Letter to the Editor: PRC Should Leave Renewable Energy Policies in Place

By DOMINICK LAWTON
Environment New Mexico

The Public Regulation Commission is preparing to rule on how much New Mexico invests in renewable energy, and clean energy advocates argue that the PRC’s proposed changes would harm renewable energy development in the state. Looking at the facts, we have to agree.

New Mexico is the second-sunniest state in the country, but we currently get less than two percent of our electricity from the sun, lagging behind cloudy states like New Jersey. Our state needs to move toward a new, thriving clean energy economy, and not stay tethered to fossil fuels, which soak up billions in federal subsidies [1] – over five times as much as all renewables combined [2] – while polluting our air and water.

Our current policies have helped grow the amount of solar energy in New Mexico from less than one megawatt in 2007 to almost 200 megawatts now. Judging by the number of people who spoke in favor of renewables at the PRC’s hearing in Santa Fe Tuesday, New Mexicans clearly agree that developing our solar potential is smart for our state.

We urge the PRC to leave renewable energy policies in place, not cut them off before they reach their full potential.

[1] From a joint study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Energy Agency. http://www.oecd.org/site/tadffss/
[2] From a study by the Environmental Law Institute. http://www.eli.org/Program_
Areas/innovation_governance_energy.cfm

 

 

 

 

 

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