GRID: U.S. grid regulators are examining the fallout from a wave of extreme cold that knocked out power to more than 1.6 million U.S. customers over Christmas weekend and raised urgent questions about grid reliability. (E&E News)

ALSO: The U.S. power grid saw more reported physical and computerized attacks in the first eight months of 2022 than the whole year before — a count that doesn’t include December incidents in North Carolina and Washington. (Politico)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Individuals can now take advantage of Inflation Reduction Act incentives for heat pumps, rooftop solar, and electric vehicles. (Washington Post)
• Supply chain disruptions and trade restrictions stalled wind and solar deployment in 2022, but industry projections suggest federal incentives could spark a rebound this year. (Canary Media)

WIND:
• Offshore wind is set for a big year, with construction to start on two East Coast arrays and the opening of Pacific waters likely to spur the advancement of floating offshore wind technology. (Canary Media)
• Wind farms face steep opposition in some rural areas over perceived impacts to farming, health, and property values, potentially jeopardizing federal clean energy goals. (New York Times)
• A Massachusetts agency authorizes 1.6 GW of offshore wind contracts, despite warnings from one developers that its project cannot be financed and built under current agreements. (State House News Service)

CLIMATE:
• The U.S. experienced 15 weather disasters costing more than $1 billion in damages last year, as of mid-December, more than doubling the country’s average in the decades before 2017. (Washington Post)
• Scientists explain how intense winter weather like the blizzard that killed over two dozen people around Buffalo, New York, over the holidays could worsen as the world warms. (USA Today)
• North Carolina releases a plan to reduce carbon emissions that environmental advocates say is too vague, while other critics say its reliance on renewables could increase rates and jeopardize grid reliability. (WRAL)

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas companies look to clean up their operations with geothermal installations and offshore wind farms, potentially prolonging the fossil fuel industry’s life. (Politico, Guardian)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• New federal incentives exempt leased electric vehicles from domestic manufacturing requirements, prompting criticism from Sen. Joe Manchin, who’d spearheaded the made-in-America standards. (E&E News)
• New York adopts an advanced clean cars rule that requires all passenger cars and trucks sold in New York state to be zero-emission starting in 2035 and edits pollution standards for gas-powered cars between 2026 and 2034. (Times Union)
• Tesla’s fourth-quarter and overall 2022 sales fall short of expectations as prices rise and competition from legacy carmakers grows. (CBS News)

FINANCE: Republicans in Congress and state legislatures prepare to target sustainable investment funds and financial regulators in the coming year. (Inside Climate News)

SOLAR: A Cleveland pilot project begins installing rooftop solar on low- and moderate-income homes, which advocates say is a first step to helping reduce the energy burden in disadvantaged neighborhoods. (Energy News Network) 

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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.