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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…]


CVNM and CVNM Education Fund react to NM Legislature’s Consideration of Re-defining Nuclear Energy as Renewable Energy

For Immediate Release Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee debated Nuclear Energy as Renewable Energy (HB 406, Brown). The bill was tabled on a tied vote. CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton and CVNM Education Fund Western New Mexico Program Director Talia Boyd released the following statements: “Nuclear energy [read more…]


CVNM Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2016 National Environmental Scorecard

CVNM Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2016 National Environmental Scorecard **Full Scorecard available in English and Spanish here** Santa Fe, N.M. – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) today unveiled scores for the STATE delegation released this morning as part of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) 2016 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard includes 17 Senate [read more…]


Conservation Voters New Mexico 2017 Legislative Priorities

For Immediate Release                 Conservation Voters New Mexico Legislative Priorities: Support growing renewables sector, keep PRC accountable, end ruthless killing contests, keep public resources in public hands SANTA FE, N.M – Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its legislative priorities, outlined in the first edition of CVNM’s legislative agenda, which includes priorities such as supporting [read more…]