New Mexico to Obtain 15% of Transportation Fuels from Biomass by 2010
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson announced on the afternoon of August 2 that he will require state agencies to obtain 15% of their transportation fuels from renewable energy resources by 2010. The governor gave two reasons for the executive order: boosting agriculture and moving ahead his clean energy agenda for the state.
Richardson made the announcement at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a plant expansion at the Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation's ethanol plant in Portales. The company can now produce 30 million gallons of ethanol and 90 million tons of distiller's grain annually at this plant.
Richardson listed ethanol and biodiesel as two renewable fuels that will be eligible, and specifically listed biomass as a preferred feedstock for making these fuels. He said he will set up a structure for the state's vehicle acquisitions to help them comply with the executive order. See the governor's August 2 press release (PDF 32 KB).
It was a busy day for the governor. Earlier that morning he addressed the Southwest Renewable Energy Conference in Santa Fe, where he outlined his clean energy agenda that proposes to:
- Increase energy efficiency by 20%, which is a target of the Western Governors Association.
- Expand production tax credits for wind, solar, and biomass facilities.
- Set a goal for electric power producers to obtain 10% of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2011.
- Establish the nation's first renewable energy transmission and storage authority in New Mexico, which will allow renewable energy producers to move power to larger markets in Texas and the West Coast.
- Launch this country's first clean energy bonding authority, which will invest savings from energy efficiency in state facilities into renewable energy projects.
- Offer grants for renewable energy projects throughout the state.
- Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
To read more the governor's clean energy views, read "Governor Richardson's Energy Policy Initiatives."