Renewable energy had a tough election night, losing two of three U.S. state ballot measures that would have encouraged cleaner power supplies.
Voters in Washington state defeated an initiative that would have imposed a first-of-its-kind “fee” on carbon emissions. In Arizona, a measure requiring electric companies to get half their power from renewable energy by 2030 failed by a 70 percent to 30 percent margin, according to state officials.
A third initiative, requiring Nevada utilities to get half their power from renewables by 2030, was approved 59 percent to 41 percent.
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The state votes come as the...