ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The New York Power Authority isn’t placing electric vehicle chargers in the counties that need them most, according to a state comptroller’s audit, which found 30 counties with registered electric vehicles have zero public charging ports. (Auburn Citizen)

ALSO: Massachusetts will distribute more than $13 million in grants to fund over 300 electric vehicle fast-charging stations at dozens of sites statewide. (Associated Press)

FOSSIL FUELS:
A federal appeals court allows Connecticut’s Killingly Energy Center to participate in ISO-New England’s capacity auction this week, despite the grid operator’s request to end the natural gas facility’s ability to do so. (RTO Insider, subscription)
Pennsylvania environment officials sue the state legislative reference bureau after it allegedly refused to publish the rule that will allow the state to adopt a carbon-pricing policy and join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Reuters)
A new study finds that certain vulnerable Massachusetts communities are more exposed to gas leaks than the general population and face longer waits to have leaks repaired. (WBUR)
Utility officials close a residential section of a Norwich, Connecticut, street due to a gas leak. (CBS Connecticut)

EFFICIENCY:
Vermont Gas Systems announces it will begin selling, leasing, installing and servicing electric heat pump water heaters for customers in a move that it expects to be neutral to its bottom line. (Energy News Network)
Rhode Island regulators approve a system benefit charge rate increase to fund efficiency programs, but some say even more funding is necessary. (ecoRI)
In New York, a Jewish community center partners with a clean energy training center to offer virtual efficiency technical training and professional development. (SI Live)

GRID:
Newly proposed Rhode Island legislation would incrementally increase the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard until it reaches 100% after a decade. (ecoRI)
Some clean energy advocates say federal energy regulators should reject a proposed minimum price offer rule for ISO-New England because it would eliminate the competitiveness of renewable energy projects. (Boston Globe)
Thousands of residents of a Pittsburgh-area county lost electricity for several nights late last week because of ice on power lines. (Action News 4)

OFFSHORE WIND: A state contract board determines the Connecticut Port Authority shouldn’t have entered into a public-private partnership regarding offshore wind projects, noting the lack of “open, fair bidding.(New Haven Register)

TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signals his support for using federal infrastructure funds for a rail expansion between Boston and Springfield. (WWLP)

POLITICS: A radio station analyzes how Maine Gov. Janet Mills’ support for both a controversial transmission line and a newly proposed utility accountability bill impacts her political future. (Maine Public Radio)

Bridget Reed Morawski

Bridget is a freelance reporter and newsletter writer based in the Washington, D.C., area. She compiles the Northeast Energy News digest. Bridget primarily writes about energy, conservation and the environment. Originally from Philadelphia, she graduated from Emerson College in 2015 with a degree in journalism and a minor in environmental studies. When she isn’t working on a story, she’s normally on a northern Maine lake or traveling abroad to practice her Spanish language skills.