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New Mexico Energy Policy and Implementation Plan - About


The New Mexico Energy Policy and Implementation Plan effort was launched in October 2013. EMNRD hosted regional listening sessions to gather input about future opportunities for enhancing energy development and deployment in New Mexico. Each listening session had a "prioritization group" comprising leaders in the topical areas of interest. These groups met after the sessions to compile priorities that emerged from the sessions and provide recommendations to the state.

Regional Listening Sessions were held across New Mexico to gather input from diverse stakeholders about future opportunities for enhancing energy development and deployment in New Mexico. These Listening Sessions were held across New Mexico's energy geography and focused on specific topics of relevance to each region. Sessions were held in:

Farmington: November 13, 2013

  • Fuels, fuel stocks, and power generation
  • Natural gas, crude oil, and coal

Santa Fe: November 19, 2013

  • Renewable power generation
  • Energy efficiency and conservation
  • Transmission

Hobbs: January 14, 2014

  • Fuels, fuel stocks, and power generation
  • Crude oil, natural gas, water, and nuclear power

Las Cruces: March 19, 2014

  • Renewable energy: biofuels, solar, and geothermal
  • Water/energy nexus
  • Commercialization, infrastructure, financing

Socorro: March 27, 2014

  • Technical and science-based input on concerns related to energy development
  • Water use and recycling
  • Assistance to New Mexico's counties and municipalities

Albuquerque: May 29, 2014

  • Commercialization, infrastructure, financing
  • Business opportunities

Topics common to all sessions included:

  • Responsible energy development, state and local economic growth, private sector jobs
  • Water requirements for energy development
  • Economic development and manufacturing
  • Infrastructure (e.g., transmission, pipeline, rail)
  • Workforce training and education

Prioritization groups at the Listening Sessions put together reports. that highlighted the priorities that emerged from the session and recommendations for what the state should include in its energy policy. Drawing on these reports, the state put together a draft energy plan for New Mexico that was released for public comment.

Implementation is a core focus of this plan, and the state is seeking to identify concrete action items.

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