Energy resources tested as Western states see soaring demand


August 21, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Standing amid an array of solar panels, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told a national audience this week that she's proud of instituting aggressive renewable energy mandates in her state. A day later, she touted the state's move toward solar, wind and battery storage in a tweet.

The Democratic governor's messages come as New Mexico's largest electric provider asks people to cut back on air conditioning and the use of other major appliances to reduce strain on the power grid.

The reason? The utility is worried about cloud cover affecting the ability of s...

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