SENATE MEMORIAL 24
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
ENCOURAGING STATE AGENCIES TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT FUTURE ENERGY CAREERS IN NEW MEXICO.
WHEREAS, New Mexico is an energy resource-rich state, with solar, wind, geothermal, natural gas and oil; and
WHEREAS, the New Mexico energy conservation and management division of the energy, minerals and natural resources department has developed an energy roadmap through multiple meetings with energy stakeholders who represented energy producers, large energy users, regulators, transportation interests, local and regional governments and energy advocates; and
WHEREAS, these energy stakeholders identified a highly skilled energy workforce as a key priority to strengthen and diversify New Mexico's energy economy; and
WHEREAS, growing and diversifying New Mexico's energy economy will require employees to be trained in the areas of renewable energy, fossil-fuel energy, nuclear energy, energy storage and produced water; and
WHEREAS, a well-trained energy workforce can position New Mexico to be a national leader in developing and exporting energy as global demand rises; and
WHEREAS, maximizing New Mexico's energy export potential will require investment in a workforce ready to support and develop the expansion of the state's electrical transmission system, energy storage, natural gas processing infrastructure and produced water infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, the New Mexico energy roadmap also supports the increased use of alternative-fuel vehicles, which necessitates an adequately trained labor pool to support alternative-fuel vehicle research, infrastructure, use and maintenance; and
WHEREAS, new educational and training programs, as well as increased support of existing resources, could support the increase in a trained and ready energy workforce; and
WHEREAS, increased resources and policy directives from the state could help encourage underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, women, veterans and socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, to enter into energy-related careers;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that state agencies be requested to advance and support policies and programs that remove access barriers, improve outreach and better align education and training programs with energy workforce needs; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the senate be requested to support enabling diverse opportunities in energy careers as a priority of the state, and to support the continued implementation of the New Mexico energy roadmap; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the secretary of energy, minerals and natural resources, the secretary of higher education, the secretary of public education, the secretary of economic development, the secretary of workforce solutions and the governor.
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