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What Do the Midterm Elections Mean for Energy Efficiency?

The 2018 midterm elections brought significant voter participation, with turnout breaking levels not seen since the 1960s. Nationally, this enthusiasm shifted power in the U.S. House of Representatives back to the Democrats, while Republicans increased their control of the U.S. Senate. A total of nine House seats in the Midwest flipped to Democratic-control—in addition to two seats in Minnesota changing from Democratic to Republican.

The real shift in the Midwest, however, was seen at the governor level: of the seven governors that flipped to Democrats nationally, four of them were in the Midwest. Due to flipped seats and term limits, there will be seven new governors in our region. This shift will have significant impacts on public policy, including energy efficiency

Democrats Flipped Four Governor’s Seats

Prior to the November 6, 2018 election, MEEA’s 13-state service territory had 12 Republican governors and 12 Republican-controlled legislatures. The governor’s mansions will now be occupied by 8 Republicans and 5 Democrats, while the legislators saw minimal changes. Who are these new governors?

....continue reading at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance blog. 

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Matt Chester on Dec 3, 2018 9:28 pm GMT

Energy efficiency can be a part of all these policy pledges, since energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to meet our energy needs. It helps reduce costs for everyone—residents, small businesses and large commercial or industrial customers.

Such an important point, not letting energy efficiency get lost in the shuffle from more high-profile renewable energy, transportation, and infrastructure projects

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