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Inaugural meeting for Energy Transition Act Advisory Committee

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                        
October 24, 2019                                                                                                                                     

Contact: Stacy Johnston
Acting Public Information Officer


Inaugural meeting for Energy Transition Act Advisory Committee

(Albuquerque, NM) – The Energy Transition Act (ETA) Senate Bill 489 was signed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on March 22, 2019. Since that time, an Advisory Committee was assembled and is slated to hold their first meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at San Juan College. The Committee will be listening to a diverse range of community members with the goal of recommending programs of economic diversification to the Departments of Economic Development, Indian Affairs, and Workforce Solutions with an emphasis on workforce training and transition assistance.

This meeting is subject to the Open Meetings Act and is open to the public. For more information on this meeting, including the agenda, a dedicated website has been created at www.dws.state.nm.us/ETA. Meeting minutes and any ETA Advisory Committee updates will be posted on that page.

Developed over the course of a year with collaboration by community organizations, unions, energy groups and advocates, the ETA establishes New Mexico as a national leader in clean energy. The ETA sets a statewide renewable energy standard of 50 percent by 2030 for New Mexico investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives and a goal of 80 percent by 2040, in addition to setting zero-carbon resources standards for investor-owned utilities by 2045 and rural electric cooperatives by 2050. The law transitions New Mexico away from coal and toward clean energy, ensuring greater renewable energy production and reducing costs for consumers, and provides tens of millions of dollars of economic and workforce support for communities impacted by coal plant closures, as well as the development of renewable replacement power in San Juan County.

Senate Bill 489





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