2021 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
Transformative change requires we imagine beyond our current realities. In 2021, PNM, the largest energy monopoly in New Mexico, is slated for a merger with Spanish owned international energy conglomerate Avangrid. Instead of the resources and wealth of New Mexicans being extracted to enrich monopoly utility shareholders on Wall Street, soon that wealth will be traveling all the way to Spain. The conquistadores have returned!
Imagine instead New Mexico cities with the power to purchase their own renewable energy, to harness the free and clean power of the wind and the sun and invest those savings in NM families. Imagine a network of individual solar systems, micro-grids and community solar and wind farms serving every corner of the state. Imagine a world where utilities no longer control our access to energy or keep us dependent on dirty fuel sources to feed their own profits. Imagine Energy Democracy.
Let's make 2021 the year of transformative change. In the 2021 legislative session we are supporting bills that strengthen our power to defend our communities and bring the benefits of renewable energy into the people's hands.
Community groups, non-profits and Tribes build their own solar arrays that subscribers can buy into. Businesses and individuals (including renters and homeowners who can't afford solar panels), can subscribe to these arrays and get a utility bill credit for their subscription.
LOCAL CHOICE ENERGY
Local Choice Energy will allow any city, municipality or tribe in New Mexico to pool their electricity demand and create a local utility which means local communities are in control of who owns our energy, where it comes from, and what happens with energy profits.
Amendments to last year's Oil & Gas Waste Act will explicitly protect against the use of fresh water in oil and gas well drilling, prohibit the use of fracking waste on roads and agricultural land, and make discharges and spills of produced water illegal.
ENERGY TRANSITION ACT AMENDMENTS
Amendments reinstate PRC authority to protect ratepayers when fossil fuel plants are abandoned while leaving the Renewable Portfolio Standard, the tool of securitization, and transition funds intact - brought by Senators Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, Bill Tallman, Liz Stefanics and William Soules.
Begins the process to amend the New Mexico constitution to enshrine and make enforceable our rights as New Mexicans to a clean and healthy environment, including pure water, clean air, healthy ecosystems, and a stable climate, and to the preservation of the natural environment.