UTILITIES: At a shareholder meeting, Duke Energy’s CEO defends the utility’s use of natural gas, saying the fuel is “under assault” and necessary to use alongside renewables. (WFAE)

• About 15% of Florida households may not be able to pay their utility bills during the pandemic, according to a survey by nonprofit Vote Solar. (WPTV)
• Texas regulators approve new rules for electricity brokers that let energy companies refuse to sell plans to customers of deal-finding sites. (Houston Chronicle)

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PIPELINES: An Oklahoma pipeline operator will build an underwater pipeline to move natural gas from an offshore project in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle) 

• A Louisiana Senate committee approves legislation that would kill lawsuits filed against oil companies by parish governments over the loss of coastal wetlands. (The Advocate)
• The attorneys general of Virginia and 10 other states call on FERC to institute a moratorium on fossil fuel projects during the pandemic. (CBS 19)
• An oil service company with hundreds of employees in Houma, Louisiana, gets a $10 million federal stimulus loan. (Daily Advertiser)
• Authorities and industry groups warn oil companies about people falsely claiming to be inspectors for state regulators. (Houston Chronicle)

• An $8 million loan will help finance solar projects in several Virginia county school systems. (Staunton News Leader)
• A solar company is spending $3 million to build a project that will supply power to an Arkansas water utility. (KY3)

• The head of American Electric Power expects a decision from Louisiana and Texas regulators soon on a major wind project. (Utility Dive)
• Botetourt County, Virginia, officials will hold a public hearing next week on a bid to increase the height of turbines allowed for a proposed project. (Roanoke Times)

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NUCLEAR: A minor mishap occurred at the Plant Vogtle construction site when a crane became unbalanced, but no one was injured. (WRDW) 

COMMENTARY: A coalition of public interest groups will pressure Duke Energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, transition to renewables, make rates more affordable, and more, one of the groups says. (Appalachian Voices)

Lyndsey Gilpin is a freelance journalist based in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. She compiles the Southeast Energy News daily email digest. Lyndsey is the publisher of Southerly, a weekly newsletter about ecology, justice, and culture in the American South. She is on the board of directors for the Society of Environmental Journalists.