Congressionally Directed Spending Requests FY23: Energy and Water Development

Signed Disclosure Letter Available HERE.

PROJECTS REQUESTED

Project City/County: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Recipient: Albuquerque Housing Authority

Amount Requested: $1,700,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) will electrify two proposed rehabilitation projects of existing public housing, including energy efficient improvements to lighting, heat pump systems, hot water heaters, and appliances.


Project City/County: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Recipient: University of New Mexico

Amount Requested: $625,000

Project Description and Explanation: The University of New Mexico will gather data and produce a report to help the state establish transparent auditing mechanisms and standardized methane emissions measurement protocols. Funds will be spent on one-time labor costs, travel, supplies, equipment, and IoT development.


Project City/County: Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Recipient: Army Corps of Engineers (Civil)

Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program will provide scientific, conservation, and educational services to support endangered species recovery activities in the Middle Rio Grande Basin.


Project City/County: Bernalillo, Socorro, and Rio Arriba Counties New Mexico

Recipient: Army Corps of Engineers (Civil)

Amount Requested: $10,500,000

Project Description and Explanation: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will design and construct irrigation infrastructure that is part of acequia projects in New Mexico.


Project City/County: City of Aztec, Neew Mexico

Recipient: City of Aztec

Amount Requested: $6,400,000

Project Description and Explanation: The City of Aztec will purchase and construct a second electrical substation to provide a second access point to the national electric grid. This would fund a portion of Phase 1 of a resiliency, redundancy, and efficiency project designed to connect directly to Aztec’s active 1MW solar field. Phase 2 would establish a second 1MW solar field and tie-in for the city’s grid.


Project City/County: City of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Recipient: Institute of American Indian Arts

Amount Requested: $500,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Institute of American Indian Arts will expand its solar energy generating capacity.


Project City/County: Clovis (including Cannon Air Force Base and portions of Curry County), Portales (including portions of Roosevelt County), Texico, and Elida New Mexico

Recipient: Bureau of Reclamation 

Amount Requested: $30,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: Provide reliable domestic water to communities in eastern New Mexico and Cannon Air Force Base.


Project City/County: Doña Ana County, New Mexico

Recipient: New Mexico State University

Amount Requested: $844,000

Project Description and Explanation: New Mexico State University will conduct an agrivoltaics research program to quantify the benefits at the congruence between renewable energy and agriculture, such as the generation of energy to run farm operations, reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture, improving water use efficiency, and increasing crop yields.


Project City/County: Doña Ana County, New Mexico 

Recipient: New Mexico State University

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: New Mexico State University will create a Critical Electricity Infrastructure CyberSecurity Center.


Project City/County: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Recipient: City of Las Cruces

Amount Requested: $500,000

Project Description and Explanation: The City of Las Cruces will address thermal safety and heating/cooling affordability for low- and moderate-income (LMI) households through weatherization and electrification retrofits.


Project City/County: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Recipient: New Mexico State University 

Amount Requested: $1,600,000

Project Description and Explanation: New Mexico State University will develop a multiuser testbed facility with a Solid-State Transformer Digital Substation for commercialization and tech-to-market transfer, serving as a catalyst for research and manufacturing in power electronics for New Mexico and the United States.


Project City/County: Rio Arriba, New Mexico

Recipient: Northern New Mexico College 

Amount Requested: $360,000

Project Description and Explanation: Optimize energy management by harmonizing heating and cooling loads with renewable energy generation in a residential setting.


Project City/County: Rodarte, Tucumcari, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, and Sandoval County New Mexico

Recipient: Army Corps of Engineers (Civil)

Amount Requested: $8,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Corps of Engineers will construct water infrastructure projects in communities around New Mexico.


Project City/County: Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Recipient: City of Truth or Consequences Electric 

Amount Requested: $2,694,000

Project Description and Explanation: The City of Truth or Consequences will improve its electrical grid through numerous grid equipment replacements that are aging and in need of replacement. These include a substation transformer replacement, pole and conductor replacement, substation primary underground feeder wire replacement, and voltage regulator replacements.


Project City/County: New Mexico

Recipient: City of Santa Fe

Amount Requested: $250,000

Project Description and Explanation: The City of Santa Fe will replace natural gas furnaces, heat pumps, and stoves with electric alternatives in 40 existing residences of those earning less than 80% area median income.


Project City/County: New Mexico

Recipient: Partnership for Community Action 

Amount Requested: $50,000

Project Description and Explanation: The Partnership for Community Action will install a solar energy system at the South Valley Social Enterprise Center (SEC), a community-led economic development campus that includes production/manufacturing jobs, professional development, social entrepreneurship training, and early childhood through college educational support initiatives.