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EFFICIENCY: An innovative nonprofit in Asheville, North Carolina, performs no-cost energy efficiency upgrades and boosts the city’s progress in the clean energy transition as a complement to federal weatherization programs. (Vxartnews)



CARBON CAPTURE: Texas has embraced carbon capture because it involves cashing in on federal subsidies to scale up something oil producers have already been doing for a long time: pumping liquefied carbon gas into the ground. (Capital and Main)

PIPELINES: Energy company Kinder Morgan purchases NextEra Energy Partners’ Texas natural gas pipelines for $1.82 billion. (Reuters)


WIND: A Virginia city receives $39.2 million in federal funding to turn a marine terminal into an offshore wind logistics facility. (WVEC)

COAL: A new report projects coal production to drop next year as coal-fired generation falls below 15% of the U.S. power mix. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

STORAGE: The propensity for lithium-ion batteries to catch fire creates concerns about their disposal, especially after a fire at a Georgia recycling center. (WAGA)

RENEWABLE GAS: Two landfill-to-renewable gas plants begin operating in North Carolina. (news release)


POLITICS: Texans vote today on a proposal to create a state energy fund to incentivize construction of natural-gas fired power plants in an effort to shore up the grid. (KRIS)


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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.