TRANSPORTATION: A growing number of Rhode Island advocates want the state to be more aggressive about investing in mass transit and other transportation emissions mitigation measures to hit its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goal. (Energy News Network)

GRID: Several New England power plants failed to generate a scheduled 2,150 MW during the Christmas Eve peak demand, and may incur $39 million in fines, ISO New England says. (Providence Journal)

POLITICS:
• Massachusetts’ new governor signs an executive order establishing a climate innovation and resilience office, her first action in her new role. (Boston Herald)
• A New Jersey newspaper outlines the climate change legislations and issues that observers may see discussed in the coming months, from low-carbon concrete to environmental justice to pension divestment. (NJ Advance Media)

HYDROGEN: Pennsylvania’s federal funding request to help develop a blue hydrogen hub has received a letter of encouragement from government officials. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

CLIMATE:
• A Maine company begins building what it says will be New England’s first mass-production facility for biochar, which could be used for carbon capture. (Bangor Daily News)
• Mild winter temperatures and unseasonal rain make it hard for New Hampshire ski areas to keep trails open. (NHPR)
• Bangor, Maine, saw average temperatures five degrees Fahrenheit above normal and more than double the usual amount of precipitation in December. (Bangor Daily News)
• Snowmobiling trails across Maine have been uncharacteristically unsuitable this winter season because of below-average snowfall and higher temperatures. (Portland Press Herald)

WIND:
• A mid-sized wind turbine manufacturer may end foreign production of its primary components and bring that business to Lockport, New York. (Buffalo News)
• An independent climate journalist details how one man’s quest to destroy offshore wind in America has played out in several mid-Atlantic states that would host the Skipjack wind farm. (Distilled)

CRYPTO: Environmentalists want New York’s partial cryptocurrency mining ban to serve as a model for other states as it drives several mining companies to relocate. (Politico New York)

CLEAN ENERGY: Western New York’s clean and climate tech start-up scene is booming, industry observers say. (Buffalo News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: In Maine’s Aroostook County, only about 1% of registered vehicles are electric, a low adoption rate compounded by a lack of fast, public chargers. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR:
• Rhode Island wants to use Inflation Reduction Act environmental justice tax credits to install rooftop solar on low-to-moderate-income single-family homes.
• In Claremont, New Hampshire, a third solar array — a 1 MW project on 4.6 acres — is proposed for a riverside area that would require a zoning variance. (Valley News)

NUCLEAR: Massachusetts’ new governor says she doesn’t want the company decommissioning the Pilgrim nuclear plant to dump wastewater in the Cape Cod Bay. (Cape Cod Times)

AFFORDABILITY:
• New England power prices are climbing in the face of natural gas price surges, domestic pipeline unavailability and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (The Hill)
• An analysis of federal energy data shows that Connecticut has the highest electric bills in the continental U.S., leading one state lawmaker to introduce legislation to let the General Assembly vote on rate increases. (CT Post, CT Insider)

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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.