Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the Senate Corporations Committee failed to pass the Expand Renewable Energy Standard bill (SB 312, Stewart/Small). Chairman Senator Clemente Sanchez and Senator Papen joined anti-conservation legislators on the committee to vote down the bill. In response, CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:
“We’re disappointed that a majority of legislators on the Senate Corporations Committee voted down SB 312, going against a vast majority of New Mexicans that support increased investments in renewable energy. We’re especially concerned that Clemente Sanchez voted no on SB 312, despite stating previously that he supports renewable energy in New Mexico.
Renewable energy is a win-win for New Mexico because it plays to our strengths and puts New Mexicans first by creating homegrown jobs. We need our decision-makers to put politics aside and support emerging sectors, such as renewable energy, that have proven successful in job creation and economic development.”