NM regulators to consider clean energy standard
Posted at: 09/06/2012 2:06 PM
By: SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico regulators have set the stage for a discussion that could result in a novel program aimed at curbing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
The Public Regulation Commission on Thursday agreed to schedule workshops to consider a proposal that would allow electric utilities to voluntarily opt to reduce carbon emissions from their generating stations by 3 percent a year starting as soon as 2014.
The proposal was filed with the PRC by Western Resource Advocates on behalf of 33 environmental groups.
Supporters say New Mexico could be a leader since no other state has such a voluntary clean energy standard centered on reducing carbon emissions.
Earlier this year, state regulators overturned previous efforts to control greenhouse gases, and the federal government has yet to impose any kind of carbon cap.
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