OVERSIGHT: Texas and West Virginia’s attorneys general aim to build on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling limiting the U.S. EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases by claiming it allows Texas to block a company’s federal license to store radioactive waste and lets West Virginia sue to block a requirement that companies report their climate risks. (Associated Press)

WIND: Officials say political divisions in North Carolina mean it’s not fully prepared to develop offshore wind despite two planned projects. (Fayetteville Observer)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia county approves permits for 5 MW and 3 MW solar farms after hearing concerns from neighbors about flooding and how the panels would affect the view. (Martinsville Bulletin)
• Georgia officials warn residents to be wary in shopping for rooftop solar as bad actors look to take advantage of the growing industry. (WAGA)
• Two community colleges in Appalachian Virginia train workers to install solar systems at area schools. (Virginia Business)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Tesla sues Louisiana over a law it says unfairly restricts its ability to sell electric vehicles directly to customers. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• Virginia has adopted California’s assertive approach to the electric vehicle transition but lags its neighbors in winning manufacturing announcements. (Virginia Business)
• Florida awards more than $68 million from the Volkswagen settlement to purchase 227 electric transit buses in 13 counties. (news release)
• Alabama looks to build its automotive manufacturing workforce as Mercedes-Benz and Toyota plants in the state begin making electric and hybrid vehicles. (WABM)

UTILITIES: Three of the six suburbs around Memphis, Tennessee, approve resolutions calling on the city to stick with the Tennessee Valley Authority instead of seeking another power provider. (WATN)

GRID: Entergy rebuilds transmission lines and towers along the Mississippi River near New Orleans a year after Hurricane Ida destroyed them. (WWL-TV)

FINANCE:
• Financial companies nervously eye Texas’ law requiring divestment from companies that don’t do business with the fossil fuel industry amid concerns they could lose pension-management contracts. (Reuters)
• Experts say Texas’ ban on doing business with firms that “boycott” fossil fuels and guns is already costing state taxpayers millions of dollars annually. (NPR)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham meet with energy officials to discuss more nuclear power in the state despite its previous misadventure involving a $9 billion nuclear plant expansion that was eventually scuttled. (Post and Courier)

EFFICIENCY: Environmental groups ask Texas regulators to adopt higher conservation goals with more commitment to energy efficiency programs. (Spectrum News)

CLIMATE:
• A mountainous Virginia county rebuilds a year after flooding killed one person and damaged dozens of structures, although it was denied federal relief money and is still trying to access state funds. (Cardinal News)
• An analysis finds three Texas counties will experience an average of 25 more days each year that feel like 100 degrees or more. (Axios)

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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.