SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) voted today to adopt the New Energy Economy’s petition, creating a new state carbon pollution reduction program that will lead the rest of the nation in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and create living wage jobs for New Mexicans.
The new state pollution limit, approved by a 4-1 vote, will require the state’s largest polluters to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 3 percent per year from 2010 levels starting in 2013. The approval is the culmination of a two-year petition process started by New Energy Economy (NEE), a New Mexico-based nonprofit organization. The Board ruled to amend the effective date to January 1, 2013.
NEE Senior Policy Advisor Mariel Nanasi said the rule is designed to make it as easy and inexpensive as possible to meet the carbon reduction goals, but she said what’s more important is what the rule means for New Mexico’s economy.
“This new policy makes New Mexico the nation’s leader in carbon pollution reduction while at the same time stimulating our economy and creating jobs for New Mexico families and communities,” Nanasi said. “The board understands that the same technologies that can reduce carbon pollution can also make New Mexico more competitive in the clean energy economy, which means more long-term, well-paying jobs for New Mexicans.”
New Mexico, second in the nation for solar energy potential and 12th for wind power potential, is well positioned to become a keystone in the Southwest’s clean energy economy.
“New Mexico has world-class solar and wind resources along with the available workforce and high-tech training programs necessary to make it happen,” said Randy Sadewic, founder and president of employee-owned Positive Energy, New Mexico’s leading installer of solar panels.