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Carbon-free electricity plan passes NM Senate

Kai Porter
March 06, 2019 05:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- New Mexico lawmakers debated Senate Bill 489 Wednesday.

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The bill would require the state’s electricity production to be 100 percent carbon-free by 2045.

During the floor debate, Sen. Jacob Candelaria, a Democrat from Albuquerque, explained why he believes New Mexico needs to transition away from coal and other carbon power sources to renewable sources of energy.

 “This transition is happening and it’s happening because of forces outside of the control of this room,” Candelaria said. “The responsible thing for us to do as a state is to develop a clear and responsible plan of how we will tackle that transition head-on.”

The bill would require 40 percent of New Mexico’s public electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2025, 50 percent by 2030, 80 percent by 2040 and 100 percent by 2045.

 Republican Sen. Pat Woods – who recused himself from voting on the bill because of a conflict of interest – called the bill “logrolling” – meaning it contains more than one issue.

 “I have an interest in part of this that could affect me personally and because of that I won’t be able to vote on this particular bill, but if this bill was broke up into pieces like I think it should be, then I could vote on part of it,” Wood said. “There’s my problem. That’s my problem with the bill and that’s why I think it’s a logrolling issue with this amendment”

 The bill ultimately passed the Senate. It will now head to the House for consideration.

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