Bill to roll back renewable energy standard in 2020 gets tabled by Senate panel

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — A Senate panel has tabled a measure that called for reducing the amount of renewable energy sources utilities would have to tap to provide electricity for their customers by 2020.

The Senate Conservation Committee voted 6-2 to keep the bill from advancing.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Larry Scott, R-Hobbs, cleared the House by just one vote last week.

Utilities are facing higher renewable-energy standards this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.

New Mexico's standard increased from 10 to 15 percent at the start of the year. It will hit 20 percent in 2020.

The legislation would have eliminating the higher requirement.

Renewable energy supporters say the standard has been working in New Mexico.

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