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CVNM Statement on Supreme Court Lawsuit Attacking the Landmark Energy Transition Act

By August 27, 2019January 10th, 2023Climate & Energy, Press Releases

Santa Fe, N.M. Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) responded to a lawsuit filed before the New Mexico Supreme Court asking for several aspects of the Energy Transition Act (ETA) to be ruled unconstitutional. CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:
“The Energy Transition Act preserves the Public Regulation Commission’s authority for robust review of the financing order to protect ratepayers, which is one of the reasons why the landmark law garnered broad and diverse support across the state. What makes the Energy Transition Act unique is the funding that the law provides to help support communities that have generated our energy for decades during the transition to cleaner energy sources like wind and solar,” says Demis Foster, CVNM executive director. “This lawsuit stands in the way of an equitable transition to a clean energy economy for the Four Corners region by threatening the $40 million in transition funding established by the ETA.”
The Energy Transition Act passed with strong, bipartisan majorities in the New Mexico State Legislature during the 2019 session, and was endorsed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Navajo Nation, Conservation Voters New Mexico, New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council, the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFSCME, Environment New Mexico, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, CAFé, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, Southwest Native Cultures, Center for Civic Policy, ProgressNow New Mexico,, Natural Resources Defense Council, Western Resource Advocates, San Juan Citizens Alliance, SWEEP, The Nature Conservancy, Prosperity Works, Amigos Bravos, Union of Concerned Scientists, Vote Solar, Albuquerque Sustainable Business, Coalition of Clean Affordable Energy, Interwest Energy Alliance, Western Environmental Law Center, Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, and more.
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