Energy

New Residential Codes Make New Mexico National Leader

Green Building

New Mexico has become a national leader in energy efficiency by adopting the 2009 NM Energy Conservation Code (NMECC) for residential construction.


PRC Sets Direction for PNM Renewable Energy Plan

Solar PV installation

August 31 - The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission (PRC) released its Final Order in the PNM Renewable Plan case. In summary, the PRC directive approved 46 MW of Solar electric power to be installed in the next three years.


Solar Energy A Safe, Smart Investment

Solar PV - by DVW

By Rebecca Sobel
Executive director, Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy (CCAE)

August 30 - Every hour, the sun radiates more energy onto earth than the entire human population uses in one year. That's a lot of solar potential. In New Mexico, we're lucky to have bragging rights to world-class solar resources, ranking second in the nation after Arizona, with potential to provide 1,000 times more energy than Public Service Company of New Mexico's (PNM) current demand.


New Mexico Climate Master Program - Fall 2010 Session

Climate Masters Poster

Learn how to reduce your Carbon footprint and volunteer to train others to do the same. The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is offering an 11 week course on Climate Change and Sustainability. The dates are from September 22 - December 8, 2010 and the class will be held in Albuquerque, NM.

Course participants are provided 30 hours of training, and in turn they "pay back" the program through volunteer service.

web site for general description of New Mexico Climate Masters


Chapter Presses for Pollution Controls at San Juan Coal Plant

Coal - San Juan

August 4 - The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club and 7 other advocacy groups have sent a letter to Governor Richardson and Secretary of NM Environmental Department (NMED) Ron Curry supporting NMED's Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) for the San Juan Generating Station. This proposed plan would upgrade PNM's San Juan Generating Station with cost-effective controls for nitrogen oxide emissions and other pollutants and also lead to greater sulfur dioxide reductions, presents a tremendous opportunity to protect New Mexico’s enchanted landscapes, safeguard public health and welfare, promote economic prosperity, and keep New Mexico in control of its clean air legacy.


New Mexico to Lead the Nation in Energy Conservation Building Codes for New Homes

Green Building

Full Savings for Commercial Buildings Still in Question

Albuquerque, NM – July 30. Today, the New Mexico Construction Industries Commission (CIC) acted to save consumers money by adopting the 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code (2009 NMECC) for new home construction. The new residential code will achieve 20 percent increase in energy efficiency on new homes beginning in 2011 via sound building science and technically proven measures. The codes will take effect on January 1, 2011 with a six month phase-in period to provide time for a statewide code training process to be completed.


Hands Across the Sands in Albuquerque

Hands Across the Sands ABQ

On June 26, more than 75 New Mexicans participated in the world's largest gathering against offshore oil drilling...and for clean energy solutions NOW! To get involved, contact Shrayas Jatkar at shrayas.jatkar@sierraclub.org


Remember Deepwater Horizon

No More Drilling

In the first weeks after the oil platform “Deepwater Horizon” sank in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, the standard “Drill, baby, drill” Republican mantra was notably absent. As the biggest environmental disaster in American history unfolded, perhaps even the staunchest ultra-right-wingers realized, as a matter of their own self-interest, that it was not the best time to push for more oil drilling-—in the lower 48, in Alaska or offshore. Perhaps they feared an anti-conservative backlash, as Americans saw at first hand the risks of our addiction to petroleum.


San Miguel County , Las Vegas City Council Enact Moratoriums on Drilling

Two northeastern New Mexico counties continue to try to navigate the uncharted territory of oil and gas exploration. San Miguel County Commission voted and signed into law a one-year oil and gas moratorium in winter 2010. The Las Vegas City Council doubled that protection, and enacted a two-year moratorium in May.


White Peak Safe for Now, but for How Long?

Mora Field

A fierce counter to New Mexico State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons’ White Peak “land swap” with local ranchers in Mora County took front page in New Mexico newspapers this past winter. Today, that deal lies in the hands of the New Mexico Supreme Court after the Attorney General intervened, but not without unprecedented efforts on the part of citizens who believe White Peak is land of the people, not a chosen few.


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