SOLAR: The oil market crash is hurting Texas’ solar industry: Developers have scrapped plans to build at least 13 solar farms, and analysts say more may follow as the state’s economy suffers. (Bloomberg)

WIND: Arkansas regulators approve regional utility SWEPCO’s partial acquisition of a massive Oklahoma wind project. (Renewables Now)

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• A judge revises a recent ruling that threatened to hold up thousands of utility projects crossing streams and wetlands, allowing permitting for new projects to proceed with additional environmental review. (Associated Press)
• A police academy in Virginia says a proposed pipeline could disrupt its operations and jeopardize its driving course. (Prince William Times)
• Houston pipeline company Energy Transfer plans to cut spending by at least $400 million this year due to the pandemic. (S&P Global)

• Texas oil companies are slashing budgets and cutting workers, and experts say more bankruptcies could happen this year. (Houston Public Media)
• Natural gas exports to foreign countries slow because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving companies’ expansion plans up in the air. (New York Times)
• House Democrats ask a Houston offshore drilling equipment company to return federal funding meant for small businesses. (Houston Chronicle)
• Major oil companies and utilities like Duke Energy stand to benefit from the federal government’s plans for a $750 billion bond bailout during the pandemic, according to an environmental group’s analysis. (The Guardian)
• Oklahoma regulators take no action on applications from oil and gas producers seeking to get state support to stabilize prices. (Reuters)

COAL: Environmental groups plan to sue West Virginia environmental regulators, alleging the agency has failed to follow federal reporting requirements for a coal mine reclamation fund. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Juliette, Georgia, residents are still waiting to get their water tested for coal ash contamination, a process stalled because of the pandemic. (WXGA)

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UTILITIES: South Carolina lawmakers will revisit funding packages to support the state during the pandemic after disagreements over the sale of utility Santee Cooper derailed their efforts last session. (The State)

• The pandemic threatens clean energy jobs and renewable project progress in Texas, according to an environmental group. (Environmental Working Group)
• The president of the Electric Power Supply Association says Dominion Energy’s rate hike for Virginia customers could be a sign of things to come for other utilities. (Utility Dive)

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.