ELECTRIC VEHICLES: South Carolina’s Republican Gov. Henry McMaster argues there’s a strong market for electric vehicles after former President Trump criticized “the idea of all-electric” vehicles at a Republican gathering in the state over the weekend. (The State)

• South Carolina residents, environmental groups and state agencies raise concerns about SCOUT Motors’ construction of an electric vehicle factory. (WLTX)
• Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear tours the construction site for a pair of factories that will make electric vehicle batteries for Ford and Lincoln vehicles. (WKYU)

Louisiana kicks off construction of a massive $2.9 billion project to divert a portion of the Mississippi River to rebuild up to 21 square miles of land and wetlands. (NOLA.com, Associated Press)
• Members of a Virginia city council disagree on the timeline for folding a climate action plan into the city’s master plan. (Roanoke Rambler)

• A study finds the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plans to build new natural gas-fired power plants will undercut its pre-2015 carbon reductions and prevent it from attaining its goal of going carbon-free by 2050. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Virginia environmentalists organize against Dominion Energy’s plan to build a new natural gas-fired plant. (WRIC)
• An Oklahoma river dam authority will replace its last coal-fired power unit with a 420 MW natural gas-fired combustion turbine. (The Frontier)

• A hazardous waste treatment plant in Arkansas is building a 5 MW solar farm to assist its net zero goal. (Arkadelphian)
• Advocates launch a “Solarize” program in Oklahoma to help residents purchase solar installations at a reduced price. (KWTV)

WIND: Federal officials decide to exclude North Carolina from consideration for a new round of areas for offshore wind because of the U.S. Navy’s concerns about a 700-square-mile area where pilots train on aircraft carriers. (WRAL)

• A lingering heat wave pushes Texas to set a record for power demand for the second time this week and ninth time this summer. (Reuters)
• The new general manager of Austin, Texas’ municipal utility says he has “80 things” on his to-do list after a February storm left nearly a third of its customers without power. (KXAN)

PIPELINES: A federal court finds the Mountain Valley Pipeline is entitled to easements on Virginia land. (Bloomberg)

HYDROGEN: West Virginia officials cancel a meeting where they were set to consider a forgivable $62.5 million loan for a planned hydrogen facility with a biomass power plant and carbon capture. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

TRANSITION: Virginia’s energy department seeks public input on how to spend $22.7 million in federal funds it will annually receive for projects on abandoned mine land. (Cardinal News)

EMISSIONS: Texas’ grid operator, PJM Interconnection and other grid operators and state agencies push back while environmentalists endorse the U.S. EPA’s proposed power plant emissions rules. (Tampa Free Press, Georgia Recorder)

POLITICS: A partisan standoff over the Virginia budget is holding up funding for a commission to discuss complex utility regulation proposals. (Virginia Mercury)

• An editorial board dismisses recent delays at some of Louisiana’s proposed liquefied natural gas export facilities and argues that international demand for gas isn’t going away. (NOLA.com)
• Texas should follow Louisiana’s example and develop carbon capture technology to secure its energy industry, writes the Gulf Coast director of a consumer advocacy group. (Beaumont Enterprise)

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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.