COAL: Congress members call for an investigation into “zombie mines” where coal production has idled but reclamation remains incomplete after an Appalachian advocacy group identified 633,000 acres in seven states that need reclamation. (Inside Climate News)

PIPELINES: The Mountain Valley Pipeline’s developers push back its expected completion to 2024 and increase its cost estimate by $600 million to $7.2 billion. (Roanoke Times, E&E News)


GRID: A South Carolina lawmaker warns colleagues the state’s rapid economic and population growth has pushed the power grid to a “crisis point” that requires thousands more megawatts in capacity. (Charleston Post and Courier)


COAL ASH: Georgia Power announces plans to partner with a cement alternatives producer to harvest coal ash from a retired coal-fired power plant for use in concrete mixes. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


WIND: As other offshore wind developers rethink their plans, Dominion Energy confirms its 2,587-MW offshore wind project near Virginia is still on track to begin construction in 2024. (Reuters)

BIOMASS: A wood pellet producer applies for a clean energy tax credit for a new Alabama plant, but critics say wood-burning for energy actually produces more carbon dioxide than coal plants. (

RENEWABLE GAS: A cleantech company announces commercial operations have begun at its landfill-to-gas plant in Kentucky. (news release)


TECHNOLOGY: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tours an electric and robotics company developing technology to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency. (WRAL)

EMISSIONS: Austin, Texas, passes a resolution asking state transportation officials to delay an interstate expansion project due to concerns about environmental and air quality impacts. (Austin Monitor)


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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.