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Virtual town hall at NMSU to continue discussion on clean energy economy

  • By Madi Burns
  • 575-646-2510
  • burnsm@nmsu.edu
  • May 14, 2021
Man stands above a solar energy facility.

On Tuesday, May 18, stakeholders from across New Mexico are invited to contribute to the continued conversation of the formation of a Clean Energy Economy Roadmap as part of a virtual town hall from 1 to 4 p.m. on Zoom. As a clean energy industry matures within the state, the associated commercial, educational, workforce and entrepreneurial opportunities for rural and urban centers alike, are expanding. The town hall’s intent is to illustrate a roadmap, designed to harness regional opportunities through regional stakeholder input, in support of a clean energy ecosystem in New Mexico.

The Clean Energy Economy Town Hall is hosted by the Innovation and Commercialization for a Regional Energy Workforce project at New Mexico State University. Project partners include: NMSU’s College of Engineering, Arrowhead Center, Indian Resources Development and the New Mexico-based think tank, the North American Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative. The i-CREW project is funded by a $750,000 U.S. Economic Development Administration grant with an equal amount of in-kind contributions from various statewide partners.  

The i-CREW Clean Energy Economy Roadmap will provide an overview of the national plan; explore how to develop an expanded clean energy economy in New Mexico, creating a path for new, well-paying clean energy jobs in clean energy development and delivery, new manufacturing and business startups, and technology and innovation through economic and workforce development. The roadmap will provide a set of specific recommendations and actions that will directly benefit communities across the state. To that end, NAIMI has organized 12, geographically distinct clusters to represent the unique regional perspectives that will help inform the roadmap.

Town hall participants will learn about the i-CREW project, have the opportunity to contribute ideas and feedback during question and answer forums throughout the event, and be invited to consider involvement in the regional clusters.

View the town hall agenda and register to attend at NMCleanEnergyTownHall or call 575-646-2510. There is no cost to participate but advance registration is required. The virtual town hall will be hosted on NMSU’s Zoom platform.