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WIND: The federal government announces it will auction the right to produce wind power in two areas off the North Carolina and South Carolina shores. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Louisiana lawmakers advance legislation to create a framework for offshore wind leasing, despite the industry’s objections to letting the state take a cut of revenues while also charging for leases. (NOLA.com)

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SOLAR:
• Subsidiaries of FirstEnergy and American Electric Power file requests with West Virginia regulators for rate hikes connected to proposed solar projects, triggering objections over escalating rates. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A Virginia city launches the state’s first municipal utility-led solar program for ratepayers who choose to get power from a new solar farm. (Daily News Record)
• Florida rooftop solar customers who want to disconnect from Florida Power & Light’s grid face rampant misinformation and local government officials who don’t fully understand disconnection rules. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Efforts to ramp up liquified natural gas exports from Louisiana will likely be slowed by lengthy construction timelines, maxed-out capacities, regulatory pressures and opposition from environmental advocates. (The Advocate)
• Barrels of U.S.-produced oil that normally would have gone to an Oklahoma storage hub shift instead to the Gulf Coast as exports ramp up. (Reuters) 

EMISSIONS: A natural gas-fired power plant touted by Florida Power & Light as a step toward clean energy still joins coal-powered plants near the top of a list of heavy carbon dioxide emitters. (Palm Beach Post)

LITHIUM:
• Federal and state officials say a lithium battery startup that plans to open a West Virginia factory may pave a path for the state through the energy transition. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A subsidiary of Koch Industries invests $100 million in a company that aims to produce lithium from an underground brine in southern Arkansas. (Arkansas Business)

UTILITIES: The CEO of Florida Power & Light says the company faces rising energy costs but is shifting from coal to natural gas to try to keep rates down. (NorthEscambia.com)

CLIMATE: An expert says climate change is worsening wildfires that have scorched more than 120,000 acres in Texas this month. (WFAA)

POLITICS:
• U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has consistently acted to help a West Virginia power plant that is the only customer of his family’s coal business, including at the expense of ambitious federal climate legislation. (New York Times)
• Kentucky lawmakers advance legislation to pull state investments from firms that screen for environmental, social and governance factors. (E&E News, subscription)

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COMMENTARY:
• Public officials should stand against a company with a long history of spills as it looks to build a pipeline through a lake on the Louisiana/Texas border, writes a longtime resident of a nearby community. (Houston Chronicle)
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper must close the gap between the state’s climate goals and likely policy results that fall short of achieving them, writes a staffer with an environmental advocacy group. (Coastal Review)

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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.