GRID: A Texas municipal utility builds four large solar farms and a natural gas-fired power plant as it aims to keep pace with power demand from data centers and electrification. (El Paso Times)


  • Georgia Power asks state regulators to allow it to build three new natural gas-fired turbines, develop 1,000 MW of battery storage, add a 200 MW solar farm, and buy power from out of state to meet growing energy demand, but critics warn the additions could cost ratepayers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • South Carolina utilities warn that an escalation in data center construction is straining the grid. (Post and Courier)




COAL: An Alabama family sues for damages after a coal mine explodes because of what a lawyer blames on a buildup of methane gas. (Inside Climate News)

CLEAN ENERGY: A report finds Georgia ranks second in the U.S. for clean energy development with $23.12 billion in investment. (Augusta Chronicle)

POLITICS: Virginia lawmakers use a budget amendment to try to force the state to rejoin a regional carbon market, but it will likely be vetoed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin. (Inside Climate News)


  • A nine-mile island in New Orleans is slowly being swept away by rising seas, and its erosion could severely affect more heavily populated parts of the city that it helps to protect from storm surge. (
  • A Texas power company faces numerous lawsuits after investigators say its decayed power pole sparked this month’s historic wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma. (Grist)


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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.