NM Gets Federal Boost For Energy Projects

New Mexico – Twenty-one energy projects across New Mexico have been chosen to share more than $8 million in federal stimulus money.

Gov. Bill Richardson says the funds will help counties, cities and towns move forward with energy saving projects like installing solar power and more efficient lighting.

The projects will be funded through the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program managed by the U.S. Department of Energy. The program is administered by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department's Energy Conservation and Management Division.

Officials used a competitive process to select projects based on federal goals to create and retain jobs, reduce emissions and increase renewable energy production.

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