For the 2020 legislative session (Jan 21-Feb 20), several important climate and energy bills are on the Governor’s call, link. 350 New Mexico supported all these bills, especially the ones for an EV tax credit and Grid modernization. The bills we support are listed in the table below. Also below are links to contact information for legislators by committee and schedules for committee hearings, so you can email and call legislators and attend hearings to speak in favor of passing this important legislation.
The session ended 2/20/2020 with passage of three key bills: HB233 – Grid Modernization, SB29 – Solar Tax Credit and HM9 – Renewable Energy Investment Strategic Plan.
Opponents filibustered many of the other good bills and ran out the clock on this short session, including HB217 the EV tax credit bill, which came within hours of passing on the final day. Many others were tabled in the finance committees. Still, the bills that passed are important and we thank the legislative climate champions and supporters who made that happen. We’ll try again in Jan 2021.
Link to “My Roundhouse” locators for all 2020 climate bills: view climate bill locators
350NM Priority Climate & Energy Bills (final: 2/20/2020 pm)
|SB 2||ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCOME TAX CREDIT||Woods, Tallman,||filibustered||Passed
|HB 217||ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCOME TAX CREDIT||Trujillo, Cadena, etc||filibustered||Passed Senate|
|HB 233||ENERGY GRID MODERNIZATION ROADMAP||Stansbury, Akhil, Small, Woods, Stewart||Gov desk||Passed
|HM 29||ENERGY OPERATION BONDING AMOUNTS
Review New Mexico’s state-wide remediation and reclamation bonds for the O & G industry by 12/1/20.
|Other great bills on the Governor’s call:|
|SB 29||SOLAR MARKET DEVELOPMENT INCOME TAX CREDIT
Solar Tax Credit state for homeowners, business, ag.
|Stewart, McQueen||Gov desk||Passed House|
|*HB 11||PRC REORGANIZATION & TRANSFER DUTIES
-Creates independent professional PRC staff
|Nathan P. Small||SCORC||tabled|
|SB 114||COMMUNITY ENERGY EFFICIENCY DEVELOPMENT (CEED) GRANT||Gerald Ortiz y Pino||SFC|
|SB 6||ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION FACILITIES IRB ELIGIBLE –
Allows access to low cost bond funding
|Steven P. Neville||SFC|
Great bills not on the call:
|SB 143||COMMUNITY SOLAR ACT (House bill is HB 9)||Stefanics, Roybal-Caballero||SCONC|
|HB 9||COMMUNITY SOLAR ACT||Roybal-Caballero, Egolf||Dead||Failed 28-36|
|HB 173||GAS TAXES, NEW FUNDS & DISTRIBUTIONS
– carbon dividend and fee for gasoline
|HM 9,||RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT STRATEGIC PLAN. – Draft a NM plan.
|Joseph L. Sanchez||HCal
|HB 48||FURNACE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM FUNDING – replace low effic. furnaces for low income homes||Eliseo Lee Alcon||HAFC|
|HB 166||HEALTHY SOIL PROGRAM FUNDING
-$300,000 appropriation to NMSU
|HB 60||DIFFERENTIAL RATES FOR INVESTMENTS
Invest 1% of ($5.5B) Sev. Tax Fund in renewables
|Sheryl Williams Stapleton||HRC|
|SB 104||PROHIBIT NEW HYDRAULIC FRACTURING PERMITS||Antoinette Sedillo Lopez||SCC|