LC Bulletin: Energizing the state

October 18, 2013. Retrieved online October 22, 2013 from Carrie Hamblen , Las Cruces Bulletin

[Excerpts below reprinted with permission: Read the complete Las Cruces Bulletin article]

There is no question about the abundance of sunshine New Mexico has to offer. It is why many of us, including myself, originally from Wisconsin, choose to live here. With approximately 350 days of sunshine a year, it’s no wonder our fair community is becoming THE place to live.

According to the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority website, New Mexico has some of the best wind, geothermal and solar resources that exist within the United States. By developing and supporting the renewable energy industry, we create jobs, protect the environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move toward embracing a sustainable resource for the future.

The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce (NMGCC), in partnership with the Las Cruces Green Chamber (LCGCC), continues to recognize the potential that these natural resources bring to our local economies as well as reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Through the annual Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Conference, now in its third year, the NMGCC and LCGCC bring to southern New Mexico experts in the field, discussing the direction our state is going in this fascinating industry.

Attendees of the two-day conference will have multiple opportunities to learn about renewable energy in our state. On Friday, panel discussions will focus on the potential challenges and opportunities in the coming year, the latest on renewable energy storage, renewable energy transmission, what local governments are doing throughout the state and much more.

The Friday portion of the conference ends with the keynote speaker, Dr. Jim Peach, from New Mexico State University, discussing renewable energy and the economy.

On Saturday, the conference activities are focusing strictly on businesses, consumers and residents who are interested in renewable energy. A free outside fair will feature local and state businesses that specialize in renewable energy and have made it accessible to the general public.

Tickets and conference information are available at or by calling the Las Cruces office at 323-1575.

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