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NM at Center of Obama's Climate-Change Proposal

Oil Drilling

January 22, 2015 - Troy Wilde, Public News Service (NM)

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FARMINGTON, N.M. – New Mexico may be among the states most impacted by President Barack Obama's effort to regulate and reduce methane gas emissions.

Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico energy coordinator for the advocacy group San Juan Citizens Alliance, says NASA released a report last year that shows the Four Corners region is a hot spot, responsible for producing the largest concentration of methane seen over the United States.


Solar, Sierra Club, Sungevity and You

Solar PV - by DVW

By Shane Woolbright, Northern New Mexico Group Executive Committee, January 15, 2015

The cost of solar panels and their installation has dropped in recent years, so I’m writing this to ask if you have solar panels, and if not, why not?

You know that climate change starts with each of us, is accelerated each time we flip a switch, and your role is worse than most because you buy from the horrid group that runs PNM, a very dirty utility that is going to remain dirty for another 30 years and will, in that time, steadily increase in price.


Mike Williams wins national Club award for clean-air work

Michael Williams headshot

By Susan Martin Northern New Mexico Group, December 2015

On Nov. 21 in San Francisco, the national Sierra Club awarded Santa Fe’s Michael Williams the Special Service Award for strong and consistent commitment to conservation over an extended period of time.


Coal mine would be a dirty deal for PNM ratepayers

Coal Waste

By Mona Blaber

PNM appears to be placing all its bets on climate-killing coal.

In addition to its recently announced plans for a 12 percent rate hike and a $20-$30 fee for solar users, PNM has revealed it is considering buying San Juan Coal Mine in order to prop up the aging and polluting San Juan Generating Station.

According to PNM’s most recent quarterly earnings report, the utility has interest in purchasing the San Juan mine, which would prolong the life of one of the region’s biggest threats to public health and our climate.


PNM requests rate hike, fine for solar users

Coal - San Juan

By Mona Blaber, Chapter Communications Coordinator

Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) proposed a rate plan Dec. 12 that would hike the average resident’s rates by 14 percent while lowering some of the largest users’ rates by more than 7 percent.

PNM also wants to impose a monthly fee of about $20 to $30 on those who install solar energy at their homes.

Under the proposal, PNM claims that New Mexico’s biggest corporations are subsidizing residential users, and that’s why it is lowering the biggest customers’ bills and raising the bills of the smallest users.


Tell the PRC: A coal mine would be a disastrous investment for PNM

Coal - San Juan

December 20, 2014

PNM appears to be placing all its bets on climate-killing coal.

In addition to its request for a 12 percent rate hike and a $21-$36 monthly fee for everyone who installs home solar, PNM is still considering buying San Juan Coal Mine in order to prop up the aging and polluting San Juan Generating Station.

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is currently reviewing PNM's plans for the future of San Juan Generating Station. Now is the time to tell the PRC you want a clean-energy future, not a gamble on an aging coal mine: http://bit.ly/1wUnE0S


Tell PNM a coal mine is a bad buy!

Power plant

December 20, 2014

PNM recently revealed it is in discussions to buy the San Juan Coal Mine in order to ensure that the San Juan Generating Station continues to burn coal for years to come.

This proposal would prolong the life of one of our area’s worst public health threats and lock ratepayers into a huge risk.

Click here to tell PNM that San Juan Coal Mine is a bad purchase! http://bit.ly/1xuhGVT


PNM Plans to Waste Tens of Billions of Gallons of Water by Burning Fossil Fuels

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2014
Contact: David Robertson, Sierra Club – Rio Grande Chapter, 505-803-6242

Albuquerque, NM --- The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is squandering a chance to save tens of billions of gallons of water through the year 2033 by investing in large-scale, cost-effective renewable energy. PNM is instead planning to use mostly nuclear, coal, and natural gas, all highly water intensive, to replace the power from two soon to be shuttered stacks at the San Juan Generating Stations in northwestern New Mexico. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club and 350 New Mexico issued its “PNM Water You Thinking Report” today detailing PNM's plan to unnecessarily consume large amounts of water in power production, which the utility described in their December filing to the Public Regulation Commission (PRC).


Santa Fe's Mike Williams Wins National SC Award

Michael Williams headshot

By Susan Martin, Northern New Mexico Group

On Nov. 21 in San Francisco, the national Sierra Club awarded Santa Fe’s Michael Williams the Special Service Award for strong and consistent commitment to conservation over an extended period of time.


Rally for Renewables at the PRC

Wind turbines

Join more than 30 community groups to call on PNM to create a more responsible replacement plan as it retires half the coal-fired power at San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

On Monday, Jan. 5, we'll rally at 9 a.m. outside the PERA building in Santa Fe, where the Public Regulation Commission is holding hearings on PNM's plan to replace more than 800 megawatts of coal power with mostly out-of-state nuclear energy, more coal and natural gas.


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