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New Mexico oil and gas must be curbed to address climate, health impacts, study says

By Adrian Hedden
Oil and gas emissions in New Mexico continued to worry public health advocates and environmentalists as both the state and federal government sought to tighten restrictions on air pollution from fossil fuel development.

Santa Fe group home to go solar, save money

By YCC Team Photo: Desiree Bernard
In Santa Fe, New Mexico, a group home called Casa Milagro provides permanent housing for people who have struggled with homelessness and mental illness.

USDA invests in renewable energy projects in New Mexico rural communities

By Headlight Staff
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Department is investing $464 million to build or improve renewable energy infrastructure and to help rural communities, agricultural producers, and businesses lower energy costs in…

New Mexico’s key environmental regulators seek budget bumps to fund climate change efforts

By Adrian Hedden
New Mexico’s upcoming 2022 Legislative Session comes at time of transition for the state’s energy industries – which serve as a major economic driver for the state’s economy.

New Mexico panel considers future of coal-fired power plant

By Susan Montoya Brian Photo: Susan Montoya Brian , AP
New Mexico's largest electric provider wants to transfer its share of a coal-fired power plant to an energy company backed by the Navajo Nation, but environmentalists argue that approving the deal would prolong the life…

Governor signs 30×30 executive order

By Hannah Grover
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to set aside 30 percent of the state’s lands and waters by 2030 for conservation and another 20 percent for climate stabilization.

What Is a Megadrought?

By Henry Fountain Photo: Ethan Miller , Getty Images
The Western United States is locked in an extreme drought this year that is one of the worst on record. But for a large part of the region the only thing that makes this year different is…

Xcel Energy sets new regional wind energy records

Boosted by strong production from Xcel Energy’s new Sagamore Wind Project in New Mexico, wind energy accounted for more than half the region’s electricity supply in March and reached a new hourly peak production of…

New Mexicans weigh in on methane as EPA considers new rules

By Hannah Grover Photo: Hannah Grover
Dozens of New Mexicans issued warnings about the current and future impacts of climate change this week as they urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt a new rule that would lead to significant…

Can the sun solve New Mexico’s energy conundrum?

By J. Weston Phippen
The blue van turned onto the pitted road, and for miles the tallest objects on the horizon were the brush and yucca. Soon, signs appeared with arrows that pointed to dirt trails with curious names…