NM State Climate Task Force

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The NM State Climate Task Force aka The Interagency Climate Change Task Force is co-chaired by the New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

Executive Order

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's Executive Order and corresponding Jan 29, 2019 Press Release established the New Mexico State Climate Task Force with the following co-chairs:

  1. Sarah Cottrell Propst, Cabinet Secretary New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
  2. James Kenney, Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department

The Albuquerque Journal, reported on Jan 29, 2019:

Under the governor’s order, the task force will evaluate potential policies and regulations, such as:
• A market-based program that sets statewide emission limits.
• New emissions standards for light-duty vehicles sold in New Mexico.
• Updated building codes.
• Creation of transmission lines and infrastructure to get renewable energy from clean power plants to market.

The 2019 Task Force Report - "New Mexico Climate Strategy"

The New Mexico Climate Strategy: Initial Recommendations and Status Update 2019 report addresses a wide variety of issues as shown in the Contents:

Table of Contents

The Governor’s Message 3

Science and Data 4

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Levels 8

Electricity Sector 9
Transportation Sector 11
Industrial Sector 13
Built Environment Sector 15
Natural and Working Lands Sector 18
Cross-Sector Emissions Reductions: Market Mechanisms 19

Adaptation and Resilience 21

Economic Transition 21
Public Health 22
Emergency Preparedness and Management 23
Water Availability 25

Conclusions 26

NM Climate Change Task Force Updates

NM Climate Change Task Force held a number of Climate Stakeholder Listening Sessions to review progress and goals of task force teams. Presentation slides were circulated to attendees ahead of time.

The complete list of the NM Task Force Climate Action Teams is:

  • Clean Electricity and Grid Modernization
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Decarbonizing Transportation
  • Methane
  • Climate Hub: Data, Outreach, & State Leadership
  • Natural and Working Lands
  • Economic Transition
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Planning
  • Emergency Management, Health, and Resilience
  • Cultural Heritage

Some studies have been commissioned from the The Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.