The Brookings Institute -- the Washington, DC-based think tank -- on Wednesday released a report with a very fancy title: "Centers of Invention: Leveraging the Mountain West Innovation Complex for Energy System Transformation." Luckily for readers, the stuff covered by the paper's authors, Mark Muro and Sarah Rahman, is light on the fancy and a bit heavier on pragmatic policy.
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has approved a new energy plan for PNM, the largest utility company in the state.
What better place to test the performance of solar panels than sun-soaked New Mexico?
Nevada-based Matinee Energy, Inc. has reached a three-way agreement with two Korean manufacturing giants, Hyundai Heavy Industries and LG Electronics, Inc.
Three months after Governor Bill Richardson signed an executive order outlining his state’s plan for a green economy, New Mexico has added to the books a limited property tax exemption for owners installing solar water heaters, solar space heating and photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Intel Corp. today announced plans to install solar photovoltaic (PV) installations at eight U.S. locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Oregon. The computer chip maker also announced it will increase the amount of clean power it purchases in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) to more than 1.4 billion kilowatt hours -- an amount equal to over half its 2010 electricity needs.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson today signed an executive order outlining the state's plan for building a green economy. “A comprehensive green economy is critical to the future of New Mexico and will lead our state into a new era of economic vitality and stability,” Governor Richardson said at the signing, which was held at SCHOTT Solar's Albuquerque manufacturing facility. “Today I am outlining a clear path to ensure our state capitalizes economically and environmentally on our abundant renewable resources and assets.”
North America's largest solar energy services provider, SunEdison, and Xcel Energy's regional operating company, Southwestern Public Service Company, today announced a deal for five photovoltaic (PV) solar installations in New Mexico. Together the installations will total 50 megawatts (mWs) of solar generation capacity -- enough to power more than 10,000 homes. To be sited in Lea and Eddy counties in southeastern New Mexico, the five 10 mW utility-scale installations should be fully operational by the end of 2011.
It doesn't take a solar industry wonk to know that New Mexico gets a lot of sunshine. In addition to this bountiful solar resource, the state also has a renewable energy standard on the books mandating that, by 2020, all investor-owned utilities must generate at least 20 percent of their electricity from renewable resources. Of that amount, four percent must come from solar.
A number of U.S. states require electricity providers to derive a minimum percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain date. Such a requirement is often referred to a renewable portfolio standard, or RPS. Currently, 24 states, plus the District of Columbia have formalized RPSs in place, while five other states have legislated more informal goals aimed at promoting the adoption of renewable power. The Department of Energy provides a useful RPS summary map.