"Election Roundup: Results In 4 States Set To Shape Energy Sector"

"Voters in a handful of off-year elections across the country green-lighted incentives for new power plants in Texas, rejected a Maine attempt to create a public electric utility and kept incumbent governors in Kentucky and Mississippi.

The results could have significant implications for the nation’s energy transition, especially as state governments start to receive billions of federal dollars to fight climate change from last year’s Inflation Reduction Act. The victory by Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear in Kentucky, for example, could mean the state uses that IRA funding to invest in more renewable energy.

Maine’s election result — where voters rejected a proposal that would have replaced for-profit electric utilities with a public nonprofit — struck a blow to a national effort by environmental groups to garner more control over power providers and push them to adopt cleaner energy sources."

Jason Plautz and Zach Bright report for E&E News November 8, 2023.


"‘Dead, Flat Wrong’: GOP Climate Attacks Fail To Stop Democratic Wins" (E&E News)

"Va. Democrats Win Big, Denying GOP Chance To Undo Climate Policies" (E&E News)

"Texas Energy Fund To Make Electric Grid More Reliable Approved By Voters" (KXAN)

"Senate Republicans Say Election Results Sound Warning For 2024" (The Hill)

Source: E&E News, 11/09/2023