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Local Choice is under attack. What do we do? Stand up fight back!



You know you're doing something right when PNM names the Local Choice Energy Act as its top priority to kill this session. We are proud to be a member of Public Power New Mexico with more than 30 organizations calling for energy democracy. PNM has and will attempt to drown the voices of New Mexican's all across the state - parents, grandparents, community leaders, business owners, climate activists, ratepayer advocates - to protect their monopoly and continue to slow walk the transition to clean energy in New Mexico. We need to show up in force to show legislators that New Mexican's support SB165.

Local Choice Energy is right for New Mexico because it will:

  • Help us get to 100% renewable energy in five to seven years.

  • Give New Mexican's a choice of energy providers.

  • Keep energy dollars in our local communities to benefit the people of New Mexico.

  • Introduce competition to help lower rates and accelerate the transition to clean energy.

SHOW UP FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TOMORROW 9:00AM AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IN ROOM 311

If you can't be present in person, zoom participation is available as well at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7739881331

Evidence from ten other states that have adopted this policy proves that it works! The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) authored a comprehensive report on Community Choice Aggregation (aka Local Choice) and concluded that:

CCAs procure around 42 million MWh per year on behalf of about 5 million customers. CCAs may have already begun to reshape electricity portfolios by demanding more renewable energy than is required by state mandates. In 2017, we estimate that CCAs procured about 8.9 million MWh of renewable energy above and beyond levels required by state mandates. We estimate that an expansion of CCAs into more states could result in CCAs being responsible for as much as 20% of U.S. residential and commercial load and could increase demand for renewable energy by as much as 53 million MWh per year. - Community Choice Aggregation: Challenges, Opportunities, and Impacts on Renewable Energy Markets, NREL, 2019.

Local Choice Energy is a proven solution and drives competition and clean energy development, and because of that, existing utilities are running a disinformation campaign to scare people and legislators, counting on ignorance of the energy system to sow fear of change - to counteract their false talking points take a look at this Local Choice: Fact or Fiction point by point analysis, and please feel free to send it to committee members and your Senators and Representatives to help us spread the truth.

  • Chair: Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics (D). District 39 - 986-4377 - Email: lstefanics@msn.com

  • Vice Chair: Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D). District 16 - 986-4389. Email: a.sedillolopez@nmlegis.gov

  • Ranking Member: David M. Gallegos (R). District 41 - 986-4278. Email: david@ramirezandsonsinc.com

  • Member: Joseph Cervantes (D). District 31 - 986-4861. Email: joseph.cervantes@nmlegis.gov

  • Member: Carrie Hamblen (D). District 38 - 986-4266. Email: carrie.hamblen@nmlegis.gov

  • Member: Steven P. Neville (R). District 2 - 986-4701. Email: steven.neville@nmlegis.gov

  • Member: Harold Pope (D). District 23 - 986-4365. Email: harold.popejr@nmlegis.gov

  • Member: Gregg Schmedes (R). District 19 - 986-4395. Email: gregg.schmedes@nmlegis.gov

  • Member: William P. Soules (D). District 37 - 986-4834. Email: bill.soules@nmlegis.gov

Most importantly, please make a plan to show up in person in support of the bill on Tuesday, bring a friend, and send a version of this call to action to your own email list or on social media. But first, if you haven't already, click on the button below to email senators on the Conservation and Judiciary committees. Personalize the subject and content for greater impact.

AND SOME GOOD NEWS - HB142 COMMITTEE SUB PASSED HOUSE ENERGY ON SATURDAY! ONWARD TO APPROPRIATIONS

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