CLIMATE: Failing to secure both the regional Transportation and Climate Initiative and the Central Maine Power transmission expansion project leaves Massachusetts in a tough position to meet its climate obligations, observers say. (Boston Globe)

Despite garnering all necessary approvals, Pennsylvania may not be able to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative until early January because of a technicality in the state’s new regulation policies. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
New York’s Climate Action Council decides to include cost-benefit and consumer impact analyses in a draft scoping plan on climate action, while ratepayer impacts will be addressed in a future process. (RTO Insider, subscription)

PIPELINES: The Mariner East pipeline builder will pay $4 million in a settlement with Pennsylvania natural resources officials for spilling dozens of gallons of drilling mud into a state park lake. (WHYY)

NET-ZERO: A special election in Burlington, Vermont, results in 70% of voters approving a $20 million net-zero energy projects bond, but a $40 million infrastructure bond failed to reach the two-thirds approval required. (

UTILITIES: Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys begin closing arguments in the trial of five Connecticut municipal utility executives charged with conspiracy and theft related to excessively swanky business trips. (The Day)

Two Massachusetts state lawmakers propose legislation mandating that new single-family homes, apartments and larger commercial buildings be constructed to allow rooftop solar systems. (State House News Service)
A small Maine ski area will begin construction on a 7.36 MW solar farm across 31 acres in early 2022. (News Center Maine)
A Vermont select board postpones taking immediate action on a proposed solar array facing local opposition, with at least one board member concerned with aggravating the landowner and losing the town’s access to trails. (Rutland Herald)
A Rhode Island newspaper details the developmental stages of nearly a dozen solar farms planned in Newport County, noting where solar development ordinances have been passed or considered. (Newport Daily News)

A Connecticut community reflects on the anniversary of a major gas leak and explosion that destroyed a popular restaurant and killed six people, leading to the state’s Call Before You Dig law. (CT Post)
At a conference, the chief executive of one of Pennsylvania’s largest gas producers rallies for a revamp in the state’s gas impact fee, claiming gas producers have “paid more than [their] fair share.(TribLive)

RATEPAYERS: National Grid applies to apply new energy efficiency and gas cost recovery charges to its Rhode Island ratepayers, which will together add 7.3% to the average monthly residential heating bill. (Providence Business Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: In western New York, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority kicks off construction of an electric bus charging station intended to service the 20 electric buses the agency will receive in 2022. (news release)

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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.