Clean Energy Solutions

Clean Energy Solutions

One Man Makes a Difference


Robb Thomson's persistance and vision are leading the state to implement new rules for it's utilities that will have a large impact on greenhouse gas emissions in the state. These new rules eliminate the utilities incentives to increase electricity usage.

Buckman Direct Diversion Project Adopts Landmark Renewable Energy Contract

Solar PV - by DVW

In 1Q 2009, David Van Winkle and Dexter Coolidge of the Northern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club met with Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, City of Santa Fe City Councilors and Santa Fe County Commissioners to convince them to use renewable energy for the Buckman water project. It became a reality last week.

Chapter Funded Program Wins Sustainable Santa Fe Award

Energy Works

On April 24, Energy Works received the 2010 Sustainable Santa Fe Award for a Renewable Energy Project. Energy Works is collaboration between Youth Works and the Community Housing Trust, which the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club funded in 2009 in conjunction with the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust. This project funded eight youths to complete over 225 energy efficiency installations/audits for working class families.

Six Broken Eggs in Every Dozen

Coal - Page, Az

We’re all looking to save money with energy efficiency in our homes, but what about energy excesses in our nation? A. J. Simon takes a look at the resources used to create energy, the type of energy created, and where the energy goes. Look up these energy-flows charts at An “archive” link leads to charts of energy flow back to 1950. These charts show total energy usage up by approximately 58% since 1982: from 62.9 quadrillion (Quad) Btu, to 99.5 Quad in 2008.

Four Corners Conservation Meeting in Farmington

Coal - San Juan

Rio Grande Chapter leaders held a conservation meeting on March 31 at the San Juan Community College in Farmington, with about 20 in attendance.

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.

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