ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A new study finds Louisiana communities with higher percentages of Black residents see 7 to 21 times more toxic air emissions than places with more white residents similarly located near industrial plants. (NOLA.com)

ALSO: Environmental justice and climate activists sue Texas to stop a planned interstate expansion they say will worsen air quality in neighborhoods already overburdened by industrial pollution. (Inside Climate News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Volvo’s commercial truck company strikes a deal to create a national charging network at Pilot and Flying J truck stops across the country. (Greensboro News & Record)
• An Arkansas electric vehicle manufacturer reports its first quarterly profit in company history. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• Austin, Texas, prepares to dramatically increase incentives to buy electric bikes by doubling rebates for individual and fleet purchases. (Austin Monitor)

SOLAR:
• The owner of one of Alabama’s largest solar farms agrees to pay $500,000 to settle allegations it violated the Clean Water Act during construction. (AL.com)
• A Texas city considers installing a $4.4 million solar farm for which it would receive a 60% rebate. (Iola Register, subscription)
• A student club at a North Carolina university intends to solarize more affordable housing. (Daily Tar Heel)
Seven Florida Wendy’s restaurants enroll in Duke Energy’s community solar program, with dozens more expected to follow by 2025. (news release)

GRID: Florida regulators approve four plans by electric companies to spend and recover $22 billion from ratepayers to harden the power grid against storms. (WFLA)

UTILITIES:
• Entergy Arkansas signs an agreement with U.S. officials to provide at least 50% carbon pollution-free electricity to federal agencies within the state. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Jeff Lyash continues to be the highest paid federal employee, making $9.8 million in the last fiscal year, while the utility plans to pay out $161 million in bonuses to its employees for meeting major corporate goals. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• An energy consultant tells West Virginia regulators that a power plant state lawmakers bailed out in 2019 can avoid closure if utility Mon Power buys it and closes another plant that lacks key pollution controls. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting) 
• A Texas program to help low-income families with energy bills reopens after being overwhelmed with demand and closing in July. (Dallas Morning News)

NUCLEAR: A Canadian company strikes a deal to purchase a southern Virginia uranium deposit despite a longstanding state uranium mining moratorium. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

OIL & GAS:
• A gas company pitches a West Virginia airport on installing a natural gas-powered microgrid. (WV News)
• A researcher describes to West Virginia lawmakers how natural gas prices have spiked for customers as the industry’s job growth has plateaued. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

MINING:
• A company seeks to reopen a North Carolina lithium mine with plans to process the mineral in a Southeast factory for the electric vehicle industry. (Bloomberg)
• Five Democratic U.S. senators send a letter to mine safety officials questioning delays in a new silica exposure rule intended to protect miners against incurable respiratory diseases. (The Hill)

POLITICS:
• Federal lawmakers resume negotiations on an energy permitting package, but forced completion of the long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline remains a sticking point. (E&E News)
• Republican Herschel Walker calls for continued reliance on “gas-guzzling cars” as he competes in a runoff election for U.S. Senate in Georgia, which has attracted significant electric vehicle investment. (Grist)

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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.