ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle and battery plants under construction in the largely non-unionized Southeast are important points of contention in the United Auto Workers’ strike against Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. (The Economist)

ALSO: Companies break ground on the Air Force’s first electric aircraft charging station at a base in Florida. (Dayton Daily News)

STORAGE: More than half of the planned, under construction, or installed and operational energy storage in the U.S. is located in Texas, which already has 16.4 GW of capacity. (PV Magazine)




CLIMATE: A LEED-certified Florida building still flooded during extreme weather is one of more than 800 recently constructed structures certified as sustainable but still vulnerable to climate-related disasters. (Politico) 


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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.