Accomplishments of CRELA
Partnered with other New Mexico organizations and rural advocacy groups in a lawsuit to stop the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as an endangered or threatened species.
Opposed and defeated efforts in Curry and Roosevelt Counties to adopt and implement Joint Land Use Studies proposed by the Office of Economic Adjustment of the Department
of Defense that would ultimately lead to the passage by county commissions of siting and tall structures ordinances which would have effectively ended wind farm development.
Met with the Department of Defense Wind Turbine Siting Clearinghouse on two occasions in Washington DC to express landowner concerns over restricting or curtailing turbine siting
near military bases. We also met with members of the New Mexico and Texas Congressional delegations on these and Endangered Species issues.
Opposed and helped defeat a bill in the New Mexico Legislature that would have implemented a state wide wind turbine siting law.
Partnered with other New Mexico renewable energy developers and advocacy organizations to expand the New Mexico Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit.
Partnered with other New Mexico rural trade and industry associations to defeat legislation that would have prohibited coyote calling contests and curtailed the rights of rural landowners and livestock owners to control predatory actions from these animals.
Engaged with the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority on various issues and provided input on its Eminent Domain Policy. Was also engaged in submitting proposals
for future transmission corridors.
Organized and produced educational outreach efforts such as Pure Energy Expo to bring the renewable energy industry, government, landowners and the public together.
Founded with the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program and Los Alamos National Laboratories the Renewable Energy Institute to provide education to landowners and the
public about wind energy and electric generation.
Also worked as and organization and individually as landowner members with these same groups to measure wind potential in Eastern New Mexico to attract renewable energy investment.
Endorsed and campaigned on behalf of regional transmission projects and companies such as SunZia, Clean Line and Tres Amigas for the benefit of landowners and renewable