SOLAR: A Texas recycling company is among several that have emerged to extract valuable metals from solar panels that have reached the end of their lifespans. (Yale Environment 360)

• An Oklahoma planning commission denies NextEra Energy’s application for a solar and battery project on 5,277 acres. (Enid News & Eagle)
• A Texas county board debates whether it can pass a moratorium on solar projects to block a planned 210 MW solar farm. (KLTV)
• A solar developer tells Mississippi residents it’s about two years away from beginning operation of a planned 79 MW solar farm. (WKRG)
• A troubled solar company appears in a Tennessee court as plaintiffs try to hold its owners personally liable for its problems. (WBIR)
• A Tennessee-based solar developer procures 1.5 GW of advanced U.S.-made thin film solar modules made in Ohio. (PV Magazine)

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• A Sierra Club report finds ​​America’s coal sector to blame for 3,800 premature deaths a year, with the Tennessee Valley Authority as the company responsible for the most deaths and a Georgia Power coal plant ranked as 17th most dangerous. (Grist, Georgia Recorder)
• Kentucky lawmakers move forward with a bill to keep coal-fired power plants on the grid despite opposition from utilities who say it hampers their ability to retire uneconomical plants. (Kentucky Lantern)

• Oklahoma lawmakers update an economic incentives package for an unnamed company, rumored to be Volkswagen, that’s deciding whether to build an electric vehicle battery package in the state. (Tulsa World)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signs a bill to give $105 million in state funding for a company to build an iron-air battery plant in a former steel town. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Florida lawmaker suggests state officials consider limiting the use of electric vehicles during emergency evacuations until more charging stations are set up. (WFSU)

OIL & GAS: Texas’ fossil fuel industry lobbies state lawmakers to reinstate a recently expired program that uses school districts to award tax abatements to oil and gas companies and an array of other businesses. (Capital & Main)

PIPELINES: A South Carolina court hears an environmental group’s challenge of a water quality permit for Dominion Energy’s planned 14.5-mile natural gas pipeline along the Great Pee Dee River. (WBTW)

• South Memphis residents already exposed to toxic emissions say they’ve been pushed to the brink by releases of carcinogenic ethylene oxide from a plant that sterilizes medical equipment. (The Equation)
• Dozens of Virginia residents and advocacy groups argue against a proposed regulation to allow suspension of emission requirements for data centers if the regional grid operator warns of strain on the system. (Virginia Mercury)

WIND: A wind energy advocacy group projects the Biden administration will fall short of its goal to develop 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030, even with a ​​lease auction set in the Gulf of Mexico this year. (Engineering News-Record)

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CARBON CAPTURE: West Virginia lawmakers rapidly advance a bill to place a 60-day moratorium on all carbon capture agreements. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, subscription)

CLIMATE: Rising sea levels push Florida developers and home buyers to seek out land at higher elevations in Miami, but community groups warn about resulting “climate gentrification.” (Miami Herald)

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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.