WIND: Federal officials seek to assuage fears that dead, beached whales along the mid-Atlantic are the result of offshore wind development, with one saying “no information” supports the claim. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• The Connecticut Port Authority needs more state funds to redevelop a pier for Ørsted and Eversource’s offshore wind industry activities, despite saying it wouldn’t and calls for the utilities to contribute more. (CT Mirror)
• Vineyard Wind I construction is steadily coming along, with a substation more than halfway done and much of the transmission cables already laid. (E&E News)
• A western New York legislator files a bill to block any future offshore wind farms on the Great Lakes from receiving tax credits. (Post-Journal)
• Ørsted plans to purchase PSEG’s 25% equity stake in the 1.1 GW Ocean Wind 1, making the Danish company the sole owner of the New Jersey development. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS: Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree calls for a federal investigation into propane propaganda following a New York Times feature on the industry’s anti-electrification efforts. (Bangor Daily News, New York Times)

CLIMATE:
• Harvard Medical School works to incorporate climate change topics into its MD curriculum. (news release)
• Maine beekeepers have reported up to 50% annual honey bee hive losses in the past two years, citing drought, winter temperature fluctuations and extreme weather as contributing factors. (Bangor Daily News)
• New Hampshire snow plow businesses struggle as low snowfall leaves them without work to do. (NHPR)

SOLAR:
• Some residents of Shaftsbury, Vermont, want to fight plans for a 20 MW solar array nearby, citing the development’s size as well as possible viewshed impacts and tree clearing as concerns. (VT Digger)
• New Leaf Energy proposes developing a 5 MW solar array on roughly 21 acres of farmland in a western New York town. (Daily News)
• In Connecticut, Lodestar Energy seeks a permit from a state siting agency to build a 4 MW solar array in Enfield. (Hartford Business Journal)

BUILDINGS: A Massachusetts high school has been unable to turn off the lights for over a year because of faulty energy efficiency software, running up the district’s electricity bill. (NBC News)

WORKFORCE:
• Over $2 million in federal funds will go toward bolstering Northern Maine Community College’s wind technician program, helping fulfill state demand for a workforce trained in the industry. (Bangor Daily News)
• Southern Maine Community College will receive more than $1.75 million in federal funds to develop an electric vehicle repair workforce, among other labor needs. (Mainebiz)
• In Maryland, Baltimore County receives more than $2 million in American Rescue Plan funds to nurture a local offshore wind workforce pipeline through training programs and apprenticeships. (Towson Patch)

AFFORDABILITY:
• In Connecticut, United Illuminating plans to offer a $24 low-income customer discount and a $10 credit related to the utility’s supply contract with the Millstone nuclear plant to blunt the impact of rising costs. (CT Insider)
• With some Massachusetts ratepayers seeing utility bills rise by several hundred dollars a month, one Boston energy assistance program has seen a roughly 8% increase year-over-year in applications. (Lowell Sun, Boston Globe)

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Bridget Reed Morawski

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.