To get to zero by 2050, New Mexico must cut climate pollution by
2.7 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.

Emissions in New Mexico

Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions

Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.

This is how we're going to do it.


New Mexico's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 49%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 21%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 49%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 21%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    5% of New Mexico's climate pollution comes from buildings.

    We burn fossil fuels to heat our air, water, and food.

    To cut this pollution...

    Let's electrify our heat!

    We'll replace...

    ...in all of New Mexico's 1.0 million buildings.

    In fact, 23% of buildings in New Mexico are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 795,000 dirty buildings in New Mexico. That's around 29,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.23.32% have been electrified, and the remaining 76.68% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 5% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 49%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 21%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 49%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 21%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    21% of New Mexico's pollution comes from cars, trucks, trains, and planes.

    But mostly from cars.

    To cut this pollution,

    your next car must be electric.

    Or consider going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, car share, or other alternatives!

    There are 624,000 vehicles in New Mexico and 3,000 are already electric (0.4% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 621,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 22,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.4% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.6% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 21% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 49%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 21%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 49%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 21%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    24% of New Mexico's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.

    Dirty power plant

    To cut this pollution...

    Put solar panels on your roof!

    Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.

    We need to replace dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar)

    ...and find good jobs for those workers.

    Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in New Mexico

    3 coal plants

    Name: Four Corners Steam Elec Station
County: San Juan
Megawatt Capacity: 2,270
Utility: Arizona Public Service Co

    Four Corners Steam Elec Station
    San Juan County
    2,270 MW

    Name: San Juan
County: San Juan
Megawatt Capacity: 1,848
Utility: Public Service Co of NM

    San Juan
    San Juan County
    1,848 MW

    Name: Escalante
County: McKinley
Megawatt Capacity: 257
Utility: Tri-State G & T Assn, Inc

    Escalante
    McKinley County
    257 MW

    19 gas plants

    Name: Hobbs Generating Station
County: Lea
Megawatt Capacity: 666
Utility: Lea Power Partners LLC

    Hobbs Generating Station
    Lea County
    666 MW

    Name: Valencia Power Plant
County: Valencia
Megawatt Capacity: 656
Utility: Valencia Power LLC

    Valencia Power Plant
    Valencia County
    656 MW

    Name: Luna Energy Facility
County: Luna
Megawatt Capacity: 650
Utility: Public Service Co of NM

    Luna Energy Facility
    Luna County
    650 MW

    Name: Cunningham
County: Lea
Megawatt Capacity: 519
Utility: Southwestern Public Service Co

    Cunningham
    Lea County
    519 MW

    ...and 15 more

    1 oil plant

    Name: Quay County
County: Quay
Megawatt Capacity: 27
Utility: Southwestern Public Service Co

    Quay County
    Quay County
    27 MW

    But wait!

    It's not enough to replace our power plants with wind and solar farms.

    To power our electric cars and buildings, we need two times the electricity we have today.

    In all, we'll need to build 3,000 Megawatts of wind power and 3,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since New Mexico already has 1,000 Megawatts of wind and 254 Megawatts of solar, that's 3,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 3,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 49 Megawatts of wind power and 92 Megawatts of solar power a year.

    Percent of needed targetGeneration builtA chart showing the share of Solar and Wind capacity that has already been installed and rest to be installed. We are 32.5% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 24% of the pollution.

    And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!

    🏭 Other: 49%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 21%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 49%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 21%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    The last 49% of New Mexico's climate pollution comes from other sources...

    This includes farming, landfills, industry, and leaks from gas pipelines.

    There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are lots of great ideas:

    • No-till farming to keep CO2 in the soil
    • Capturing methane leaks from landfills
    • Capturing CO2 to make emissions-free concrete
    • Burning green hydrogen to make emissions-free steel
    • Plugging methane leaks from gas pipelines

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