WIND: A Massachusetts agency authorizes a combined 1.6 GW of offshore wind contracts, despite warnings from developers that the Commonwealth Wind project cannot be financed and built under the current agreements. (State House News Service)

ALSO:
• Several Massachusetts utilities set to procure power from the Commonwealth Wind project encourage state officials to approve the agreements as written. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A Massachusetts agency says it makes sense for state residents to cover 40% of the cost to build a 1 GW northern Maine onshore wind project because it will benefit them. (State House News Service)
• Federal officials approved the South Fork offshore wind farm despite government scientists warning it would threaten a regional cod species. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• 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)
• New York City sanitation officials say electric garbage trucks aren’t yet powerful enough to plow snow for more than four hours. (Gothamist)
• Maryland’s climate commission recommends the state provide low-interest loans to cover the cost of purchasing zero-emission vehicles, noting that current financial incentives aren’t enough. (WYPR)
• Massachusetts’ transportation agency forms a “high-performance unit” within its ranks to advance electric vehicle charging infrastructure installations. (Sentinel & Enterprise)

GRID:
• New York’s governor releases a roadmap to install 6 GW of energy storage capacity in about seven years, which would cover roughly one-fifth of the state’s total peak power demand. (news release)
• ISO New England relied on oil to generate up to 40% of its power demand at times during cold weather on December 24th. (Bloomberg)
• Two New Hampshire residents cheer the performance of their solar-plus-storage installations during a recent winter storm that knocked out power across the state. (Concord Monitor)
• National Grid says the recent blizzard that buried Buffalo, New York, was unprecedented and required “unique solutions” to restore power; homes and businesses that lost power for at least 72 hours are eligible for perishable food and medication reimbursements. (Buffalo News)
• Eversource says its New Hampshire crews deployed a new “rapid pole” technology to replace broken poles during recent widespread outages. (WMUR)

CLIMATE:
• Climate change and outdated septic systems are fueling algae blooms in Cape Cod, but fixing the problem has a price tag in the billions. (New York Times)
• 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)
• Although tapping time usually begins in February or March, warming winters allow some Vermont sugarers to start maple sap production in mid-December. (VT Digger)
• A Rhode Island hospital — one of the state’s largest greenhouse gas emitters — has yet to disclose its 2021 emissions to federal environmental officials. (ecoRI)

OIL & GAS: A New Year’s Day gas explosion destroys several homes and injures multiple people in a northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. (CBS Philadelphia)

AFFORDABILITY: Officials in Connecticut and Massachusetts virtually convene today to find power procurement strategies to make power bills less expensive in 2023. (News-Times)

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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.