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2023All Issue Spotlights

Issue Spotlight: Economic Transition Act

One of the central tenets changing the conversation around climate change policy is a concept referred to as “just transition.” Just transition refers to the understanding that communities who have historically borne the brunt of impacts from climate change need to have an active role in shaping the energy transition.…
September 11, 2023
2022All Issue Spotlights

Issue Spotlight: The Ticking Clock on Climate

This spring, we witnessed catastrophic wildfires in northern New Mexico that destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses and displaced tens of thousands of residents as climate change induced drought continues to deepen. This is just one reminder of many for us as New Mexicans that reinforces the urgency to pass…
June 29, 2022
2020All Issue Spotlights

Issue Spotlight: New Mexico’s Budget Process

It’s difficult to overstate what a historic year 2019 was for conservation in New Mexico. The first session of the Lujan Grisham administration represented a tremendously ambitious leap right out of the gate. The Energy Transition Act took New Mexico from the middle of the pack in renewable energy adoption to a…
August 13, 2020
2019All Issue Spotlights

Issue Spotlight:
The Energy Transition Act

In the 2019 legislative session, New Mexico passed landmark climate legislation in the Energy Transition Act (ETA, Senate Bill 489). The bill was supported by a broad coalition composed of labor groups, community advocacy organizations, rural electric co-ops,utilities and environmental groups like CVNM. Its passage and signature by the Governor…
May 21, 2019
2017-2018All Issue Spotlights

The 2017 Renewable Portfolio Standard

During the 2017 legislative session, one of the most ambitious clean energy proposals that the state of New Mexico has ever seen was introduced. The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a requirement that for-profit, investor-owned utilities (IOUs) like PNM, as well as rural distribution co-ops, provide a certain...
October 21, 2017
2015-2016All Issue Spotlights

The Solar Tax Credits and You

Since their inception in 2008, the solar tax credits have played a key role in creating about 2,000 new jobs in the state of New Mexico, spread across nearly 100 firms. As one of the sunniest states in the country, New Mexico possesses outstanding potential for generation of solar energy. By…
October 23, 2015
2013-2014All Issue Spotlights

Economic Development Utility Rates

This is what your legislators were talking about for the last week of the 2014 legislative session Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) advocated a bill in the 2014 session that would allow them (and El Paso Electric) to offer discounted electricity rates to businesses as an economic development…
June 17, 2014