PIPELINES: The U.S. Supreme Court allows the resumption of construction on the embattled Mountain Valley Pipeline, clearing the way for completion of the project by the end of this year. (Washington Post, Roanoke Times)

CLIMATE:
One year after catastrophic flooding, eastern Kentucky residents conduct a “managed retreat” from floodplains, eyeing strip-mined land that likely exacerbated the flooding for new housing. (Spectrum News, Grist)
• A first-of-its-kind study as Texas develops a statewide flood plan finds one in five state residents lives in a floodplain. (Texas Tribune)
• The National Weather Service warns of a “dangerous” heat wave in the Mid-Atlantic and of severe thunderstorms and flash floods in the Southeast. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Advocates and opponents argue over Georgia Power’s $35 billion expansion of Plant Vogtle, which has doubled in cost and taken seven years longer to complete than projected. (Georgia Recorder)

SOLAR: An energy company begins construction on a 240 MW solar farm in Texas to power a data center. (Solar Industry)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Georgia launches a pilot program to replace gas tax revenue with a mileage-based user fee on top of its annual fees for electric vehicle owners. (WAGA)
• A Georgia port renovates and expands, preparing to import an projected 100,000 containers of auto parts for Hyundai’s planned electric vehicle factory. (Savannah Morning News)

STORAGE: A Tennessee county commission votes to ban battery energy storage systems after a developer proposes building a 250 MW storage system for the Tennessee Valley Authority. (WBIR)

HYDROGEN: West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin prepares for another high-profile fight with the Biden administration over tax subsidies for fuzzily defined “clean hydrogen” projects. (E&E News)

UTILITIES:  The Tennessee Valley Authority — the largest public utility in the U.S. — begins a shift to build more solar power, but critics charge its plans still rely too much on natural gas and nuclear. (Canary Media)

OIL & GAS: A Louisiana parish president and oil CEO tell a U.S. House panel the federal government’s delays in selling offshore leases could hurt the Gulf Coast oil industry. (NOLA.com)

TRANSITION: A community advocate in a historic West Virginia coal community establishes a community garden and pushes for a trained nurse and better roads in the area. (WVVA)

EMISSIONS: A U.S. Energy Department official contradicts Tennesesee Republican U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s claims that new emission standards for water heaters will lead to the government coming after people’s appliances. (WKRN)

COMMENTARY:
• Eastern Kentucky is still struggling to recover one year after historic flooding, writes a columnist. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• An editorial board applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s endorsement of a congressional act to require the issuance of permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline and exempt it from judicial review. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

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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.