Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many low-income New Mexico households were paying over 20% of their annual income for electricity and heating.
The pandemic has exacerbated energy poverty in New Mexico, and recently introduced legislation, HB 50 would make this energy poverty much worse.
HB 50 would also create an unnecessary and unprecedented private right of action and remove accountability, devastate small businesses, encourage endless litigation, exacerbate energy poverty, and set back environmental progress, as well as undermine environmental progress by distracting from the highest priority issues.
Rather than create the tools for citizens to hold state environmental agencies accountable for carrying out our environmental laws, this bill would instead deputize unaccountable, anti-energy third parties, resulting in runaway litigation, frivolous citizens’ enforcement actions, and less economic opportunity for low-income New Mexicans.
Urge your lawmakers to oppose HB 50!