Discussion Topic: Energy & Environment

What’s wrong with the ETA?

What’s wrong with the ETA?

The following appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican on August 3, 2019. More details on Mr. Costello can be found here. I have written and studied electricity markets and regulations for almost 40 years. As a New Mexico resident, I have some deep concerns about the...

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NM should fully embrace its energy renaissance

NM should fully embrace its energy renaissance

New Mexico's energy workers have almost single-handedly reshaped global oil markets. Oil field workers have pumped so much petroleum and natural gas from the Permian Basin, which runs through southeast New Mexico and southwest Texas, that America recently became a net...

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Albuquerque City Government Bag Ban Contradicts Own Goals

Albuquerque City Government Bag Ban Contradicts Own Goals

Radical environmentalists and (especially the politicians they elect) have a funny way of enacting policies that contradict each other. Take New York City Mayor DeBlasio's desire to eliminate "steel and glass buildings." But, as one green website notes, "About 77% of...

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PNM’s zero carbon math problem

PNM’s zero carbon math problem

Not only did the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) successfully lobby in the 2019 Legislature for a 50% renewable mandate by 2030, it has now put itself on record as saying it's going to be "zero emissions" by 2040. And one actually neat feature is that at...

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RGF president Paul Gessing discussed the 2019 session's outcome with KOB TV Channel 4. The story is below, but my tweet explains our general take on what happened:

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RGF testimony on SB 489: Arizona State University says 50% RPS would cause that State’s rates to rise 117%

Transition to renewables shouldn’t cost utility rate payers

Environmental groups, Governor Lujan-Grisham, and even Public Service Company of New Mexico want us to believe that their plans to rapidly increase renewable energy are cost-competitive. New Mexicans voted for change in 2018 and, as a result, there are legislative...

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