ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — June 28, 2018 — Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) announced today it will extend its current “Campaign for America’s Energy”, designed to educate policymakers, families, and businesses about the benefits of energy and the central role it plays in their everyday lives and budgets, into the state of New Mexico.
CEA’s “Campaign for America’s Energy” highlights the importance of affordable, reliable energy in the lives of New Mexico families and businesses and aims at changing, balancing and improving the energy discussion with policymakers and the community. CEA will focus on key New Mexico energy issues – including access to affordable energy, workforce development, and economic opportunity – and how to expand production in a thoughtful way while striving to protect the environment. The effort will also encourage elected officials and those currently running for office to not only maintain but also expand policies that support energy production and delivery that works hand-in-hand with sound environmental stewardship. We can and must do both.
CEA also aims to bring greater awareness to how rejecting or delaying energy production and infrastructure projects hurt lower-income New Mexico households and those on fixed incomes. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, New Mexicans spend over $3,400 annually on energy. For a low-income New Mexican living at or near the poverty line, that translates to over 47 percent of their individual income – nearly 8 times the amount that experts consider to be affordable. These expenses often saddle households who can least afford them, like the 21.5 percent of New Mexico residents on food stamps.
“New Mexico has a dire need to improve the business climate, provide access to more jobs and help the poorest families in the state afford energy. Fortunately, the more we support local energy development, and the more we encourage policymakers to support the infrastructure we need to move it safely, the more low-cost energy we can bring to market, directly helping our local community,” said Link Browder, CEA’s Executive Director. “Diversifying our energy economy will generate more jobs with good-paying salaries and lower energy costs for families and business while helping to create a cleaner and more prosperous New Mexico.”
CEA – an advocacy organization representing families, manufacturers, agriculture, transporters, distributors, energy producers, renewables and various other industries in New Mexico and across the U.S. – focuses on helping ensure stable prices and energy security for households across the country. The organization pushes energy companies to innovate and improve performance while supporting energy independence and a diversification of our energy resources, including renewables like solar and wind.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.consumerenergyalliance.org/campaign-for-americas-energy/NewMexico.
About Consumer Energy Alliance
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) brings together families, farmers, small businesses, distributors, producers and manufacturers to support America’s energy future. With more than 500,000 members nationwide, our mission is to help ensure stable prices and energy security for households across the country. We believe energy development is something that touches everyone in our nation, and thus it is necessary for all of us to actively engage in the conversation about how we develop our diverse energy resources and energy’s importance to the economy. Learn more at ConsumerEnergyAlliance.org.