New Mexico is home to many diverse energy resources and has long been a leader in energy production. As a nation, we must become more energy independent, lower energy costs for families, and build a clean energy economy that can create new jobs in our state. Rep. Luján is committed to a clean energy future that will eliminate America’s dependence on foreign oil and produce affordable, sustainable energy.
Promoting a Renewable Energy Standard.
Rep. Luján worked with Congressman Peter Welch to introduce the American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act to create a federal standard for renewable energy. The legislation incentivizes investment in low-carbon initiatives and requires electric utilities, by 2030, to obtain at least 30% of their electricity supply from renewable sources. It would also achieve a 20% reduction in electricity use and a 13% reduction in natural gas use. Promoting the use of renewable energy and increased energy efficiency is good for our environment and for our economy and consumers. That is why a number of states, including New Mexico, have taken the lead with a renewable energy standard. A national standard will further encourage the development of a clean energy economy that creates good jobs and enhances our economic competitiveness. This legislation will lower energy bills for hard-working families and put more money back in their pockets.
“Promoting the use of renewable energy and increased energy efficiency is not only good for our environment, but it is good for our economy and for consumers,” Congressman Luján said. “A number of states, including New Mexico, have taken the lead with a renewable energy standard, and a national standard will further encourage the development of a clean energy economy that creates good jobs and enhances our economic competitiveness. This legislation will also help hard-working families by lowering energy bills and putting more money back in their pockets.”
Building a Clean Energy Economy
Across the country and in my home state of New Mexico, the American people are already experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change, including extreme fires, severe storms, and record drought. That is why Rep. Luján worked with Congressman John Delaney and Senator Ben Cardin to push Congress to support a national goal of more than 50% clean and carbon-free energy by 2030. In a show of significant support for this initiative, the “50x30 Resolutions” were cosponsored by 30 Senators and 103 House Members. A national goal of 50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030 establishes a realistic marker to challenge our country and accelerate action that is good for our economy, our national security, and our health.
“Across the country and in my home state of New Mexico, the American people are already experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change, from more extreme fires and record drought to more severe storms, said Congressman Luján. “Transitioning to a clean energy economy can mitigate these worsening effects while spurring innovative new sectors that will create jobs and economic opportunities in our communities. A national goal of 50 percent clean and carbon free electricity by 2030 establishes a realistic marker that will challenge our country and accelerate action that is good for our economy, our national security, and our health.”
Preparing Students for the Clean Energy Economy
Rep. Luján introduced the Community College Energy Training Act to support training programs to prepare young professionals for careers in the wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass energy sectors, as well as occupations in high performance building construction and retrofitting, recycling and waste reduction, water and energy conservation, and sustainable agriculture. Community colleges not only provide these students with essential workforce development and skills, but they also play a critical role in preparing our students to become part of an emerging clean energy economy.
Supporting Renewable Energy in New Mexico
From his position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Luján advocates for financial incentives driving investment in renewable energy. He is a long-time supporter of the (Energy) Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the Production Tax Credit (PTC), and worked to secure long-term extensions for both to ensure continued investment in a clean energy future.
"We need to expand and extend tax credits that encourage renewable energy production and stabilize the industry," said Luján. "This aggressive investment in wind, solar, and biofuels - will create millions of new clean energy jobs in the United States and help build a new trillion dollar economy. We need to modernize our energy grid to accommodate clean energy production, and we need heavy investment in research and development to make renewable energy easier to store and transport--so it can make its way to homes throughout the country."
Promoting Renewable Energy on Public Lands
Rep. Luján cosponsored the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act to expedite the process by which our government approves renewable energy projects. The bill also establishes a Renewable Energy Resource Conservation fund devoted to protecting and restoring environments and habitats affected by such projects. By modernizing the leasing of public lands for sustainable energy proposals, this bill encourages a smooth transition to clean energy sources.
June 06, 2018
Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement after signing a discharge petition to force a vote in the House on a bill that he cosponsored to ensure a free and open internet.Read More
June 06, 2018
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced that he cosponsored legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) to preserve a free and open Internet and overturn the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) recent action to repeal existing net neutrality protections.Read More
June 06, 2018
On his second and final day of testimony on Capitol Hill, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg encountered far less good cheer from lawmakers Wednesday as they subjected him to intense questioning over security breaches and even about drug sales occurring on the platform.Read More
June 06, 2018
Just one day after taking a stroll along the river in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument to celebrate its fifth anniversary, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján introduced a bill to create more than 21,000 acres of wilderness within the monument.Read More
May 17, 2018
Today, Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Peter Welch (D-VT) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai criticizing his failure to address lack of broadband access in rural areas.Read More
May 11, 2018
Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to continue his call for expanded compensation for individuals exposed to radiation while working in uranium mines or living downwind from atomic weapons tests. His speech came during debate on H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018.Read More
May 10, 2018
U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) released the following statement in response to the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) recommended alternative for recapitalization of plutonium pit production announced todayRead More