ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Workers rally at Volkswagen’s Tennessee factory ahead of a potentially pivotal vote to unionize amid a larger push by the United Auto Workers to organize plants in the largely non-union Southeast that are pivoting to make electric vehicles. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)




RENEWABLES: Dominion Energy issues a request for solar, wind and battery storage projects in Virginia to reduce the burden on the power grid and help it attain its net zero emissions goal by 2050. (Energy Storage News)




UTILITIES: Jacksonville, Florida’s municipal utility appoints a new interim CEO after its former top executive resigns, reportedly over a disagreement over its future direction. (Florida Times-Union)


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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.