The new governors favor policies such as a higher renewables mandate, community solar, increased use of storage, and expanding the Western grid, reports the nonprofit Advanced Energy Economy.
Initiative Measure No. 1631, a tax of $15/ton on carbon pollution, was rejected 56-43% on almost 2 million votes. It was the most expensive ballot measure ever in the state with over $46 million in advertising dollars spent.
After the most expensive ballot initiative campaign in the state’s history, Arizona’s 50% by 2030 RPS initiative has been defeated, while in Nevada the bill’s identical twin found the support it needed to pass its first election cycle.
Clean energy is on the ballot on November 6, and these are the states where voters will be making the biggest decisions.
10 GW of coal plants have already retired this year, and this is expected to hit 15.4 GW by the year’s end. But solar will have to compete with the “rush to gas” to replace this capacity.
EDF Renewables has gotten final approval from the Bureau of Land Management to move forward on its 500 MW-AC / 627 MW-DC solar power facility in Riverside County, California.
ISO New England has filed with federal regulators for a new market design to allow storage technologies to more fully participate in the wholesale market, as its interconnection queue fills up with battery projects.
Americans for Prosperity, a Koch funded group, noted that their work pushed New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu to veto a net metering expansion for 1 to 5 MW projects, even as the Governor said it would benefit the state.
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