COURTS: A Massachusetts underground utility contractor, its owner and an employee face perjury charges for allegedly falsifying workplace safety affidavits that prosecutors say are related to the deaths of two workers in February. (NBC Boston)

ALSO: A clean energy nonprofit and energy efficiency contractors plan to sue the New Hampshire utility regulator over its decision to slash funds for state energy efficiency programs. (New Hampshire Bulletin)

SOLAR:
A New Jersey solar panel installer describes his career path and how, despite earning different rates depending on the project, he’s poised to make $100,000 this year. (CNBC Make It on Youtube)
An energy developer finishes construction on a 9.2 MW solar array in Maryland’s Carroll County that it touts as the largest rooftop community solar project in the country. (news release)
New York regulators institute a set of review deadlines for a proposed 200 MW solar farm on private property in the Finger Lakes region. (The Citizen)
A Maine inn owner partners with a community solar project to reduce his electricity costs, which are set to skyrocket for most Mainers. (News Center Maine)

GRID:
A New York agency approves two new transmission line contracts to bring renewable power to New York City, though they still require authorization from the state utility regulator. (S&P Global Platts)
Three prominent environmental organizations ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Energy to suspend or stay permits already issued for Central Maine Power’s transmission expansion project. (Press Herald)

UTILITIES: A New York utility’s transition to a new billing system has led to many customers being charged too much, too little, or not at all. (Daily Freeman)

GEOTHERMAL: A northwest Pennsylvania town council rejects a request from the developer-operator of its downtown geothermal heating system to make $500,000 in modernization upgrades. (Times Observer)

CLIMATE: Philadelphia saw its driest November in 45 years, with every county in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland or New York reporting below-normal precipitation in the month. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

GAS:
A Pennsylvania natural gas production report shows drillers in the state grew production by 6.8% from July to September this year compared to the same time last year, while the rate of newly drilled wells plateaued. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
In Pennsylvania, UGI Utilities points to heightened gas prices as the reason its average residential heating customer’s bill will rise by 9.6% this week. (WTAJ)

REGULATORS: In New Hampshire, a confirmation hearing is held to determine whether Jared Chicoine, Gov. Chris Sununu’s libertarian-leaning former policy director, should lead the state’s new energy department. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

TRANSPORTATION:
Pennsylvania rail trail advocates hope federal infrastructure funding can help literally bridge dozens of miles of gaps on the Schuylkill River Trail that extends from Philadelphia to a small Poconos town. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
A Berkshires town installs a public electric vehicle charger at a new trailhead and near local restaurants and a farmers market. (Berkshire Eagle)