Clean Energy Solutions

Clean Energy Solutions

Sierra Club Helps Halt Forest Biomass Power Plant

Borrego - Bear Wallow

On March 10th, the Coalition for Clean and Affordable Energy (CCAE), led by Western Resource Advocates and the Sierra Club, sent a letter to ENMRD Secretary Jon Goldstein asking the Department not to extend the $27 million dollar renewable energy tax credit for the Estancia Biomass plant, (that would use wood for fuel) run by Western Water and Power Production (WWPP).

Stewart Udall's letter to his grandchildren - My generation’s mistakes, your generation’s epic challenge

Stewart Udall died on this years Vernal Equinox. A persistent snowstorm blanketed Santa Fe, the final home of our great friend. This is one of the last pieces he published. We are all his grandchildren. Hope springs eternal.

Solar Financing via 3rd Parties Signed into Law

Solar PV installation

Governor Bill Richardson signed into law HB181/SB190 that provide solar financing via 3rd parties. This new law will directly benefit municipalities, schools, and other tax-exempt organizations that want to install solar energy systems.

Act Now to Help Cap Carbon Emissions in New Mexico

Solar Thermal Panels by DVW

On March 1 (10am) your Sierra Club Chapter testifies before the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) with New Energy Economy and 15 other nonprofits asking EIB to set a cap on carbon, methane, and other green house gas emissions (GHG) for the state. We invite many members to join us. (Willie Ortiz Building - 2600 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe) Also, please send letters and e-mails. Read further for specifics.

Home Energy Strategy: Assess, Reduce Consumption, Install Solar


Everyone has a mechanical inspection prior to buying a house to insure that the dishwasher works. Everyone should also have an energy audit to insure that the house works properly. It will save you $1000’s.

Copenhagen Climate Conference, From the Inside

Our Future

Dec. 2009 - Ken Hughes, Rio Grande Chapter Conservation Chair, attended the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen. This is his insider's view of that conference.

Clean Energy Legislation Primer

U.S. Capitol

Read about the various federal legislation alternatives on carbon emission regulation that will create a more balanced playing field that will facilitate local job growth.

Climate Change Needs Urgent Action

Wind turbines

Nov. 17, 2009 - We are fortunate that Senators Bingaman and Udall, and Representative Lujan believe that global climate change is a serious problem that must be addressed. But they need your calls, emails, or letters to let them know that their constituents support strong action.

Santa Fe County and City Pass Resolution Supporting Federal Climate Change Action

Senators Bingaman Udall

Nov. 2009 - Santa Fe County and the City of Santa Fe City Council passed a resolution to support federal legislation on climate change and support for a green economy.

Victory for new ABQ building codes

ABQ satellite view

Oct. 2009 - The Sierra Club and Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) led the effort to ensure that the “2009 Interim Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code (2009 Interim AECC)” was adopted by the Albuquerque City Council.

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