SOLAR: Virginia solar advocates call for guidelines to protect consumers against an influx of predatory installers seeking to take advantage of loosened residential solar laws passed in 2020. (Virginia Mercury)

ALSO:
North Carolina solar installers negotiate with Duke Energy to delay a new time-of-use rate until at least 2026 as the utility looks to replace net-metering with a solar incentives package. (Utility Dive)
• The municipal utility in San Antonio, Texas, agrees to buy power from a 300 MW solar farm. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Electric vehicle maker Tesla presses Texas to change its rules to allow residents with solar panels or battery storage to sell excess power back to the grid. (Protocol)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Georgia’s landing of a planned Hyundai factory marks the state’s second big electric vehicle manufacturing deal after years of fruitlessly chasing car manufacturers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

OIL & GAS:
• A subsidiary of a company that operates a Louisiana liquified natural gas terminal partners with investors to develop a carbon sequestration project there. (The Advocate)
• A Gulf Coast offshore oil producer looks to grow by purchasing oil and gas assets from companies selling them to decarbonize, and by developing carbon capture and sequestration facilities. (Reuters)

CLIMATE:
• A Louisiana nonprofit outfits a church and nine other locations with solar panels in a plan to develop dozens of “resilience hubs” where residents can cool off and charge up after a hurricane. (NOLA.com)
• Analysts predict the Gulf Coast’s coming hurricane season will dampen demand for power and natural gas. (S&P Global)
• A severe drought now affects 90% of Texas, triggering water use restrictions and hundreds of wildfires. (Texas Tribune)

EMISSIONS:
• The Port of Virginia reports it’s ahead of its goal to become carbon neutral by 2040, and will source all its operational electricity from renewable sources by 2024. (WAVY)
• A Marine Corps base in Georgia becomes the first American defense base to reach net-zero carbon emissions and produce all of the energy it uses. (WALB)

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COAL:
• Coal miners press U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to shore up a federal trust fund that was established to cover black-lung disability benefits. (Bloomberg)
• A federal regulator finds a West Virginia mine where a miner recently died did not follow proper safety procedures. (WYMT)
• Memphis, Tennessee’s city council urges the Tennessee Valley Authority to study potential impacts of transporting coal ash and storing it in south Memphis communities. (Tennessee Lookout)

POLITICS:
• The incumbent on a Texas board that regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, who has been critical of renewables, defeats a challenger in a GOP runoff election. (Texas Tribune, Bloomberg)
• In races for two seats on a Georgia utility oversight board, a veteran of Atlanta government and politics wins a Democratic primary and will challenge a Republican incumbent, and another GOP incumbent cruises to re-nomination. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Savannah Morning News)

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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.