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 Stands With Students In New Mexico And Around The World Calling For Action On Climate Change

    Sept. 17, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) spoke at a press conference in front of the U.S. Capitol today with some of America's leading youth climate activists, indigenous youth from the Amazon, and founder of the school strike for climate Greta Thunberg. The young people have gathered from all over the world in Washington this week to call for action on climate change. Read More


  • Heinrich’s Clean Energy Jobs Act Receives Key Hearing

    Sept. 13, 2019) - The Clean Energy Jobs Act (S. 2393), introduced by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) received a hearing on Wednesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy. The bill establishes a comprehensive, nationwide program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create a well-trained workforce of engineers. This program would improve education and training for careers in energy-related industries, especially for minorities and other underrepresented groups in New Mexico. Read More


  • Heinrich, Collins Introduce Bipartisan American Energy Opportunity Act To Streamline Clean Energy Technology Permitting

    Sept. 9, 2019) - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced the American Energy Opportunity Act to provide state and local governments with voluntary tools to expedite and standardize the permitting process for distributed energy technologies, such as rooftop solar and battery storage, while ensuring high-quality and safe installations. Read More


  • Pro Athletes Impacted By Climate Change Set To Testify Before Senate Democrats’ Special Committee On The Climate Crisis

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, will participate in a hearing titled "The Fight to Save Winter: Pro Athletes for Climate Action" on Thursday, September 12 at 11:30 a.m. ET/9:30 a.m. MT. The special committee will hear from professional athletes and learn how climate change impacts popular winter sports and outdoor recreation, in turn threatening jobs and harming the tourism industry. Read More


  • Heinrich, Balderas Announce Major Progress On Xcel Energy's Sagamore Wind Project

    August 28, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statements after Xcel Energy announced that construction on the 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County will move forward this year. The $900 million project will be New Mexico's largest wind farm, and once completed will provide enough clean, affordable electricity to power close to 194,000 typical homes annually. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $750,000 to NMSU to Develop Clean Energy Workforce

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $750,000 to New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) College of Engineering to create the Innovation and Commercialization for Regional Energy Workforce (I-CREW). The I-CREW program will focus on accelerating clean energy technology and developing a statewide clean energy workforce. Read More


  • 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