WIND: An energy company cancels plans to build a $200 million wind turbine blade factory in Virginia after failing to meet “development milestones” amid turbulence in the East Coast’s nascent offshore wind industry. (Associated Press)




SOLAR: A Virginia city council reverses a decision by the planning commission and will allow a homeowner’s solar energy system to remain in place despite its location within a historic preservation district. (Danville Register & Bee)

GRID: The CEO of Texas’ grid operator says weatherization improvements and additional capacity should keep the power grid reliable through the winter. (E&E News, subscription)




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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.