SOLAR: An analysis of an Austin, Texas, neighborhood shows stay-at-home orders are causing people to use a lot more electricity at home, especially for air conditioning, redrawing the so-called solar “duck curve.” (Greentech Media)

POLLUTION: A small increase in air pollution leads to a 15% increase in the fatality rate from COVID-19, according to a Harvard study, and experts say states like Louisiana are high-risk. (

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UTILITIES: An order by Tennessee regulators to stop utility disconnections during the pandemic doesn’t apply to municipal, cooperative or nonprofit utilities, which is how most residents get power. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

WIND: Ørsted completes a 338 MW wind farm in Texas that it says will generate enough energy to power 120,000 households. (Renewables Now)

OIL & GAS: A bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers call for a $3 billion federal purchase of oil to replenish the nation’s strategic reserve. (Dallas Morning News)

COAL: Some Kentucky miners are jobless for the second time in a year: laid off first because of Blackjewel’s bankruptcy and now due to the coronavirus. (WTVQ)

Mountain Valley Pipeline construction sites are abiding by health guidelines and environmental rules during the pandemic, according to the developer’s deputy general counsel. (Roanoke Times)
Three problematic abandoned mines in Virginia owned by Blackjewel may finally have buyers, according to environmental organizers. (Appalachian Voices)
• A Virginia landowner says the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dangerous and could potentially explode or leak contaminants. (Roanoke Times)
Dominion Energy delayed its rate hike request because of the pandemic but will likely ask South Carolina regulators for it later this year, an editorial board writes. (Post and Courier)

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.