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

What the heck is a P3?

P What’s?!?!?! “Public-private partnership” (PPP or P3) is a catch-all term for any project that partners government with private business. Types of P3 projects differ widely, based largely on the extent of private sector involvement. They range from a company designing and constructing a new school, to a government contracting…
November 12, 2013
2013-2014All Issue Spotlights

The Fight for the WQCC

Legislative Ping-Pong: the fight to save the Water Quality Control Commission Water is precious. This is true everywhere, but it’s especially true here in New Mexico. And water is getting more precious every single day: every day that our state grows and our water supply doesn’t; every day this ongoing…
October 1, 2013
2011-2012All Issue Spotlights

2011-2012 Green Deeds & Duds

Champions The following Senators and Representatives did not cast any anti-conservation votes in this Scorecard and are true conservation heroes.  We applaud them (and you should too!) for their commitment to the health and environment of all New Mexicans. House of Representatives: Representative Gail Chasey Representative Eleanor Chavez Representative Brian…
August 24, 2012