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BIOGAS: A Virginian natural gas company and water utility plan to capture and redistribute biogas from a wastewater treatment plant, but critics say the project offers few — if any — climate benefits. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE: Puerto Rico communities bring the nation’s first climate racketeering lawsuit against oil and gas companies, alleging they conspired with trade associations and paid experts to deceive the public about climate change. (Guardian)

• An electric vehicle charger manufacturer announces plans to build a sales, warehousing and assembly facility in Alabama. (Associated Press)
• Hyundai prepares for construction of a $5.5 billion electric vehicle and battery factory in Georgia as it becomes the world’s third largest automaker and vies with Ford for second place in U.S. electric vehicle sales this year. (Bloomberg)
• Toyota’s president says a “silent majority” in the auto industry questions its rapid shift to electric vehicles, raising questions about electrification plans at its Alabama factory. (Wall Street Journal, subscription; AL.com)

• Work is nearly complete on a 352 kW solar array at a North Carolina credit union’s planned operations center. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• Arkansas regulars appear unlikely to extend grandfathered solar net metering rates, which could disrupt solar businesses’ ability to adequately project the savings that arrays provide to customers. (Talk Business & Politics)
• A Texas electric cooperative considers raising the rates it pays solar customers for excess energy, but critics say the increase is tiny compared to a cut last fall. (DailyTrib)
• A solar company installs a 1,400-panel array at a West Virginia poultry farm. (Associated Press)

STORAGE: A Spanish energy company signs a deal to purchase a 190 MW battery storage facility in Texas, plus a portfolio of more than 1 GW of battery projects still in development. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: A historically Black Florida neighborhood fights a proposed liquified natural gas terminal as it pursues community revitalization. (Canary Media)

• Texas’ grid manager advises its generators to prepare for a “bomb cyclone” forecasted to bring bitter cold, but officials project an adequate power supply to meet high demand. (Houston Chronicle)
• San Antonio’s municipal utility brings its largest coal-fired power plant out of maintenance in preparation for the cold snap. (Houston Chronicle)

• A Tennessee auditor cites a chemical company using coal-fired boilers that emit unsafe levels of sulfur dioxide and violate national air quality standards. (Tennessee Lookout)
• A Virginia legislative oversight committee narrowly votes to object to Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s actions to withdraw the state from a regional carbon market. (Virginia Mercury)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Energy Department will review the design of a planned Tennessee landfill that will take low-level radioactive waste, largely from the demolition of a nearby research lab. (Oak Ridger)

UTILITIES: Georgia regulators approve a $1.8 billion rate hike for Georgia Power that critics say boosts company profits but doesn’t go far enough to support solar power and coal ash cleanup. (Georgia Recorder)

COMMENTARY: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s pivotal vote on last summer’s infrastructure package made possible the carbon capture tax credits that are a crucial piece of a recently announced West Virginia natural gas plant, writes an editorial board. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

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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.