OVERSIGHT: Virginia regulators plan to vote today whether to advance Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s plan to withdraw from a multistate carbon market that requires large carbon emitters to purchase allowances that fund flood reduction programs. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• North Carolina lawmakers consider legislation to add new rules for the decommissioning of solar projects, including a provision requiring operators to financially ensure they can  carry out decommissioning. (WRAL)
• A judge orders a 100 MW Georgia solar farm to halt erosion and sediment flows after a jury awarded $135 million to neighboring landowners whose lake was ruined by runoff. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Commercial operations begin at a 415 MW solar farm in Texas. (Solar Industry)


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PIPELINES: Lawyers for the Mountain Valley Pipeline urge a court to throw out two pending cases challenging its permits after Congress approves a provision to expedite construction. (Roanoke Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• An electric vehicle parts company that produces electrolytes for batteries announces it will build a factory in Tennessee. (WKRN)
• An electric vehicle battery maker prepares to break ground on a South Carolina plant. (WPDE)
• Toyota plans to retrain nearly 9,000 employees to make electric SUVs at its Kentucky plant. (Kentucky Lantern)

OIL & GAS:
• Oklahoma officials investigate a spill of 1,000 barrels of oil. (KWTV)
ExxonMobil donates $2 million to fund carbon capture research, scholarships and workforce development at Louisiana State University’s energy innovation institute. (NOLA.com)
• An energy company purchases two Texas natural gas-fired power plants totaling 855 MW. (Power Technology)
• A Florida town moves to complete a franchise agreement and easements to connect residents and businesses to natural gas service. (Vero News)

GRID: An Alabama Congress member expresses concern about the Tennessee Valley Authority’s grid resiliency after widespread blackouts in December. (WHNT)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A new report finds broad health, economic and social justice disparities between communities in different parts of the Chesapeake Bay’s watershed. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A Florida city council that opposed a state bill to restrict municipal utility revenues from being used for governmental functions frets after it only narrowly fails to pass. (The Ledger)

CLIMATE:
• An expert says Georgia’s peach crop is down by 90% due to a warm winter and then a cold snap in March. (WAGA)
• Asheville, North Carolina, is named as a top national destination for climate migrants fleeing coastal areas. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers launches a five-year study of how to manage the Mississippi River, including an emphasis on hurricane damage and flood reduction as the climate changes. (WWNO)
Arkansas farmers prepare for summer after last year’s drought affected cattle, crops and the price of supplies. (KTHV)

POLITICS:
• Tennessee’s attorney general probes 10 financial asset managers to determine their climate policies. (Reuters)
• A fiscally conservative political action committee takes aim at West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s campaign for the U.S. Senate by spotlighting a court decision finding his companies liable for six years of unpaid health care premiums owed to retired coal miners. (Weirton Daily Times)

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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.