The clean energy revolution has arrived, and… it’s complicated. New Mexico is now the third state to adopt a 100 percent clean energy mandate, with the legislature passing a bill Tuesday mandating the state reach that goal by 2045. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is expected to sign the bill any day now. That doesn’t mean everybody’s happy with it, though. Some indigenous grassroots groups feel the voices of the Navajo and Pueblo people who live nearest to the state’s fossil fuel infrastructure, including in the state’s northwest corner, weren’t properly consulted during its drafting. The Energy Transition Act passed the state Senate last week, and the state House passed the bill earlier this week. It’s right in line with Grisham’s 2018campaign promise for New Mexico to become a leader in the clean energy sector. The state’s new renewable portfolio standard, per this bill, calls for 40 percent renewables by 2025, 50 percent by 2030, and at least 80 percent by 2050. These targets are right in line with California’s and Hawaii’s, the other two states that have passed 100 percent clean energy mandates. This will be a dramatic change of course for the state, which is the third-greatest oil producer… Read full this story
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