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NM PRC Decisions

The NM Public Regulatory Commission regulates all public utilities in New Mexico.  On Dec 16, 2015 the PRC approved the final San Juan Generating Station Plan to retire 2 of the 4 San Juan coal-fired units in order to meet EPA pollution rules. On September 28, 2016...

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NM State Legislature

The 2016 30 day “Short Session” ended without approval of the bill to extend the state tax credit for RE. NM's 10% tax credit for residential solar will expire at the end of 2016. The actual funds that support the PV portion of this tax credit were completely used up...

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NM Coal

Two of the four coal-fired generating units at the San Juan Generating Station will be shut down as part of the EPA San Juan Stipulation Agreement.  Peabody Energy, which declared bankruptcy in April, owns two coal mines near Grants, which they have tried & failed to...

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​Albuquerque Solar

On September 19, the Albuquerque City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution calling for the City to get 25% of the power for city facilities from solar sources within 9 years.

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Federal Tax Credits

An extension of the Federal renewable energy tax credits was passed as a part of the Dec 2015 Federal budget deal. This will result in significantly more solar & wind capacity being installed in the US.

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Clean Energy Investments​

2015 was a record year for global investment in clean energy, with $ 329 billion invested in wind, solar panels, biomass plants and more around the world. Fully one-third of the 2015 clean energy investment occurred in China. That country saw investments of $ 110.5...

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Solar Goes BIG in California

The Desert Sunlight & Topaz Solar Farms, located in the Mojave Desert east of Palm Springs, came online in early 2015.  At 550 MW each, they are the two largest PV solar power plants in the world. The 377 MW Ivanpah Concentrating Solar-Thermal plant, located in the...

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RE Pushback

Hawaii has ended its Net-Metering policy, eliminating a major incentive for rooftop solar PV system owners. Arizona has imposed extra fees on grid-tied roof-top solar system owners. Nevada's newly appointed Utility Commissioners approved severe retro-active penalties...

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