GRID: The Texas state power grid survives a close call when record energy demand comes dangerously close to available supply, and officials ask state residents to conserve power. (Texas Public Radio, Houston Chronicle)

ALSO: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board approves a plan to spend $15 billion in the next three years to build additional generation, upgrade the grid to meet growing power demands and increase reliability and energy security. (WBKO)

NUCLEAR: The Tennessee Valley Authority reverses course and decides not to sell an Alabama nuclear plant site, but instead use the property for future power production as it looks to potentially double its generation portfolio over the next 30 years. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SOLAR: Rumors and concern abound in a small Louisiana town after farmers lease their land for a planned solar farm about which there’s little verifiable information. (KTBS)

WIND: Residents of a west Texas town complain a company has been dumping used wind turbine blades, creating a hazard. (Texas Monthly)

BIOMASS: Low-income, largely Black North Carolina residents organize against industrial wood pellet plants and their emissions. (Resilience.org)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Vietnamese electric vehicle maker that’s building a North Carolina factory sees its stock more than double in price this week after debuting on the stock market last week. (CNN)

COAL:
• Texas regulators approve the expansion of a coal mine over opposition from governments and residents, fueling rising concern that coal ash disposal could contaminate a drinking water reservoir. (Inside Climate News)
• The CEO of a coal company says some of its recent layoffs of 135 workers from three Virginia mines could be permanent. (WJHL)

OIL & GAS: Descendents of Black and White Texas families feud over a tract of land and its oil and gas royalties, spotlighting a tangled legacy of family connections, business deals and racial oppression. (Texas Tribune)

EMISSIONS:
• Ten Democratic Congress members send a letter calling on the Tennessee Valley Authority to match the Biden administration’s 2035 net-zero goal, but utility officials say they’re already leading on decarbonization. (Utility Dive)
• West Virginia regulators approve the resumption of operations and an increase in hazardous air pollution emissions at a chemical plant that was the site of a 2020 explosion that killed one worker and injured two others. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

UTILITIES:
• Virginia regulators question Dominion Energy’s long-range planning, which forecasts sharp increases in power demand that the utility says will require it to continue using coal and build new natural gas and nuclear plants. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Entergy awards $250,000 to an Arkansas cotton oil company for enrolling in an initiative to actively manage and reduce its energy use. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

HYDROPOWER: Alabama Power announces it will not move forward with an Alabama pumped-storage hydropower project that faced opposition from local residents and environmentalists. (Bama Buzz)

COMMENTARY: The low ratings awarded to Kentucky’s congressional delegation by the League of Conservation Voters mean its representatives are avoiding taking any action on climate change and effectively dumping the problem on future generations, writes a columnist. (Northern Kentucky Tribune)

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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.