SANTA FE, N.M. -- A groundbreaking renewable energy bill heads to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk for her signature after the New Mexico House of Representatives passed the Energy Transition Act (ETA) on a bipartisan 43-22 vote today. The state Senate already approved it (SB 489) by a 32-9 margin, also with bipartisan support.
Sponsored by Sens. Jacob Candelaria and Mimi Stewart and Rep. Nathan Small, the ETA sets the following standards for New Mexico utilities: that at least 50 percent of their electricity come from renewable energy by 2030, 80 percent by 2040, and 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045.
Environment New Mexico director Sanders Moore issued the following statement:
“This is great news for New Mexico, and great news for the entire country. By passing the Energy Transition Act, our legislature is sending a clear message: The Land of Enchantment is serious about doing our part to address climate change, and we’re prepared to lead the way forward.
“Throughout the process, New Mexicans have spoken out in strong support of meeting our energy needs without polluting our air and water or changing our climate. This legislation will do just that by transitioning New Mexico from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
“Environment New Mexico applauds the bill’s sponsors, state Sens. Jacob Candelaria and Mimi Stewart, and Rep. Nathan Small, for their foresight and tenacity. We also want to thank Gov. Lujan Grisham for her strong support of ETA, and look forward to her signing it into law.
“We’re proud to say New Mexico is doing its part to fight global warming. Now, we’re urging our fellow states across the country -- especially those currently considering 100 percent renewable energy commitments -- to follow suit.”