New Mexico utility backs bill requiring carbon-free electricity by 2045

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Albuquerque Journal:A bill to make New Mexico’s electricity generation 100 percent carbon-free by 2045 will get its first hearing today in the Senate Conservation Committee.The Energy Transition Act, Senate Bill 489, has a broad coalition of supporters from across the state, representing near-consensus among most leading environmental groups and local utilities to push the state’s electric grid into almost complete reliance on renewable energy over the next 25 years.It’s priority legislation for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who campaigned on promises for a clean energy economy.The state’s largest utility, Public Service Company of New Mexico, has thrown its support behind SB 489, marking a turning point that, for the first time, puts environmentalists, state officials and utilities on a shared path for ending fossil fuel generation.“It takes us out of our comfort zone,” PNM President, Chairman and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn told the editorial board Wednesday. “But it’s where New Mexico wants to go. … We need to be able to step up to the challenge.”If approved, the bill would require public utilities to rely on renewables such as solar and wind for 50 percent of all electricity sales by 2030, and 80 percent by 2040. By 2045, no carbon-emitting resources would be permitted, although the last 20 percent of electric sales could come from new generating technologies, such as carbon capture for natural gas, or advanced battery storage backup to offset the intermittence of renewable resources.More: PNM firmly supports clean energy initiative New Mexico utility backs bill requiring carbon-free electricity by 2045last_img read more

WATCH: Mid-Week Inspiration from the Beautiful Blue Ridge

first_imgLooking for some midweek inspiration to get you fired up for the pending weekend? This short video by Cliff Williams captures some of the most iconic landmarks in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. From stunning arial views of Linville Falls in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area to the iconic Table Rock Mountain of Upstate South Carolina, the video captures the essence of one of the country’s most beautiful regions.Have you been to any of these locations? Tell us about in the comment feed below.last_img

Confidence high for Tipp hurlers next year

first_imgPaddy says the players at the manager’s disposal are made of the right stuff. Former Tipperary hurler Paddy Stapleton is confident that the Premier County will be in contention for all the major honours next year.However, the Borrisoleigh club man – who announced his inter-county retirement last week – believes that Michael Ryan’s side will need to evolve to continue being successful.Tipp’s preparations for 2017 have ramped in the last few days with the announcement of the pre-season training panel.last_img