Our View: State should be energy leader

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By The Staff

A recent article by the Associated Press reports that New Mexico’s largest electric utility is being praised by an environmental group for being ahead in the renewable energy game.

The Legislature last year began requiring that investor-owned utilities, such as Public Service Company of New Mexico, generate 20 percent of its total retail sales to customers from renewable energy resources by 2020. The standard will gradually rise to that level from a current base of 6 percent.

Robert Ukeiley, climate and energy director for WildEarth Guardians, praised PNM for the number of renewable energy credits it has for meeting the standard.

But we think this is far from enough and the state should be taking a harder stand.

If there is any state that is perfectly situated to take advantage of solar and wind generated power, it is New Mexico.

For us not to be the leader in this field is shameful.

Not only do we have the climate and terrain, we have the brainpower at both Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia, as well as at New Mexico Tech.

The state’s program at Northern New Mexico College should be only a small step, not the whole show, in this area.

Those who have taken a look at the cost of fuel – and fears what their heating bill will be this winter – know that something has to be done.

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