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Tell your state representative not to gut our Renewable Energy Act

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Now that this bill gutting our Renewable Energy Act has passed its first committee, it's even more important to contact your legislator and tell him or her to reject this misguided attack on renewables.

House Bill 445, sponsored by Rep. Larry Scott, would eliminate New Mexico's requirement for investor-owned utilities to provide 20 percent renewable energy by 2020.


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.


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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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.”


Santa Fe's Mike Williams Wins National SC Award

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By Susan Martin, Northern New Mexico Group

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.


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:


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.


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