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Clean Energy News

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is focused on energy issues that have a direct impact on climate change, air pollution, and the green economy. These activities are part of the national Sierra Club priorities “Beyond Coal,” “Clean Energy Solutions,” and “Federal and International Climate Campaign.”


Cool Cities Campaign

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Cool Cities News

The Sierra Club’s Cool Cities Campaign works with cities that have joined the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to accelerate their implementation of effective programs.

To date, more than 1000 mayors nationwide have signed the agreement. In New Mexico, seven cities are participating in the program: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Capitan, Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Santa Fe (City and County), and Taos. Under the agreement, participating cities commit to take the following three actions:


Rally for Renewables at the PRC

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Join more than 30 community groups to call on PNM to create a more responsible replacement plan as it retires half the coal-fired power at San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

On Monday, Jan. 5, we'll rally at 9 a.m. outside the PERA building in Santa Fe, where the Public Regulation Commission is holding hearings on PNM's plan to replace more than 800 megawatts of coal power with mostly out-of-state nuclear energy, more coal and natural gas.


Panel Discussion: Deciding New Mexico's Energy Future

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6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
The Sierra Club, 350.org, Environment New Mexico, and Interfaith Power and Light present

Showtime Episode: Years of Living Dangerously: Winds of Change & Deciding New Mexico's Energy Future Panel Discussion: Spin or Reality PNM's San Juan Power Replacement Plan January PRC Hearings. We’ll show “Years of Living Dangerously Episode 6” on methane leaks, fracking, the promise of renewable energy and state efforts to repeal Renewable Energy Standards. Intent is to use this to educate and prep the public for Jan 5 PRC.

Episode to be followed by expert panel:


New Mexico Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production

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.

To read the paper, click here:


Coal not going without a fight

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By Nellis Kennedy Howard, Beyond Coal Senior Campaign Representative

Both of New Mexico’s coal plants will soon be burning a lot less of that polluting fuel, thanks to EPA safeguards and the efforts of groups like ours. But utilities and other players continue to double down on this losing hand. Here’s an update on where coal in New Mexico stands:

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Roller coaster for renewables

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By Mona Blaber, communications coordinator

Renewable energy’s wild ride started in January, with a move by industry players to reverse the renewable-energy rule that New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission had just passed in December 2012.

New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers and other anti-renewables forces moved in just days after Commissioners Jason Marks and Doug Howe, who had worked to hold utilities accountable for complying with the state Renewable Energy Act, left office.

The saga of the important but complex renewables rule has lasted all year.


Supporters of renewable energy pack PRC meeting

By Mona Blaber
Communications director
It isn’t often that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission holds its meetings in front of more than a few lawyers, staff and representativs of regulated companies.
But on Sept. 10, when commissioners took public comments on changes to an important rule that implements New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Act, supporters of clean energy showed up in such large numbers that the hearing had to be moved to a larger auditorium.


Supporters of renewable energy pack PRC hearing

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New Mexicans ask commission to support strong rule to enforce renewables requirements

By Mona Blaber, Communications director

It isn’t often that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission holds its meetings in front of more than a few lawyers, staff and representatives of regulated companies. But on Sept. 10, when commissioners took public
comments on changes to an important rule that implements New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Act, supporters of clean energy showed up in such large
numbers that the hearing had to be moved to a larger auditorium.


Chaco reprieve

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By Norma McCallan, Public Lands chair

Gas and oil prospects in the San Juan Basin’s Mancos Shale have put the area outside Chaco Culture National Historical Park in danger of drilling. There’s promising short-term news from the Bureau of Land Management, but a permanent solution needs your support.


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