WIND: The likely passage of Democrats’ climate package would lift a moratorium on offshore wind leasing in the Southeast, but aside from North Carolina, most states seem more interested in participating in the wind supply chain than in building wind farms. (Politico)

ALSO: The University of New Orleans announces it will develop a wind energy hub to spur the state’s wind industry, support emerging companies, develop new technologies and build a renewable energy workforce. (news release)

CLIMATE:
• Even as Kentucky begins recovery from historic flooding, its two U.S. senators and governor avoid mentioning climate change, reflecting state residents who are less likely than most Americans to believe it will affect them personally. (CNN)
• Florida’s emergency management director warns supply chain shortages could mean delays in restoring power after hurricanes and other major storms. (WAGA)
• The Florida agriculture department says it has finalized new statewide renewable energy rules its commissioner says were developed at the urging of young climate advocates. (WUSF)
• Environmentalists push a Virginia county board to set greenhouse gas reduction targets and other goals to fill out its recently approved environment and energy work plan. (Loudoun Now)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric vehicle maker Canoo receives an order of 100 vehicles from EV subscription company Autonomy. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• Chattanooga, Tennessee, receives a $4.57 million federal grant to build a transportation management system so electric vehicle drivers can find charging stations. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SOLAR: Residents of a South Carolina neighborhood fill a county board meeting to oppose a 44 MW solar farm approved for a nearby site. (WIS) 

NUCLEAR: Entergy officials tell the New Orleans City Council a lightning strike and faulty valves led to outages at a nuclear power plant that will cost customers $10.2 million, although the utility is offering one-time $150 bill credits for some low-income residents. (NOLA.com)

UTILITIES:
• After San Antonio, Texas’ municipal utility generates $75 million more revenue than expected, the city devotes $25 million to programs and will return $45 million to customers in bill credits. (San Antonio Report)
• Jacksonville, Florida’s municipal utility announces a 45% increase in its base rate over the next decade. (WOKV)

TRANSPORTATION: A Florida transit authority receives a $20 million federal grant to build a new transit hub with bus bays, electric vehicle chargers and more, but its plans are upended after a city manager says the center’s planned site is now unavailable. (Tampa Bay Times)

OVERSIGHT: A Texas utility regulatory board swears in a new commissioner appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott last week. (KVUE, news release)

POLITICS: A member of the North Carolina-recognized Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation who unsuccessfully ran for Congress says the campaign was important to raise awareness of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and other environmental issues. (Yes! Magazine)

COMMENTARY: High electricity bills this year stem from a decline in reliable coal and nuclear power, supply chain troubles that have limited battery growth, and a resulting dependency on natural gas, write two executives at Kentucky power providers. (Louisville Courier Journal)

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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.