Wind-Friendly College Hosts Development Committee Meeting


A New Mexico economic planning committee recently met at Mesalands Community College – the home of the new North American Wind Research and Training Center – to learn how similar energy initiatives can get off the ground.

‘The committee wanted to look at energy, and this part of the state is known for its energy resources and economic development – and that's how we decided on this location,’ said Bernadette M. Sanchez, chair of the Economic and Rural Development Interim Committee, in a statement. ‘Holding these meetings in Tucumcari gives us an idea of the needs of this particular community and what they're doing regarding economic development.’Â

The meeting consisted of various presenters from around the state, including an energy panel that gave an update on projects, tax incentives and laws and regulations that are holding or hurting the wind industry. One of the national issues discussed was the need for transmission lines to be able to export that energy produced in New Mexico to other parts of the country.

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