SOLAR: Hanwha’s Qcells plant in Georgia has collected $230 million in federal tax credits as it aims to build the first end-to-end domestic solar supply chain, but records show that for now it’s still relying on Chinese components that are otherwise barred from entering the U.S. (Bloomberg)





  • Georgia regulators release draft permits for four wells to supply Hyundai’s $7.6 billion electric vehicle factory, as nearby residents voice fears about their water supply. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, subscription)
  • Kentucky lags most of its neighbors in electric vehicle adoption, though advocates hope to remedy its relatively low EV ownership rate by building more chargers. (Lexington Herald-Leader)


  • A construction firm tells Texas regulators it’s preparing to formally exit a liquified natural gas terminal it was building for Exxon Mobil and Qatar Energy after blaming the project for thousands of layoffs and a recent bankruptcy. (Houston Chronicle)
  • Texas’ governor and lieutenant governor want to double a $5 billion state fund to incentivize gas-fired power plant construction. (Houston Chronicle)

NUCLEAR: Florida regulators begin to study expanding “advanced” nuclear power at military bases and elsewhere as directed by a recently passed law. (WUSF)

COAL ASH: A judge rejects utilities’ arguments that the U.S. EPA’s coal ash storage restrictions apply only to rain and not groundwater, effectively opening the door for stricter enforcement. (Grist)

COAL: Government officials estimate how much mineable coal remains in West Virginia. (WBOY)

CLIMATE: A U.S. EPA study finds flooding on the Texas Gulf Coast well outpaces the national average for coastal areas, likely due to a combination of rising seas and sinking land. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: South Carolina regulators approve a rate hike for Duke Energy and consider raising rates for Dominion Energy despite residents’ protests. (Queen City News, WACH)

POLITICS: “I was wondering how much money it would take to buy you back from Big Oil” — a young climate activist confronts Alabama U.S. Sen. Katie Britt, who dismisses the question as “dishonest.” (


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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.