Press Releases


Rep. Steve Pearce’s anti-conservation record is out of step with New Mexicans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Representative Steve Pearce (NM-02) announced his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. Rep. Pearce earned a 0% on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2016 Scorecard and in all his years in Congress has earned an overall 4% Lifetime Score. Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) Executive Director Demis [read more…]


CVNM Statement on Governor Martinez action on Rulemaking Requirements

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Gov. Martinez signed Rulemaking Requirements (HB 58, Gentry/L. Trujillo/T. Salazar/Ivey-Soto), a bill Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) supported during the 2017 legislative session and mobilized members to urge Governor Martinez to sign before ​today’s noon deadline. The legislature unanimously passed Rulemaking Requirements, which provides a uniform process [read more…]


CVNM Statement on Governor Martinez action on State Facility Renewable Energy Use

For Immediate Release ​ Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Gov. Martinez vetoed State Facility Renewable Energy Use (SB 227, Steinborn), a bill Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) supported during the 2017 legislative session and mobilized members to urge Governor Martinez to sign the bill before the April 7 deadline. State Facility Renewable Energy Use required [read more…]


New Mexico’s 2017 Legislative Session Presented Progress and Challenges for Environmental Policy

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM), a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit that works to connect New Mexicans to their political power for a healthy Land of Enchantment, advocated for or against 82 pieces of legislation at the State Capital during NM’s 2017 Legislative Session. CVNM and our allies successfully defeated [read more…]


New Mexicans Respond to Community Solar Gardens Bill Failing on the House Floor

For Immediate Release Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives failed to pass the Community Solar Gardens Act (HB 338, Roybal Caballero) on a 34-31 vote, which is the farthest the issue has progressed in the legislature. The bill would have enabled utility customers who are renters, who do not have suitable [read more…]


CVNM Statement on SB 312 vote in Senate Corporations Committee

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the Senate Corporations Committee failed to pass the Expand Renewable Energy Standard bill (SB 312, Stewart/Small). Chairman Senator Clemente Sanchez and Senator Papen joined anti-conservation legislators on the committee to vote down the bill. In response, CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement: “We’re disappointed that a majority [read more…]


Proposal to Create Jobs in New Mexico’s Growing Renewable Energy Sector Dies One Stop Away from a Full Senate Vote

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the Renewable Energy Requirements for Utilities bill (SB 312, Stewart/Small) failed in the Senate Corporations Committee when a do-pass motion failed on a 5-3 vote. The legislation would increase the renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a state policy that requires utilities to purchase a minimum amount of their [read more…]


CVNM statement in response to confirmation of Ken McQueen as Secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the Senate confirmed Gov. Martinez’ nominee for secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) on a 32-4 vote. Ken McQueen is a former executive of WPX Energy, an Oklahoma-based fossil fuel company. During his time with the company, WPX was a top [read more…]


Proposal to Create Jobs in New Mexico’s Growing Renewable Energy Sector Clears its First Hurdle in NM Legislature

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. — Today, the Renewable Energy Requirements for Utilities bill (SB 312, Stewart/Small) passed the Senate Conservation Committee on a 6-3 vote. The legislation would increase the renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a state policy that requires utilities to purchase a minimum amount of their electricity from renewable sources like solar [read more…]


CVNM statement in response to Public-Private Partnerships Act Failing in NM Legislature

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, a do pass motion on the Public-Private Partnerships Act (HB 275, Larrañaga/Cisneros) failed on a 7-4 vote in the House Labor and Economic Development Committee. In response, CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement: “Like in 2015, New Mexicans stood up against attempts to privatize [read more…]