TRANSIT: A bill with overwhelming support within the Washington, D.C., council would make the city’s public bus service fare-free and expand service overnight on 12 routes. (DCist)

ALSO: In New York City, a long-delayed draft Brooklyn bus route redesign intended to make the system faster and more reliable is issued, with over a dozen workshops scheduled for residents to voice their thoughts. (Brooklyn Eagle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Connecticut’s Ford dealers consider whether they can fulfill the manufacturer’s new requirements to sell its electric vehicles, which will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fulfill. (New Haven Register) 

SOLAR: A solar installation incentivization bill in Washington, D.C., faces criticism from environmental groups over ratepayer costs. (DCist)

COAL: A former New Jersey coal-fired power plant is slated for implosion today to make room for a clean energy project that the developer is expected to soon announce. (Associated Press)

• Federal energy regulators approve a “first-ready, first-served” interconnection review process for PJM Interconnection as the grid operator digs out of its backlog; new requests won’t be reviewed until early 2026. (Utility Dive)
• New York’s grid operator reports it will have narrower reliability margins over the coming decade amid the electrification push. (Utility Dive)

• Federal regulators sanction a company’s purchase of 1.6 GW worth of gas-fired generators in Maine and Massachusetts — a proposal opposed by consumer advocates concerned with regional consolidation. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• New York utility regulators approve a utility’s plan to remediate installation errors that contributed to an underground gas leak and home explosion in February. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• Pennsylvania environmental regulators request a cleanup plan from a company whose truck spilled thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel in mid-November when passing through West Bethlehem. (Lehigh Valley Live)

•New Jersey will receive $10 million in federal funds to complete climate resiliency projects, including buying over 30 homes to demolish. (NJ Advance Media)
• Maine’s governor announces $5.4 million in climate adaptation investments while touting the state’s recent achievements toward carbon neutrality and clean energy adoption. (News Center Maine)

• A top Connecticut state senator says he isn’t making excuses for the investor-owned utilities in his state, but explains that massive supply charge rate hikes aren’t really their fault. (Connecticut Public Radio)
• Maine considers how to unburden its low- to moderate-income residents who may struggle with energy costs this winter, eyeing hundreds of millions of dollars sitting in the state’s purse. (Mainebiz)

• Vermont wildlife officials are studying past wind farm developments to understand how black bears — a key species whose experiences can be used to understand how other species are faring — interact with the facilities. (WCAX)
• New Jersey utility officials release guidance on what bids should address in the state’s third offshore wind solicitation. (news release)

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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.