Energy

New Mexico, with its abundant wind and solar resources, can and should be at the center of America's clean energy economy. If we make bold and pragmatic decisions now, we can bring thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars of investment to communities across our state. I'm committed to making that brighter future a reality.

To mitigate the devastating effects of climate change, our nation must reduce carbon pollution and continue to invest in clean energy production, energy efficiency, and energy storage. I support implementing energy efficiency initiatives to help our nation do more with the power we have. 

I was proud to lead a bipartisan group of lawmakers that passed an energy agreement to stimulate robust investments in clean energy production through multi-year extensions of clean energy tax incentives, while lifting a ban on oil exports that discriminated against domestically produced oil.

Transitioning to clean energy sources and making America energy independent not only creates jobs. It also helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil and strengthens our national security. With forward-looking energy policies, I’m confident we can meet our climate goals and create thousands of good paying jobs in the process.

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  • N.M. Delegation Urges Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Extend Holtec Public Comment Period, Adhere To CDC Guidance

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small today sent a letter to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Kristine L. Svinicki, to urge the NRC to delay any public meetings and to extend the 60-day public comment period regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Holtec's proposed spent nuclear fuel storage facility in southeast New Mexico. The recent guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is that public gatherings should not be held at this time. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Lead Amendment to Energy & Critical Minerals Bill To Ensure Mining Companies Pay Their Share

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), joined by Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) offered an amendment to the American Energy and Innovation Act, the energy bill that is pending on the Senate floor, to finally require mining companies to pay a royalty rate and reclamation fee for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper on public lands. Read More


  • Heinrich Questions Energy Secretary On Proposed Budget Cuts For LANL Cleanup, Safety Oversight Of Defense Nuclear Facilities

    WASHINGTON - During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today to examine President Trump's budget request for the Department of Energy for Fiscal Year 2021, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette on a $100 million reduction in funding for the ongoing cleanup and environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Read More


  • Rigging the System Against Clean Energy

    Right before the holidays, Trump appointees on a federal commission you've probably never heard of gave a major gift to coal companies. They also threw a wrench into efforts at the state and local level to move the U.S. toward cleaner and cheaper sources of power. Read More


  • Heinrich Calls For Action On Energy Tax Policy

    WASHINGTON - To help address the threat of climate change, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, joined Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and 26 Democratic senators in requesting Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) to act on languishing energy tax policy priorities. Read More


  • NM Delegation Recognizes Sandia Contributions to State Economy, Employment

    WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), commended findings from a 2019 economic-impact analysis released Wednesday, which found that Sandia National Laboratories is responsible for creating 1,100 new jobs while contributing $509 million to New Mexico businesses and $96.6 million in state gross receipt tax revenue. Read More