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A warm welcome to Women in Energy or "WIE". WIE was founded by Kelly de la Torre, Jennifer Webster and Meg Collins to provide a platform to support conversation among women that work in the energy industry - whether in policy, operations, technology or finance. Through these conversations we strive to keep informed regarding emerging issues in the energy industry for this region and use this exchange of information to determine ways to work together to move the industry forward. We welcome anyone to invite other women that would like to participate. Please visit our new home at the link below, or our blog at http://rmenergyblog.blogspot.com

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Governor's energy plan sets up New Mexico for new opportunities

For the complete article and the link to Governor Martinez's Energy Plan use this link--> http://riponadvance.com/stories/510639809-governor-s-energy-plan-sets-up-new-mexico-for-new-opportunities New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez recently

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Come join us at the San Juan Basin Energy Conference 2015

Event Date and Time
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time: All day
Repeating Event: Daily;Until=3/26/2015 12:00am

Location: Henderson Fine Arts Center

Event Details
The continuing drop in oil p

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Why Crowdfunding Means Larger Loans From Alternative Lenders

Businessweek looks at   how the crowdfunding trend is being applied to small business loans:

From the New Entrepreneur blog to the halls of Congress, much has been made of the alternative financing startups angli

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Business strategy drives success in smart social media marketing

Julianna Silva, an Albuquerque regional manager for WESST,  ahs a guest article in the Taos News on business strategy and social media:

Many business owners feel a sense of urgency and peer pressure abou

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TECO Energy Announces Agreement to Acquire New Mexico Gas Company

TAMPA, Fla., May 28, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- TECO Energy, Inc today reported that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with Continental Energy Systems LLC, and its subsidiary New Mexico Gas Intermediate, Inc. (NMGI), to acq

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Carruthers tells legislators NM down 41,700 jobs; only Western state not showing recovery

New Mexico State University president and former Gov. Garrey Carruthers met with legislators to discuss the stae's economy:

New Mexico's net job losses during the recession total 41,700, and it is the onl

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750 new jobs go up for grabs in ABQ

 KRQE previews some upcoming job fairs:

 It’s a big week for thousands of New Mexicans looking for jobs as two businesses have more than 700 new jobs to fill and they're going all out to hire peopl

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Encana touts positive results from San Juan Basin oil exploration Company may add third rig locally

By Chuck Slothower The Daily Times
Updated:   04/23/2013 10:51:50 PM MDT

An Encana well sits near Huerfano in this undated file photo. Encana on Tuesday announced positive results from its San Juan Basin oil explora

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VCs That Back Women Beat Those That Don't

Businessweek offers an interesting article on VC firms backing women-led businesses:

Venture capital firms that invested in women-led companies outperformed those that didn’t, according to a

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Learn from one profitable New Mexican company

Denise Williams, Innovation Director, of New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, writes up a great case study for the Deming Headlight:

Henry Production Inc. of Farmington puts a premium on training.

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Sales for women-owned businesses skyrocket in New Mexico

Albuquerque Business First highlights the New Mexico numbers from American Express OPEN's recent study on women-woned businesses:

Sales at New Mexico’s women-owned businesses increased 71.1 percent between 1997 and 2013, ou

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Industry Touts Major Mancos Shale Play: Estimates point to 6B barrels of recoverable oil

FARMINGTON – The San Juan Basin could be headed toward a renaissance in natural-gas and oil drilling if rosy expectations touted by industry officials at Monday’s San Juan Basin Energy Conference hold true.

“In the

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Unemployment in NM metro areas on the rise

Albuquerque Business First reports on the latest numbers from the  Bureau of Labor Statistics:

The unemployment rate in New Mexico’s four major metropolitan areas increased in January from December

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Governor to propose tax credit for small businesses

KOB reports on one of the Governor's intitiatives for the Legislature:

One of Governor Susana Martinez’s goals this session is to make New Mexi

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Oil Producers To Share Four Corners Data At Conference

FARMINGTON, N.M., Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- An energy conference scheduled for March 18 and 19, 2013, will feature a series of presentations about new drilling for shale oil in the Mancos Shale Formation of the Four Corners Region of Northw

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State in line for millions of dollars in Schott loan clawbacks

From Albuquerque Business First:

The state of New Mexico will receive economic development incentive clawbacks from Schott Solar.

The Finance New Mexico program expects to receive $3.3 milli

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How to recover photos from samsung galaxy s3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 works at 4G LTE and is also powered by Android 4.0. It really is a computer device which makes the life easier. Samsung is among the pioneer providers of advanced digicam and cell phones. It gives diverse choice of cameras

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Wineries, microbrewers, chile growers seek a leg up from NM Legislature

From the LasCruces Sun-News:


SANTA FE - Businesses with distinctive flavors of New Mexico may get tax breaks next year.

The state Legislature will consider separate bills that would al

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JetBlue to launch nonstop service from ABQ to NYC's JFK

New Mexico Business Weekly reports on a new non stop air service between Albuquerque and  New York City announced Wednesday:

Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry announced Wednesday at his State of the Cit

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Marketing Strategies For Nonprofits To Be Discussed At Lunchtime Panel

The New Mexico American Marketing Association  will host a panel discussion exploring marketing strategies for nonprofit organizations on Nov. 15.

Accroding to a

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SBA Hosts Webinar For Business Winter Prep

The Small Business Administration is offering an online session from 12  noon  to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to help business owners prepare for the challenges of winter weather.

The SBA released the following informa

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Helping Businesses and Banks Hook Up

From Bloomberg, an article on four startups  competing to help smaller companies get loans:

Shalinder Kular and his partners own around two dozen gas stations and 15 Subway franchises in Indiana employing more th

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Shedding Light on Unconventional Funding Paths

Nice piece from Karen Klein at Bloomberg:

Aspiring entrepreneurs often hope to convince wealthy individuals to buy stakes in their nascent ventures. With angel investors putting $9.2 billion in U.S. companies during t

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Lovelace Health Plan sues ABQ Health Partners, holds town halls for customers

The fallout from the lawsuit filed by Lovelace against ABQ Health Partners continues, as both sides ratchet up the communiques and Lovelace organizes town hall meetings for its customers. Here's some of the latest news output:

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Creative ABQ holds third annual symposium

Creative Albuquerque, a non-profit  "with the purpose of affecting policy that results in a vibrant creative economy" per its website, is holding its third annual Symposium on th

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Women-owned businesses on the rise nationally, in NM

New Mexico Business Weekly  article summarizes some latest demographic studies:

New Mex

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The 20/20 Campaign Recognizes Eight High Growth Companies in Northern New Mexico

Eight companies were announced on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Spirit of Innovation event in Santa Fe as part of the 20/20 Campaign to celebrate small businesses in Northern New Mexico. The event will be held at the Scottish Rite Temple from 6 to 8

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Why Immigrant Entrepreneurship Is Stalling

Interesting report  from Bloomberg last week on a new report  on immigrant entrepreneurship:

For the first time in decades, the rate of skilled immigrants starting businesses in high-tech industries in the U

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Minority Business Development Agencies to Spring Up in Cities With Large American Indian Populations

From Indian Country Today:

A competitive grant process landed the Albuquerque-based American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico (AICCNM) $1,275,000 to operate a new

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Carbon-Neutral Fuel Developer With NM Demo Plant Partners With Audi

This  on Boston.com:

Joule Unlimited Technologies Inc., a

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U.S. Dept of Commerce Invests $1 Million to Establish Arts-Based Business Incubator in NM

WASHINGTON - Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today announced a $1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Keshet Dance Company of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The funding will help the company purchase a facility

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Creative Albuquerque and National Hispanic Cultural Center Host Creative Economy Symposium

Creative Albuquerque, in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, is proud to announce its third annual Albuquerque Symposium on the Creative Economy October 19, 2012 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The corne

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IRS, UNM to host nonprofit workshops in Albuquerque

From New Mexico Business Weekly:

The Internal Revenue Service and the University of New Mexico are offering two, one-day workshops Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 in Albuquerque for small to medium-sized 501(c)3 t

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Sandia Science & Technology Park Fuels Economy with Jobs, Tax Revenue, Spending

The U.S. Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories issued the following news release:

The $1.89 billion in economic activity generated by the Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP) since it was establ

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Udall: Partisan Politics Hurting U.S. Economy

From the Albuquerque Journal :

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall told Albuquerque business leaders Monday that partisan politics in Washington are stalling the nation’s economic recovery.


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KRQE: Governor's book buy irks local sellers

From KRQE:

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — Gov. Susana Martinez, known for touting support for local businesses, is taking heat from book dealers for going out of state for books handed out to every New Mexico first-grader

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San Diego’s Sapphire Energy Producing Green Crude From NM Algae Farm

From Xconomy:

San Diego’s Sapphire Energy says today it has harvested 81 tons of algal biomass from its farm in Columbus, N.M., less than two months after the first phase of its “green crude farm&

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Albuquerque recycling centers shut down


From Resource Recycling comes this article:

Six scrap metal recycling centers in Albuquerque, New Mexico have been shut down in the wake of a crackdown

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KRQE: PNM to vacate downtown ABQ building

KRQE is reporting on the latest addition to  downtown vacancies:

Albuquerque office buildings are getting increasingly empty with the highest amount of office vacancies in about 20 years, according to statistics

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Study: Climate Change Threatens New Mexico Ski Season

An article apprearing in HispanicBusiness.com (but attributed to the Santa Fe New Mexican ) states that New Mexico's ski industry  is at risk due to climate change.

According to the article,

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Microbusinesses Eke Out Slow Recovery

Some recent articles are painting a slow recovery picture for  microbusinesses.

On Bloomberg.com, an article entitled "

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KOB: After arrests, what's next for the New Mexico Finance Authority?

Good article and news clip from KOB regarding the New Mexico Finance Authority's current woes:

Immediately after being released from jail Wednesday,  the former controller of the New Mexico Finance Autho

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Bloomberg: Time to See Older Workers as an Asset

A thoughtful article on the Bloomberg web site today  advocates for the value in an older work force:

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Bloomberg: Getting Started in Government Contracting

Very helpful and informative column from Karen Klein on getting your business to do business with the government:

...Browse the Federal Business Opportunities website to see what kinds of contract oppor

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PNM Pay Center Dispute Lives On

Though originally in the Albuquerque Journal, this story was picked up by Knight Ridder and

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NM Leads Nation In Job Losses, Even As Unemployment Dips

According to an  Associated Press article Friday, 

The federal government reports New Mexico and two other states had the nation's

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Bloomberg: Using a Barter Exchange to Conserve Cash

Some out -of-the-box perspectives from Bloomberg last week as Karen Klein interviews Chief Executive Officer John Strabley of  International Monetary Systems on how rthe concpet of barter can help businesses with cash flow:

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AP: NM's state revenues to be higher than expected

From the Associated Press, via MSNBC:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Revenue levels for the state of New Mexico will come in roughly $250 million

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NM Ranks 36th For Business in CNBC Study

New Mexico squeaks out of the bottom third in CBNC's new study of "America's Top States for Business," ranking 36th and tieing with Kentucky.

Local reaction has p

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N.M. Company To Open More Shale Water Treatment Plants

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Pipeline" section, which covers Marcellus Shale developments and news, New Mexico-based Altela Inc will open two new plants in that area:

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New Mexico's Top 10 Tech Companies By Revenue

From Avionics Intelligence comes this summary of the state's top ten revenue-producing tech companies. The list is part of the New Mexico Flying 40, which annually honors the state's fastest-growing companies.

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New Mexico Basic Business Taxes and Direct Financial Incentives 2012

 Areadevelopment .com offers a nice one -page overview of New Mexico's current tax incentives for businesses:

New Mexico’s economic development, finance and

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NM Business Weekly: Mesa del Sol Unveils Aperture Center Microgrid

From the NM Business Weekly :

Public and private sector officials from Japan joined New Mexico of

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Lab Partnership Program Seeks Small-Business Groups Needing Technical Help

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program is looking for groups of companies facing common challenges that could use technical assistance from researchers at Sandia and Los Alamos nation

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New business turns Texas oil field waste into drinking water

CALLAHAN COUNTY, Texas — A team of scientists and oil business executives from Canada and New Mexico have performed a West Texas miracle.

Instead of turning water into wine, these four men have turned an oil field waste by-prod

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New Mexico Center for Energy Policy's Dr. Daniel Fine speaks on I Spy Radio on speculation,Shale-Oi



Hear New Mexico Center for Energy Policy's Dr. Daniel Fine speaks on I Spy Radio on energy speculation,The future of Shale & Oil, fracking, ele

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Dr Daniel Fine, New Mexico Center for Energy Policy speaks on North Carolina's approach to shale ga

Daniel Fine
New Mexico Center for Energy Policy : Energy

Dr. Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fine

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Dr Daniel Fine, New Mexico Center for Energy Policy speaks on North Carolina's approach to shale ga

Dr. Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fine offered these comments during a Feb. 27, 2012, presentation to the John Lock

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"Neighborhood" nuclear startup Hyperion loses founding members

Almost five years after Hyperion was formed to build refrigerator-size sealed nuclear power units capable of providing electricity for 20,000 homes, five founders have left to start a new venture dealing with energy, not necessarily nuclear. They're

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Officials Return From Western Gas Fields ‘Invigorated’

Participants in a recent shale gas energy conference held in Hobbs, New Mexico, referred to a whirlwind trip to Lea County, NM, as exhausting but enlightening. Bradford County Commissioners Doug McLinko, Mark Smith, and Daryl Miller, Susquehanna

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Commissioners visit New Mexico for natural gas conference

BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN (Staff Writer)Published: January 21, 2012TOWANDA - While Bradford County has experienced extensive gas drilling for a few years, what will it be like after the drilling has gone on for decades?The three Bradford County

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Shale Gas & Conventional Gas: From Pennsylvania to New Mexico conference a great success!

New Mexico Center for Energy Policy : EnergyThanks to everyone who attended Shale Gas & Conventional Gas: From Pennsylvania to New Mexico sponsored by the EnergyPlex Lea County (http://energyplexnm.com/default.aspx) and New Mexico Tech (New Mexic

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Energy Conference Focuses On Shale Gas Hot-Button Issues

SOCORRO, N.M. January 10, 2012 As oil companies deploy hundreds of wells in northeast Pennsylvania to tap into the lucrative shale gas deposits, many are weighing the environmental impacts, the economic outlook and the regulatory climate related

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Shale Gas & Conventional Gas: From Pennsylvania to New Mexico

January 12-13, 2012, Lea County Event Center, Hobbs, NM, EnergyPlex Conference Series 2012HOBBS, N.M., Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On January 12 and 13, the Economic Development Corporation of Lea County and the New Mexico Tech Univers

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Solar-powered water pump developed by NMSU students

In response to a survey, farmers and ranchers in New Mexico told the Cooperative Extension Service that they needed alternatives to expensive fossil fuel for pumps in remote fields. Craig Ricketts, an engineering professor at New Mexico State, su

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USDA Awards More Than 900 Grants for Renewable, Energy Efficient Projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants for more than 900 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. Secretary Vilsack made the ann

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Mt. Taylor uranium mine: clean up or keep on stand-by for new production and 1,000 jobs?

It's a story that's been covered by publications as diverse as The New York Times, San Diego Reader and Indian Country Today: a hearing before the New Mexico state Mining and Minerals Department heard testimony from both sides in a dispute over a ura

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Infographic answers the question: do green jobs really exist?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is an infographic -- with words and pictures-- worth? Co.design is a site dedicated to the proposition that infographics and design in general are worth a great deal. Timothy Kaung, editor of co.de

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How can Washington green the economy?

The Brookings Institution is the latest organization to find job-creating potential in the green economy, but honest disagreements persist about what policy steps are the likeliest to realize that potential, and what can be done about the barriers.

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Udall to co-sponsor bill to level biofuels field, helping algae

Algae-based biofuels, such as those planned by Sapphire Energy and others in southern New Mexico, would get a boost from legislation planned by New Mexico's Democratic Senator Tom Udall and Idaho's Republican Mike Crapo.The current Renewable Fuel

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More clean energy companies eligible to receive support from Dept. of Energy programs

Originally limited to direct participants in DOE programs, the Clean Energy Alliance and Partnership can now also assist any companies receiving support from any federal agency. The Clean Energy Alliance is a network of incubators focused on comp

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Scoop: Martinez repeal of energy conservation code based on one company's cost estimate

In Wednesday morning's call-in show on KUNM radio, New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent J. Dee Dennis, Jr. revealed, apparently for the first time, that the decision to repeal the more stringent code the Richardson administra

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'Algaepreneurs' to meet in Santa Fe

The National Algae Association, dedicated to fast-tracking this renewable, generally "drop-in" alternative to fossil fuels, is holding its next meeting at Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, August 1. "Committed speakers include AlgaeVenture Sy

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Albuquerque metro area ranks 10th in rate of growth of green collar jobs

A new report from the Brookings Institution, "Sizing the Clean Economy" is a comprehensive pass at measuring the popular but vague phrases, green economy and green jobs.The report notes that green jobs actually are buried throughout the entire ec

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Albuquerque gets electric vehicle charging stations, first in state

Coulomb Technologies opened two charging stations in downtown Albuquerque, which by arrangement with Mayor Richard Berry, will be free for six months. Only 68 to go to tie Google, which has 70 just for its staff.

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New Mexico on top in one job-creating category, per U.S. Chamber study

A new study conducted by the Praxis Group for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce identifies the states leading in the specific attributes and practices that contribute to job creation. "When it comes to job growth, where the rubber meets the road is at

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Public Service Company required to produce wind power, not just buy credits

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission rejected Public Service Company's renewable energy plan 5-0, insisting that the company support new generation of energy, especially wind. Read the story in the Las Cruces Sun-News below.

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McKinsey consultants see cause for "real alarm" for U.S. competitiveness

Worrying about U.S. competitiveness over the decades has occasionally seemed overblown, but after four years of financially engineered economic collapse and a slow-motion recovery, it seems especially pertinent to take a deep look. McKinsey's Quarter

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What does Toshiba's purchase of major smart meter company mean for New Mexico?

After a few weeks of spirited bidding, it was revealed today that Toshiba outbid Siemens, Honeywell, GE and other multinational companies for Landis & Gyr, the Swiss company that is one of the world's leading manufacturers of smart meters -- an essen

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If Denmark can make the transition to a low-carbon economy, why can't we?

Worldwatch has a blog post by Anders tervang, First Secretary, Economic Affairs, Danish Embassy, in which he describes how Denmark made the decision to move to a low-carbon economy, the progress they've made to date, the discoveries -- particularly

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Nuclear industry cluster developing in southeast New Mexico

Since the international conference The Uranium Fuel Cycle took place at the end of April in Hobbs, more people have begun to appreciate that the nuclear industry is not just the power plants whose cooling towers are so recognizable, especially now

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Top clean energy states include Colorado, New Mexico

Clean Edge has released its 2011 rankings of the states, combining measures of technology (LEED buildings, smart meters deployed, utility-scale renewable energy generation), policy (utility decoupling, renewable portfolio standards, energy efficiency

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Green training programs springing up near green company sites

Santa Fe Community College just inaugurated its new Sustainable Technologies Center, and similar, sometimes even more focused initiatives are underway in California and Colorado, among others.SolveClimateChange.org interviewed Stephen Mayfield, c

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Green Chamber of Commerce and Sunpower partner to offer discounts

New Mexico's statewide Green Chamber of Commerce has struck a deal with Sunpower, one of the leading solar panel manufacturers, to offer discounts on their high-efficiency systems to Green Chamber members for home and business installations.Membe

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Lea County wins solar-powered C02-to-fuel plant

Joule Unlimited's website has a banner headline: "We never said changing the world would be easy. But we did say it can be done." What the founders have been working on since 2007 is now close to commercial reality. A full-scale plant is going to

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Sandia Lab researchers hailed as windpower leaders

Windpower Engineering published its second annual list of Influencers and Innovators recently, including one Sandia National Laboratory researcher in each category.Jose Zayas, Senior Manager of the Renewable Energy Technologies group is one of ju

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Middle-school students build green cars

'Manufacturing Business Technology' picked up the CNN report: "Roughly 200 middle school students in New Mexico are designing and building hydrogen-powered model cars as part of the Albuquerque School District's annual Resource Stability program. The

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To free gas from shale, why not replace fracking with nuclear bombs?

A nearly forgotten chapter of our search for energy: as late as the 1970s, nuclear bombs were set off in gas-rich shale formations in New Mexico and Colorado to free the gas from the rock and create caverns to store it. The tests were initially deeme

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Algae biofuel companies lower expectations but not hopes

Northern Colorado Business Report describes the rocky path of Ft. Collins's Solix in a recent issue. Nevertheless the company has raised a new round and made a significant sale, to New Mexico State University for testing algae-derived jet fuel -- its

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Profile of "Smart Grid 3.0" company from Global New Energy Summit

Eric Wesoff profiles Power Tagging on the greentechgrid site. "Power Tagging has developed hardware and software to track the flow of energy on the grid. The "Power Tags" placed in grid devices are Grid-Location Aware, meaning the devices real-tim

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Two steps forward for solar in New Mexico

Two approaches to solar power from two different companies with two different histories, were unveiled in New Mexico this past week. The major utility in the state, PNM, dedicated a 30,000 panel, 2 megawatt photovoltaic array designed to serve 63

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Fossil fuel industry benefits western states through tax revenues, not jobs

Directly contradicting a recent industry finding, Headwaters Economics, an independent, nonprofit research group in Bozeman, Montana, says the oil, gas and coal industries provide relatively few jobs, typically about 5% of the total in New Mexico, Co

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Environmentalists split over impact of large-scale solar systems

Miller-McCune Magazine puts this story on its cover: Are New Solar Power Projects Anti-Environmental?Dozens of large-scale projects, spurred on by the extension of tax credits, are underway across six western states."Proponents, including

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'Building a network that works takes work'

Whitney Johnson, co-founder of Clayton (Innovators Dilemma) Christenson's investment firm, disarms the reader immediately with a self-mocking personal anecdote illustrating how not to build a network. Then she summarizes the many reasons we need to n

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New measure of college value, ROI, ranks Colo School of Mines 7th

If you take the total cost for four years of college, subtract the average scholarship, project the average salary of graduates over 30 years and calculate...California Institute of Technology gives the best return. For a total cost (after scholarshi

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Albuquerque to get solar panel testing and certification facility

A joint venture of three testing organizations opened a large, fully-equipped facility to test and certify solar panels of many different designs in Albuquerque last week. According to the press release, "[t]he CFV laboratory offers complete [intern

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Over 500 students compete in New Mexico math, science competition

The state's annual STEM competition took place Saturday, and pitted teams of students against each other in contests on a "green" theme. See a video on the KASA-TV site, and read about 8-state sponsor organization at the NM MESA site: http://www.mesa

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Energy Ideas Democrats and Republicans Agree On

The former Republican governor of California lays out the case for putting large solar farms in the Mojave as part of an energy policy based on improving public health, boosting the economy, and avoiding the risks of the fossil economy-----By

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Obama Administration releases Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future

Rising prices at the pump affect everybody workers and farmers; truck drivers and restaurant owners. Businesses see it impact their bottom line. Families feel the pinch when they fill up their tank. For Americans already struggling to get by, it

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GNES confirms Sen. Mark Udall as Keynote speaker

The Global New Energy Summit has confirmed that Mark Udall, US Senator from Colorado, will be the keynote speaker the morning of Tuesday, April 19. Other keynot

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Women: 'Rock the world of journalism' and win a grant

"J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are seeking to fund four women-led projects that will rock the world of journalism." But hurry; the deadline for applications is April 4.Read the details at the new

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Building code gap analysis shows New Mexicans could save millions in energy

Mere compliance with 2009 standards (themselves already outdated) could save residential owners 15% and commercial owners at least 3% of their annual energy costs, according to a new report by a coalition of building and energy efficiency groups.

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San Miguel County approves mild restrictions on wind turbines

Nearly two years after imposing a moratorium on new wind farms, San Miguel County commissioners approved guidelines that require a half-mile setback from any occupied house, school or commercial building. Opponents had argued for a full mile setback,

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Clean Energy Trends 2011

This years report represents a full decade of Clean Edge data and trends analysis. Ten years ago, Clean Edge released Clean Tech: Profits and Potential, the firms first publication. This years special anniversary edition looks at the past 10 years

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Plasma Arc Gasification - Waste to Energy

Plasma arc waste disposal is a new technology that is able to handle a stream of unsorted waste and convert it into syngas (the only other byproduct is an inert glassy solid). The syngas can be burned for electricity or further processed into specif

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Evidence mounting that green industries do create jobs at high rate

A guest blog on NMPolitics.net by Mark Westbrock, who manages and is an employee-owner of the Las Cruces branch of Positive Energy Solar, presents statistics showing that green industries have added jobs in New Mexico while the economy as a whole has

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Global New Energy Summit - Regular Registration Ends Monday!

The Third Annual Global NEW ENERGY Summit is just over a month away. The last day for the regular registration price is Monday, March 14. With over 100 speakers representing true leaders in the energy economy, nationally and internationally, this ye

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Real reason for Monsanto interest in Sapphire Energy

Why did Monsanto invest in Sapphire Energy, the heavily funded, and hyped algae biofuels company headquartered in San Diego with R&D facility in Las Cruces and massive algal bio-refinery in Columbus)? It's not, as The New York Times headlined it,

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15 Most Important Women in Tech History

Maximum PC does a round-up/countdown of the 15 most important women in Tech History:"...Very rarely do stories of women and technology vary in tone from the gender gap theme. Where are the women? Well, heck, weve been here all along - something

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Garage inventor of DIY solar concentrator on the brink of success - again?

Dennis Cofield has been making inexpensive parabolic solar concentrators to heat water since 1978 -- but his business growth plans were set back by President Reagan's decision to cancel the solar energy tax incentives Jimmy Carter had just instituted

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New Mexico: Requesting Study of Regional Transmission Organization

Senate Memorial 54 was introduced in the New Mexico legislative session on Friday, February 25, 2011 requesting formation of a technical committee to consider functionality of a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) or like structure for New Mexic

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GNES International Panel

Energy policy and markets outside the U.S. Energy and Policy perspective from policy and industry leaders internationally. Where does the U.S. stand in relation to our competitors internationally? What policies can lead to long term competitiveness a

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Two-thirds of Westerners: renewable energy will create, not cost jobs

A poll conducted of voters in five western states found that "More than two-thirds of voters said they believe renewable energy will create, not cost jobs" according to the summary on the New American Media site. The late January poll of 2,200 vo

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ARPA-E invites Santa Fe-based ocean energy company

The Santa Fe New Mexican noted today that Atmocean, Inc., will showcase its "Wave Energy/Sequestration Technology" (WEST-tm) device at the federal government's new energy technology exhibition outside Washington, DC at the end of the month.The co

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Xcel Energy suddenly drops solar incentives in Colorado; severe impact on other solar businesses?

Claiming that the six-year old program was a success, since solar installations have flourished in Colorado, Xcel Energy announced that it was ending certain incentives and dramatically lowering others immediately. In its press release, linked below,

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Navajo Tribal Council approves lease extension for Four Corners coal-burning power plant

The Navajo Tribal Council voted 18-2 to send the lease extension for the power plant to the Tribal President, who must sign or veto the measure within ten days. If approved, the new agreement would raise the payment to the tribe from an average of $1

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Energy forecasts imply IT needs and business opportunities

Three authoritative forecasts of energy needs and sources over the next twenty to fifty years are hard to compare directly, but agree on these points, at least: 1. Total energy needs will continue to rise steeply as developing nations ramp up close

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Colorado Smart Grid Task Force Report Released

Colorado Senate Bill 10-180 (the Bill), created the Colorado Smart Grid Task Force (Task Force) for the purpose of producing a report containing recommendations and analysis on the feasibility, cost, and timing of transitioning to a secure, resilient

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February 7 is the last day for Early Registration for the Global New Energy Summit

The Global New Energy Summit (www.gnes.rmtech.org) is designed as an annual retreat of new energy leadership with over 500 attendees from across the key disciplines of science, industry, policy and finance. Global thought leaders will discuss emergi

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FoorumNM Exclusive: Cleantech in the new Congress: the Coronado Venture Forum discussion

The Coronado Venture Forum January 20 meeting at the Prairie Star in Bernalillo revealed that the prospects for progress this year on reducing global greenhouse gases and boosting renewable energy were clouded but not totally black. The main spea

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