EMNRD Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrel Propst
EMNRD News –
Santa Fe – Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources (EMNRD) The Department of Energy Conservation and Management (ECMD) has received a new exciting opportunity from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to train new Mexicans on energy efficiency and energy management. .
In collaboration with four institutions of higher learning, North New Mexico College, Santa Fe Community College, Doa Anna Community College, and San Juan College, it provides ongoing education, training, and technical support to support ICMD industry professionals in advanced energy technologies.
The Advanced Building Sustainable Education (SEAB) project aims to improve and expand education on energy efficiency codes, practices and products to better inform industry professionals and prepare new staff for construction skills.
“New Mexico has made great strides in modernizing national building codes and modernizing government buildings by expanding energy efficiency,” said MNRD Cabinet Secretary Sarah Coteral Propst. This DOE grant will provide training for new Mexicans to enter this expanding labor market.
The DOE grant is $ 86.2 million and is aimed at improving the energy efficiency of 44 projects in 20 states and supporting and expanding energy efficiency nationwide. New Mexico applied for a grant through the DOE Building Technology Office.
As New Mexico seeks to increase energy efficiency and grow our economy, the grant will provide additional resources to achieve our goals. New Mexico’s latest state energy protection code update, along with the new state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, has created an expanding market for energy-efficient buildings and the demand for highly trained professionals.
Each higher education institution, with the help of MNRD and other energy professionals, will launch the new education and training programs in early 2022, with new courses for later that year.