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GRID: The strong storm that swept the East Coast earlier this week has jeopardized Christmas festivities for celebrants across New England, where over 100,000 power outages persist and flood waters have yet to recede. (PowerOutage.US, Kennebec Journal, Associated Press)



  • A U.S. senator from Pennsylvania sponsors two bills that would help coal miners with black lung disease receive company benefits for themselves or their surviving families. (WITF)
  • Aiming to reverse population depletion related to extensive coal mining and logging in the area, a freshwater mussel restoration project will soon begin along Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River. (Penn Live Patriot-News)


POLICY: The Maryland Commission on Climate Change issues its annual report with recommendations to guide state environment officials’ work, measures that could make it into the state’s upcoming, updated climate strategy. (Maryland Matters)

WORKFORCE: The developers of Vineyard Wind have reported almost 1,800 new jobs created during the project’s development, but the workforce’s fluctuating size makes it hard to quantify. (WBUR)


TRANSIT: A bike share company plans to add 750 new electric bikes to subway stations across the Boston area in the coming months, increasing its total area fleet size to over 5,000. (Boston Globe)

CLIMATE: After holding the position for nearly three decades, Vermont’s state climatologist sees her work increasingly finding the spotlight as more attention is given to the climate crisis. (VT Digger)

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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.