Energy Emergency Plan

New Mexico – New Mexico has been awarded $382,000 in federal stimulus funds to better plan for emergency disruptions in the state's energy supply.

The state plans to use the money to strengthen and expand the State Energy Emergency Plan, including how to best incorporate new energy sources and smart grid technology into reducing potential supply disruptions.

State officials said Monday the plan would address everything from downed power lines to blizzards that stop the delivery of propane in rural areas.

The state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department is responsible for maintaining and developing the plan.

The department says it will work with the private sector, state agencies, local governments and national laboratories to create a comprehensive plan.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.