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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) proposed a new “all of the above” state energy policy last week she said would utilize renewable energy sources like wind and solar, traditional fossil fuels like oil and gas and even nuclear power.
“New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and energy-diverse states in the nation, and we have an excellent opportunity to utilize this position to grow our economy and create more jobs,” she said in a prepared statement, adding “Improving our energy infrastructure, responsibly developing and producing energy of all types, and better preparing our workforce for the needs of our energy sector are all critical components not only of a strong economic future, but of helping lead America to energy independence.”
The plan’s key proposals include developing more energy infrastructure - from new pipelines and transmission lines to new rail lines to carry coal to and from mines in northwestern New Mexico – to improving training at colleges and universities for students interested in going into the energy field and streamlining regulations that govern the industry. It also calls for encouraging the use of natural gas-powered vehicles, cutting back water usage in energy production and encouraging companies working on the development of small modular reactors to locate to New Mexico if and when those technologies become viable.
Some of the proposals in Martinez’s plan could be implemented though executive action; others must be approved by lawmakers. (ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL, SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN, NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)
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