Over the past decade, utilities, companies, and residents around New Mexico have invested in solar power to save money and increase reliance on green energy. The state has invested $2.3 billion in solar energy, and it ranks 18th in the nation for solar energy generation.
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New Mexico is home to the forested peaks and valleys of the southern Rocky Mountains, high plateaus of the Great Plains, and spectacular desert canyons and mesas. In addition to its dramatic vistas, the state has a wealth of fossil fuel, mineral, and renewable energy resources, including strong winds and abundant sunshine. New Mexico also has a significant portion of the nation’s known uranium reserves. However, the state’s crude oil, natural gas, and coal production help place New Mexico among the nation’s top 10 energy-producing states.
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.
The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in New Mexico
Between 2017 and 2019, New Mexico experienced one drought and two severe storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.
New Mexico’s climate is already changing. Most of the state has warmed at least one degree Fahrenheit in the last century. New Mexico can expect increasing frequency and intensity of heat waves, reduced snowpack and reduced waterflow in the Colorado, Rio Grande and other rivers, and increasing frequency and intensity of wildfires due to drier conditions.
The New Mexico legislature created RETA in 2007 making it one of the first independent state authorities in the nation to facilitate the licensing, construction and financing of high voltage transmission lines and energy storage projects, allowing delivery of renewable energy from remote areas that have enormous renewable energy potential to in-state and out-of-state customers.