Ballot initiative flops mask strong election for clean energy

by Gavin Bade, Utility Dive

Dive Brief:

  • Tuesday’s elections delivered mixed results for clean energy on the state level, with wins for renewable power supporters in key governors races tempered by the failure of high-profile ballot initiatives in Arizona and Washington.
  • In Arizona, voters resoundingly rejected a 50% renewable energy mandate opposed by utilities with nearly 70% of the vote. In Washington, they appear poised to reject a proposed fee on carbon emissions for a third time, though results were still rolling in Thursday morning.
  • In Nevada, voters gave preliminary approval to a 50% renewable energy mandate, but rejected a proposal to break utility NV Energy’s monopoly. The night also included wins for gubernatorial candidates who have endorsed 50% renewable energy standards or higher — in Illinois, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Maine.

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