WIND: The Biden administration announces it will auction off leases in the coming years for seven large-scale offshore wind farms, including off the coasts of Maine, New York and the mid-Atlantic. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
To usher in dozens of gigawatts of wind power in the next few decades, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pitches the creation of a $750 million clean energy investment fund and the elimination of an offshore wind price cap.

Small-scale fishers dread the insurgence of planned offshore wind projects along their traditionally worked coasts, with one New York fisher calling the farms “the final nail in the coffin” for their industry. (WBUR/E&E News)
Vineyard Wind developers strike a deal with 13 Massachusetts municipal utilities to let them purchase about 146,000 mWh from the proposed Commonwealth Wind project, an agreement they call a “first-in-the-nation partnership.” (State House News Service)

CLEAN ENERGY:
A small coastal Maryland town sets a goal to procure 100% renewable energy by 2030, excluding trash and biomass incineration. (Southern Maryland Chronicle)
A nonprofit’s mapping tool allows developers in Maine to map out both solar and wind hotspots while identifying where other environmental sensitivities preclude renewable energy development. (Treehugger)

TRANSPORTATION:
For Rhode Island home renters, a lack of charging infrastructure is a barrier to buying an electric vehicle, so state officials are soliciting public comments on a plan that aims to close the charging gap. (Energy News Network)
Advocates urge New Jersey officials to find the funds to electrify the over 15,000 diesel-fueled school buses shuttling students every day; less than 1% are electric buses. (NJ Spotlight)

UTILITIES:
Eversource owes millions of dollars in back taxes to Massachusetts communities, but it’s possible that a state tax board will only be able to collect half the amount from the utility. (MassLive)
Eversource asks Connecticut utility regulators to approve a $103 million settlement over its response to Tropical Storm Isaias; the average ratepayer will see a bill credit of $35 across two bills. (CT Mirror)

PIPELINES: In Pennsylvania, a group of Catholic nuns challenges a federal judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit against a pipeline developer whose project on their property they say infringes on their religious beliefs. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY:
A public hearing on energy efficiency legislation in New Hampshire took a confusing turn for attendees this week when the bill’s sponsor amended his proposal just before public comments began. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
A Connecticut animal shelter raises funds to build a permanent net-zero facility powered by solar and thermal energy. (press release) 

GRID:
A Maine newspaper hosts a virtual forum bringing together both supporters and opponents of New England Clean Energy Connect to debate who should have final say over transmission projects. (Bangor Daily News)
This past summer, National Grid used an electric school bus with a bidirectional battery in a Boston suburb to meet peak demand. (electrek)

CLIMATE: A Maine library begins hosting a project encouraging residents to talk about or show through pictures and videos how the climate crisis has or will impact them. (Bangor Daily News)