Clean Energy Solutions

Clean Energy Solutions

Clean Energy Solutions

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Clean Energy News

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is focused on energy issues that have a direct impact on climate change, air pollution, and the green economy. These activities are part of the national Sierra Club priorities “Beyond Coal,” “Clean Energy Solutions,” and “Federal and International Climate Campaign.”


Roller coaster for renewables

Solar Roof Top

By Mona Blaber, communications coordinator

Renewable energy’s wild ride started in January, with a move by industry players to reverse the renewable-energy rule that New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission had just passed in December 2012.

New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers and other anti-renewables forces moved in just days after Commissioners Jason Marks and Doug Howe, who had worked to hold utilities accountable for complying with the state Renewable Energy Act, left office.

The saga of the important but complex renewables rule has lasted all year.


Working to boost energy savings

By Mona Blaber, communications coordinator

As renewable energy’s less-glamorous partner in saving the Earth, energy efficiency doesn't get much attention, but the easiest and cheapest way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels had an eventful year in New Mexico.

In 2013, the state Legislature changed the way utilities fund their efficiency efforts required by the Energy Efficiency Act.
Now the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is considering a new rule to implement those changes and other aspects of the law.


Sierra Club statement on PRC’s Dec. 18 ruling on renewable energy

For Immediate Release: Dec. 18, 2013

Sierra Club statement on PRC’s Wednesday ruling on renewable energy

Santa Fe, NM - Solar energy and clean air got a reprieve Wednesday when the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted to withdraw 2-for-1 credit for solar energy, which had effectively reduced the amount of solar and overall renewable energy New Mexico utilities were required by law to produce. But Wednesday’s vote left some troubling aspects of the previous commission ruling.


Supporters of renewable energy pack PRC meeting

By Mona Blaber
Communications director
It isn’t often that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission holds its meetings in front of more than a few lawyers, staff and representativs of regulated companies.
But on Sept. 10, when commissioners took public comments on changes to an important rule that implements New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Act, supporters of clean energy showed up in such large numbers that the hearing had to be moved to a larger auditorium.


Citizen's comments to the PRC on renewables

What New Mexicans told the PRC

Here are a few excerpts of what
New Mexicans wrote to their Public
Regulation Commission representatives
about keeping the current “Reasonable
Cost Threshold” rule, which implements
the state Renewable Energy Act:

“I am a student at New Mexico Tech.
Many of my peers plan to work with
renewable energies after graduation. The
young adults in southern New Mexico
know that diversifying our sources of
electricity now will pay us back tenfold
in the future.” — Socorro

“We really don’t have the time to


Supporters of renewable energy pack PRC hearing

photo by Susan Martin

New Mexicans ask commission to support strong rule to enforce renewables requirements

By Mona Blaber, Communications director

It isn’t often that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission holds its meetings in front of more than a few lawyers, staff and representatives of regulated companies. But on Sept. 10, when commissioners took public
comments on changes to an important rule that implements New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Act, supporters of clean energy showed up in such large
numbers that the hearing had to be moved to a larger auditorium.


Geothermal brings jobs to New Mexico

Palinpinon Geothermal power plant in Philippines - courtesy of wikipedia

Guest Column by Land Commissioner Ray Powell


PRC keeps renewables rule — sort of

Solar Home

By Mona Blaber

We asked you to help protect renewable energy in New Mexico, and you responded — in force.

In April, after the Public Regulation Commission agreed to rehear the Reasonable Cost Threshold rule that enforces New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Act, the Rio Grande Chapter asked supporters to submit comments urging the commission not to weaken the rule.


Community solar for Santa Fe?

Community Supported Solar Project, Taos - Teresa Seamster

By Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group and Esha Chiocchio, Santa Fe Watershed Association

Santa Fe Community Solar Garden – the name conjures up a sunny field with upturned solar panels collecting the daily requirement of energy for the people who live here. A few acres planted in panels and clean fixed-cost energy for the next 50 years. The image is not far-fetched.


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