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In Historic Move, Biden To Pick Native American Rep. Haaland As Interior Secretary

In Historic Move, Biden To Pick Native American Rep. Haaland As Interior Secretary By Nathan Rott, NPR, December 17, 2020 In a historic first, President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Department of the Interior, his transition team announced Thursday evening. If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland, a member of the [read more…]

Connecticut-based utility company agrees to buy PNM Resources

Connecticut-based utility company agrees to buy PNM Resources By Kendra Chamberlain, New Mexico Political Report, October 21, 2020 The company that owns New Mexico’s largest utility PNM is being acquired by Avangrid, a Connecticut-based utility owner, in a merger deal totalling $8.3 billion. The two companies announced the deal early Wednesday. Avangrid operates natural gas [read more…]

PRC — do the right thing for clean energy

By Demis Foster and Brian Condit | Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican Earlier this year, labor unions, environmental advocates, the Navajo Nation, community organizations, businesses and utilities came together to support the Energy Transition Act before the New Mexico Legislature. With the sponsorship of Sens. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, and Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, and [read more…]

Public Service Company of New Mexico details plan to shut coal plant

Steve Terrell | Santa Fe New Mexican Public Service Company of New Mexico, the state’s largest electrical utility, filed a plan with the state Public Regulation Commission to replace its coal-fired generation from the San Juan coal plant, saying the proposal would save residential customers an average of $7.11 a month in the first year [read more…]

New Mexico utility charts closure for coal-fired power plant

Susan Montoya Bryan | Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric utility on Monday submitted to state regulators its plan for shutting down the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, replacing the lost power and pricing the cost to customers. The filing with the Public Regulation Commission comes as a new state law [read more…]

Methane rules up for debate as drilling booms in New Mexico

By Susan Montoya Bryan | Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants New Mexico to craft its own rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas development as the rollback of federal regulations remains tangled in a legal fight. The industry says it has a roadmap that will help. Environmentalists [read more…]

Air, Land and Water: NM Lawmakers by the Numbers

Roz Brown | Public News Service SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico environmental advocates say the state took a step forward during the 2019 legislative session by passing bills that address renewable energy and public health, but is lagging in solar-energy development. Conservation Voters New Mexico has released its statewide Conservation Scorecard for the 2019 [read more…]

Shift to renewable energy advances in New Mexico Senate

By Steve Terrell | Santa Fe New Mexican Backers of the controversial Energy Transition Act — which is meant to ensure the shuttering of a massive coal-burning power plant in San Juan County and push New Mexico toward more reliance on renewable energy — won a victory Saturday when a state Senate committee gave the [read more…]

The energy transition we’ve been waiting for

By Stephanie Maez and Demis Foster | Published by the Associated Press We have a generational opportunity to reduce carbon in New Mexico, through the double-sided coin of increasing our state’s renewable energy portfolio, the leading climate priority for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and retiring the San Juan Generating Station in San Juan County, a [read more…]

NM Legislators to Consider 100-Percent Carbon-Free Energy Bill

Roz Brown | Public News Service – NM SANTA FE, N.M. – Legislation aiming for a New Mexico future that is 100 percent carbon-free was introduced Thursday in the state Senate. The Energy Transition Bill, SB 489, sets an interim milestone of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030, 80 percent by 2040 and a 100 [read more…]