SOLAR: A former official in the Trump administration’s Interior Department co-founds a nonprofit to inform and smooth relations in rural Virginia communities experiencing a wave of solar energy development. (Energy News Network)

• A company closes financing for a planned 195 MW solar farm in Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Florida property owner installs solar arrays totaling 1.5 MW at four resorts. (PV Magazine)

OIL & GAS: Documents reveal how Chevron, ExxonMobil and other petrochemical companies formed a “sustainability council” to counter the grassroots activists who successfully fought construction of three large petrochemical factories in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley.” (Floodlight/Guardian)

STORAGE: Analysts project Texas’ utility-scale battery storage capacity will grow exponentially over the next decade to support the state’s fast-expanding solar and wind generation fleets. (S&P Global)

COAL: West Virginia residents worry about coal dust pollution from a company’s proposed 942-acre surface mine after regulators concede its permit wouldn’t require dust monitoring or account for its effects on surrounding communities. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An auto industry expert at a Tennessee electric vehicle battery innovation conference complains the Biden administration’s new EV tax credits aren’t consumer friendly. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

NUCLEAR: Westinghouse holds informal conversations with officials in West Virginia and Ohio about building small modular nuclear reactors at former coal plants. (Reuters)

• A South Korean company signs a deal to support Florida’s pursuit of a hydrogen hub project with a hydrogen production plant set to break ground next month. (Korea Herald)
• A hydrogen company secures a deal to supply a Mississippi industrial park, port and airport. (Mississippi Business Journal)

BIOGAS: A Tennessee city looks to resolve odor complaints about its landfill by hiring a company to turn 90% of its trash into a biofuel that can be sold or turned into natural gas. (WSMV)

CLEAN ENERGY: Atlanta’s new chief sustainability officer discusses the Georgia city’s plan to  achieve 100% clean energy by 2035. (WABE)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: A North Carolina county board approves a one-year moratorium on crypto-mining to allow it to draft standards and mitigation methods to regulate it. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

• Louisiana’s coastal restoration program faces a looming funding crisis, with money from a 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement set to run out in 2032. (WVUE)
• Officials have devoted billions of dollars to restore the Everglades as sea-level rise, water pollution and other effects of climate change threaten to compound damage from occupation, settlement and draining of the area. (Miami Herald)

• Florida lawmakers pass a bill to replace city oversight of Gainesville’s municipal utility with a state board appointed by the governor. (Gainesville Sun)
• Texas lawmakers advance legislation to replace a corporate tax break program with incentives for projects to firm up security, supply chain and power grid reliability — but not for renewable energy. (Community Impact)

• A company’s plan to expand 49 miles of a natural gas pipeline in Virginia threatens wetlands and the drinking water of Indigenous and Black communities even though state law mandates a shift from gas-powered electricity, writes a member of a local civic league. (Daily Press)
• Carbon capture technology represents just the latest attempt by fossil fuel companies to greenwash their industry in an attempt to look environmentally friendly, writes a retired general and climate activist. (The Advocate)
• Florida must go beyond just building sea walls and address emissions as a root cause of climate change and rising seas, writes a climate consultant. (Tampa Bay Times)

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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.