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NM at Center of Obama's Climate-Change Proposal

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January 22, 2015 - Troy Wilde, Public News Service (NM)

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FARMINGTON, N.M. – New Mexico may be among the states most impacted by President Barack Obama's effort to regulate and reduce methane gas emissions.

Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico energy coordinator for the advocacy group San Juan Citizens Alliance, says NASA released a report last year that shows the Four Corners region is a hot spot, responsible for producing the largest concentration of methane seen over the United States.


Solar, Sierra Club, Sungevity and You

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By Shane Woolbright, Northern New Mexico Group Executive Committee, January 15, 2015

The cost of solar panels and their installation has dropped in recent years, so I’m writing this to ask if you have solar panels, and if not, why not?

You know that climate change starts with each of us, is accelerated each time we flip a switch, and your role is worse than most because you buy from the horrid group that runs PNM, a very dirty utility that is going to remain dirty for another 30 years and will, in that time, steadily increase in price.


Mike Williams wins national Club award for clean-air work

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By Susan Martin Northern New Mexico Group, December 2015

On Nov. 21 in San Francisco, the national Sierra Club awarded Santa Fe’s Michael Williams the Special Service Award for strong and consistent commitment to conservation over an extended period of time.


Kinder Morgan landmen back for CO2 project

Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group Co-Chair, December 20, 2015

The Kinder Morgan landmen are back in Torrance County, trying to acquire land from ranchers for a pipe yard on Highway 41 south of Estancia, and prime vega land from landowners south of Highway 60 for their pipeline operation to carry carbon dioxide.

Many informed residents in the county have spoken publicly in opposition to the pipeline, and no permits for a pipe yard will be considered until after the draft Environmental Impact Statement is released in 2015.


Pipeline proposed near Chaco

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By Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group Co-Chair, December 15, 2014

In July, a Colorado-based company filed an application to build 140 miles of pipeline across federal, state, Navajo, and private land in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico. The Piñon Pipeline would carry 50,000 barrels of oil per day, more than four times current production.


PNM requests rate hike, fine for solar users

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By Mona Blaber, Chapter Communications Coordinator

Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) proposed a rate plan Dec. 12 that would hike the average resident’s rates by 14 percent while lowering some of the largest users’ rates by more than 7 percent.

PNM also wants to impose a monthly fee of about $20 to $30 on those who install solar energy at their homes.

Under the proposal, PNM claims that New Mexico’s biggest corporations are subsidizing residential users, and that’s why it is lowering the biggest customers’ bills and raising the bills of the smallest users.


Chapter director’s column: Victories come from determination

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By Camilla Feibelman, January 15, 2015

I hope that each of you took some serious time to rest during the holiday season and recoup your energies, because the environment is going to need you more than ever next year.


New Mexico can afford to clean up its act on oil and gas drilling

Rio Grande Chapter Energy Team chair Denise Fort and team member Verne Loose, an energy economist, did a study of the economics of oil and gas drilling in New Mexico and found that, despite common claims from industry, New Mexico's oil and gas companies are not generally smaller or less able to operate under common-sense regulations like the "Pit Rule" that safeguard our water and air from contamination.

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PNM Plans to Waste Tens of Billions of Gallons of Water by Burning Fossil Fuels

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2014
Contact: David Robertson, Sierra Club – Rio Grande Chapter, 505-803-6242

Albuquerque, NM --- The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is squandering a chance to save tens of billions of gallons of water through the year 2033 by investing in large-scale, cost-effective renewable energy. PNM is instead planning to use mostly nuclear, coal, and natural gas, all highly water intensive, to replace the power from two soon to be shuttered stacks at the San Juan Generating Stations in northwestern New Mexico. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club and 350 New Mexico issued its “PNM Water You Thinking Report” today detailing PNM's plan to unnecessarily consume large amounts of water in power production, which the utility described in their December filing to the Public Regulation Commission (PRC).


PRC approves damaging changes to renewables rule

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For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2014

Rio Grande Chapter statement on PRC decision to make damaging change to cost calculations in renewables rule

SANTA FE, NM - The Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday voted to make a damaging change to the rule that enforces New Mexico’s renewable-energy law.

Counsel Rick Blumenfeld deceptively told the commission that his recommendation addressed concerns of commenters and failed to tell the commission that most commenters had reached a consensus to keep the current rule intact.


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