Sierra Club fighting the threat to rooftop solar

Across the country, regulated utilities are using the same playbook to try to eliminate the threat that solar rooftops present to their outdated business models.

New Mexico is at the center of utilities' "war on solar."

You may remember that earlier this year, PNM proposed a monthly fee for new solar users that would have averaged $21-$36 a month. Many of you helped put public pressure on PNM. I'm proud to say we won when the Public Regulation Commission rejected PNM's entire rate case.

Join us for Bosque By Wheelchair at the Nature Center

Saturday, September 19th, 10am - 12pm
Bosque By Wheelchair at the Nature Center

Open House with Sierra Club Capter Chair David Coss

Join us for an open house at our new UNM area office and meet our new Sierra Club Chapter Chair David Coss, former Mayor of Santa Fe.

Talk and mingle with like minded people who are concerned about local, national and international environmental issues. We'll hear about 100 days of climate action in the lead up to the international climate talks in Paris, the latest news on protecting the Bosque and other important priorities for the fall including the upcoming city council elections. Drinks and snacks are on us.

Tell NM Game Commission: Stop targeting cougars, bears, wolves

Cougar trap

The New Mexico Game Commission will be making critical decisions on Aug. 27 about cougars, bears and wolves.

The proposals being considered include:

Make coal companies pay their fair share

San Juan Power Plant

What: BLM listening session on coal royalties
Where: Courtyard Marriott, 560 Scott Ave., Farmington
When: 1-4 p.m. Thursday, August 20th

Dear fellow Sierran,

On Aug. 20 in Farmington, you have a critical opportunity to make mining companies pay their fair share for coal mined on our public lands.

Tell the Game Commission to protect cougars and bears!

By Mary Katherine Ray, Wildlife chair 08.12.15
The New Mexico Game Commission will be making critical decisions about cougars, bears and wolves on Aug. 27.
The rules for hunting bears and cougars in the next 4 years will be voted on and the proposals being considered include
• allowing the 'sport' trapping of cougars on private and state trust land to cause more cougars to be killed each year.

Suburbia Bad for Business

By Rick LoBello, El Paso Group Executive Committee

The current wave of development in cities around the world threatens both businesses and quality of life.

Here in El Paso, when two men spotted a bulldozer blading a road across a pristine part of the Franklin Mountains in 1978, they inspired citizens across the community to take action to help stop the ravenous rampage of suburbia.

Progress report on solar with Sierra Club

By Shane Woolbright, Northern New Mexico Group

In a previous issue of this newsletter I wrote about the efforts and the hassles of putting solar panels on my home. Now, let’s look at the economics.

My 3,000-watt system cost $12,300. My federal tax rebate was $3,690, while my state rebate will be $1,230. I convinced a neighbor to go solar with Sungevity, which gives Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter $750 for each system and will give me $750 for finding a new customer for Sungevity. So giving credit to the funds going to Sierra Club, my system had a net cost of $5,230.

Northern New Mexico Group Meetings and Events

Field trip to the Four Corners area Friday-Sunday, Sept. 18-20. Explore some of the special geological and paleontological treasures in Lybrook and nearby badlands with BLM paleontologist Sherrie Landon and meet with local Navajo leaders in this greater Chaco area experiencing ground zero in the recent explosion of oil and gas fracking. They will likely be able to show us some remote Chaco outliers and discuss what we can do to help with these vexing issues. Stay at the Angel Peak campground Friday and Saturday.

Northern Group Sierra Club and Beer: Redrock Wildlands

Come join your fellow Sierrans for a Sierra Club and Beer gathering at The Commons, 2300 West Alameda, corner of Camino Carlos Real, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9.
Terri Martin of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance will share some beautiful images and an inside update about the magnificent but still unprotected redrock wildlands of southern Utah.

The future of the redrock hangs in the balance this year! Learn about the Greater Canyonlands and Bears Ears monument proposals and, more problematic, the latest news on Utah Rep. Rob Bishop’s public land legislation.

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