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How Securitization Can Help Achieve a Just Transition for Coal Communities

, senior energy analyst

Over the years, I’ve written and spoken extensively about the urgency of providing a fair and equitable transition for coal-impacted communities as we collectively move towards a clean energy economy. This includes not just the workers at the coal-fired power plants, but also the mine workers that feed those plants, as well as the communities surrounding those plants and mines that depend on the coal industry for their economic livelihoods. Given the scale of the climate crisis, it is imperative to drive down greenhouse gas emissions and transition to clean energy as quickly as possible. But the cost of this transition should not be borne solely by coal communities and workers, not does it have to be. By coupling clean energy commitments with the careful and targeted use of a powerful and somewhat lesser known financial tool called securitization, states can do both: accelerate the transition to clean energy and ensure that impacted coal workers and coal communities don’t get left behind.

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New Mexico Commits to 100

, Senior Energy analyst

This is where the dazzling new policy that commits New Mexico to 100-percent carbon-free electricity begins: at an uneconomic coal plant, and a bankrupt coal mine, with a collection of workers and communities careening toward change. Read more >

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SB 489 is the Clean Energy Catalyst New Mexico Needs

, Senior Energy analyst

With the arrival of a new governor, New Mexico’s clean energy potential has swiftly snapped into focus after long seeming just out of reach. But vision is one thing, reality is another, and it takes a plan to navigate the liminal space. SB 489 offers that response. Read more >

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New Mexico’s Clean Energy Opportunity Knocks

, Senior Energy analyst

Look out, clean energy leaders, there’s a new governor in town—and this one campaigned atop a wind turbine.

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Credit: Michelle for Governor (Oct. 2018).
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Xcel Commits to 100% Carbon Free Energy. Why is this a big deal? How will they do it?

, Senior Energy Analyst

A 100-plus-year-old company became the first major US utility to target 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. The company, Xcel Energy, serves millions of customers across eight states. The company’s announcement builds on previous goals to reduce carbon emissions. But setting an ambitious goal is one thing; implementing it can be tricky.

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