GRID: The Vermont statehouse is forced to relocate its $400,000 lithium-ion battery back-up out of its basement after its insurer deemed it a fire hazard. (Seven Days)

• Over 100,000 electric customers across New England lost power overnight as a snow-and-ice storm hit the area, although only around 15,000 were still without power as of 6 a.m. (NBC Boston, PowerOutage.US)
• New England states band together with ISO-New England to apply for federal transmission funding. (Center Square)
• Cornell University researchers partner with Avangrid to pilot a payment plan and app that help customers better understand their energy use and options for reducing demand. (news release)

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• A New York City energy developer proposes repowering the Ravenswood fossil fuel-fired generating station in Queens with offshore wind, a project the company says would be a first of its kind in the U.S. (
• Federal officials advance plans for a Gulf of Maine offshore wind research site, finding there’s “no competitive interest” for the plot of water where it would be built. (Mainebiz)

• A new EPA decision could require a western Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant to close years earlier than its planned 2028 retirement. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• A New Jersey township appeals a state decision to let a gas company build a regulator station across from a vineyard and near preserved farmland, a watershed, an elementary school and homes. (Holmdel-Hazlet, NJ Patch)
• A proposal to upgrade a New York gas pipeline’s compressors underscores the tension between serving current demand and meeting climate change mitigation goals. (Times Union)
• A Vermont doctor explains that while research has linked gas stoves and childhood asthma, cause-and-effect with indoor air quality is more complicated. (WCAX)

CLIMATE: New York City’s mayor will soon announce plans to bring municipal composting to all five boroughs, a move sparked the need to fix the city’s rodent problem, reduce trash and mitigate climate change. (New York Times)

• A Maine school district declines to join a federal electric school bus rebate program because of concerns over the cost of charging over using diesel. (Bangor Daily News)
• State officials install the central New York city of Oswego’s first public electric vehicle fast charging station. (NNY360)

CRYPTOMINING: Environmentalists sue a bitcoin miner on the verge of bankruptcy in New York’s Finger Lakes region over its repurposing of a decommissioned coal-fired power plant for its operations. (Rochester Beacon)

• The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce says it supports studying whether congestion pricing could help reduce traffic in the area. (Boston Herald)
• Maine lawmakers, nonprofit leaders and the state’s largest car dealership call for enhanced federal clean car standards. (Portland Press Herald)

• Customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric file a class action lawsuit alleging the utility engaged in deceptive and improper business practices that led to inaccurate billing. (Daily Freeman)
• The new head of both Rochester Gas and Electric and New York State Electric and Gas discusses what the companies are doing to rectify customer billing complaints. (Democrat & Chronicle)

AFFORDABILITY: New York’s record-breaking heating oil prices climbed further this week amid the region’s snow-and-ice storm and “dangerously low” stockpiles. (Bloomberg)

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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.