Group raises concerns over New Mexico’s landmark energy law

New Mexico

Natural gas and coal proponents say emails exchanged among environmentalists and a key member of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s cabinet represent a conflict of interest as the state was creating landmark legislation that set ambitious new renewable energy goals.

In one email, state energy secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst asked a renewable energy trade group to review some of the bill’s language.

Officials with the organization Power the Future say the emails show the secretary was coordinating with several groups that included the same renewable energy firm she led before taking her job with the state. They argue the Energy Transition Act will result in higher electricity prices and cost industry jobs.

Cottrell Propst is defending her role, saying the administration has been clear about prioritizing its renewable energy agenda.

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