Arizona, New Mexico Reconsidering Energy-Efficiency Rules
By Mike Bowling
TUCSON, Ariz., and SANTA FE, N.M.—Arizona and New Mexico are debating rolling back state energy-efficiency requirements. The Arizona Corporation Commission has proposed eliminating the requirements for utilities to meet a portion of their energy demand through efficiency programs that reduce consumption. The proposal would do away with the requirements that electric and gas utilities incrementally increase their efficiency measures.
Meanwhile, energy-efficiency advocates are asking the New Mexico Supreme Court to review a State Court of Appeals decision in September that allowed a repeal of new energy-efficiency requirement for residential and commercial buildings in New Mexico's green building code. The Construction Industries Commission repealed the new code after Gov. Susana Martinez was elected and appointed new people to the commission.