POLITICS: A bipartisan group of senators releases a bill to ban Russian oil imports; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi voices her support, but the White House says it doesn’t want to raise gasoline prices. (Politico)

FINANCE:
• A group of climate change nonprofits call on major financial institutions to divest from Russia’s fossil fuel industries. (Bloomberg)
Global insurance giant AIG says it will no longer support investments in coal mines, coal power plants, or  Arctic oil and gas drilling. (KTUU)
• The U.S. saw a record $105 billion in private clean energy investments last year. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A study finds some electric vehicles lose as much as 30% of their range in freezing weather, though others perform just as well as in warm conditions. (Axios)
• A shortage of electric vehicles in the U.S. is forcing customers to wait months for a car and leading some to pay well over sticker price. (E&E News)
• Wall Street analysts support Ford’s plan to internally separate its electric and internal combustion vehicle businesses, though they question whether it can hit profit margin targets while growing production. (CNBC)
Delaware’s governor says his state will adopt California’s Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations. (news release)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• European energy giants had the cash and experience to outbid all but one group of American companies in last week’s offshore wind lease auction, snapping up five of six parcels off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. (NBC Philadelphia)
• New York City’s mayor announces plans to build one of the country’s largest offshore wind port facilities. (The Hill)

FOSSIL FUELS:
A progressive think tank says federal approval of ConocoPhillips’ Willow Arctic oil project would negate carbon emissions reductions the Biden administration hopes to achieve under its renewable energy targets. (Washington Post)  
• Several shale gas and heavy industry companies form an alliance to support a “low-carbon and hydrogen industrial hub” in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.” (RTO Insider, subscription)
Concern about climate change and an increased emphasis on environmental justice may lead to the demise of the oil industry Los Angeles was built on. (New Yorker)

SOLAR: The Nature Conservancy builds six utility-scale solar facilities on coal mines in Southwest Virginia, creating what it hopes is a replicable national model for abandoned mineland. (Washington Post)

AFFORDABILITY: Retail electricity prices skyrocketed in 2021, leaving many residents in cold-weather states with millions of dollars in unpaid bills as winter shutoff moratoriums end. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: The latest report from the United Nations’ climate change panel emphasizes how the crisis is linked to stress, trauma, anxiety and other mental health effects for the first time. (Grist)

PIPELINES: U.S. senators grill federal regulators about delays to the Mountain Valley Pipeline and other projects, although opponents dispute Sen. Joe Manchin’s assertion that the project is nearly complete. (WDBJ)

GRID: A new study identifies seven transmission projects straddling the Southwest Power Pool and MISO grids that would cost $1.65 billion and potentially enable up to 53 GW of new renewable energy capacity. (E&E News)

NUCLEAR: A congressional bill aimed at blocking interim spent reactor fuel storage sites in Texas and New Mexico would derail efforts to dispose of waste from California’s shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant. (Mercury News)

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Kathryn Krawczyk

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.