Good morning! Here are updates on some key energy-related races from yesterday’s election, based on preliminary results. 

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POLITICS: While the 2024 election will be pivotal for U.S. action on climate change, it was largely reproductive rights that helped Democrats exceed expectations this year, including in Ohio where voters passed a constitutional amendment preserving abortion access by a significant margin. (Financial Times, New York Times)


TEXAS: Voters approved a state energy fund to provide low interest loans for new generation; language in the bill essentially restricts this to natural gas-fired power plants. (Texas Tribune)

VIRGINIA: In the first election under a new electoral map, Democrats now control both houses of the legislature; advocates had raised concerns that Republican majorities would have imperiled the state’s clean energy standard and other policies. (E&E News)

NEW JERSEY: In another state where ambitious clean energy policies were at risk, Democrats expanded control of the legislature in an election in which all 120 seats were up for grabs. (New Jersey Monitor, E&E News)

KENTUCKY: Voters re-elected Democratic Gov. Andy Bashear, who while promoting an “all of the above” approach to energy helped land billions in clean energy manufacturing investments; Bashear’s opponent had pledged more aggressive support for fossil fuels. (E&E News)

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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.