OIL & GAS: Advocates urge President Biden and the U.S. EPA to intervene against the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plans to build a new Tennessee natural gas plant, even though last month’s rolling blackouts were caused in part by coal and gas failures. (WPLN)

ALSO:
• A federal court turns back environmentalists’ challenge to permits for a south Texas natural gas pipeline and export facility. (Associated Press)
• Energy analysts predict oil and gas drillers’ cautious approach to expanding production plus a general economic slowdown mean the industry will likely contract in 2023. (Louisiana Illuminator)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Jacksonville, Florida, issues permits for an electric vehicle maker to build a factory and showroom. (Jacksonville Daily Record)
• A third Hyundai parts supplier announces it will open a Georgia factory to work with the company’s planned electric vehicle and battery factory. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, subscription)
• Entergy announces a pilot electric vehicle charging station in Mississippi, the first company-owned charger of its kind in its four-state region. (news release)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators consider extending the operating license for a 2,538 MW nuclear plant in north Texas. (The Texan)

SOLAR: Public school and utility officials break ground on a solar garden at an Oklahoma middle school that was pitched by members of a student club. (Norman Transcript)

GRID:
• Alabama Power builds an electrical substation and provides marketing support to an economic development megasite in Alabama. (Gadsden Messenger)
• Dominion Energy upgrades a Virginia electrical substation to meet growing power demand. (WHSV)
• An Arkansas planning commission approves a permit for Southwestern Electric Power Co. to build an electrical substation. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

BIOGAS:
• A Tennessee city council approves a design contract for a renewable gas facility intended to manage waste as the city plans to close a landfill. (WGNS)
Florida’s first landfill-to-gas facility begins operations. (news release)

CLIMATE: Virginia announces $52 million in state flood resilience grants. (Virginia Mercury) 

POLITICS: A Democratic West Virginia lawmaker plans to reintroduce a bill to strengthen state oversight of oil and gas wells. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

UTILITIES:
• A veteran of large Southeast utilities is named as Georgia Power’s new CEO. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
Duke Energy Florida’s CEO discusses 2023 grid plans, rates and the clean energy transition. (Business Observer)

COMMENTARY:
• A new Dominion Energy report predicting solar will become its generation mainstay by 2040 confirms the economic logic of the clean energy transition, writes an energy columnist. (Virginia Mercury)
• Kinder Morgan’s proposed 32-mile pipeline in middle Tennessee threatens the area’s biodiversity and residents’ drinking water, writes an environmentalist. (Clarksville Now)
• North Carolina must investigate abnormally high rates of rare cancers in towns near a Duke Energy power plant that generates heaps of coal ash, writes an opinion editor. (Niner Times)
• An editorial board applauds a court’s decision to overturn a Louisiana county’s moratorium on carbon capture test wells, saying the regulatory permitting process should provide sufficient protection. (NOLA.com)

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Mason Adams

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.