Congressionally Directed Spending Requests: Energy and Water Development

Signed Disclosure Letter Available HERE.

PROJECTS REQUESTED

Project Name: San Juan College Clean Hydrogen Workforce Development Program

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy and Water Development/Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Recipient: San Juan College

Address: 4601 College Blvd., Farmington, NM 87402

Amount Requested: $500,000

Project Description and Explanation: The requested funding would support curriculum development at the San Juan College School of Energy specifically for careers related to clean hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The School of Energy has a long history of training the energy workforce to meet market demand by providing broad based knowledge and skills resulting in high-wage, lifetime careers. Clean hydrogen industry employers need workers trained in Industrial Process Operations, Instrumentation Controls & Electrical Technology, Industrial Maintenance, Occupational Safety, and Compression. San Juan College will adapt existing programs in these areas to support the next generation clean hydrogen workforce needs, engaging industry experts and leaders in the process.


Project Name: San Juan College Electric Vehicle Technician Certification Program

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy and Water Development/Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Recipient: San Juan College

Address: 4601 College Blvd., Farmington, NM 87402

Amount Requested: $50,000

Project Description and Explanation: Beginning in the fall of 2021, the San Juan College Electric Vehicle program will provide training for the many jobs that will be available in the maintenance and repair of EV vehicles. The program will provide EV/Hybrid training for technicians out of the manufacturer training loop and include critical safety training in its curriculum. The requested funding would support specialized tooling, instructor salaries, components, and dedicated teaching space.


Project Name: Updated Renewable Energy Development Feasibility Study by the Pueblo of Zia

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy and Water Development/Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Recipient: Pueblo of Zia

Address: 135 Capitol Square Drive, Zia Pueblo, NM 87053

Amount Requested: $250,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Pueblo of Zia will update their 2013 Renewable Energy Development Feasibility Study with current costs and updated development options to reflect changes in available technologies, business climate and federal government policy. The objectives of the feasibility study continue to be studying options for providing a balanced local renewable power supply for the Pueblo, its members and businesses on Tribal lands, and for providing economic development for the Tribe and its Tribal members.


Project Name: Off-Grid residential solar project on the Navajo Nation

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy and Water Development/Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Recipient: Navajo Tribal Utility Authority 

Address: North Indian Route 12, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority will fund installation of shovel-ready off-grid residential solar energy systems for homes without electricity. These solar units are offered to homes when connecting to the electric grid is not feasible because of location, cost, or other determinations. NTUA has more than 700 completed solar applications needing funding from homes that are ready for installation.


Project Name: Comprehensive Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen Geologic Storage Analysis for the San Juan Basin

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy and Water Development/Department of Energy/Office of Fossil Energy

Recipient: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Address: 801 Leroy Place Socorro NM, 87801

Amount Requested: $500,000

Project Description and Explanation: This funding would expand analysis by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (“New Mexico Tech” or NMT) on the carbon dioxide geologic storage potential in the San Juan Basin, and would enable NMT researchers to conduct a parallel analysis of the hydrogen geologic storage potential in the Basin. NMT is currently undertaking localized, site-specific geologic storage studies for carbon dioxide within the San Juan Basin under the DOE Regional Initiative and CarbonSafe III programs. A basin-wide analysis of both hydrogen and carbon dioxide storage potential would provide a detailed study of subsurface storage options throughout the Basin for carbon dioxide, a byproduct of both fossil-fired power generation and hydrogen production, and for intermediate and long-term storage potential for hydrogen as a stored source of carbon-neutral energy. The funded analysis would include a comprehensive review of potential storage reservoirs across the San Juan Basin, geologic field work to collect outcrop samples and water samples from existing oil and gas wells, and a review of the core library at NMT for samples which could be used to perform laboratory studies on rock CO2 or H2 reactions and stability of seal rocks.


Project Name: Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy and Water Development/Department of the Interior/Bureau of Reclamation/Water and Related Resources/Remaining Items/Additional Funding for Ongoing Work/Rural Water

Recipient: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

Address: 801 Pile Street, Suite 214, Clovis, New Mexico 88101

Amount Requested: $17,400,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System (ENMRWS) was authorized in P.L. 111-11, Section 9103, Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, to deliver water from Ute Reservoir on the Canadian River to the cities and counties that make up the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA). The purpose of the project is to provide a regional water system with a reliable and sustainable water supply serving several communities in eastern New Mexico.


 Project Name: Acequias Irrigation System

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy and Water Development/Corps of Engineers/Construction

Recipient: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Address: 441 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20314

Amount Requested: $9,060,000

Project Description and Explanation: Authorized in WRDA 1986, Section 1113 and WRDA 1996, Section 334, the Acequia Irrigation System program provides critical funding for construction to repair and replace acequia infrastructure.


Project Name: Cañoncito-Eldorado Area Water Supply Project

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy and Water Development/Department of the Interior/Bureau of Reclamation/Water and Related Resources/Remaining Items/WaterSMART Program/WaterSMART Grants

Recipient: Bureau of Reclamation

Address: N/A

Amount Requested: $1,107,000

Project Description and Explanation: This project would result in new County Water Utility Service to both Cañoncito at Apache Canyon and to Eldorado. This project best and perhaps only available new source of water to existing users.


Project Name: El Vado Solar Array

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Energy and Water Development/Department of Energy/Office of Eletricity

Recipient: Northern New Mexico College

Address: 921 N Paseo de Onate, Espanola NM 87532

Amount Requested: $12,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The project funding will create a 10MW solar array on the college's 107-acre property located near El Vado Lake in Rio Arriba County. It intends to provide this energy to the local electric cooperative, and to major energy users in the region, to include potential stakeholders in Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Taos, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Colfax, Mora, and San Miguel counties. Los Alamos Laboratory, the counties annotated above, local tribal governments, and others will be invited to benefit from lower energy costs, which will make them all more economically efficient and long-term fiscally sustainable.