Pro-clean energy candidates for governor identified by AEE win 7 “open” elections

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.

Washington State carbon tax rejected soundly, again

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.

Duel in the desert: matching RPS initiatives pass in Nevada and fail in Arizona

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.

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Democrats control the House. Now what?

The new Democratic majority in the House will still need to deal with a Republican Senate and president, and is unlikely to take bold action.

Million Solar Strong eyes New York

The coalition’s goal of powering one million homes with solar energy is gaining traction in the Empire State, especially among members of the State Assembly.

Top states and races to watch for clean energy on election day

Clean energy is on the ballot on November 6, and these are the states where voters will be making the biggest decisions.

Coal decline is good news, but solar will fight for its share against gas

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.

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After more than a decade, the 500 MW Palen Solar Project is approved

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.

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New England moves to open the market for battery storage

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.

Koch Brothers say RIP to New Hampshire solar net metering, other targets rising

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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