SOLAR: Washington, D.C.’s city council advances a bill to expand solar energy despite a racial equity assessment that found it would benefit wealthy residents at the expense of low-income people of color. (DCist)

• New Jersey utility officials approve a program incentivizing 300 MW of new solar through a competitive bidding process. (NJ Spotlight)
• New York’s energy siting board denies a request for rehearing for a 180 MW solar array that would’ve straddled three St. Lawrence County towns. (NNY360)
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers develop a technique to produce thin, lightweight solar cells that can be applied to fixed surfaces. (news release)
• In Maine, a bill yet to be introduced would incentivize solar arrays on PFAS-contaminated lands while aiming to mitigate the impact of such developments on wildlife habitats. (News Center Maine)

• Oil companies being sued by New Jersey in its climate deception lawsuit seek to have the case moved to federal court. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Boston city councilor wants the city’s public school district to incorporate a climate change and environmental justice curriculum. (

• Dozens attend a Peabody, Massachusetts, public meeting to protest a proposed peaker plant that would be sited in or around eight environmental justice communities. (WBUR)
• Rhode Island’s attorney general settles with two gasoline refiners for collectively over $1 million over alleged soil and groundwater contamination with a gasoline additive. (Boston Globe)
• Hazardous waste has been removed from two of three sites at a former Philadelphia refinery undergoing redevelopment, work that should be complete by April. (WHYY)

BIOGAS: A Brooklyn biogas project that was supposed to be operational in 2015 may finally come online in January. (Gothamist)

• An environmental nonprofit’s report finds Maryland would see economic and environmental benefits from expanding its offshore wind industry. (Maryland Matters)
• New York officials decide a former Staten Island liquefied natural gas tank site will eventually host an offshore wind manufacturing plant. (SI Live)
• A New Jersey group “dominates” a state hearing on offshore wind development to call for slower approvals and more studies. (Asbury Park Press)
• New Jersey’s economic development agency wants residents in environmentally overburdened communities to apply for grants to develop offshore wind careers. (news release)

TRANSPORTATION: A 50-year-old decision not to go forward with an interstate expansion through Boston spared several neighborhoods from air pollution and destruction. (Boston Globe)

BUILDINGS: In New York, Erie County legislators are poised to approve the Buffalo Bills’ new stadium despite developers not completing the standard full environmental review. (Investigative Post)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Massachusetts university program allows students to help local municipalities solve clean energy problems. (Greenfield Recorder)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: In Vermont, a waste management company purchases an electric trash truck as part of a pilot project. (WCAX)

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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.