TRANSIT: A Washington, D.C., city council advances legislation to make public bus routes free — a plan the mayor questions given the city’s system is co-funded and used by Virginians and Marylanders. (DCist)

ALSO: The transit agency of Washington, D.C., issued a budget plan this week that includes low-income subway rider discounts, but hikes overall fares by roughly 5%. (Washington Post)

OIL & GAS:
• A new tracker highlights the sites in Pennsylvania where fracking waste contains a persistent, bioaccumulative class of chemicals linked to numerous health problems. (Daily Climate)
• Two fracking services companies are dismissed from a lawsuit brought by a Pennsylvania man over property value and health issues he connects to nearby fracking; three other defendants are still being sued. (Indiana Gazette)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The city council of Springfield, Massachusetts, votes to allow the city to begin a community choice clean energy aggregation program. (Mass Live)
• A former national climate advisor and a top official in Massachusetts governor-elect Maura Healey’s transition team says she is committed to an equitable clean energy transition. (Mass Live)

SOLAR:
• A developer sues a Pennsylvania township over a recently adopted solar ordinance it says wasn’t enacted through the proper channels and targeted toward their own solar installation plans. (News-Item)
• A Maine transit official acknowledges the agency should’ve communicated better with Augusta residents and council members while planning a 15-acre solar installation along the town’s highway exits. (Portland Press Herald)
• Some residents of Wilder, Vermont, push back on plans to clear-cut some forestland to install a 4.13 MW solar array. (Valley News)
• New York’s governor signs into law a new fund aiming to protect agricultural plots and farmlands from solar development. (Spectrum News)
• A retail energy provider can proceed with construction of its 4 MW community solar project in upstate New York, separately wrapping up the interconnection review for a separate 6 MW facility in the state. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• New Haven, Connecticut, officials question whether the city should use federal pandemic funds to buy non-electric police and fire vehicles given local impacts from the climate and air quality crises. (New Haven Independent)
• Buffalo, New York, firefighters receive new gear that will help extinguish fires from the lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles. (WKBW)

UTILITIES: Although some question whether the utility needs to raise rates, a Connecticut news outlet notes Eversource’s Connecticut operations are the least profitable part of its service territory. (New Haven Register)

GRID: The National Transportation Safety Board publishes a preliminary report on the events that led to a small plane crashing into Maryland power lines last month, causing a widespread outage. (DCist)

CLIMATE: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Delaware researchers will study how to mitigate and adapt to climate change’s impacts on the Inland Bays. (WHYY)

OFFSHORE WIND: Maine’s energy agency grants almost $270,000 to its state university to launch an offshore wind industry training program for undergraduates. (news release)

EFFICIENCY: A national efficiency nonprofit calls Maine the “most-improved state” in 2022 for energy efficiency in its annual report card, with Massachusetts overall ranked second. (WGME, CommonWealth Magazine)

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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.