SOLAR: The chairman of Mississippi’s public service commission drafts orders to approve a pair of $80 million solar projects that would deliver energy to Mississippi Power and provide about 300 temporary jobs each. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Two solar companies team up to build a 400 MW project in Texas that will provide power to southern Texas’ grid. (Renewables Now)

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PIPELINES: Houston-based Energy Transfer will cut spending by an additional $200 million amid a decline in volumes of gas in pipelines from lower demand for LNG exports. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS: A company that provides helicopter services to oil rigs off the coast of Louisiana cuts at least 100 jobs because of the oil market downturn. (

JUSTICE: People of color pay disproportionately high amounts for electricity bills — a divide that is especially glaring in the South. (E&E News, subscription)

OVERSIGHT: The Alabama Supreme Court considers whether barring recording of a Public Service Commission meeting violated the state’s open meetings act. (Montgomery Advertiser)  

COAL ASH: Georgia Power says it stands behind the safety of its coal-fired power plant after residents sue over coal ash pollution. (Daily Energy Insider)

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HYDROGEN: Energy experts debate whether renewable hydrogen is the future or is overhyped as projects are announced in Florida and elsewhere. (E&E News)

• An environmental group says Duke Energy needs to answer questions during an earnings call next week about its post-Atlantic Coast Pipeline renewable energy plans. (Environmental Working Group)
• Three candidates for Florida’s public utility commission, all state legislators, have accepted thousands in utility political contributions and voted in favor of utility-friendly legislation, says a clean energy policy think tank. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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.