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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A South Korean company officially unveils plans to build a $3 billion cathode materials plant for electric vehicle batteries in Montgomery County, Tennessee — the latest in a string of news putting Tennessee at the forefront of the electric vehicle industry. (The Tennessean)

ALSO: Oklahoma City’s economic development trust will hear a proposal today to allocate $1 million to electric vehicle maker Canoo to create 550 new jobs at a vehicle plant reportedly under development in the city. (KOCO)

NUCLEAR: The recent sale of the country’s largest unmined uranium deposit in Virginia may mean that another push to overturn a state moratorium on uranium mining is on the horizon. (Cardinal News) 

OVERSIGHT: Virginia lawmakers have twice failed to fill an empty seat on the State Corporation Commission, but a new, second vacancy may make it easier for Republicans and Democrats to compromise. (Times-Dispatch) 

EMISSIONS: Transportation has surpassed power plants as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Florida, according to a new study. (Tampa Bay Times)

GRID: The U.S. Marines sign a contract with Duke Energy to build a microgrid at a North Carolina base that will keep its power on even if it loses access to the main grid. (WUNC)

COAL:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority will host an open house next week to discuss coal ash storage at its Shawnee Fossil Plant in Paducah, Kentucky. (WPSD)
• In a reversal, Virginia regulators say Appalachian Power customers will help pay for wastewater treatment projects at two coal-fired power plants. (WVPB)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia county board amid public opposition postpones a vote on expanding a planned solar project site to accommodate rotating panels. (Smithfield Times)
• A Florida food bank says it will be able to feed more people in need this holiday season thanks to savings from recently installed solar panels. (WESH) 

OFFSHORE WIND: A proposed settlement to handle any potential cost overruns from Dominion Energy’s massive offshore wind project in Virginia draws no opposition at a hearing. (Virginia Mercury)

RENEWABLES:
• Northern Oklahoma College continues to create renewable energy course offerings with a $2.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant. (Enid News & Eagle)
• Public Service Co. of Oklahoma proposes to spend almost $2.5 billion to buy three wind and three solar projects totaling more than 995 megawatts. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS: As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ environmental positions face increased national scrutiny, some admire his conservation record while others accuse him of greenwashing for avoiding efforts to reduce emissions. (E&E News) 

CLIMATE: In Louisiana, community organizers are responding to climate disasters in communities where institutional relief isn’t accessible or relevant. (Yes!)

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Dan Haugen

Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.