Last week, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a landmark renewable energy bill. This week, Idaho Power announced a goal to end its use of coal and natural gas entirely. These are major milestones for clean energy, not only in Idaho and New Mexico, but for our entire region.
Idaho Power’s plan would move transition their grid to 100% clean energy by 2045. New Mexico’s new clean energy law will boost the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2040 and ensure New Mexico’s electricity grid is 100% carbon-free by 2045. These standards are among the strongest in the nation and will protect health, while creating important, well-paying jobs in a growing economic sector.
According to the conservative environmental stewardship group, The Western Way, large majorities of Americans (including majorities of conservatives, Republicans and tea party members) support accelerating the development of clean energy to improve air quality, create jobs and innovation and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. According to a 2018 Western Way poll, 75% of Utahns support doubling the amount of renewable energy resources, like wind and solar, and 94% support public policies that support renewable energy resources.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Email your legislators to let them know that you support growth of clean, renewable energy sources in Utah and investments by the state in homegrown clean energy that creates jobs, saves customers money on electricity bills, cleans up our air, spurs innovation, and increases our national security by reducing dependence on foreign oil.
- Thank Rep. Patrice Arent, Rep. Steve Handy and Sen. David Hinkins for passing HCR 2 to encourage the development of renewable energy in Utah’s rural counties to grow the rural economy.