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Keep the PRC accountable

By January 22, 2016December 1st, 2022Climate & Energy, Juntos

Juntos staff and youth interns were joined by students from Health Leadership High School to march in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March & Parade with the New Mexico MLK State Commission in Albuquerque on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Get Involved with Juntos!
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Fuente Friday
Come anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 for volunteering, snacks and networking.

Join Juntos in developing a People’s Clean Power Plan Proposal that reflects the needs of our community! Here’s two opportunities to get involved with the People’s Clean Power Plan:
Youth Committee Meeting
5 p.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26

Want to get healthy and involved with your community in 2016?
Come to the Juntos health fair!

Health Fair and Clean Energy Workshop
10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 30

Latina/o families in New Mexico want and need clean air, clean water and clean energy. Juntos, a program of the Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund (CVNMEF) in collaboration with the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) Chispa national program, has been organizing Latina/o families for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) including encouraging the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) to develop more clean energy.

Half of PNM’s aging coal-fired smokestacks at San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) in Northwest New Mexico will close down in 2017 to comply with clean air laws. This presents a golden opportunity to position New Mexico as a national leader in clean energy development, but the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) gave PNM permission to squander this opportunity and take us backwards instead. The plan that the PRC approved just before the holidays will replace that power generation with more dirty coal and toxic nuclear energy, rather than proactively planning for the necessary transition to a clean energy economy – a transition that Latina/o families in New Mexico like you and I want.

Thanks to the hard work of the renewable energy advocates involved in the negotiation process, the PRC also approved an opportunity to scrutinize PNM’s risky stake in the SJGS coal plant in 2018. New Mexicans pay up to double for dirty San Juan coal energy compared to clean renewables. Combine this with the public health benefits of solar and wind and, in 2018, the PRC could be forced to push PNM to replace all of their dirty coal holdings with renewable energy.

Tell your PRC commissioner how disappointed you are in her vote, and urge her to demand a close date for the San Juan Generating Station, advocate for renewable energy to play a bigger role in New Mexico, and hold PNM accountable for making a real investment in workforce and economic development.>>

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