New Mexico energy, rural and economic development organizations are inviting residents to a series of town hall meetings to discuss renewable energy development in rural communities, according to a press release from New Mexico State University.
The first meeting is 9 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The next meetings will be Tuesday at the Clayton Civic Center and Wednesday at the Santa Fe County Fair Building.
Additional meetings are planned in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Silver City.
Topics to be discussed are currently identified resources, renewable technology and the local situation and needs including economic development, rural development, cost offsets for utility scale power and regulatory issues.
A needs analysis questionaire will be distributed and local resources will be identified, according to the release.
“There ae economic opportunities, approaches to conservation and appropriate technologies that can be shared through collaborative efforts with our many partners,” said Gerald Chacon, New Mexico State University’s associate vice provost for outreach services. “There may also be concerns surrounding renewable energy affecting rural New Mexico that we are interested in hearing about.”