Clean Energy in New Mexico

In March 2019, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 489, the Energy Transition Act, setting a zero-carbon standard for 2050. Through the Energy Transition Act, New Mexico will establish a pathway for a transition away from coal and carbon-based energy. The act also includes workforce training and transition assistance to communities that will be affected by reductions in carbon-based energy.

Clean Energy at New Mexico State University


NMSU is a research-based institution with strengths in 1) Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, 2) Biomedical Science, 3) Energy, Environment, and Water, 4) Food Production, Safety, Science, and Security, and 5) Transforming STEM Education. Within the focus on energy, NMSU places priority on advancements in clean energy. The Renewable Energy and Thermal Systems Laboratory (REThermS Lab) works toward the development of economic solutions through multidisciplinary research. Their goal is to provide renewable and alternative energy storage, increased transmission capacity for renewables, and to make renewable energy utilization more efficient.


Efforts for clean energy are also realized through NMSU Chancellor Arvizu, who has recently been named to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). His experience as a director and chief executive of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory guides NMSU as a leader in clean energy research.


NMSU is also home to i-CREW (Innovation and Commercialization for a Regional Energy Workforce), a U.S. Economic Development Administration-funded project focused on clean energy as an emerging economic opportunity to create and retain jobs, enhance commercialization and innovation, and foster regional connectivity in New Mexico.


NM CERG is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions.