Credit: Bureau of Land Management

While the outcome of the 2020 presidential election may not be known for a few days, the outcome of several energy-related city and state ballot measures is becoming clear.

Keep in mind that these are partial results, and absentee and mail-in ballots may not be counted for some time. This post will be updated as new information comes in.


A measure to increase oil and gas taxes on the North Slope appears unlikely to pass, with 65% opposing. (68% reporting)


Democrats appear likely to win a majority on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which oversees utility policy in the state. See latest official results here. (Source: Arizona Republic)


Voters have approved a measure to enter a new franchise agreement with Xcel Energy, effectively ending the city’s effort to establish a municipal utility. (Source: Boulder Daily Camera)

A measure to expand sales tax in Denver to support clean energy appears likely to pass, with 64% supporting (63% reporting)


Voters approve a change to Jacksonville’s charter that will allow the Florida city’s council members to appoint and remove members from the city-owned electric utility’s board of directors. (Source: WJXT)


Two Republican incumbents were leading in races for Georgia’s Public Service Commission with two of 159 precincts yet to report. See latest official results here. (Source: Rome News-Tribune)


Voters in a Minneapolis exurb appear to reject a ballot measure that would have dissolved the city’s municipal utility. See latest official results here. (Source: Southwest News Media)


Voters approve a constitutional amendment to require a 50% renewable energy standard. (Source: Vox)

New Mexico:

A measure to change the state’s Public Regulation Commission appears likely to pass, with 55% supporting (79% reporting) (Source: KQRE)


Voters approve a ballot measure in Columbus, Ohio, enabling the city to negotiate a cleaner energy supply on behalf of residents. (Source: Columbus Dispatch, Energy News Network archives)

Former House Speaker Larry Householder was headed toward re-election despite his arrest on bribery charges, though Republicans have indicated they may expel him in the next session. See latest official results here. (Source:


A Republican incumbent on Oklahoma’s three-member utilities commission was leading by a comfortable margin. See latest official results here. (Source: The Oklahoman)


Republicans will likely keep their hold on the state’s Railroad Commission, which oversees utility policy. All three seats on the board have been held by Republicans since 1994. (Source: Texas Tribune)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.