their electric bills after seeing record demand for the program last year. (WUSF)

CLIMATE: The Biden administration names South Florida as a climate tech hub that’s eligible for millions in federal funding to develop scalable climate change-focused innovations. (Florida Politics)



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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.