UTILITY BILLS: Federal officials double the funding for Vermont’s low-to-moderate-income home heating assistance program. (Bennington Banner)

ALSO: Last week’s winter storm drove Northeast electricity and natural gas prices to their highest point in four years. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: As the Berkshires region of Massachusetts experiences warmer, wetter weather associated with the climate crisis, its local ski industry may fade away. (Berkshire Eagle)

TRANSPORTATION:
Numerous New England transportation officials say the biggest hurdle to overcome when electrifying their public bus fleets is upgrading bus garages and their electrical systems. (RTO Insider, subscription)
A new rule mandates some types of new cargo-handling equipment operating at the Port of New York and New Jersey be zero-emission; meanwhile, New Jersey environmental officials propose a rule to cut emissions from other types of cargo machinery at the same port. (RTO Insider, subscription)

CYBERSECURITY: Connecticut’s utility regulator finds many phishing attempts against utility vendors and partners, which are a “significant risk” to utilities, were successful because of a lack of multi-factor authentication. (CT Insider)

CLEAN ENERGY: Yonkers, New York, kicks off a community choice aggregation program to provide 50,000 households with locally generated hydroelectricity. (news release)

SOLAR: A northern New Jersey town council votes to draw electricity from a proposed solar farm to be erected on local farmland, with savings estimated at  over $6 million over the 20-year contract. (Lehigh Valley Live)

WIND:
New Jersey earmarks $350 million for corporate offshore wind sector tax credits and $265 million to fund the New Jersey Wind Port. (RTO Insider, subscription)
Construction on a nearly 106 MW wind farm in northern New York pauses for the winter but is still expected to wrap up later this year. (NNY360)

EFFICIENCY:
New Hampshire’s utility regulator says it won’t reconsider its unpopular decision to gut funding for the state’s energy efficiency programs. (WMUR)
National Grid provides over $100,000 in energy efficiency incentives to a major pasta manufacturer to improve its facility in New York’s Finger Lakes region. (Livingston County News)

GRID: The top Connecticut energy official and ISO New England continue to disagree on what can be done to address winter grid reliability concerns. (RTO Insider, subscription)

COAL: Firefighters respond to a blaze at a retired coal plant in New York’s Niagara County as it’s demolished to make way for cryptocurrency mining. (Buffalo News)

FUEL: Federal officials authorize Vermont transporters delivering heating fuel to work longer hours amid a truck driver shortage. (WCAX)