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New Mexico backs carbon-free future

New Mexico is well on course to becoming the third US state to commit to transitioning to 100% carbon-free electricity after it passed the Energy Transition Act.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s signature on the legislation, which calls for the move ‘from the state’s investor-owned utilities’ by 2045, is now all that is required.

Welcoming the news, Jodie Van Horn, director of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign, said: “New Mexico is setting the pace in our transition to a 100 percent clean energy future. As the first state to pass ambitious clean energy legislation in 2019, New Mexico has set the bar for other states to meet. This legislation shows how climate and economic growth go hand-in-hand—and while reducing emissions is critical, so too is job creation and a just transition for workers. New Mexicans are ready to replace expensive, dangerous fossil fuels with a better energy economy—one that provides clean air and family-sustaining jobs, and makes major gains for communities. Congratulations to the Land of Enchantment for this big step.”

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