It was a sprint to the finish for clean energy in New Mexico’s legislative session, which ended at noon on Saturday. Along with dozens of partners and thousands of New Mexicans, we’re celebrating a *massive* win with lawmakers passing the Energy Transition Act, which makes New Mexico the third state in the nation to commit to 100% clean electricity.
The Energy Transition Act provides significant reinvestment in the Four Corners community, ensures San Juan coal plant is retired, and creates a safety net for coal workers. It also requires 100% carbon-free electricity from New Mexico's investor-owned utilities by 2045. The bill will help New Mexico put our plentiful sunshine and wind to work building a healthier, job-creating clean energy economy now and for future generations. This bold but achievable commitment next moves to Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s office, where she’s expected to sign it into law. This is exactly the kind of clean energy leadership that our communities, our economy and our climate needs.
Unfortunately, time ran out for our other 2019 priority, the Community Solar Act, which would have expanded solar access to renters and others who can’t go solar on their own rooftops. The Community Solar Act passed House and then hit speed bumps in Senate. We are so grateful for bill sponsor Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero, who was a fierce champion for community solar throughout the session, and to Vote Solar members like you who spoke up for a clean energy economy that works for everyone. The session may be over, but the fight for an equitable clean energy future isn’t! We will keep working - and we hope you’ll stick with us.
In the meantime, I am truly proud that my home state of New Mexico is helping lead the nation in the push to 100% clean power. I hope you are too!
Watch New Mexico clean energy supporters call for action at the state capitol this session, and get ready to get inspired ...