July 10, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: New Mexico to Receive Nearly $13 Million to Promote Clean Energy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico will receive $12.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for its State Energy Program.

Activities eligible for State Energy Program funding include energy audits, building retrofits, education and training efforts, transportation programs to increase the use of alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, and new financing mechanisms to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.

"The Recovery Act is helping states take steps to improve energy efficiency and promote cleaner energy. I'm confident New Mexico will put this funding to good use," Bingaman said.

"New Mexico will put this Recovery funding to good use by making sound investments in key energy areas including biofuels, residential weatherization and commercial energy efficiency projects," said Udall. "In addition to creating jobs, these key initiatives will help bolster our energy security by taking steps to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

In March, the state also received $31.8 million in Recover Act funds for the state Energy Program.