POLITICS: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin unveils a new state energy plan that aims to boost hydrogen, small nuclear reactors and carbon capture while rolling back or reassessing recent utility and clean energy legislation. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Cardinal News, Virginian-Pilot)

HURRICANE IAN:
• Frustration mounts in Florida and Virginia as communities deal with Hurricane Ian’s lingering effects in the form of power outages and flooding, and the storm’s death toll rises to at least 103. (Associated Press, Florida Politics, CBS News)
Southeast utilities deploy more than 44,000 workers in Florida and 12,000 in the Carolinas and Virginia to repair damage from Hurricane Ian. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis commits to using state funds to restore electricity, water and transportation, but turns combative when questioned whether the state could have done anything different ahead of the hurricane. (Tampa Bay Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock introduces legislation to delay new restrictions on electric vehicle tax credits to benefit Hyundai while it builds a $5.54 billion EV factory in Georgia. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• West Virginia sets out a plan to build electric vehicle chargers using $45 million in federal funding. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, subscription)
• An auto lobbyist calls for Georgia to dump its high annual registration fees for electric vehicles in favor of a “vehicle-miles-traveled” tax. (Capitol Beat News Service)
• A Louisiana tourist destination adopts an ordinance allowing street-legal electric golf carts in a bid to attract more visitors. (The Advocate)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia county board considers a zoning change to clear the way for Dominion Energy to build a 100 MW solar farm with battery storage to power homes and Dulles International Airport. (WTOP)
• A Virginia town council considers a 1 MW solar farm to power a high school. (WHSV)

OIL & GAS:
• A new Sierra Club report blasts the Tennessee Valley Authority for its lingering reliance on natural gas, even while the federal utility has decreased its carbon emissions by nearly 60% since 2005. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• West Virginia’s natural gas utilities submit plans to lessen costs after most previously proposed significant winter rate increases. (WV Metro News)
• Gas deliveries to a Texas export terminal have fallen by nearly a fifth due largely to upstream pipeline maintenance projects. (S&P Global)
• A Louisiana oil and gas trade show hopes to revive attendance by returning to its original home in Lafayette. (Arcadiana Advocate)

BIOMASS: A British company agrees to pay $3.2 million to settle air pollution claims against two wood pellet mills in Louisiana. (NOLA.com)

COAL ASH: Scientists find coal ash at the bottom of five North Carolina lakes, likely from airborne ash particles that fell directly into lake waters before pollution controls were installed. (Charlotte Observer)

COAL: A coal company announces it will build a new underground mine in Kentucky. (Henderson Gleaner)

PIPELINES: Tennessee residents prepare for public meetings with federal regulators to discuss a proposed 125-mile natural gas pipeline. (news release)

FLOODING: Virginia receives $13.6 million for flood preparedness projects from its membership in a regional carbon market. (Virginian-Pilot)

COMMENTARY: An atmospheric scientist discusses the role of climate change in recent hurricanes. (CNN)

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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.