SANTA FE, N.M. -- A brighter, cleaner future is within reach for New Mexico after state Sens. Mimi Stewart and Jacob Candelaria and state Rep. Nathan Small introduced Senate Bill 489 (SB489), the Energy Transition Act (ETA), today. The legislation sets standards for New Mexico utilities to get at least 50 percent of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and to be 100 percent carbon-free by 2045.
The ETA will help New Mexico transition to a future based on clean, renewable energy to improve our environment and public health and fight climate change.
“New Mexicans strongly support meeting our energy needs without polluting our air and water or changing our climate,” said Sanders Moore, director of Environment New Mexico. “That's why we've been working with diverse partners to put the Land of Enchantment on a path to 100 percent clean energy. We know that’s the best thing we can do for cleaner air, healthier communities, and a safer climate. We look forward to working with Gov. Lujan-Grisham, the sponsors, and the Legislature to pass a bill this year.”
Environment New Mexico has been working with a coalition of organizations and groups that support strong renewable energy standards and making New Mexico a leader in solar, wind, and geothermal energy, while weaning the state off the fossil fuels that cause so many health and environmental problems.
“We are already seeing the impacts of climate change in our state, from extreme drought to wildfires and flooding. Transitioning our electricity generation from fossil fuels to renewable energy will ensure that New Mexico is doing its part to fight global warming,” said Moore.