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Shift to renewable energy advances in New Mexico Senate

By Steve Terrell | Santa Fe New Mexican Backers of the controversial Energy Transition Act — which is meant to ensure the shuttering of a massive coal-burning power plant in San Juan County and push New Mexico toward more reliance on renewable energy — won a victory Saturday when a state Senate committee gave the [read more…]

The energy transition we’ve been waiting for

By Stephanie Maez and Demis Foster | Published by the Associated Press We have a generational opportunity to reduce carbon in New Mexico, through the double-sided coin of increasing our state’s renewable energy portfolio, the leading climate priority for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and retiring the San Juan Generating Station in San Juan County, a [read more…]

NM Legislators to Consider 100-Percent Carbon-Free Energy Bill

Roz Brown | Public News Service – NM SANTA FE, N.M. – Legislation aiming for a New Mexico future that is 100 percent carbon-free was introduced Thursday in the state Senate. The Energy Transition Bill, SB 489, sets an interim milestone of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030, 80 percent by 2040 and a 100 [read more…]

NM Lawmaker’s Solar Push Recognized for Environmental Justice

Roz Brown | Public News Service – NM SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico legislators are considering a bill that would bring community solar development to the state and expand benefits to all residents – even renters, or households that have unsuitable roofs or lack financial resources for solar installations. The Community Solar Act, co-sponsored [read more…]

Bill seeks changes to state renewable energy standard

By Sarah Halasz Graham | The Santa Fe New Mexican Ask representatives from New Mexico’s three public utility companies if they’re poised to comply with a state mandate to sell 20 percent renewable energy by 2020, and the answer is likely to be a resounding yes. A deeper dive paints a more complex picture. According [read more…]

Governor Lujan Grisham will return everyday New Mexican voices to the center of our state government

By Demis Foster for Conservation Voters New Mexico With Michelle Lujan Grisham at the helm, New Mexicans can be assured that their voice will be heard, creating a metamorphosis of how our state operates and who our government serves. We at CVNM have been working hard to ensure the incoming administration reflects New Mexicans’ shared [read more…]

Ambitious renewable goals on deck as new political era dawns in New Mexico

By Marjorie Childress | New Mexico In Depth New Mexico was in the first wave of states to require gradually increasing amounts of renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal to power its electrical grid. Signed into law in 2004, the state’s Renewable Energy Act required private utilities to ensure that 20 percent of [read more…]

Report: One-Quarter of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Drilling

By Roz Brown | Public News Service ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Drilling on public lands contributes nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and the latest federal report says Wyoming and New Mexico contribute the most. Released on the same day as the National Climate Assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey report says [read more…]

Methane Emission Cuts Part of N.M. Democrats’ Winning Strategy

By Brenna Goth | Bloomberg Law New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) wants to make her state a leader in cutting methane emissions. Producers in the busiest U.S. oil field may face new regulations under New Mexico’s Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham, who vowed to make the state a leader in reducing methane emissions. [read more…]

Elections could radically alter PRC

By Kevin Robinson-Avila | Albuquerque Journal Environmentalists and consumer advocates are closely watching the Public Regulation Commission’s electoral race in southwest District 5, where progressive Democrat Stephen Fischmann and Republican Ben L. Hall are facing off. Conservation Voters New Mexico has thrown its weight behind Fischmann, a former state senator who promises aggressive support for [read more…]