Renewable portfolio standards spark debate at New Mexico committee meeting

FARMINGTON — Over the past decade, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power have seen steady growth. But that trend was questioned Friday by some Republican state lawmakers.

Michael McDiarmid, a consulting energy engineer who has worked with the New Mexico Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department, told the state Legislature's Water and Natural Resources Interim Committee during its meeting Friday at the San Juan College School of Energy that roughly half the growth in renewable energy nationwide since 2000 can be attributed to legislative actions such as the adoption of renewable portfolio standards.

By Hannah Grover, Farmington Daily Times.