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Newly elected Western governors embrace clean energy

ELECTIONS: Clean energy ballot measures failed, but voters in several Western states elected governors committed to increasing renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• California voters reject an effort to repeal the state’s gas tax. (The Hill)
• Arizona’s attorney general is re-elected despite the efforts of clean energy advocates who accused him of having a “cozy” relationship with the state’s largest utility. (Arizona Capitol Times)
• Montana voters elect two Republicans as state regulators, ensuring the party’s continued lock on the agency that regulates utilities. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California’s largest utility proposes a new subscription rate plan for customers using commercial EV charging that would charge a flat monthly fee similar to a cell phone data plan. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS:
• Colorado’s newly elected governor isn’t saying whether he’ll seek new rules for the oil and gas industry. (Denver Post)
• With plenty of money to burn, the oil industry beats back challenges in Colorado, Arizona and Washington. (Axios)
• Stocks rise for oil and gas companies operating in Colorado after voters defeat a ballot measure industry officials say would have been “a death penalty.” (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
• Europe’s biggest solar developer signs agreements to build two projects in California and New Mexico. (Reuters)
• A California residential solar installer has its biggest quarter yet and is on track to see a 15 percent increase in deployments this year. (Greentech Media)
• An electric co-op on Kaua’i is trying to launch a community solar program. (Hawaii Public Radio)

PUBLIC LANDS: Alaskans are split on whether to support hydroelectric development in the Tongass National Forest. (Alaska Public Radio)

CARBON: After voters in Washington reject creating a carbon fee, several East Coast states are now considering similar legislative proposals. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• A crusade against renewable energy by Montana’s largest utility needs to end, says the clean energy program director of a Helena environmental group. (Billings Gazette)
• The election produced some wins for the climate, but also underscored the power of the fossil fuel industry, Bill McKibben writes. (New York Times)

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