For years, New Mexicans have said we’ve got it all when it comes to energy – oil, gas, coal, geothermal, solar, wind – and now we have a new energy policy that reflects this.
Maybe now we can end the pointless jousting between supporters of renewable and traditional sources.
Last week, the governor announced a plan developed over the past year by the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department after listening to sessions held around the state. The first energy plan since 1991 embraces all sectors and emphasizes jobs, economic diversity and energy independence.
The big shift is “promoting greater production of ALL sources of energy, especially low-carbon sources,” which the governor’s news release describes as an “‘all of the above’ approach to energy development.”
What I especially like about the plan is its solid statements of policy backed up by proposals rather than puffery. Here are the key points:
Building or improving pipelines, electric transmission and rail from the Four Corners to I-40, and adding a third oil refinery.