OVERSIGHT: After months of deadlock, Virginia lawmakers again fail to fill two vacancies on a three-seat body that regulates utilities, threatening its quorum and ability to make decisions. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

• In response to challenges of its long-term demand forecast, Dominion Energy releases agreements showing data centers plan to use up to 35% of the record flow of power the utility saw during last winter’s cold snap. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Florida Power & Light’s push to restrict state residents’ ability to change the state constitution through petition is making it harder for activists to overturn Florida’s 15-week abortion ban. (Orlando Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A company places the last piece of steel on a Kentucky factory to build electric vehicle battery cells and modules for multiple manufacturers. (Kentucky Today)

• A battery materials maker in Tennessee sees a technological breakthrough that will let it double its production of synthetic graphite for electric vehicle batteries. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• A company redevelops a West Virginia steel mill into its first commercial-scale battery manufacturing facility. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

SOLAR: Advocates push for construction of a decentralized power grid on Puerto Rico that’s more reliant on solar power and less susceptible to hurricane-induced outages. (NPR)

WIND: A company in Virginia moves to secure an offshore wind manufacturing tenant as it moves to redevelop 111 acres at a coastal terminal into a hub for offshore wind, shipbuilding and ship repair. (Virginian-Pilot)

• Stronger hurricanes exacerbated by climate change create an insurance crisis in Louisiana, as companies jack up rates or move out of the state altogether. (Bloomberg, subscription)
• Research reveals a correlation between federal policies used to segregate communities in Miami with a greater number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations for heat in low-income communities and communities of color. (Inside Climate News)

• Louisiana activists are outraged over the federal government’s plans to direct millions of dollars of investment into carbon capture projects instead of phasing out fossil fuels. (Floodlight/Guardian)
• Amazon signs an agreement to purchase 250,000 metric tons of carbon renewal over 10 years from a company building a carbon capture facility in Texas. (Bloomberg, subscription)

GRID: Consumer rights groups complain after Texas paid nearly $32 million to a crypto mining company for power it had bought at a low bulk rate and sold back on the spot-market for a much higher price. (KEYE)

• Environmental and civic groups organize against a company’s plan to upgrade a Virginia natural gas plant’s compressor station and double the diameter of nearly 50 miles of existing pipeline. (Chesapeake Bay Journal)
• Operational issues result in a sharp decline in feedgas deliveries to a Texas liquified natural gas facility, tightening the gas market. (S&P Global)
• A liquified natural gas company that’s building an export terminal in Louisiana is in talks to contract natural gas to other companies. (S&P Global)

• West Virginia regulators’ draft rules for a new law requiring state approval before utilities can decommission fossil fuel plants eliminates requirements for public notice of comment periods even as power prices skyrocket, writes a columnist. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
• A Kentucky county’s judge-executive urges state regulators to reject utilities’ plan to retire four coal-fired power plants because he says that would raise prices and affect grid reliability. (Lexington-Herald Leader)

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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.