If you turn on the lights in New Mexico, most of the power comes from coal-fired power, with a small percentage from nuclear power, and a much smaller percentage from wind and solar. While we earnestly hope that Public Service Co. of New Mexico will decide to use more renewable energy in the future, state legislation mandates that only a small percentage of our energy be renewable. Meanwhile, the effects of climate change are already affecting Santa Fe, as we watch forests around us burn every spring and new all-time high temperatures are commonly set. Reduced snowpacks and flows in the Colorado River and Rio Grande basins are already playing havoc with water users.
Fortunately, renewable energy is plummeting in price, and many places are rushing to take advantage of these prices. Santa Fe and New Mexico have a legitimate claim to leadership in renewable energy, with the pioneering leadership of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association and a new generation of entrepreneurs. And there should be no question that Santa Fe residents want to be part of the transition to cleaner energy.
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