Power struggles: Election stunners you may not have heard about yet

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After a week's reprieve from the election frenzy, we've got a quick look at results from around the country that you may have missed. 

 

Chicago takes its power business elsewhere

Troubles continue to mount for Commonwealth Edison. Just last month we told you about ComEd's rate dispute with the state Commerce Commission that prompted the Chicago-based utility to put the brakes on its smart grid rollout.

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Clean energy and energy efficiency get the nod in California

Voters in Californiavoted to close a tax loophole for out of state businesses, which is expected to raise $1 billion a year. With passage of Proposition 39 – which was largely bankrolled by a hedge fund manager -- $500,000 a year for the first five years will go to clean energy and energy efficiency at public buildings and schools and the other $500,000 to the state's general fund. After five years, it all goes to the general fund. A report in the Mercury News says the measure is also expected to create up to 40,000 new jobs.

 

And Longmont, Colorado says no fracking here

We don't usually cover the oil and gas industry but thought it worth mentioning as we're looking at energy trends around the country that in Longmont, Colorado, voters approved a charter amendment that bans hydraulic fracturing – or fracking. It also forbids the storage of fracking waste in the city limits. But as the Daily Camera reports, the final word on this one will likely be decided in a courtroom.

 

More from Election 2012…

Who Obama and Romney listen to on energy: Part 1

Who Obama and Romney listen to on energy: Part 2