Clean Energy Solutions

Clean Energy Solutions

The Transition from Dirty Coal to Clean Energy is Happening!

Solar PV - by DVW

Even with setbacks nationally, the transition from dirty-coal to clean energy made strong progress in 2010.

In November 2010, it was announced that the Four Corners coal-fired Power Plant, located in northwestern New Mexico, would close three of its five units by 2013, reducing its power output by 560 Mega-Watts.

The number of solar roof-top systems in PNM's territory has grown from 400 on January 26, 2009 (my system shown in the photo was the 400th solar system in PNM's territory) to 1200 systems at the end of 2010.


EIB approves carbon cap for New Mexico

Solar PV installation

The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) voted on Dec. 6 to adopt a petition by New Energy Economy that creates a new state program to reduce carbon pollution and create jobs for New Mexicans.

Approved by a 4-1 vote, the plan will require the state’s largest polluters to reduce their carbon-dioxide emissions by 3 percent per year from 2010 levels starting in 2013. The approval culminates a two-year process for the NEE petition, signed onto by the Rio Grande Chapter.


Sierra Club Applauds Decision to Uphold New Mexico Clean Air Protections

Helena Chemical Company Must Continue to Meet Air Quality Standards

December 6- The Sierra Club applauded the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) ruling today that Helena Chemical Company’s facility in Mesquite, New Mexico must continue to operate with an air quality permit.


City of Santa Fe Nears Completion of 1 MW Solar Facility

Solar - City of Santa Fe - Sierra Club tour © Teresa Seamster

The City of Santa Fe will start up its new 1 MW solar electricity facility on January 1, 2011.

The City of Santa Fe will realize immediate cost savings with no upfront investment.

The Sierra Club's Cool Cities program worked closely with Nick Schiavo and city leaders in 2008 to initiate this project.

Nick Schiavo, the City's project leader and energy czar, led a tour of the facility for the Sierra Club on Friday, November 19.


New Residential Codes Make New Mexico National Leader

Green Building

New Mexico has become a national leader in energy efficiency by adopting the 2009 NM Energy Conservation Code (NMECC) for residential construction.


PRC Sets Direction for PNM Renewable Energy Plan

Solar PV installation

August 31 - The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission (PRC) released its Final Order in the PNM Renewable Plan case. In summary, the PRC directive approved 46 MW of Solar electric power to be installed in the next three years.


Solar Energy A Safe, Smart Investment

Solar PV - by DVW

By Rebecca Sobel
Executive director, Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy (CCAE)

August 30 - Every hour, the sun radiates more energy onto earth than the entire human population uses in one year. That's a lot of solar potential. In New Mexico, we're lucky to have bragging rights to world-class solar resources, ranking second in the nation after Arizona, with potential to provide 1,000 times more energy than Public Service Company of New Mexico's (PNM) current demand.


New Mexico to Lead the Nation in Energy Conservation Building Codes for New Homes

Green Building

Full Savings for Commercial Buildings Still in Question

Albuquerque, NM – July 30. Today, the New Mexico Construction Industries Commission (CIC) acted to save consumers money by adopting the 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code (2009 NMECC) for new home construction. The new residential code will achieve 20 percent increase in energy efficiency on new homes beginning in 2011 via sound building science and technically proven measures. The codes will take effect on January 1, 2011 with a six month phase-in period to provide time for a statewide code training process to be completed.


Hands Across the Sands in Albuquerque

Hands Across the Sands ABQ

On June 26, more than 75 New Mexicans participated in the world's largest gathering against offshore oil drilling...and for clean energy solutions NOW! To get involved, contact Shrayas Jatkar at shrayas.jatkar@sierraclub.org


Celebrating the Legacies of New Mexico’s Eco Heroes

New Mexico lost three of its most respected conservationists this year....Stewart Udall, Marilyn Cooper, and Gail Ryba.


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