PIPELINES: PennEast officially cancels a controversial pipeline that would have shipped natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to central New Jersey, days after announcing it dropped a plan to seize land from unsupportive property owners. (WHYY)

UTILITIES:
The director of a southeast Connecticut municipal utility is suspended without pay for a month over multiple allegations he has emotionally abused staff members. (CT Examiner)
New York’s attorney general reaches a $6 million settlement with National Grid over consistently inaccurate energy consumption filings that cost Long Island Power Authority millions of dollars. (Patch)
PPL Corp. is one regulatory approval away from purchasing National Grid’s Rhode Island utility, Narragansett Electric. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

COAL: In Pennsylvania, a cryptocurrency miner uses a coal plant to power nearly 2,000 computers and intends to buy two more coal plants to expand operations. (NBC News)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: The nation’s largest incineration facility, located in Pennsylvania, needs both a key permit and its contract renewed, leading nearby residents to try to force local officials to implement pollution controls. (WHYY)

GAS:
Two Democratic Pennsylvania candidates seeking to flip an outgoing Republican U.S. senator’s seat won’t back a total ban on fracking. (E&E News)
Numerous organizations want Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board to require oil and gas drillers to pay the full bond amount upfront that would later be used to plug their abandoned wells. (Keystone State News Connection)

CLEAN ENERGY: New York City considers what is needed to turn the Rikers Island jail, slated to close by 2027, into a renewable energy hub with solar panels, wind turbines and battery storage. (Yale Climate Connections)

TRANSPORTATION:
In Connecticut, Republicans opposed to the Transportation & Climate Initiative seek to advertise the measure as a gas tax to gain enough public support to block it. (Hartford Courant)
Volkswagen AG will build a fast electric vehicle charging station in New Hampshire by 2024 and pay a $1.15 million fine to the state over emissions software update issues. (Reuters)
Quincy, Massachusetts, plans to use nearly half a million dollars to replace five police vehicles with hybrids, in addition to energy efficiency upgrades at local schools. (Patriot Ledger)
Nearly three dozen Maine government entities have added electric vehicles to their fleets after taking advantage of an Efficiency Maine rebate program. (news release)

CARBON SEQUESTRATION: A relatively small number of Maine forest owners participate in carbon offset programs and can make millions conserving their trees, but many aren’t taking part until they better understand the concept. (Portland Press-Herald)

FINANCE: Some University of Maine students want the school to completely divest from its fossil fuel assets. (Sun Journal)

SOLAR:
A central Maine city board approves an almost 5 MW solar array to be sited on land previously used for agriculture. (Sun Journal)
A Long Island town considers a new solar farm moratorium roughly a year after first considering such a measure. (Riverhead Local)

GRID: A contractor hired by Vermont utilities uses helicopters to inspect power lines in two northern towns. (Waterbury Roundabout)