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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  • Heinrich, Keller Conclude Electrifying 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico’s Clean Energy Future

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (August 6, 2019) - With nearly 200 local officials and participants from across New Mexico, U.S. Senator Heinrich (D-N.M.) and City of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, along with the State of New Mexico, Bernalillo County, Rocky Mountain Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded the 2019 Energy Summit: Building New Mexico's Clean Energy Future. Read More


  • Heinrich, Special Committee On The Climate Crisis To Hold First Hearing

    Today, Wednesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. MT/1 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will participate in the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis' first hearing titled, "A Blueprint for Success: U.S. Climate Action at the Local Level." The committee will discuss local efforts around the country to cut carbon pollution, become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and how the federal government can and should play a role in helping cities achieve their goals.  Read More


  • VIDEO: Heinrich Highlights Importance Of Action At The Local Level In First Climate Committee Hearing

    July 17, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) participated in the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis' first hearing titled, "A Blueprint for Success: U.S. Climate Action at the Local Level." During the hearing, Senator Heinrich highlights what local governments are doing to cut carbon pollution, become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, and how the federal government can and should play a role in helping cities achieve these goals. Read More


  • VIDEO: Heinrich Calls For A Price On Carbon

    July 8, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, took to the Senate Floor to call for implementing real solutions to eliminate carbon pollution – citing comments from students in New Mexico on the urgent need to address climate change. Read More


  • Heinrich Introduces Renewable Electricity Standard Legislation

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Angus King (I–Maine), introduced legislation to achieve at least 50 percent renewable electricity nationwide in just 15 years – putting the U.S. on a trajectory to decarbonize the power sector by 2050. Starting in 2020, the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) Act of 2019 would require electricity providers across the country to increase their supply of renewable energy from sources like wind and solar each year. The senators' RES meets the recommendations of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5 C Special Report, which outlines the standards that must be met worldwide to respond to the existential threat of climate change. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Lead 52 Lawmakers in Challenging Trump Roll Back of Methane Waste Prevention Rule

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Raul Grijalva, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee led a group of 52 lawmakers in filing an amicus brief challenging the Trump Interior Department's decision to revise and effectively reverse the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention rule. Read More