ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jeff Bingaman, the former head of the U.S. Senate energy committee, is headed to back to Stanford Law School.
The New Mexico Democrat and Stanford alumnus will be joining the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance as a distinguished fellow. The fellowship will last a year.
The law school says Bingaman will be reviewing the status of renewable energy standards in dozens of states to determine what policies can be adopted to improve the programs.
Bingaman says part of the mission is to find cost-effective solutions for advancing clean energy.
New Mexico is among nearly 30 states that have adopted renewable energy portfolio standards. By 2015, 15 percent of electricity sold to New Mexico utility customers must come from renewable energy sources. That jumps to 20 percent in 2020.