UTILITIES: Rural electric cooperatives continue to shut off services to people, including in rural North Carolina, despite pressure to halt shut-offs during the pandemic. (Huffington Post)

ALSO: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announces an executive order prohibiting utilities from disconnecting people unable to pay for the next 60 days. (WYFF)

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EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency contractors have been largely sidelined by virus fears and shelter-in-place orders, but some are optimistic for a quick rebound when work can resume. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Offshore wind in the U.S. will exceed 1 GW of capacity by 2024 and add more than that amount annually by 2027, according to a research firm — but to date, only one project has been approved in federal waters. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
Louisiana will collect $155.7 million in offshore oil revenue to fund coastal restoration projects this fiscal year — about $58 million more than the previous year. (NOLA.com)
Federal regulators allow Kinder Morgan to begin construction on a natural gas project along the Gulf Coast of Texas, despite concerns about coronavirus. (S&P Global)
“The picture looks bleak.” Oil and gas companies in the Southeast worry about the impact of low prices on the industry. (New York Times)

COAL ASH: For the first time, Georgia Power says it will repurpose coal ash stored at a Georgia power plant, turning it into cement for construction. (WFXL) 

COAL:
A Kentucky electric cooperative reduces its monthly delivery amounts with four barge coal suppliers by 20%. (S&P Global)
Production halts temporarily at Virginia’s leading underground coal mine due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. (Bristol Herald Courier)

COMMENTARY: More than a dozen organizations in Tennessee and Alabama pressure utilities to halt service disconnection and late fees during the coronavirus pandemic. (Appalachian Voices)

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Lyndsey Gilpin

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.