Southeast Energy News is a nonprofit news site dedicated to keeping stakeholders, policymakers, and citizens informed of the important changes taking place as the Southeast shifts from fossil fuels to a clean energy system.

Southeast Energy News is a project of the Energy News Network and is published by Fresh Energy, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for clean energy policy. Southeast Energy News was launched with support from the MacArthur Foundation in 2015.

Southeast Energy News is an editorially independent news and information site, and its contents should not be considered to reflect policy positions of Fresh Energy or our funders.

Our funding

Southeast Energy News accepts funding from charitable foundations working in the public interest as well as individual donors, and our funders have affirmed that they do not have access to, or oversight of, the editorial process. Current funders include:

• The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
• The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
• The Energy Foundation
• The Park Foundation

Southeast Energy News also receives general operating support from one anonymous foundation under the editorial independence conditions listed above.

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In addition to a daily email digest of the most important news stories from the region, Southeast Energy News also publishes original journalism written by independent freelance reporters. These stories are available for republication by other news outlets via Creative Commons Attribution/No Derivatives license. Contact editor Ken Paulman at editor@energynews.us for more information.

Please note that this license does not cover articles that we republish from other publications, Associated Press images, and any other material governed by a separate copyright agreement.

Write for us

Southeast Energy News publishes original reporting from experienced freelance journalists.

Send your resume and three relevant clips to editor Ken Paulman at editor@energy-news.us. No phone calls, please.

We also publish occasional unpaid commentaries from experts in the energy field.

Southeast Energy News does not publish press releases, sponsored blog posts or other commercial content.

Staff and contributors:

Ken Paulman, managing editor

kp mugKen is the managing editor for digital media projects at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Southeast Energy News and Midwest Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune, before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. Ken is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ken can be reached at paulman@fresh-energy.org or 651-726-7573.

Elizabeth Ouzts, contributor

A contributing writer since August 2016, Elizabeth became a journalism fellow for Southeast Energy News in February 2017. A former director of communications for Environment America, she brings nearly two decades of experience in environmental and energy policy to her reporting, which has been picked up by the Associated Press, Utility Dive and others. She was born and raised in South Carolina, then in North Carolina’s foothills, and now lives in Raleigh.

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Jim Pierobon, contributor

jim pierobon mugJim began his career as an energy reporter for the Houston Chronicle, co-managed the global Energy Public Affairs Practice at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, revamped communications at the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and helped launch and grow Standard Solar in Maryland as its first Chief Marketing Officer. His work has been published in a variety of industry journals and other mainstream media including The New York Times and Huffington Post. He also blogs at TheEnergyFix.com. Jim resides in Leesburg, Virginia.

Jim can be reached at jim@jimpierobon.com.

Rhiannon Fionn, contributor

Rhiannon-Fionn-by-Grant-BaldwinRhiannon is a filmmaker and an award-winning independent journalist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, and a founding member of the Greater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists. Rhiannon’s documentary film, “Coal Ash Chronicles,” is in post-production.

Rhiannon can be contacted via this link.

Comment policy

Southeast Energy News welcomes thoughtful, civil and constructive comments. All comments are premoderated and comments that do not contribute to a respectful dialogue will not be approved.