New Mexico March 2019
Renewable Energy for New Mexico
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 489, a bill that prioritizes renewable energy in New Mexico. The Governor has been in strong support of the bill from its introduction. Additionally, the Governor aimed to have the bill passed with few amendments. This was not the first time that New Mexico saw a bill on renewable energy like this one. In 2018, a very similar bill was introduced. However, that bill received a large amount of opposition from prominent groups.
The new law will double the state’s renewable energy use by 2025. The goal is to have half of New Mexico’s energy produced through renewable sources within the next ten years. Additionally, the law sets a standard of 100% carbon-free electricity generation by 2045. These changes are expected to create hundreds of new jobs in renewable energy.