WIND: The Biden administration wants to expand permitted wind energy capacity by 30 GW by 2030 and intends to hold a lease auction later this year for plots between New York and New Jersey. (Reuters)

ALSO:
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will draw up an environmental impact statement on Ørsted’s 1.1 GW Ocean Wind project off the coast of Atlantic City, poised to become New Jersey’s first utility-scale wind farm. (NJ Spotlight)
In New Hampshire, a state siting board will investigate numerous residential complaints about noise and lights coming from the Antrim Wind facility. (Concord Monitor)

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TRANSMISSION: Three environmental groups on Friday expanded their lawsuit challenging permits for Maine’s Clean Energy Connect transmission line to include the U.S. Department of Energy. (Bangor Daily News)

GRID: Tens of thousands of power outages were reported across New England yesterday as high winds lashed the region, the vast majority of which were concentrated in Maine and New Hampshire. (NBC 10 Boston)

CLIMATE: A bipartisan senate bill in Pennsylvania would, if passed, increase a state renewable energy goal from 8% of its energy mix to 18% by 2026. (The Center Square)

TRANSPORTATION: Connecticut officials hold a news conference to encourage the state’s participation in the Transportation and Climate Initiative ahead of a legislative committee vote on the matter this week. (New Haven Independent) 

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HEAT PUMPS: To give residents and businesses a lower-cost clean energy technology sign-up price, four Massachusetts towns have issued a joint request for proposals from installers of certain heat pumps and solar panels. (MetroWest Daily News)

COMMENTARIES:
The Associated Builders & Contractors’ Connecticut chapter president argues a state proposal to require project labor agreements for renewable energy projects would limit competition and wouldn’t further the hiring of underrepresented groups like women and minorities. (Connecticut Mirror)
A Maine union leader cheers local opposition to dam removal along the Kennebec River, claiming such action would eliminate “good-paying union jobs.” (Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel)