WASHINGTON, DC—Resources for the Future (RFF) today released a new installment of Resources Radio: “New Mexico's Path to a Low-Carbon Future, with NM Cabinet Secretary Sarah Propst.”
Host Daniel Raimi talks with Sarah Propst, the Cabinet Secretary of New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department. Propst goes over the policy details behind the Energy Transition Act, a recently enacted bill in New Mexico which aims to transition the state to 100 percent zero carbon electricity by 2050. Raimi and Propst also discuss the other steps New Mexico is taking to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- “I wouldn't rule out that New Mexico will never consider carbon pricing. In fact, I think we should in the future. But for now, [the Energy Transition Act] came about organically as a result of conditions on the ground.”―Sarah Propst (15:47)
- “It's very important to tell [utilities] what the expectations are and how to plan. That's why a renewable portfolio standard and a zero carbon standard are important, so that they can plan their future and know what resources we expect them to bring online, and that the commission expects to bless ultimately.”―Sarah Propst (16:13)
- “The governor . . . issued a climate change executive order in January that enumerates a number of specific action items on methane reductions, and clean cars, and building codes, and other strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico. So the Energy Transition Act, and the [renewable portfolio standard], and the zero carbon standard are really important to achieving those emissions reductions, but we know we need to do some other things in other sectors of the economy.”―Sarah Propst (16:42)
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