Climate activists failed to flip the state’s legislature, but the politics and economics of clean energy leave an opening for action — so long as Duke Energy is on board.
As surging coronavirus cases prompt leaders to cancel a November legislative session, solar developers and advocates fear irreparable harm to the industry.
Voters could flip legislatures in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, potentially opening the door to more aggressive climate policy.
The utility’s general election campaign contributions were more bipartisan than its primary giving, a sign that it might be hedging its bets on the election outcome.
The outcome in about a dozen competitive legislative races and the contest for Lt. Governor could tip the balance on climate and clean energy legislation in the state.