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Heinrich To Welcome Energy Secretary Granholm To New Mexico For Energy Transition Tour

ALBUQUERQUE - On August 18 and 19, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will be joined by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm in New Mexico to showcase the state's clean energy potential and discuss an energy transition plan that supports workers and local economies.

The trip follows the U.S. Senate passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that will make historic investments to grow the economy, enhance our competitiveness, create good jobs, and make our economy more sustainable, resilient, and just.

Secretary Granholm and Senator Heinrich will hear from Albuquerque community members, local leaders, and organizations about New Mexico’s ongoing energy transition as the state increases electrification and builds new clean energy sources to lower costs, better public health and create more equitable, resilient and efficient communities. In Farmington, Secretary Granholm and Senator Heinrich will tour a blue hydrogen facility before joining a roundtable with Tribal and local leaders to highlight the Biden administration’s commitment to bringing the fossil fuel workforce and Tribal communities into clean energy generation.

Senator Heinrich appreciates Secretary Granholm's commitment to working with him on addressing the climate crisis while creating good-paying jobs, building a sustainable energy industry, and delivering environmental justice for New Mexico communities. He looks forward to showing her first-hand our state’s diverse and robust energy industries, and creating a place-based energy transition plan that ensures hard-working New Mexicans are not left behind.

Senator Heinrich, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, sent a letter to Secretary Granholm in March inviting her to visit New Mexico. 

Wednesday, August 18 

Home Electrification Demonstration Project and Press Conference 
On-site demonstration of a co-op electrification project in the International District aimed at improving energy efficiency, reducing costs and bettering health and safety for residents. 
Address provided upon RSVP
Press check-in at 10 a.m. MT. Event begins at 10:30 a.m. MT 

Tour of Parajito Powder
View New Mexico-based innovations in hydrogen technology to support America’s growing electric vehicle infrastructure.
Address provided upon RSVP. Long pants and closed toes shoes recommended.
Press check-in at 11:15 a.m. MT. Event begins at 11:45 a.m. MT

Visit to Kairos Power
Tour innovations that will advance the development of zero-carbon emission technologies, like cooling technologies for advanced nuclear reactors.
Address provided upon RSVP. All attendees must complete an additional access form upon RSVP.
Press check-in at 1 p.m. MT. Event begins at 1:30 p.m. MT.

Renewable Energy Transmission Roundtable
Following historic levels of power sector investment in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the discussion will focus on how transmission projects will unlock New Mexico's full renewable energy potential.
Address provided upon RSVP.
Press check-in at 2:00 p.m. MT. Event begins at 2:30 p.m. MT. 

Thursday, August 19 

Visit to Blue Hydrogen Technology Facility & Community Roundtable Discussion
Tour of a blue hydrogen reactor manufacturing facility. Following the tour, Secretary Granholm will join a roundtable to discuss creating opportunities for local and Tribal workforce as the state undergoes its energy transition.
Address provided upon RSVP.
Press check-in at 9:40 a.m. MT. Event begins at 10:10 a.m. MT.