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Utilities to Go Carbon Free by 2045 Under Law in New Mexico

March 22, 2019, 6:43 PM

New Mexico power companies must cut their carbon emissions to zero by 2045 under a new law that also addresses the closing of a coal plant in the northwestern part of the state.

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who took office this year, signed the legislation March 22 after campaigning on bringing more renewable energy to the state. Supporters say the requirements will make New Mexico a national leader alongside California and Hawaii, which have similar standards.

The Public Service Company of New Mexico, the state’s largest electric utility known as PNM, supported the bill...

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