OIL & GAS: The Tennessee Valley Authority defies critics, clean energy advocates and federal officials by announcing it will stick with fossil fuels and replace a retiring coal plant with a 1,450 MW natural gas plant. (WPLN, Knoxville News Sentinel)

• Clean energy advocates fight an uphill battle to push Duke Energy away from its plan to build 3 GW of new gas-fired power plants to meet a state mandate to cut its carbon emissions by 70% by 2030. (Canary Media)
• A Texas school district approves a property tax break for a planned $5.6 billion oil refinery. (Victoria Advocate)
• An energy company applies for federal approval of a natural gas pipeline in Texas that will cross the Mexican border and eventually connect to a West Coast export terminal. (Big Bend Sentinel)

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• A Georgia county considers a proposed 325 MW solar farm. (McDuffie Progress)
• A Virginia county board rejects a permit for a 90 MW solar farm after its planning commission finds it doesn’t conform with the county’s comprehensive plan. (Mecklenburg Sun)
• A Louisiana parish passes an ordinance to regulate the placement and operation of industrial solar and wind facilities. (The Advocate)
• Tennessee solar developer Silicon Ranch raises $600 million in equity investment on the strength of its independent, holistic business model. (Canary Media)
• Dominion Energy signs an agreement to purchase 108 MW of power from a South Carolina solar facility. (PV Magazine) 

• A Texas commission votes to recommend state lawmakers boost staffing and pay for the regulatory agency that oversees the power grid manager. (Texas Tribune)
• An energy company abruptly cancels a mitigation meeting with Texas residents opposed to its plans for a substation when a news crew arrives. (KRIV)
• A West Virginia energy department official briefs state lawmakers on plans for grid upgrades. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power delays opening of Plant Vogtle’s third reactor after finding a vibrating pipe in the cooling system during testing. (Associated Press)

• Tesla filings with Texas show the company plans to spend more than $770 million expanding its electric vehicle factory in Austin this year. (CNBC)
• Analysts read a Tesla job posting as possible confirmation of its plans to build a battery-grade lithium hydroxide refinery in Texas. (Laredo Morning Times)

HYDROGEN: An Appalachian coalition pursuing a regional hydrogen hub says the U.S. Department of Energy has encouraged it to submit a full application. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

CLIMATE: A recent study ranks last year’s Hurricane Ian and its estimated $112.9 billion in damage as the third most expensive hurricane in U.S. history. (NOLA.com)

• Last month’s rolling blackouts implemented by Duke Energy point to fossil fuel plant failures and the need for energy market reform in the Southeast, writes a former North Carolina lawmaker. (Energy News Network)
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper argues that increasingly extreme weather and equipment failures at aging fossil fuel plants point to the need for more renewable energy. (news release)
• Residents of Memphis, Tennessee, should not take the regional grid’s difficulties during last month’s cold snap as a sign the municipal utility should rush to embrace the Tennessee Valley Authority, writes an environmental consultant. (Commercial Appeal)

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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.