OFFSHORE WIND: The federal government announced Friday that the auction for offshore wind parcels off New Jersey and Long Island’s coasts raised a record $4.37 billion from six companies. (CNBC)

HEATING:
• A reporter digs into the story of the little-known and often-misidentified Alice Parker, a Black woman from New Jersey who patented an innovative natural gas home heating system a century ago. (Energy News Network)
• The second piece of a two-part series explores why Massachusetts HVAC contractors are split on whether to encourage customers to install heat pumps or wait until device parts and industry knowledge become more widely available. (CAI) 

UTILITIES:
• After selling its fossil fuel power plants, PSEG will need to maintain three nuclear units in New Jersey for the next 30 years, the utility’s CEO says. (Utility Dive)
• Berkshire Gas of western Massachusetts says its natural gas will play a continued role in the clean energy transition as local climate advocates fight the utility’s plan. (Berkshire Eagle)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania natural gas producers explore exporting the fuel to Ukraine as Russia’s attack cuts short its energy supply. (WESA)

CLIMATE:
• New York’s deputy solicitor general discusses the potential implications of a Supreme Court case beginning today that will weigh the U.S. EPA’s ability to regulate power plants. (E&E News, subscription)
• Warming temperatures jeopardize northern New York’s farming economy and will worsen in the coming years, a Cornell University study finds. (NNY360)
• A University of Pennsylvania program seeks ideas for a tool to help areas in the Delaware River Watershed address climate change. (WHYY)

HYDROPOWER: A company reaches a deal to relicense three hydropower plants on the Connecticut River while promising more recreational access to the river. (MassLive, subscription)

ELECTRIFICATION:
• Utilities, building industry groups, and restaurateurs are fighting part of a Maryland climate bill that would push new buildings to only use electric heating sources. (Maryland Matters)
• A northern New York town’s electric department promises to study the effects of a bill that would ban new gas hookups in the state. (NNY360)

UTILITY BILLS:
• A report finds nearly 800,000 Massachusetts families owe a collective $674 million in electric and gas utility bills, with debt skyrocketing during the pandemic. (MassLive)
• Hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents face a collective $661 million in electric and natural gas debt and potential shutoffs when the state’s moratorium ends March 15. (Asbury Park Press)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Residents of a western New York city wage noise complaints against a bitcoin mining plant taking over a former natural gas power plant as it tests equpment. (Buffalo News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Rhode Island gas station plans to open electric vehicle charging stations near the state’s biggest airport. (Providence Business News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Maine lawmakers should pass Gov. Jane Mills’ utility reform plan even though it doesn’t fully move the state toward establishing a consumer-owned utility system, an editorial board writes. (Portland Press Herald)
• Massachusetts lawmakers need to require insurers to provide oil leak coverage to protect residents’ finances and the environment, an editorial board writes. (Boston Globe)
• A farm advocate calls on Pennsylvania lawmakers to balance the need to install clean energy and preserve farmland. (The Times)

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Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Energy News Network team, where she oversees the early-morning production of ENN’s five email digest newsletters as well as distribution of ENN’s original journalism with other media outlets. From documenting chronic illness’ effect on college students to following the inner workings of Congress, Kathryn has built a broad experience in her more than five years working at major publications including The Week Magazine. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and information management and technology from Syracuse University.