Clean Energy Solutions

Clean Energy Solutions

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

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.

Sarah’s Green Tip of the Week - Tip #1: Flip That Switch

Green Plug

Sarah is a second grader in Las Cruces who is concerned enough about the effects that climate change will have on the planet that she is taking action to do something about it. Her principal agreed to let her regularly broadcast her “Green Tip of the Week” to the school about the problem and how kids can help. We think grownups can help, too, so we are pleased to introduce Sarah’s Green Tips here:

Congressional Action on Clean Energy & Climate Protection Needed Now

U.S. Capitol

Change the Politics, Not the Climate

More than a year has lapsed since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454, ACES Act), setting limits on climate change pollution and targets for a shift to clean, renewable electricity nationwide. All eyes have been on the U.S. Senate since then to follow suit with its own clean energy and climate protection plan.

Club Takes Strong Positions on Climate Change Actions

Earth Day Rally in DC

The Sierra Club is taking strong positions on climate change.

  • Pass an improved American Power Act
  • Implement Clean Energy Priorities
  • Offshore Drilling is Not the Answer
  • Clean Air Act Authority to Regulate Global Warming Pollution

Please read the attached briefs.

New Mexico Green Jobs Grow by 62%

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference banner

Headwater Economics reports that green jobs grew by 62% in New Mexico since 1995. This compares favorably to overall job growth in New Mexico of 13%. The Sierra Club recently sent 18 New Mexicans to the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Washington DC that will help support this strong growth in green, local jobs in the future.

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