GRID: In Connecticut, frustration grows over inability to access Canadian hydropower because of stalled transmission line projects, which some say underscores the need for better interstate collaboration. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Power failures at two data centers that support Maine’s 911 emergency call system prevented workers from answering the phones, leaving dozens of unanswered calls from central and northern counties. (CBS 13)
• In December, wholesale power prices across New York’s grid operator more than doubled compared to the year-prior period amid a cold snap. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS:
• A new study finds  gas-fueled cooking stoves are responsible for 15.4% of Massachusetts’ childhood asthma cases, adding to the growing body of research on health impacts from gas cooking. (Boston Globe)
• Pennsylvania saw record natural gas production in 2021, drawing 7.6 trillion cubic feet of gas. (Patch Pennsylvania)
• ISO New England says regional electricity generators have already replaced around 20 million gallons of fuel oil burned during the winter storm that swept the area, with another eight millions gallons en route. (Reuters)
• A Connecticut town passes an ordinance limiting the use of gas-powered leaf blowers after years of concern around noise and air pollution. (CT Post)

CLIMATE:
• Drinking water supplies in New York City, Philadelphia and other Delaware River basin localities are threatened by sea level rise bringing salty seawater farther upstream. (The City)
• New York City’s sanitation commissioner praises the progress of a Queens compost program, which has collected over 12.7 million pounds of organic waste since its start in October — a vast amount more than the program has collectively received from other boroughs. (Gothamist)
• Maine plans to study how climate change impacts nearshore marine creatures, such as oysters, seaweed, marine worms and periwinkles. (Mainebiz)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Massachusetts regulators authorize a $400 million plan for several utilities to install residential, commercial and public electric vehicle chargers, adding a surcharge to customer bills. (Boston Globe)
• Officials in a suburban Philadelphia county plan to transition roughly 10% of the municipality’s vehicle fleet to electric models by the end of 2025. (WHYY)

UTILITIES:
• The inspector general of New York City’s transit agency says Con Edison has overcharged the organization by possibly millions of dollars through estimated billing. (amNY)
• A New York state senator says his chamber’s new report on billing practices at several utilities reveals several regulatory gaps that contributed to many under- or over-billed customers. (Times Union)

CLEAN ENERGY: In her inauguration speech, Massachusetts’ new governor promises to increase the state’s solar, offshore wind and energy storage installation targets, among other climate and environmental priorities. (WCVB)

SOLAR: Residents of Shaftsbury, Vermont, voice concerns over the potential visual impact of a proposed 80 MW solar array. (Bennington Banner)

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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.