Clean Power Plan will have big NM impact

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – President Barack Obama’s latest move to fight climate change will have a big effect in New Mexico.

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a so-called Clean Power Plan.

It aims to cut carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants 30 percent by 2030.

The plants could cut down on pollution by using wind and solar energy.

In New Mexico, most residents get power from power plants that burn coal. This means electric bills could go up when the plants get new power sources.

New Mexico’s largest electric company says it will build four more solar arrays by 2015.

PNM is spending $79 million on the arrays to meet the state’s new rules on renewable energy.

That’s where 15 percent of our electricity will have to come from renewable sources, something PNM says it will be able to do.

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