The Renewable Green Wave Promised by Democratic Electoral Victories

The political puzzle pieces are falling into place for nearly a dozen states to strengthen targets for the deployment of renewable generation following the Midterm elections, in what could serve as the latest driver for growth in solar- and wind-powered electricity. Newly elected Democratic governors in six states, ranging from Maine to New Mexico, ran on campaigns to pursue more ambitious renewable energy goals. Their rise to power not only boosts the prospect for more aggressive environmental mandates and targets, but will also mark a progressive shift in energy policy from their respective Republican predecessors, which had blocked renewable-friendly measures.

TransCanada Allowed to Conduct Preliminary Work on Keystone XL Oil Pipeline While Construction Remains Blocked

Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, in a Nov. 28 hearing, said that pre-construction activities may continue for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. The hearing was held in response to TransCanada Corp.’s motion to allow pre-construction and planning work related to the line following a court decision…