2020

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 national leader overnight. …

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2020

Quick Hits

After expiring in 2016, this year we saw the re-establishment of the rooftop solar tax credit thanks to the persistence and advocacy of Senator Mimi Stewart. SB 29 allows taxpayers to claim 10% of the cost of a rooftop solar installation up to $6,000. …

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2020 Elected Spotlight

Public Regulation Commission

State leadership doesn’t stop at the Capitol building. New Mexico has numerous appointed and elected bodies at the state and local level that shape the way our state moves forward, including the Public Regulation Commission (PRC). The PRC is a five-member elected body that is tasked with ensuring fair and reasonable rates for electricity and deciding what kinds of energy …

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Past Scorecard Highlights, Issues and Spotlights

2019

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Grade: A

The defining feature of the 2019 legislative session was the presence and influence of new Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The short version is this: over her first 100 days, Governor Lujan Grisham has governed the way that she campaigned – energetic, full of ideas and not afraid to push the…
2019

Quick Hits: Highlights from the 2019 Session

While the Oil Conservation Division (OCD) administrative penalties bill, Senate Bill 186, did not pass, the administrative penalties provision at the heart of the bill was incorporated into another bill, House Bill 546. House Bill 546 was initially a bill designed to clearly assign liability and rulemaking authority around the…
2019

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…
2017-2018
Stories + Themes of the 2017 – 2018 Legislature
2017-2018
Moving Toward Clean Energy in the Four Corners Region
2017-2018
The 2017 Renewable Portfolio Standard
2015-2016
Aubrey Dunn and the Politics of Pollution
2015-2016
The Solar Tax Credits and You
2013-2014
What is “pre-emption,” and why should I worry?
2015-2016
Stories of the ’15 and ’16 Sessions
2015-2016
2015-2016 Champions
2013-2014
Foul Legacy: Susana Martinez and the Politics of Pollution
2013-2014
2013-2014 Highlights & Lowlights
2013-2014
Economic Development Utility Rates
2013-2014
Heroes & Zeroes
2013-2014
2013-2014 Champions
2013-2014
What the heck is a P3?
2013-2014
The Fight for the WQCC
2011-2012
2011-2012 Green Deeds & Duds
2011-2012
The Flip Side: 2011-2012 Sessions in Review
2011-2012
Governor Susana Martinez’s Inauspicious Start
2011-2012
Open and Transparent?
2011-2012
The Flip Side: 2011 session in review