“The two most-watched Senate races in the clean energy world were Mark Udall (D-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Udall, who co-chaired the U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus lost. Shaheen, who championed the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill, won. She sits on the Senate Appropriations Energy & Water subcommittee and is a valuable ally” (renewableenergyworld.com).
Some of the newly elected governors also stand to make great progress for the renewable energy industry as many of them have either completed projects in the renewables field or are avid supporters of clean technology. However, there is still some worry from supporters of green energy that some of the new Congress/Gubernatorial elects will make no effort in generating expansion in the industry.
“One of those governors elected that needs to hear “the other side” is Doug Ducey (R), the new Governor of Arizona, who stated publicly, “I generally oppose new subsidies or tax credits for targeted industries. Government shouldn’t pick winners and losers in this manner, nor should hardworking taxpayers be required to subsidize profitable businesses.” Obviously he’s mum or unaware of the oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy subsidies that have been in place for decades that cost taxpayers over ten times what renewable energy receives” (renewableenergyworld.com).
Those reluctant to subsidize renewable energy technology will be met by heavy opposition as the majority of the country is becoming significantly more pro-renewables.