NUCLEAR: A judge gives preliminary approval to a $520 million deal that would settle a ratepayer class action lawsuit against South Carolina utility Santee Cooper over a failed nuclear project. (The State)

SOLAR: North Carolina solar growth slows even as the industry grows faster elsewhere in the Southeast. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

RENEWABLES: The Tennessee Valley Authority announces a request for proposals for 200 MW of renewable energy projects to come online by the end of 2023. (PV-Tech)

WIND: Dominion Energy selects a company to provide project support and engineering development for its Virginia offshore wind farm. (news release)

• Utilities around the U.S. prepare for possible demand decreases during the COVID-19 pandemic, and face pressure to halt disconnections for customers who can’t pay bills. (Greentech Media, Huffington Post)
• Virginia regulators order electric, natural gas and water companies to suspend disconnections until after the COVID-19 outbreak subsides. (WCYB) 

• Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan, one of Houston’s largest employers, orders employees to work from home but is not cutting back operations amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Houston Chronicle)
• An oilfield service provider in Houston furloughs 3,500 workers for 60 days as shale producers cut spending. (KPRC)

POLITICS: A look at how presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders differ on clean energy and climate change action before the Georgia Democratic primary next week. (WABE)

• Mississippi Power doubles down on an uneconomical coal-fired power plant despite Southern Company’s plans to reduce carbon emissions, an energy think tank communications manager says. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• New laws in Virginia clear barriers to small-scale solar installation, but more work needs to be done, a lawyer and environmental advocate says. (Virginia Mercury)

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.