COURTS: Federal courts gear up for cases that affect energy projects across the Southeast, from the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Appalachia to a massive oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico. (E&E News)

• A federal judge rules a Louisiana parish can’t enforce a moratorium blocking a gas company from conducting seismic tests or building test wells for a carbon capture project. (The Advocate)
• An Oklahoma court finds a group of plaintiffs suing oil and gas companies over damages from earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing cannot form a class-action suit, but can seek damages individually. (Journal Record)

• Duke Energy officials testify to North Carolina regulators for rolling blackouts in the Carolinas last month, as investigations begin into its weather and power-demand forecasts and its response to the winter storm. (NC Policy Watch, WRAL)
• The CEO of Memphis, Tennessee’s municipal utility promises grid improvements after the Tennessee Valley Authority’s rolling blackouts during last month’s winter storm. (WATN, Commercial Appeal)

Six new members of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board are sworn in, returning the board to a full complement for the first time in years. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• The CEO of a Texas municipal utility announces his retirement months after he was placed on administrative leave following a city-sponsored audit of its failed $118 million power plant project. (KVEO)

• Tesla drops its pursuit of a tax abatement for a Texas lithium-battery refinery and plans to move forward with construction without it. (Spectrum News)
• Hyundai Motor America’s CEO says construction of its electric vehicles factory in Georgia is on track to begin production in 2025. (Coastal Courier)
• Two companies plan to build an electric aircraft at a Georgia factory beginning in 2024. (Associated Press)
• A North Carolina environmental group fights plans for an electric vehicle and battery factory over concerns about its effects on rivers and wetlands. (WRAL)

STORAGE: A Florida municipal utility announces a partnership with a company to develop a solar energy storage system that relies on molten salt. (Orlando Sentinel)

OIL & GAS: West Virginia’s second-largest gas utility secures a deal to purchase another gas company in the state. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

HYDROGEN: Two nonprofits, the University of Texas, and petrochemical and other companies apply to become a regional hydrogen hub on the Gulf Coast. (Houston Public Media)

COAL: A West Virginia county board courts buyers for a coal-fired power plant slated for closure. (WTAP)

• Archaeologists seek to protect a historic Virginia church in the nation’s first permanent English settlement against sea level rise and climate change. (Daily Press)
• Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore discusses regional and global climate policy as his Climate Reality Project trains environmental justice leaders in Texas and the Gulf South. (Texas Observer)
• Officials in Memphis, Tennessee, explain a new natural disaster alert system was not used during last month’s winter storm because “cold weather is not considered destructive.” (WATN)

COMMENTARY: Legal, regulatory and political setbacks may finally end the push to complete the long-delayed, over-budget Mountain Valley Pipeline, writes a climate activist. (Virginia Mercury)

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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.