This week, the U.S. turned a deep shade of red after Republicans pulled off commanding wins in national, state and local races.

The results will influence a broad range of issues, including renewable energy tax policy, oil and gas exports, state renewable energy targets, net metering and utility rate design. It will also pit Congress and states against the Obama administration as it tries to use executive authority to curb carbon emissions.

In this podcast, we’ll dissect what America’s election-year political flip means on the local and national levels.

Later in the show, we will talk about the end of the California Solar Initiative and the beginning of California'sstorageboom

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The Energy Gang is produced by Greentechmedia.com. The show features weekly discussion between energy futurist Jigar Shah, energy policy expert Katherine Hamilton and Greentech Media Editor Stephen Lacey.