POLITICS: Analysts say the 2023 election shows that a strategy by some Republicans to attack climate policy was “dead, flat wrong,” as Democrats made gains even in states where clean energy was a prominent issue. (E&E News)

ALSO: Advocates say Democrats’ electoral victories in Virginia will likely preserve landmark climate and electric vehicle laws that have been targeted by Republicans. (Inside Climate News)



EFFICIENCY: While interest in heat pumps is surging, installations have slowed recently due in large part to high interest rates. (New York Times)

UTILITIES: Maine is considering new kinds of electric rates to encourage more widespread home adoption of electric vehicle chargers and heat pumps while easing the strain these technologies add to the power grid. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is poised to sign legislation that moves permitting for commercial wind, solar and battery storage projects from local governments to state regulators in an effort to speed up development. (Bridge)


GRID: ISO New England wants an extra year to host its next forward capacity auction to give it more time to assess and update its accreditation policies. (Utility Dive) 

COMMENTARY: An energy policy analyst summarizes the ways state and federal policy have saved nuclear plants that were once at risk of closure. (Forbes)

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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.