New Mexico has an opportunity to adopt policies that will encourage the development of more renewable energy to meet the needs of utility customers around the state, environmentalists and advocates told state lawmakers Monday.
They presented their case for boosting the percentage of electricity that New Mexico utility customers get from renewable resources from 20 percent in 2020 to 50 percent by 2030 and more in subsequent years.
The initiative would place New Mexico on a similar trajectory to California and New York, which are planning for 50 percent by 2030. Hawaii aims to shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.
Legislation calling for an increase in New Mexico’s renewable portfolio standard was unsuccessful during the 2017 session, but advocates told the lawmakers they will continue to press for a higher percentage.
Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee