OIL & GAS: Texas oil and gas regulators say they’re not ready to put a cap on oil production but ask staff to consult with the attorney general on whether such an order would hold up in court. (Dallas Morning News)

ALSO: Louisiana, which gets about a tenth of its state budget from the oil and gas industry, faces a major budget shortfall as the oil market crashes. (WAFB) 

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• Components for Dominion Energy’s wind project off the coast of Virginia ship from Europe, with construction expected to begin this spring. (Virginia Business)
• A Texas researcher is among a group studying the potential of rooftop energy that combines small wind turbines and solar panels. (Scientific American)

• A North Carolina solar company is working with mortgage lenders to give customers the option to include solar panels in home refinancing. (Solar Power World)
• A renewable energy developer plans to start construction on three Texas solar projects that will generate 330 MW of energy. (reNews) 

PIPELINES: Federal regulators allow a $1 billion natural gas pipeline in Oklahoma to begin service. (Kallanish Energy)

COAL: A coal company plans to partially reopen a West Virginia mine after receiving an $8 million loan from the federal government. (Seeking Alpha)

COAL ASH: Sickened coal ash cleanup workers reject a $10 million settlement from a contractor hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the case is expected to go to trial next year. (Engineering News-Record)

• On the 50th Earth Day, North Carolina is positioned for success with major plans for clean energy, an environmental policy expert writes. (WRAL)
• If oil prices stay low, it will hurt the Texas economy and state and local governments may find it hard to help residents, a columnist writes. (Texas Tribune)

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.