2017

CVNM Conservation Scorecard – Conservation Voters New Mexico

Find information on every vote included in CVNM's Scorecard. Click on a vote number or name to view an individual vote page that features a description of the vote (or amendment), the outcome of the measure, each legislator's voting record, and more. Click an issue name to learn more about that topic and to see the full list of related Scorecard vote.

Industrial Hemp Research Rules (Senate Bill)

These bills would have allowed the NM Departmemt of Agriculture to issue licenses to permit growing industrial hemp for research and development purposes. Industrial hemp is a versatile, fast growing and drought resistant crop that requires little pestiides or herbicides and would serve to diversify New Mexico farmers’ cash crops.

First Right to Build Transmission Facilities

These bills would have given public utilities and generation and transmission cooperatives the first right to construct, own and maintain transmission facilities in a regional transmission organization. This bill was intended to counter a specific federal regulation designed to foster competition in the transmission market.

Investor-Owned Utility Procurement Process

SB 360 would have required a competitive resource procurement process for electric utilities and required an independent evaluation of proposed purchases of power or sources of power. The bill would have made resource acquisition more transparent and potentially encouraged more purchases of renewable energy.

Public Elementary School Solar Panels

SB 476 would have required the public school capital outlay council to develop a plan to purchase and install solar panels on elementary schools. It gave public school facilities authority to do so in years 2018 through 2021.

Extend Solar Market Tax Credit

These bills would have reinstated and extended the tax credit for residential and commercial construction of solar systems. The bills provided for gradually phasing out of the tax credit over 8 years and established an aggregate cap. This tax credit has helped many New Mexicans invest in solar energy for their homes, businesses and farms, improving the environment and public health by reducing the demand for coal-fired electricity.

Cannabis Revenue & Freedom Act

These bills would have revised law regarding marijuana and industrial hemp to allow the state to provide for taxation and establishment of a control board and funds for substance abuse prevention and public safety. Industrial hemp is a versatile, fast growing and drought resistant crop that requires little pesticides or herbicides and would serve to diversify New Mexico farmers’ cash crops.

Energy & Water Project Financing

SB 215 would have allowed a property owner to enter into an assessment contract (financing in their mortgage) with a renewable energy district for purposes of financing energy improvements (including distributed renewable energy systems, energy storage systems or energy efficiency improvements) or water conservation improvements to the owner’s property. These types of programs are also called PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) programs.

Utility Acceptance of Gov’t Renewable Energy

SB 248 would have required utilities and electric cooperatives to participate in solar projects planned by local governments, political subdivisions or state post-secondary educational institutions and to accept the energy generated by those projects.

Renewable Energy Requirements for Utilities

SB 312 would have increased the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to require that renewable energy comprise 70% of total retail sales to NM customers of rural electric cooperatives by 2040 and requires that renewable energy comprise 80% of total retail sales to NM customers of public utilities by 2040. It also prescribes the formula by which these goals are to be achieved. This would have the effect of reducing the demand for fossil fuel energy, which negatively impacts the environment, climate and public health.

Industrial Hemp Research Rules (House Bill)

These bills would have allowed the NM Departmemt of Agriculture to issue licenses to permit growing industrial hemp for research and development purposes. Industrial hemp is a versatile, fast growing and drought resistant crop that requires little pestiides or herbicides and would serve to diversify New Mexico farmers’ cash crops.