U.S. Senator Tom Udall says rural New Mexico can benefit from efforts to expand production of electricity from renewable energy such as wind and solar.
The New Mexico Democrat calls sun and wind the gold and oil of the future.
He cites a proposed solar-powered electric generating plant in Luna County near Deming as an example of New Mexico's potential for becoming a leader in renewable energy production.
He says that if the southern New Mexico county finds a way to sell its sunlight, its future will be secure.
Udall addressed a joint session of the state Legislature in Santa Fe today.
He says Congress needs to adopt a national standard that requires a portion of electricity from utilities to come from renewable sources.
New Mexico and other states have imposed those requirements.