Santa Fe, N.M. (March 12, 2019) – Environmental, labor, and community groups today celebrated the New Mexico Legislature’s passage of the landmark Energy Transition Act (ETA), a measure that will boost renewable energy production, create jobs, reduce carbon pollution, and diversify the economy in coal-impacted areas.
With the House of Representatives’ approval, the legislation now heads to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk to be signed into law.
“New Mexico legislators heard voters loud and clear when we said we want our state to confront climate change head-on – and we applaud them for taking action.” said Demis Foster, executive director of Conservation Voters New Mexico. “The ETA will move New Mexico forward on climate change by leaps and bounds while reducing electricity costs, holding PNM accountable, and protecting communities and workers in the Four Corners area.”
Gov. Lujan Grisham also hailed the passage of this historic clean energy legislation:
✅ The Energy Transition Act has been approved by the House and is headed to my desk! The ETA puts New Mexico on the verge of an energy transformation, making a promise to future generations of New Mexicans and boldly charting a course to a carbon-free future. #SB489 #nmleg pic.twitter.com/fA004shQKt
— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) March 12, 2019
With New Mexico poised to make significant clean energy progress, this is just another example of the many of the state leaders across the country who are spending their first weeks in office stepping up to address a real emergency where the Federal government is falling behind.
Check out the clean energy commitments governors across the country have made: