100 Coal Plants Prevented or Abandoned Movement Sparks Shift to Cleaner Energy and Over 400 Million Fewer Tons of CO2

Wind turbines

July 9 — Washington, DC: Americans can breathe easier today as Intermountain Power’s coal plant in Utah became the 100th new coal plant to be prevented or abandoned since the beginning of the coal rush in 2001. In their place, a smart mix of clean energy solutions like energy efficiency, wind, solar and geothermal has stepped up to meet America’s energy needs.

Arizona, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation Groups Team to Transition from Coal to Clean Energy

Coal - Page, Az

June 11 — Fifteen environmental organizations from Arizona, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation are teaming together to transition from coal-fired power to clean energy.

Sierra Club leads action to Reduce Air Pollution from PNM Coal-Fired Power Plant

Coal - San Juan

May 15 — The Sierra Club, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the NM Environment Department initiated legal action against PNM to significantly reduce pollution from its San Juan coal-fired power plant. Due to this legal action, an agreement was reached that required PNM to implement environmental upgrades. These upgrades, totaling $330M, were completed in 2Q09.

Santa Fe County approves Renewable Energy Financing District ordinance

Solar PV installation

10/27/09 - One more big action towards step-function growth in renewable energy growth in NM. The Santa Fe County Board of County Commissioners passed the ordinance to create a Renewable Energy Financing District for Santa Fe County. This allows residents to finance solar, geothermal, and wind projects through their property taxes.


Los Alamos High School Looks to Go Green

Sept 15, 2009 - The new Los Alamos High School will be green...meaning energy efficient, healthy, and beautiful.

Solar Energy for the Home: Now it costs Nothing

Solar PV - by DVW

It is now possible to have solar energy for your home without upfront investment and have positive cash flow. Recent laws passed by the New Mexico Legislature and signed by Governor Richardson have significantly changed the financial benefits of solar energy for residences.

Solar Thermal Energy

Solar Thermal Panels by DVW

Want to reduce your energy consumption, greenhouse-gas footprint, and energy bills and increase energy efficiency? Well, did you know that on average, 65% of home energy bills in New Mexico are associated with producing domestic hot-water and home heating? You may or may not be aware of the fact that solar heat is more efficient than photovoltaic (PV), producing five times more useful energy than solar electric.

Energy Works Sierra Club leads efforts to implement energy efficiency in working family residences

Energy Works

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, the City of Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust are funding a pilot program (Energy Works) to implement energy efficiency in working family residences in Santa Fe. The Housing Trust coordinates the work in conjunction with Youth Works, Earth Works Institute and Los Amigos ERC. youth works

PNM’s New Proposed Renewable Energy Purchase Plan goes in the wrong direction


Sept. 2009 - PNM's Renewable Energy Purchase Plan (REPP), as submitted on July 1 to the Public Regulatory Commission, projects missing the renewable energy amount, required by law in the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), in 2011 by a whopping 147k MWh due to cost constraints. PNM also plans to limit small solar PV systems and totally eliminate the large solar PV incentive program.

Green Building Code in Santa Fe Approved

Green Building Code in Santa Fe Approved

March 11, 2009 - The City Council of Santa Fe approved a new Green Building Code for new residential construction by a vote of 8-0. This is a major step in the City’s commitment to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

David Van Winkle, our group Chair spoke during the public hearing section of the meeting. He said: "First, this Green Building Code reduces energy consumption by 50% and improves other measures of sustainability for new residences.

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