1-18-19 Update

CSCNM Champions Community Solar

January 18, 2018
Welcome to the Coalition of Sustainable Communities New Mexico (CSCNM) Newsletter! This is our very first newsletter – you can expect to receive one from us about once a month. 
Here at CSCNM, we are committed to advocating for legislation, regulations and administrative action that support local governments – our members – in meeting their climate commitments and strengthen energy choices, sustainability, and equity. 

This legislative session, we have a tremendous opportunity to take meaningful climate action in New Mexico by passing legislation that will support our state’s just transition towards a clean energy future. 
The first major bill advanced by CSCNM for the 2019 New Mexico legislative session is the Community Solar Act, sponsored by Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero and Senator Liz Stefanics. The Coalition’s lobbyist is JD Bullington. The Community Solar Act will help communities, individuals, and organizations throughout New Mexico benefit from the development of small-scale solar energy facilities. It will provide solar energy to all regardless of income or building ownership, and will further develop a strong renewable energy industry and related jobs in New Mexico.

CSCNM worked hard over the past many months to draft this legislation and convene stakeholders to build consensus on this important bill. We secured initial support from the mayors of the state’s three largest cities: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces, as well as several environmental organizations representing members throughout the state.

Stay In Touch: 
Keep up with CSCNM by following us on Facebook. Our new website should be up next week - stay tuned! 
We have a dedicated team of volunteers and part-time staff who make the operation of the Coalition possible. For general inquiries and administrative concerns, contact us at info@coalitionscnm.org. For anything and everything else, you can reach me personally at beth@coalitionscnm.org. We look forward to hearing from you! 
Thank you for your continued support of the Coalition of Sustainable Communities New Mexico. The time for bold climate action and sustainability is now, and we have an exciting journey ahead of us in 2019!

Beth Beloff
CSCNM Executive Director